I Survived the Challenges
We are on the last day of April and I can’t believe I was able to get to the end without stressing myself! The challenges were not easy, but I’m really happy to manage to survived them.
To make a recap, I joined three different challenges: the Ultimate Blog Challenge, which consisted in writing one post per day for 30 days; the This Chick Writes, where I started writing a novel; and Love your Website, which was to give another brushstroke on the blog, arranging technical things, working to increase the audience and so on!
During all challenges, I learned something different and I will share them with you!
I can say that this was actually the most difficult of all. It’s not easy to commit in creating content every day; bringing news, inspirations and information that will be useful to other people. The pressure of having to write something is harsh and I honestly didn’t like that in the creativity point of view. A few days ago, I read an article about creative idleness (which is in portuguese, but you can translate it) that I considered fantastic. I agree that it is very important to have our moments to think, reflect and not just keep working nonstop. This makes us less productive and the consequences, may be creative blockages.
It’s funny how I looked up to a variety of themes, but the pressure to find the right one – as I would say – was counterproductive. There will always be subjects to write, news to show and inspirations to share. However, if this becomes an obligation or an automatic process, it won’t always come out good enough.
On some days – especially the last week – I gave myself a break. Not because I couldn’t continue to accomplish the challenge. But because I had a blockage that did not allow me to develop good articles. So, instead of stressing myself, getting annoyed and blaming me for not delivering a post, I decided to accept that I am not a machine and neither my head needs to be creative 24 hours a day!
On the other hand, I have to say that the challenge was very good. Helped to grow my audience and, despite everything, to write more too!
Just a few people might know about it, but this challenge has not ended yet and it will take a while to actually finish! Yes, because we had 5 intense days in the first stage that will now turn into a novel. It’s really cool to see that we can achieve things we never imagined. Blogging has provided me this in some ways. I’ll have more information about this soon and I will be able to share more with you!
This is a monthly challenge and works as maintenance for your site. I really liked it, because there is always something we would like to improve, to change or adjust. In addition, even though it’s done, it helped me think about how I can retain my audience and seek the tools to do so.
It is more technical and, the good thing is that I continue to learn how to use the tools behind the scenes of what is actually at the blog! There are many details, codes, settings, performance analysis and thousands of other things I have yet to learn. So I believe it was, and it will still be necessary monthly to help me walk through it!
I hope you are enjoying the blog just as I am enjoying learning to deliver a better product for you! Suggestions of topics, tips and even criticisms are always welcome. I want to be able to make HIAL a portal where you will find lots of information, tips, inspirations and news for a happier lifestyle!
From May onward, we’ll get back to our regular 3 posts per week!
Thank you for joining me throughout this crazy month!