Almost 6 months ago, I set myself a personal goal - to post a single article every day on my blog, mohamadalasadi.com.
It's safe to say that I've achieved my goal so far... well sort of.
With a few breaks in between, I've managed to produce over 170 articles within the past 6 months.
I've managed to see my growth, compound, day after day, month after month.
For many people, this might sound like a massive mountain to climb - the consistency required to write an article every day is insane!
The truth is, prior to this, I've struggled with consistency all the time - I've never been able to stick to something for a long enough time.
Even now, it's difficult to get myself to write sometimes - the energy and concentration needed to write an article every day is unexplainable.
So how did I end up doing it?
Here are 6 reasons I've managed to write one high-quality article every day.
Bank of ideas
Before I ever sit down to write a single word or letter, I always know exactly what it is I will be discussing on that day.
It's easy! And I've discussed this multiple times on my blog before!
I have set up a bank of ideas so that I essentially never run out of ideas.
Every day, I would open the notepad with the ideas, look at the next idea down from the day before, and write about it.
While sometimes I may not feel very creative, I try my best to never skip ideas so that I can keep the process as straightforward as possible.
However, in the rare instances, I do skip ideas, I eventually get back to writing them another day.
For example, around a week ago, I wrote about the top 10 books the richest man recommends.
This idea should have been written maybe 2 months ago, however, I delayed it since I didn't know exactly what I would talk about until I ended up doing my research.
Having a bank of ideas at the ready makes it extremely easy to sit down and start writing.
Instead of thinking about the different ideas you can write about when it's time to write, you already know what you're going to need to write about on the day.
While you don't need to write an article a day, even writing 2 articles every week will need a bank of ideas available.
After I figure out what it is I'm going to write about, I start to think about the perfect title first.
The title is one of the most important pieces of the entire article - if the article is bad, no one will click on it.
Unlike YouTube videos where you have thumbnails, Google simply has a title and a meta description - if those don't get people's attention then they'll never click.
Next, I think of at least 3 talking points to write about.
I always aim to make my articles 2000 words long (give or take) and so it's important for me to have enough things to cover in that article.
However, I feel that 5 is the magic number for blogging.
If you're able to come up with at least 5 things to talk about, you'll be able to write an amazing article.
For example, '5 ways you can become a millionaire in 3 years or less.'
That's a really good title/blog idea, and it would most likely do well, given it's written to a good standard.
Once I've outlined my talking points, I start to write.
I try really hard not to overthink what I write and just go for the first thing that pops up in my mind.
If you spend your time overthinking every single word that comes out, then you're never going to be able to write an article.
When words and sentences flow seamlessly, I'm able to write a full 2500 word article within an hour - this then gives me time to go through and add formating options (title, headings, paragraphs) and edit the blog.
Once again, I don't overthink anything I write, I give it one read over so that I'm able to add in any internal links to my other articles, and use this time to also fix any spelling or grammar mistakes.
Although I might miss quite a few, it doesn't matter too much at the end of the day - people still read and get inspired which is important to me.
If you'd like a more in-depth article on my writing process, I will be writing one down the line!
Find your time
The time you write is very important.
You need to make sure that you're writing at a time that works well for you.
The best thing you can do is take a 'chronotype quiz' to figure out the sort of person you are.
For example, after doing the test, I realised I'm a wolf/bear.
These people need a full 8-hours of sleep, and find it hard to wake up in the morning.
They're more energetic in the evening and so writing during the evenings might be a good idea for someone like me.
However, there are a few different chronotypes, so you should do the quiz to find out your own.
Nonetheless, I still write in the mornings sometimes.
When I first started my blog, I only wrote my articles every day, in the mornings - however, more recently, I've started to write them at night ready for the next day.
This is because I've found that writing everything at night is when I'm most effective and creative.
I'm able to write faster, to a higher standard, and so it only makes sense for me to do so.
Add on top of that the fact that it makes my mornings much less stressful, it's a complete no-brainer to write at night for me.
However, the times I miss nighttime writing, I make up for it in the morning.
I find that only after I've read some pages from my book, I'm able to have enough creativity to write quickly, and to a high standard.
However, if I have just woken up, my writing quality will not be anywhere near what I expect of myself.
Don't judge yourself
This is one of the biggest reasons I'm able to put out one article every day.
I have a lot of entrepreneurs and bloggers read my articles - the biggest problem I hear them talk about is the fact that they feel their work is not good enough.
They feel that the quality of their writing isn't up to par compared to what others expect.
I'm here to tell you that is complete bulls***.
No one gives a d**n what you're writing is like - they only care about their experience with your writing.
I, for one, never considered myself a good writer.
Back in school, only a few years ago, I was a terrible writer - according to the curriculum.
I got terrible grades in English writing, however, today, over 30K people all around the world read my work every month.
Not only on my blog but through various other channels:
My definition of a good writer is not someone who knows how to write a novel like Harry Potter - it's someone who can instill something in their reader that they may not have had before reading.
A lot of people read my articles for inspiration, for truth, for motivation, and to learn something new.
From the comments I get all over the internet, even the messages I receive on social media, I'd assume that I've done what it is I want to do.
In my eyes, I'm a good writer, not because I can string together words into sentences, but because I inspire, motivate, and elevate my readers.
I share the truth, and nothing other than what I genuinely believe in - in a world where everyone's competing for attention and notoriety, it's hard to find genuine people.
Whenever I write an article, I don't judge it, I simply let my readers judge it.
It's the fact that I don't overthink the quality of my writing that day that allows me to push out an article per day.
Nevertheless, my articles still come out really well, which is still equally important.
Beeple, a very well-known NFT artist, mentions how he focuses on creating 1 piece of art every day and launching it.
Like me, he doesn't let his own opinions (or other people's) stop him from pushing out one piece of content per day.
Without this mindset, I would have given up on writing over 5 months ago.
Growth and support
Going off what we just talked about, another big reason I'm able to keep going is because I'm making a real impact.
Every day, I get to read heart-warming comments that tell me how my writing has inspired them to get up and take action.
A few months from now, a year from now, I would know that I sparked something in those people that led them to their success.
This feeling is really unmatched because only a few months ago, I was a voiceless boy without much going for him.
To see my words and my writing inspire others is amazing - everyone has a voice to share, you just got to open your mouth.
The first week, heck even the first month of writing, I struggled to get 100 views per month.
On Medium, I struggled to get a view a day.
Today, was the day I cracked the 1000 views in 24-hour mark on my blog, MohamadAlasadi.com.
It's also the day I cracked 1000 views in a single day on Medium.
Is that coincidence? Is that luck?
I've spoken about consistency and how it all leads to an unstoppable force, a flywheel that continues to grow and grow into a massive ball of destruction.
Within the past 6 months, I've proven to myself how consistency is a real thing, and how it all compounds over time.
The continued growth curve along with the amazing support I get every day, the comments I get to read every day, that's the reason I'm able to pull together the motivation to sit down and write 2000 words plus, every day.
Your long-term goals
When I set myself the challenge to write an article every day, I didn't expect I'd ever make it as far as I have.
I had just gone through a devastating failure with my agency, and other ventures, and I wanted a way to express myself.
Holding a lot inside without letting it out is dangerous - you can build up enough pressure and blow up.
Luckily, I found that writing was a great way for me to let off steam, writing was a great way to speak to someone on the other end, someone whom I never knew, even if they're not really there.
I found that whenever I wanted to express myself, doing it through writing is the best way to do it - I make this joke often, but if I were to end up being invited to speak on stage, I think I'd be speechless.
Writing is just a much easier way to let my thoughts and feelings flow than to speak them.
With all that said, I never started writing to make a living.
I never started writing to someday become a millionaire from it - although it's possible.
I started to write so that I can express my thoughts and feelings.
I did it so that I can share my experiences - failures, successes, and lessons, with someone else who might find them valuable.
We don't only learn through the success of others - learning from their failures might be the best way to learn because you'll understand what did not work.
Most of the goals I set for myself are strictly financial goals.
To reach $100K per month with X.
Make $X per month by Y.
However, writing an article a day was far from a financial goal - it had a real reason, a real 'WHY' behind it.
I think that's the singular reason I've managed to keep going.
For the first 4 months plus on Medium, I saw almost 0 results.
It took me at least 3 months to get my first 3 followers, however, the last two months have gone insane.
It took me at least 2 months to realise I need my own personal domain, and so I bought mohamadalasadi.com.
A few months after that, I introduced the email collection into my blog so that I can keep in contact with my readers, my community - you.
Had I set another goal, maybe reach $100K per month from blogging in 12 months, I don't think I would be here today writing my 172nd article.
Everything I would have done from day 1 would have been a scramble for cash.
"What article will I write today to generate X sales?"
"What words or sentences will I use here to increase conversion?"
It would have been much harder to just release an article per day when all that pressure is stacked against you.
Instead, I just made a simple goal - write one article every day.
And it worked.
That's how I managed to write one high-quality article every day.
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