So throughout November, I published a blog post every day, for nearly 30 days straight. There was one day where I failed to get a post up, so that makes for 29 posts:
- Body of a Spartan Workout Review
- How to Get Started Playing Classical Music on Electric Guitar
- My Top 7 Favourite Pieces of Classical Music
- 3 Simple Rules for Evaluating Other Peoples Opinions
- How to Write Your First Lyrics
- Modern Art is Literally Rubbish
- Some of My Favourite Pieces of Art
- 8 Lessons from Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins
- Vital Software Tools for Every Guitar Player
- 6 Mistakes I Made Learning to Play Guitar
- Why I Love Early Mornings
- Threatin: Vanity Metrics Gone Wild
- A Fifth Attempt at Learning Counterpoint
- Studying Counterpoint: November 14th Video and Notes
- Why I Love American Muscle Cars
- Thoughts on Minimalism
- My Favourite European Heavy Metal Festivals
- Best Exercise for Strengthening Abs
- How to Make Some Extra Money
- The Metalheads Guide to Surviving Winter
- The Heavy Metal Guide to London, United Kingdom
- The Heavy Metal Festival Survival Guide
- 7 Reasons to Love the Mountains
- How to Have a Heavy Metal Adventure in Europe
- 10 Life Lessons from the Richest Man in Babylon
- 7 Reasons Why Heavy Metal is the Greatest Genre in the World
- 8 Lessons I Learned from Playing in Heavy Metal Bands
- My Guitar Playing Journey So Far
- 9 Life Lessons from Lifting Weights
I wrote 39,092 words overall, averaging 1,348 words per post, with my longest post being 6,111 words.
Some mornings I stared at my laptop for an hour trying to think of something to write.
Some mornings I sat down and wrote.
More than once, I started 3-4 different posts before settling on something that I was going to publish that day.
My longest post took 5-6 hours to write (the entire working day when I allow for hitting the gym and teaching guitar in the evening and I still need to add some images to it).
Halfway through the month I migrated my blog from http to https, and moved some posts from my main artist/musician website to the blog. Logging into Google Search Console, I found that my impressions from the blog in 2 weeks matched what my old blog have achieved in one month (4.3 weeks), and I’m expecting that to rise.
The clicks are less than my old blog, but that is going to rise. I stopped blogging properly for a couple of months and was getting 85-90 clicks a month, after migrating I’ve had 33 clicks in two weeks (Google is re-indexing the blog, seeing the https blog as different compared to the http blog), so given time and new posts I’m expecting this to grow.
I’ve had a few comments come in which was cool.
I’ve found an easy way to get traffic was to put my blog posts up on my facebook page (d’uh) and share them into groups on Facebook.
I also found people on Facebook shared my blog posts more than my music. This is probably because there are 1000s of heavy metal musicians releasing music constantly, but very few people writing blogs that heavy metal fans would be interested in.
When I say a blog, I don’t mean another reviews website – there are more of those than grains of sand in the sea. I mean something talking about lifestyle and experiences from within the heavy metal genre.
I think good blogs are an opportunity within the heavy metal genre that are not being used, or at least, not being used properly. There are plenty of people on instagram, and I’m sure Tumblr, creating content, but not people creating great personal blogs (Read: How to start a blog).
The real results for this will probably come in a years time or so.
What Did I Learn?
Writing and publishing something every single day was pretty challenging.
It was a good exercise in overcoming self-doubt, and in learning how to promote myself better.
Google seems to like longer articles that talk about something very specific.
I’m getting better at improving how the blog looks. Getting the hang of creating images for the posts was a bit of a learning curve.
Writing every morning is relaxing, and confirmed my thoughts on creativity being a habit, or a muscle.
I can only focus on 2-3 things and do good work on them each day.
What’s the plan now?
I’m going to keep writing every day, but publish less often, so I can take the time to create a really in depth guides and higher quality articles. Not publishing every day also means that I can schedule my writing time better, so I can work on the guitar playing and songwriting… which is why I’m writing this blog in the first place.
I found that most mornings, having a mission (to write and publish every day for a month) made it easy to get up early. I set an alarm for 5.45am, and when it went off I would literally jump out of bed. Early mornings really are the best thing to be more productive.
The posts that I make that are either comprehensive on a subject (like my guide to the Hirajoshi Scale on Guitar) or really in depth technical posts that are shorter (like my analysis of Chopin’s Op 28 no 20) seem to rank best on Google.
You know… posts that actually help people.
I might go for a monthly blogging challenge a few times a year, see how it works out.