On May 4, I challenged myself to write a blog post composed of at least 350 words every day. For several reasons, I want to refuel my passion in blogging and free myself from the thought that I cannot blog for my personal blogs due to several circumstances that forbid me. I want to go beyond my comfort zone. The challenge is not without hardship. I failed in three days, got back on my feet, and now on my successful 10th day of the challenge. I’m happy to share what I’ve written so far for the past nine days.
I challenge myself to religiously do a routine and turn it into a habit in 100 days. Aside from creating habits, I also challenge myself to accomplish something in 100 days. I hope you learn something from this:)
Honestly, I was a little too confident when I started the 100-Day Blogging Challenge. I never thought that it can be a little demanding since I’m used to creating blog posts for my clients. Now that I’m on Day 7, I can feel the slight burn and pressure. I don’t want to go back to 0 and start over again but the temptation to fail is getting stronger too as days go by. [Read more…]
I failed on the second, third, and fourth day of my Blog Every Day Challenge (100 Days Challenge). It’s harder than I expect it to be but I quite understand how and why I failed. In this post, I will share some of the pitfalls that I encountered in the first five days of the blog challenge.
Second Day of the Challenge: Not knowing What to Write
I believe every writer and blogger out there would understand and can relate to this problem. More often than not, we don’t know what to write. We know that we have so much to share but it seems that we’re lost on where to start.
This is why before starting a blog, you should already have the plan and system in running your own blog. Take note that this is not just about your monetization model, topics you want to write about, and your expertise about the topic. It’s important that aside from the mentioned concerns, you should already have your over-all online marketing plan to grow your blog. This involves your keyword research, competitor research, content marketing strategy, and content calendars. I admit that I lack most of these things for my personal blogs. It’s a different story if it’s for my client. I would definitely have these things prepared even if they won’t ask for it.
I’m going to work on the SEO strategy, content marketing plan, and content calendars of my sites this month. With these things, I can strategically produce contents that are aligned to my over-all online marketing strategy.
Third Day of Challenge: Laziness and Procrastination
As a person who would like to improve other people’s lives, I’m disappointed to myself because of the fact that I do feel lazy and procrastinate sometimes. I do have a solid schedule and I make it sure that I follow my routines. Unfortunately, when it comes to my personal blogs, I do feel like I have to drag myself just to type something for my next post. To combat this, I recently adjusted my schedule and put Blogging into the 2nd spot of the things that I have to do after waking up. I find it easier to write in the morning just after waking up. I adjusted my schedule to stick with this habit.
Fourth Day of Challenge: Not Understanding One’s Bio Clock for Writing
As mentioned in the second reason, I adjusted my blogging work early in the morning 30 minutes after waking up. As a writer, you have to determine the time when you write the fastest and easiest. Observe yourself in a week and you would surely know what’s the best time for you to write.
As part of the deal, I will send $3 for charity projects before the end of this month. I will also reset my count to one (1) because I failed to publish three articles for three days.
Since I fully know and understand these pitfalls, I will improve my blogging system and writing for this challenge. I will also create tracking mechanism so people can check my statistics for this challenge. I will let you guys no.
I hope you learned something from me!
I’ve failed miserably in blogging in many ways. In my teenage years, all I want is to be a real writer. Now that I have the power and opportunity to write and get my works read, I know that I’m not doing enough. I’ve wasted thousands of hours doing nothing. I own six active sites and look, I’ve only written less than a dozen of articles for each site. I know, it’s a shame.
Though, I do write for several clients for their blogs, I find it hard to spend time and write for my own blogs. I know I can do better. I’ve done this before. I want to redeem myself.
This time, I want to take things seriously. I’ve decided to turn blogging into another major source of income. Aside from monetary gains, I also want to prove to myself that I can coach people in their blogging career. I want to be a role model to my existing and potential clients. I have to offer my full commitment to blogging in order to succeed in this journey. This time, I have to walk the talk.
BLOG EVERY DAY GUIDELINES
- Write at least one article per day with a minimum of 350 words and publish it on any publishing platform.
- Write and publish consistently for 100 days.
- I will use Coach.Me to check in and post the link to my latest article.
- Every time I fail to write for one day, the counter resets to zero (0) again and I will donate $1 for a chosen charity project, (this will be donated after the monthly report is finalized).
- For each week that I successfully write seven (7) articles, I will help a fellow blogger to stick to his blogging habit for FREE. If you like to avail free blogging coaching from me, contact me here.
I created a Coach.Me Plan called Blog Every Day Challenge (100 Days Challenge). The beauty of using coach.me is it allows you to track your progress every day and encourage you not to lose the momentu. It’s based on the Jerry Seinfeld method. It helps you to nourish developing daily habits. Coach.me also has a very supportive community.
If you join my coaching program, you will reap the following perks and benefits:
- I will help you to streamline your blogging goals.
- Create a customized system just for you that fits your everyday life so you would have time to blog.
- Guide you in your blogging journey.
- Help you set up your blog if you don’t have one.
- Teach the basics of SEO.
- You will also have the chance to win $100 worth of blogging and writing related books from me.
- and have one-on-one coaching with me.
Guess what? It’s only $4.99. Let’s do this together. You can also join for free by opting in to my 100 days blogging challenge email list. Get free resources to help you improve your blogging career, weekly prompts to keep you on track, and other blogging tips.
Why do I charge $4.99? It’s a fact that free stuff always get neglected by people who avail these freebies. They feel that there’s no value from it. There’s no sense of urgency and commitment to something that you get for free. In order to overcome this, I decided to turn the challenge into a paid coach.me plan. By turning it into a paid plan, each person that purchase the plan validates three things:
- They’re serious about their blogging career.
- They have genuine desire to take their blogging career to the next level.
- They won’t let their investment go to waste.
I’ve only spent three hours in writing and creating the coaching plan. I guess this is a great start. How many times do you publish a blog post in a week? Would you take the challenge? Let me know in the comment box.
Whew time really flies when you’re deeply engrossed with what you do! Three days and I forgot to update this blog : ( Lot’s of projects that I have to work on. I’m really excited to share what I’ve been busy with. It’s really nothing fancy but I hope you’ll find these things interesting J Aside from personal projects, I’m also working on clients’ stuff.
While enduring the daily freelance grind, I’m figuring out real productivity lessons here. Some of these are the following:
- Focus on four or less projects in a day. Any number more than four, will surely burn you to hell. Right now, I’m working on six websites, five content marketing projects, and two personal projects (GiveIt100 Challenge and FB Writing challenge). That’s really harsh since I work alone most of the time.
- Define a clear goal. Determine what you really want to happen and when you like it to materialize. One of my goals is to set-up Blog A before the end of March.
- Turn that Goal into Daily Affirmation. Since you have a clear goal in mind, focus now on sticking to it by turning that goal into a daily affirmation. You can recast that goal into a more optimistic sentence like “I am having a blog that I can be proud of before the end of March.” Inspiring isn’t it?
- Focus directly on tasks that will really lead you in accomplishing your goals. I was facing a dilemma between setting up social media accounts for the blog or working on the widgets of the website. I realized that I can delegate the social media work to my workmate and focus on tweaking the website which will directly contribute to my goal.
- Affirm that you’ve done something. Have you ever felt that feeling of being so engrossed with a project that you forget other projects queued in your to-do list? That always happens to me. This is why I need to draw a clear mark on what to accomplish in a certain period of time. After finishing a task, I need to affirm or confirm that it’s over to subconsciously tell myself to move on to another task. I’m using a productivity tool called iDoneThis , a web tool that you can use to count the task that you accomplished in a day. After finishing a task, login to their website and type in the task you accomplished. You can also keep the iDoneThis tab open in your browser so you need not to log in over and over. The tool is also awesome as a collaboration tool.
So that’s the daily productivity system that I’m trying to maintain. It’s really effective since it gives me a clear cut view of what I do and what I accomplish. Would love to know your own productivity hack. Comment it below :D
Day 7 of 100 Days Challenge – March 2
March 2 was a Sunday so I wasn’t so productive. However, I managed to work on several task:
- Banner placement for affiliate programs
- Research for my upcoming e-book :p
- Website check for a client
- Meditated! (finally!)
- Brainstormed for a startup service that I’d like to work on.
If I have enough money to hire people, I can surely launch my startup online service in two months. It would be awesome for social media marketers who would like to automate their campaign without sacrificing the quality of work. If you know someone who might be interested in financing an idea, let me know : D
Day 8 of 100 Days Challenge – March 3
I’m starting to connect with my online influencers. It’s a great experience every time they respond to my emails. I would surely share their responses once I sealed one interview with them. :D I also did some blog tweaking.
Day 9 of 100 Days Challenge – March 4
March 4 was more like a contemplation day for me. I reviewed my financial health and planned things out for my websites. I also did a lot of reading for the content marketing plan for a client. My girlfriend and I went to Department of Labors to settle some employment issue. Crap! It’s really so traumatic being employed nowadays. I tweaked the website again and sent an interview question to a startup company. Hopefully, they would email me back. Bye. End of the day.
We have Readers!
I’m pretty convinced now that there are at least 40 people from all around the world reading my entries on this blog. It’s not something to celebrate but I’m really happy that there are people who actually cares about what I do. Since February 21, I’ve seen a gradual increase of visit on this website (see image below). Mostly are from the US. I hope they won’t notice my grammar lol.
I want to thank these people for three things. One, thank you for visiting this blog. I know most of the contents that I publish are not really helpful to you since they are very personal entries. Two, if you’re reading my entries, thank you for spending your precious time on my post. Lastly, thank you for not spamming this site and not trying to breach the security features we’d set. I seldom receive any security alert and lockout notice (which is really a time saver).
If you’re reading this, say “Hi!” in the comment box.
I’m very thankful for many things. There are a lot of reasons to celebrate. I notice that I’m starting to regain the same level of mindfulness that I used to have. I’m becoming more conscious on how I spend time and find myself sticking to task that I need to accomplish in a day. I’m really happy that I’m regaining self-confidence on what I do. I’m starting to celebrate life again and see sunrises as adventures to conquer and sunsets as triumphs to celebrate.
One of the reasons why I decided not to commit to any full-time corporate job is because of that feeling of being choked in a day-to-day basis by people who don’t really care about you as long as you do your job. I know, that’s how it really works. I thought I was really doing great in freelancing until I became greedy of projects and drove myself to exhaustion to reach a Php. 50,000 monthly earning target. Yes, I’d met the target for two months but it cost me a lot of things. Some are painful to remember. Eventually, 50k target became nothing but physical exhaustion, daily moodiness and irritation, sloppy work, lots of tension and stress, and failure. After a few months, almost everything in my freelancing career started to collapse. I did not care to recover after four months. It was tough but here I am! I understand that I cannot let myself wallow in desperation. I have to remember the things that really matter to me. I have to remember because it was so painful that I almost forgot everything. Adventures of a Freelance Yuppy has helped me to regain my life. This blog is who I am. Although, I have other co-authors here (who are seldom active), AoaFY is a very personal project to me. The title itself resonates a lot with my ideals. And yes after months of hiatus, I’m feeling myself alive again. : ‘) The 100 Days challenge and FB writing challenge have brought me back to life. I am Mon again (and you should expect crazy stuff in the future lol) Thank You!
March 1: What I’ve Done
March 1 was not as productive as the previous days. However, there is one good news to celebrate. I’ve closed a deal to one direct advertiser on one of my blogs : D Sweet! Isn’t it? The screenshot below shows what I’d done on March 1:
P.S. If you’re planning to start your own 100 Days Challenge, visit G+ community if you need some daily pep talk ;)
Note: If you would notice, I’m writing my entries for 100DayChallenge in US time. My body clock has really turned against me. I sleep at 6am everyday in Philippine time and wake up at 1pm. Then I’m awake for the rest of the day until the next day. It’s really hard to trick your sleeping habit once you get used to it.
There a lot of things to celebrate at the end of February. I believe I’ve accomplished a lot this month. These are nothing but simple joys that I find extra fulfilling. This includes my GiveIt100Day Challenge and #300-word FB Writing Challenge. I love the idea of reflecting about my day through writing. I’m not keeping any classic paper diary anymore (but I do have journals) and I’m happy that I’m digitalizing my daily journey by publishing it on this mini blog.
I finally understand the things that I really want to do. I know what I love and understand what I need to do to accomplish my goals. Yeah, it sounds immature and not the typical “Mon” that people know. I’m turning 23 and I feel really old. It’s like time and youth have left me so early. I don’t know but I guess it has to do with past failures that I had to endure. Now, I’m back in the road, relentlessly dreaming, forever learning, and passionately working. It’s love – my agape.
What I did today:
- Email consultation with one of my clients. I’m doing online marketing consultations (focus on social media marketing and content marketing). I’m trying to provide short intelligible lessons so they would understand the things that I do for them.
- Presented a portfolio for a blog set-up project for a client.
- Tweak social media posting for our blogs
- Idea brainstorming for an e-book that I will release before the 2nd quarter of the year.
- Tweak some plug-ins for my blog.
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I don’t know if I’m being a little bit emotionally sensitive here but you’d probably understand if I feel a little bit bad being called a “Wuss”. Yeah, it’s actually nothing for everyone but being labeled that way on a social media platform like Facebook in a group which supposedly encourage you to do what you have to, is kinda off the mark. I feel a little bit slighted but I know the person who said it did not mean to offend me. I understand his intention : ) And No, this is not a post against anyone. This is a post for everyone who has been called a “wuss” once (or more) in their lives and why they should know they are meant to survive and win!
So what’s a “Wuss” children?
Why You Are Not A “Wuss”
Yeah, I know I’ve been a loser for quite a time in many aspects of life. However, there are a lot of reasons why I don’t really let people calling me a “wuss” affect me. In fact, I don’t really mind them calling me any names. I’ve been a lot in life and passed a lot of gauntlets. A broken family, poverty, traumatic childhood, hazing, life-and-death situations, illness, and countless humiliation; but here I am. I may falter today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow but one thing is for sure – when it hurts, I will get up and muster all the courage that I can muster to push things forward.
Self-preservation and pain are two god-given tools to keep us going wherever we want to be. If you’re breathing now, do yourself a favor and pat your own back. Celebrate! You’re a victor. You’ve escaped the hook of death. Hundreds of thousands dying everyday and here you are reading a loser’s blog post (lol, while reading this, I guess it’s already a win-win:). Tomorrow is another battle. Even if no one appreciates that you have done great today, celebrate that you still exist. Tomorrow you will face another battle. Trust me; it will do you more good than listening to those people who try to put you down.
Should You be Mad at People Calling You Names?
Try not to be “Mad” or emotional but if you do, it’s normal. The question is how you should treat it and use it to your advantage. In my case, I don’t get easily offended by anyone. Emotions will do you no good at all. Being attached to anger will not further your own cause. Be a better person and smile. Yes, smile. They don’t really mean it. They’d like to push you to your limit and we all know sometimes it’s going to hurt. Never, hold any grudge. It will only distract you from your goals. Believe in the inner goodness of every man. No sane human being would really want to hurt another just for the sake of doing it. There has to be a reason behind it. Most often than not, they just want to help you. At the end of the day, you’ll surely thank them for pushing you hard enough to fall and feel the pain.
What to do next?
So much for the pep talk, let’s focus on the real thing. What should you do next?
- Listen. See things objectively. If they’re calling you a wuss, there must be a reason. If they are expressing their criticisms, there might be a thing or two that you will learn from them.
- Stay Proactive. One of my greatest influencers, Stephen Covey, discusses extensively in his books the value of being proactive. Rain or shine, the only difference that any situation can reveal is your attitude.
- Engage. Well, not in an aggressive way. Depending on the type of person you are dealing with, you can ask follow up questions. Genuinely ask, why they think you are a wuss. We have different perspectives and the good thing about perspectives, you can listen and see things on someone’s eyepiece but it will never hurt you.
Ignore. Best thing you can do if you’re dealing with someone who’s really not there to make you a better person. You might ask “how would I know that?” Here’s a simple equation:
Good People = “You’re a wuss!” + Sane constructive criticism + your personal objective research/standard about their criticism (are they really making sense?)
Bad People = “You’re a wuss!” + Insults + Fallacious Reasoning
- Take Action and Prove them Wrong – As the old adage says, success is the best revenge ; ) Hey, just kidding :p If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in life, don’t aim to be a better person just to live to someone’s expectations. Love yourself and be a better person for the people who will benefit to your success : )
In my case, the person who called me wuss is one of my online influencers and I respect him for many things and qualities. I listen to him because I believe and feel integrity in his actions and words. So lesson, don’t take criticisms negatively.
What I’ve done today
Well, I’ve done a lot of things today. I’m using a productivity tracking online app called iDoneThis. It’s really amazing because it somehow subconsciously affirms your accomplishment everyday which is pretty important to maintain your productivity momentum. Here’s a list of what I’ve done:
Aside from those things, I’ve also have other good news:
1. We passed the final interview of a San Francisco startup company as a content writer ;).
2. Earned free one-year subscription to an awesome platform which will surely blow your mind. I’m still working on the affiliate partnership with them.
3. I’ve also connected to a social media marketing tool company for a one-month free subscription of their tools. I’m also working to get my affiliate program application approved. I’m also arranging another surprise for our readers (if there is anyone reading this lol).
4. Pitched another project to a long -term client. Hoping to wrap things up tomorrow. Keeping my fingers cross lol
That’s it for now! Have a great day and remember, “You’re not a wuss!” :D
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January and February have been a whirlpool for me. There are tons of work to do and I was again wallowing in my depressive nature. It’s a good thing I’m getting back on track. God I miss the people on GiveIt100.com.
As if the GiveIt100.com challenge is not a daunting battle, I have committed again to another “form” of public challenge hosted by Glenn Santos, Founder of 199Jobs, a Filipino outsourcing startup. Am I getting addicted to this public challenges? Well, I love making things hard for me. lol
How Do I Do this and Why
This has a very personal meaning yet it is open to public’s eye. The beauty of accepting a challenge in public is you keep your commitment intact and you really need to be accountable since you submit yourself to a mechanism of transparency. Aside from that, if you’re not going to be true to yourself and honest with your progress, it’s YOU who will lose the game not the public or the people who follow your story. As a blogger, I would like to be someone who practices what I preach. I would like to share firsthand knowledge and insights which you can relate to. I don’t want to be a know-it-all-guy who would write about how-tos with no real demonstration of success. I would like people to see me do it.
My GiveIt100.com Challenge + 300-word 24/7 Challenge
There are a lot of life gurus who say that using a To-Do List is overrated. Yes, I kinda agree with them but To-Do list is an inevitable productivity metric in our society’s system. When I was working for a radio broadcasting company, we were required to submit at least five stories per day. So, that five stories would be part of my To-Do list in a day. It was inescapable. I had to do it. To-Do List is something hardwired in our system. The only thing that can change is how you manage this To-Do list and this is what I would like to do on GiveIt100.com.
After almost two months of hiatus on GiveIt100.com, I saw another appealing challenge to help me with my chronic lack of motivation. It’s the 300-word 24/7 Writing Challenge with my Facebook friends. Hail Glenn Santos for hosting the challenge. Here are the rules:
So here’s how I will manage and merge the challenges that I joined:
1. I will create a daily To-Do List.
2. I will give a daily update on GiveIt100.com and write a 300-word mini-blog post for the 300-word challenge.
3. Weekly, I will use different apps, tools, method, and tricks to accomplish my To-Do List. I will post a review on that app, method, tricks, and etc every Sunday.
4. The 100 days challenge should be undertaken in 100 consecutive days.
5. I will not sleep until I accomplish all the items in my To-Do List in a day.
6. I would like to maintain this Lifestyle: 7 Hours Sleep, 1 Hour Workout + Meditation, 6 Hours of Work, 4 hours Blogging, 6 hours for other concerns (Meeting, Family time, Learning, and reading).
a. 85 Days of accomplished To-Do List
b. At least 10 Reviews of productivity tools or method
c. Community Feedback through Social Media and Stakeholders
There are a lot of ideas rushing into my mind and I would really like GiveIt100.com to be part of it. I would like to establish first this habit of accomplishing my To-Do List and meeting my commitments. Here are some of ideas that I’ve been thinking of that might also inspire you to start your 100 days challenge:
a. I would like to write my ebook. Write at least 500 words per day. That would be at least 50, 000 words in just 100 days.
b. I would like to learn how to play a guitar.
c. Grow my blogs in 100 Days. SEO-wise, I would like to see my blogs on the first page of search engine results.
d. Build an awesome e-commerce site in 100 days.
e. Travel the entire Philippines in 100 Days.
f. Help a stranger in 100 days.
g. Prepare sweet and romantic surprises for my fiancée (and forever and beyond!)
h. Create a sustainable community outreach program for communities in need.
These are just some of my thoughts but definitely, I will try all of these one by one. ;) We have 365 days in a year, right?! That’s at least three projects for me! :D
It’s a good thing there are people who would want other people to improve and commit to the process. Karen is really amazing for starting GiveIt100.com. It is very relevant in our time. It exposes us to the reality that all great things are not something that we can do over night. I’m really happy to be one of its first user. Sir Glenn also demonstrates a rare kind of leadership (at least in Philippine context) on Facebook. Most of us don’t really maximize the power of social media networking.
Start your Own 100 Days Challenge
I do believe that everyone has this burning desire to do and accomplish something. You can start your own 100 days challenge by following these steps:
Good Luck and God Bless !!! We can change your life in 100 days!
Day 2 for me was quite tough because I wasn’t feeling well at all. New year’s eve celebration has finally taken its toll. I was feeling heavy the whole day. I wasn’t productive at all. My eyes were teary and I couldn’t seem to focus the whole day. I have 7 articles due this Saturday and I only wrote 2 articles. [Read more…]