Challenge Accomplished! How A Challenge Helped Me Find Steemit and My Groove Again.

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Challenge Accomplished!

IMG_20150920_194049_297.jpgWriting is like picking apples, you keep doing it even when you think you have enough.

Hey Fellow Steemians! Thirty-one days ago I accept a challenge that I saw a friend take. The challenge was called “The 500 Word Challenge” by Jeff Goins. The goal was to write 500 words for 31 days. Today, not counting this writing for word count, I have written 25092 words for an average of 836 words per day.

I’ve always been a writer. Even when I’ve not been “writing” I’m writing. I’ve got two blogs that had become dead from my activity on social media. I’ve spent a lot of time writing a lot of thoughts there. Good, necessary stuff. I’m a bivocational pastor. If you’re not really sure what that means, don’t feel bad, sometimes I don’t know how to process it either. The basic meaning is that I hold a full-time job and I do the work of a full-time church-planting pastor. I’m also a homesteader. That, along with four kids and family time and the communication mode around facebook about the Church and everything leads to some unbalances that tend to make me throw aside my writing.

So I’ve got a lot of things going on.

To make sure that I met the challenge that was put before me, I publicly told people to comment on my blog in my first post. If I failed, I’d take up to 10 of them out for dinner (or pay for dinner from afar). That could of been costly! Today I’ve finished the challenge… but I’m not finished with the challenge. I have to determine what that means… but it’s late and tomorrow is a busy day. So I expect that tomorrow I’ll confirm what that means for me.

But while I’m here I wanted to share just a couple of things that I learned during this challenge. They aren’t in any particular order except as they pop up in my head.

1) I need to write.

I write very day but I wasn’t writing everyday… if that makes sense. Writing takes a focus, a start and a stop. Social media writing is both reactive and regurgitive (I created this word so mark it down). It’s not typically planned out with a purpose. I know a lot of people use their platforms for that, but that’s about self-promotion typically, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to write for me and it has to be more introspective than reactive.

2) Writing clarifies my thoughts.

I’m 46 years old (soon to be 47 – it happens overnight so be warned 32 year old’s out there) and a friend of mine and I were talking about it. We aren’t sure if it’s because of the speed of the world and instant information at our finger tips or just that we’re over 40 and our sort of muddled thoughts is just the normal aging process. The more I write the more I think it’s just too much information coming in and not enough processing it out. Writing helps me clarify that.

3) It makes me more productive.

Things that I’ve been thinking about, those things that have been swirling around in my head in an unorganized (but totally awesome and fun way… you should be in my head with me some time) clear out and I feel safe moving on from them because they are out in the world, recorded for me to come back to.

My quest to keep writing led me to Steemit because I was writing a post about Youtube and came across someone who said they were moving to Steemit. I think I may have found a home. I appreciate all the kind responses and having a place to write and clear my thoughts out. I’m even more excited with the platform and the possibility of creating great content.

My questions to you:
Do you write daily?
What do you get out of it?

I’m going to bed now because I’ve cleared out some thoughts. Thanks for helping me fellow Steemians! I look forward to your responses!

Post Author: tmhstead

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