I took part in a 28 day blogging challenge a couple of years ago. It was a 28 day challenge because it was for the month of February. The challenge was to blog every day for 28 days. So I did. It was tough at first, but it taught me I really do like to write – which was a good thing.
After keeping up the pace for about a year, it became difficult to continue blogging every day and do everything else I have to do on a daily basis for life and business, so I stopped blogging on Fridays. Recently I made the decision to longer blog on Wednesdays. I still repurpose older blog posts on Friday and Wednesday by promoting them on my social media channels. I just don’t write new posts anymore.
Until this week. And next.
The reason being … I am conducting my own blogging challenge this week and next. I’m asking everyone in the challenge to blog every day, so if I expect them to do it; I should be doing it too, right? Right.
Today is only the 5th day of a 10 day challenge, and I have to say I’ve learned a TON of stuff I didn’t expect to learn. At least I didn’t expect to learn anything myself since I’m the one holding the challenge. But I have.
It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. One of the biggest challenges for me has been I know what I know, so some of the things I’m sharing in the group are based on the assumption that everyone in the challenge already know “certain” other things. I didn’t intentionally make this assumption. But I made it nonetheless.Why not assuming others know what you know is a really good thing!Click To Tweet
I’ve also approached the challenge with the assumption (in my mind) that everyone else loves and understands the techy side of things as much as I do. Not so! When I do this again (yes hopefully) in a few months, I should be able to approach it with a much clearer view of the process and hopefully not make as many assumptions.
When you know a lot about a subject … or at least you know more than someone else does, you do your best to start at a point where everyone is comfortable. It’s not that easy to do though. So when teaching or instructing or advising others, make sure you find out what they do and don’t know before you embark on your journey. In my case … finding out who already has a blog and who doesn’t would have been very helpful. So do your research, and if there are prerequisites that will enable others to get the most out of whatever you are teaching or instructing (like having a blog for a blogging challenge), make it clear. Approach everything from the “student’s” point of view and not from your own I know what I know point of view. It will make things a lot easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
So while I’m not going to be publishing new posts on Wednesdays and Fridays on a regular basis, I will be this week and next. I have no clue what the topic or theme will be for these posts either … but I’ll know what to write about when the time comes, and I guess that’s all that matters.
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