What I Learned from 30 Days of Blogging

I hate blogging.

That is not entirely accurate, but how I feel right now.

What I learned from 30 days of blogging is that I am not a huge fan of writing. I can stand it when I need to and enjoy it occasionally, but overall it isn’t for me.

Not Giving Up

Not loving writing doesn’t mean I have to renounce my dream of making a living from online business.

There are many other mediums to experiment with.
Such as:

  • Comics
  • Infographics
  • Video
  • Animation
  • Podcasts
  • And more…

I know at least a few of these I enjoy.

For example, on day 28 I made FREE Blogging Course [$999.99 value]. It is a parody of blogging course and advertisements. Instead of forcing myself to write an article, I enjoyed the process of drawing the zine style comic. It was less stressful, and I felt more pride when it was finished.

Comics for my site are something I plan to experiment with more. I will probably stay away from the “Superhero” style comic like my Madman of Magic comic book series. Instead, I want to play with more zine/simple drawings.

Some Numbers

I was curious early on in this challenge if blogging daily would make a difference in my traffic numbers.

30 Day Challenge Numbers

Quick notes from above graph:

  • Increased the number of visits.
  • This resulted in an increase in the number of pages viewed.
  • There was an increase in new people (unique visitors) coming to my site.
  • Those visitors spent more time on the site.

This blog hadn’t had a new post in over a year when I started this 30-day challenge. The results are fascinating.

The data says there was a significant increase in visitors (59.92% increase) since last month, but I was expecting higher. However, there are two important facts I need to point out.

1- I did almost no promotion.

I only posted two blog posts on my Facebook page. Other than that, I did not promote any of these articles in any way. I assume the numbers would have been higher if I took the time to promote.

2- SEO is a long-term game.

The biggest benefit of writing daily is the increase in SEO. More posts mean more words for Google to index and each article has the potential to be listed in a different search ranking. While the number of viewers did not meet my expectation, I know that over time one or two of these posts will be getting a steady stream of readers from Googling related topics.

Big Take AWAY

The goal was to write a blog post every day for 30 days.

Instead, I wrote 30 blog posts over 34 days. Even though I didn’t perfectly hit my goal, I still feel satisfied. After missing a day or two, I didn’t stop or use that as an excuse to quit. I kept going. I didn’t learn what I thought I would, but I’m glad for what I did learn and the experience.