I think I’m going to migrate this blog over to my personal website.
As I write this post, this blog lives at jon.fit. I purchased that domain specifically for the purpose of the 100 day blogging challenge I’m participating in with a few colleagues. However, as we reach the midpoint of this challenge, I feel like I’m beginning to have a vision for what a long-term blogging habit might look like.
Why Did I Use Jon.Fit?
I used the jon.fit domain to begin with so that I had the freedom to participate in this challenge without caring too much about how the content reflects on me. I didn’t expect to write about anything career-related, and I wasn’t ready to commit to associating this content with my professional online presence.
Basically, I didn’t want to make an ass of myself and have that reflect poorly on my employer.
However, as the challenge has gone on, I find myself beginning to see the shape of what a long-term blogging practice might look like. And if I’m going to stick with this thing in the long-term, I don’t want all this content to live on what is effectively a throw-away domain.
Why Would I Want to Keep Doing This?
I’ve found blogging to be really helpful over the last 49 days, in at least two specific ways:
- Writing forces you to organize your thoughts, and blogging has provided a space for me to think through a wide variety of issues, ranging from how to respond to George Floyd’s death to strategic ways to make habit formation easier.
- Blogging about my short-term monthly goals has helped me be far more consistent in sticking to them than I have been in the past.
Those are both really valuable benefits. I’d like to keep enjoying them indefinitely.
What Might a Long-Term Blogging Habit Look Like?
At this point, I have ideas, but no firm plans. I do think I’ll end up with at least the following general types of posts:
- Workout logs: I imagine I’ll continue to post workout log type posts.
- Work hacks: I imagine I’ll continue to write about work hacks–strategies I use to maximize my effectiveness and minimize distractions.
- Habits: I expect I’ll keep posting monthly updates on my habit journal.
- Book reviews: I expect to keep writing up short reviews of the books I read.
- IRL updates: When something noteworthy happens, in real life, I’ll probably write about that as well.
Who knows what else? I don’t plan to put too many guardrails on this thing. I plan to simply maintain whatever momentum I’ve generated by blogging over the last few months.