Whenever starting something new and exciting, the tendency can be to try and over do it. To try and go “all-in”. To try and capitalise on your initial burst of enthusiasm.
This applies to almost anything. Creative projects, healthy eating, fitness, hobbies, habits, and even relationships.
How many times have you seen someone start their new exercise habit by doing 5 gym workouts (or jogging sessions, etc) in the first week, then burning out a few weeks later (either through exhaustion, or injury)?
Or perhaps you’ve seen someone decide to start writing their novel by taking several months off to solely focus on writing. They might start off in a flurry of activity, but by the end they’re spent and wondering what happened.
Perhaps that person is you?
A personal example
Usually, the above scenarios would describe me well.
But lately I’ve been trying different approaches. This website is a reflection of my changed approach.
It’s now been 6 months since I started blogging here (after several other blogging attempts in the past on other websites). And I’ve learned an important lesson during this journey. And that’s been to NOT go “all-in” from the start.
When I started writing here 6 months ago, I was quite excited about the potential of this website, and excited about the things I wanted to write here.
The temptation was great to go “all-in” from the very start.
In this case, that would mean starting the blog in a blaze of glory and publishing an article every day from the very start.
Not surprisingly, this often becomes unsustainable, and people eventually burn out within a few weeks, or a few months at most. Chances are you’ve seen blogs like that. I certainly have. I even ran a few of them!
So I fought very hard to stop myself from doing that this time.
Instead, I started off gradually.
I started by only posting one article a week.
I did that for a while, slowly getting used to the experience of blogging (somewhat) regularly. Occasionally, there may have been a week or so where I didn’t publish anything at all. And that was fine.
Eventually, I felt like going for 2 articles a week. Not because I felt I HAD to, but because I WANTED to. I saw that my articles were getting readers, so I wanted to create more regular content for them. And I was enjoying the process.
So I did 2 articles a week for another few months.
Now, after 6-months of blogging like this, I’ve decided to step it up to 3 articles a week.
This doesn’t mean I’ll continue doing 3 a week, or that I’ll eventually do 4 or 5. I’m not trying to plan it like that.
But my enthusiasm keeps gradually building.
As of writing this particular article, this blog already has 50+ articles, and over 40,000 words of content. After only 6 months of semi-dedicated writing, those are stats I’m very happy with.
Interestingly, if I had started this entire writing project by telling myself I had to write 40,000 words as soon as possible, that figure would have overwhelmed me.
Or if I had started this blog from the beginning by forcing myself to write 3+ articles a week, I’m almost 100% certain I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this now. I would have burnt out a long time ago.
Instead, I’m here writing this article for you, and I’m still just as enthusiastic as I was when I started blogging.