This year will be the 10th – and final – October where we’ll write on one topic for 31 Days. I’d love for you to join me and a community of writers and pick a topic of your choice to write about. Come link up on October 1st.
In preparation for 31 Days I thought I’d share some of my best tips, all of which I learned the hard way.
1. You don’t have to have the words “31 days” in your actual title.
Some titles have included Home. On Purpose or Lovely Limitations. I do refer to it as a 31 day series and categorize it that way on my blog but if you’re creating a series of images and it takes up too much room, you can leave it off.
2. The goal IS to post for 31 days.
If you go in telling yourself you’ll take the weekends and Tuesdays off you’ll end up only posting twice a week at best. There’s no rule on how long your posts have to be but this is a challenge, push yourself to TRY to post something every day, and the challenge is figuring out how to do that while keeping it fun, doable and interesting for both you and us, the reader–this is usually where the magic happens so don’t just tell yourself you won’t post every day.
Some of the best posts happen when you only have 30 minutes until your feed goes out and you HAVE to come up with something to say about your topic. That’s the worst and also the best, it’s something I don’t normally force myself to do. Take a few hours in September and write ahead if you need to. In light of the goal, no one’s going to come around and check if you have 31 posts or not, I just don’t want you to miss out on part of the creativity push that happens with 31 Days.
3. It doesn’t have to be ALL you writing ALL words.
Use quotes, photos, videos, songs, point to others who are an example of what you are talking about, maybe get some guest posts. Because most of us don’t have time to write a perfectly thought out 700 word post every day, we are forced to be creative with the TYPE of posts we have. Again, this is a secret perk of 31 Days that might change the way you write on your blog in the future.
4. Make your topic specific.
Instead of 31 Days of Home Tips, what about 31 Days of Decorating with Reds? It sounds like you are limiting yourself and you’ll have less to write about but actually the opposite is true (don’t believe me, read Nester’s 31 Day Series on Lovely Limitations) putting some limits out there (like posting ever day and talking about the color blue) actually is a way to force yourself to be more creative. You might be surprised at how deep you can go into one topic.
5. You don’t have to be the expert on your topic.
Chose a topic right that fits right where you are. Write about what you’re learning and what you feel like you need to learn about. Write about what you need encouragement in and what you find fascinating.
6. Test out a book idea.
Seriously. If you ever wanted to write a book this is a great way to start dancing a little closer to it. Don’t worry that you’ll use up all of your information. If you keep your posts short say 250 words times 31ish that’s about 7750 words. Let’s say a book would be about 50,000 words, that’s not even 1/5 of the information plus you would be getting great feedback and questions from readers that could help shape your writing, and an ebook can get your topic & thoughts in front of a new audience as you continue to work through your content!
Here are some more tips for 31 Days from some fellow bloggers: