The 30 Day Writing Challenge

People who know me, know that I’m an avid reader. I spend hours every day soaking up news feeds, novels, and all kind of text.

But I don’t do a lot of writing. Sure, I’ve co-written a book, but that was so last year. I still have a lot of ideas buzzing around in my head, but I never seem to find the time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and organize my thoughts into coherent blog posts, short stories, or instructional topics and guides.

That’s why it seemed almost perfect when I stumbled across the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

The goal is simple - commit to writing something, anything, every day for 30 days, to get yourself into the habit of writing and start Getting Stuff Done, which sounds right up my alley. So I signed up! And here we are, nearly at the start of April, so it’s time to prepare.

The first two recommended tasks are simple:

  • Organize somewhere to publish what you write: I have this blog! It’s Jekyll-powered, it’s shiny, and I’ve just moved it from GitHub Pages to being hosted by the fine folks at GitLab. It does need some love in terms of content though, which is why I’m here.

  • Set yourself a daily goal: I’ve never been a regular writer, so it’s hard for me to set a goal I know I’ll hit consistently. Having said that, I have ideas on what to write, so I’m aiming to write 1000 words every day. And to keep myself accountable, I’ll be posting details of what I wrote every day, on this page.

I’ve also recently floated the idea of writing another book, this one teaching basic theory and concepts in Rails for people with some programming experience. I think we skimped greatly on that in Rails 4 in Action, properly explaining things like ActiveRecord, Model-View-Controller, etc. The idea has gotten good reception, so it’s probably what I’ll be working on most of the time, but I also have a backlog of blog posts on smaller topics I’d like to write as well.

Look forward to hearing a lot more from me over the next month, and hopefully that will get me into good habits that mean you’ll be hearing a lot more from me after that too!

(ps. This blog post is apparently 389 words, so I would have a lot more writing to go!)