Challenge: Publish one blog post every day

Over the weekend, I’ve been watching a lot of videos about Casey Neistat on Youtube. The man is really an inspiration. He’s a film maker turned daily vlogger. He records his daily routine, try to extract interesting stories and share them with his massive audience (over 10 million subscribers).

Here are some of the videos that I feel most profound:

Do what you can’t

Make it count

Navy Seal Commander explains why wake up at 4am

It struck me. Hard.

I was struck by the idea of publishing something everyday. To document the voice inside my head and have it heard. It’s really a profound realisation.

However, I’m not a guy who is comfortable in front of a camera so I guess I will blog instead.

Then I start to search for successful bloggers who publish their posts every day.

And I found one.

It’s Seth Godin.

He’s a legendary author with 18 best-selling books and one of the most popular blogs in the world. And he blogs every day.

Every single day.

You can check out his blog here: https://seths.blog/

Then I read some more. I realise that many people have done this and it has changed their life:

Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily

10 Lessons Seth Godin Can Teach You About Blogging

How one year of daily blogging changed my life

I was hit harder and harder by the idea of publishing a blog on a daily basis, not weekly.

I’m an introvert and I think a lot about a lot of things through out the day. It would be amazing if I can document my thoughts into a blog and structure them in a way that provides clarity as well as interest. I love this idea.

I’ve written blogs before. I usually started to write for a few weeks, then I stopped. It happened several times already. This http://hoangtran.me/ blog is my 3rd attempt to sharing my world view.

I realise I don’t always finish what I started. It’s always exciting at first, goes sideways after some time, then stops completely.

This time, I decide to pursue it more seriously.

I decide to take up this challenge of writing and publishing one post every day.

It has to be every day. Even if it’s weekends, holidays, or whatever. Just publish every day.

Here’s my plan:

  • I wake up even earlier, between 5 and 5:30 am.
  • I dedicate 2.5 hours in the early morning for blogging (5:30 am - 8:00 am).
  • I write in English first, then translate to Vietnamese. A post is only finished when it’s written in both languages.
  • If I run out of time in a day, I will either post a very short blog (a few paragraphs) or spend a bit more time at night to write more. But the post will be published before midnight.
  • I’m gonna try this challenge for about a month (until the end of November 2018) to see how it works. Then I will decide whether I want to continue this passion.
  • This blog is a note for my future self. Hence, I will only write about what I care the most, not what others love to see. At least for now. I may consider balancing this out if there’s more feedbacks from the audience.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

And it starts today.

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