Reflections: 30 Days, 30 Posts

November 30, 2013


Sunset forest reflections from a small boat

Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for which I challenged myself to write and post an article on this blog each day in November. Considering I had been struggling with posting once a month throughout 2013 and knowing that November would be a busy month, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it. Even one of the guys on my team told me yesterday that he didn’t think I would succeed. I’m happy to say that I met the goal: 30 posts in 30 days!

Since I’m a firm believer in the importance of retrospectives, I thought I would share what I learned from the experience:

Engagement was more than just with my blog

Writing every day meant I was reading every day, which included reading about social media and blogging in general. A friend and I exchanged blogging tips. I learned new Twitter tricks and tips and found out about Topsy and Buffer. As other bloggers liked and commented on my posts, I visited their blogs and discovered some new authors to follow. Most importantly, I engaged more with my audience on the Facebook page for my blog. In trying to create a new habit, I learned more about things that surround it.

Apparently I have something to say

Part of the reason I was struggling with publishing monthly was that I felt I had nothing to say. As I started writing daily, I discovered that I did have something to say. The more I wrote, the easier it got. Almost every day, I found myself say: “That would make a good blog post.” It was also interesting to look at the topics I covered. Almost all of my posts this month were about career, leadership and creativity topics, not project management. Clearly, I am more passionate about leading and helping people than I am about managing things.

No Excuses

I found time to write every day during busier-than-average month. I rediscovered my voice and found I had something to say. So, I really have no excuses not to post something on this blog at least once a week.

Have you ever tried to create a new habit by doing something daily? What did you learn from it? If you also participated in NaBloPoMo, how was it for you?

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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3 Comments on “Reflections: 30 Days, 30 Posts”

  1. Marzipan and Marmite Says:

    Congrats! I completely struggle to find things to say, but agree that blogging more makes it easier!


  2. Christele Daccache Says:

    Thank you for linking to my post and congrats on succeeding with the challenge!


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