Exactly one year ago, on October 14th, 2018, I wrote my first article on my blog. A simple “Hey! I’m here and here’s what I’m into!” kind of article. It was the first of what has become a library of 314 articles.
Not all of the same quality, I’ll admit! And that first one… Oh my god, when I read it again recently, I felt weird about its structure and content. Yet, it allowed me to throw myself into writing online and was full of an energy I cannot attest to being present in all my pieces.
I had been writing for a few months my diary consistently and it was time to stop pushing away what I truly wanted to do: Share with the world.
I’ve written tonnes of articles now. If someone had told me a few years back that I would have written more than 300 articles in one year by now, I would have laughed in their face.
But now, it feels like it was meant to be. I’m still a beginner when it comes to writing and the few of you who’ll have reached this part of this article can attest that. Nothing great here, is there?
And still, I’ve been having loads of fun!
Of course, I’ll admit some days have been tougher than others, but the feeling of my fingers typing away on the keyboard, following (more or less!) my train of thoughts still feels magical.
Some pieces have been particularly impactful to me and mind-blowingly easy to write. For some strange reason, those were also the ones who had the most readership.
There are articles like how I got fluent in English in a year or How skipping basics in a language is a mistake, or even about the importance of accountability, and so many more, for which I can still remember the feeling I had when writing.
But there’s one that completely destroyed the rest both in terms of results and experience of writing.
What If Stupid Jokes Were All We Needed to Have a Better Life?
There’s a guy who goes into a bar and says…
It turns out this article ended up on the first page of Google when searching “Stupid Jokes” (now page 2). I guess that’s not the most fabulous thing I could get views for but whatever. It was fun.
It’s also, by far, my most viewed article among others, having 3 times as many views and reads as the rest.
I wrote this article laughing. It took me about half an hour of straight out out-loud laughing to get to the end.
I was writing about something I had believed in for many years and combining it with thoughts I had developed through my self-development endeavors.
So why am I bothering you with all this?
It’s easy. I’m just trying to remind you of what you already know but never actually put into action:
Relax and have fun
Whether you have extremely hard to accomplish goals or not, whether you need to stay focus on a simple task for a long time or not, those don’t really matter in the end.
Do you want to reach the end of your life and remember pain only? Nobody really wants that, right?
We want to remember good times.
And there’s nothing better than fun.
Don’t confuse “fun” with “useless”!
It’s not because you enjoy playing a certain game or because you love getting drunk with your friends that those are good choices. Yes, you can now make a living through gaming, but it’s not a good choice for everyone.
What you need is not to rest or go out with friends or date a lot of people. Those can be fun and/or useful! (You make your choice on which is what.)
What you need is to find fun in your endeavors. Give yourself weird tasks if you want to make the challenge more fun!
For any writer, I found this great reference to push your creative mind a bit further: A random word generator!
You can now officially add a random word in your articles. The challenge may be easy or not.
Mine today was easy-peasy. It was “reference”.
What’s yours gonna be?