I did 30-day writing challenges as a UI/UX designer — Here is what happened

It’s day 30. I didn’t break the chain.

Here are the results.

Day #1

My only goal was to not break the chain and write for 30 days straight. For this to work I had to let go of the longer article format I’m used to. So I did short articles. I had to be fine with pushing writing I’m not entirely happy with.

I had an excuse — I’m doing a challenge.

Day #7

I wrote my most popular article from all 30.

Title: $1M/Year one-man design agency. 2k views on Medium with few comments and a bunch of “Save to list”.

Day #10

I got an invitation to submit one of my Web3 to a Medium design publication.

I did. They didn’t publish it for some reason. I guess it was too short and surface level.

Day #12

I got a writing gig offer.

It was based on two of my Web3 articles. They asked me to add some detail and images and that they would pay me $150 per article.

This was super flattering and I might take on their offer in the future.

Day #19

I got an invitation to submit my most popular article (from Day 7) to a Medium publication about startups. I didn’t. I don’t have a good reason. It was a flattering compliment anyway.

Day #30

My Medium following grow from 1.7 to 1.9 in the past 30 days. I get around 20–30 notifications per day. Mainly people saving some of these 30 articles. This for me is a signal that people find something valuable from it.

This will keep me going.

Takeaways

Here is what was the most useful for me to be able to do the full 30-days:

  • Having constraints — short articles.
  • Using the content idea generation framework of Ship-30.
  • Using templates for headlines, articles and openers.
  • Use Grammarly, HemingwayApp and Fluent Express in combo for grammar and proofreading. This is probably the biggest help as a borderline dyslexic non-native English speaker.

What’s next

Well, no commitments but hopefully more of this.

I might move all the articles to my own blog — people can sort by topic and find what they looking for more easily. I might go back and expand on some of the short articles people have expressed interest in.

If you have any questions or you want me to write about a topic, share them in the comments. I might write on that next.

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Product Designer. Writing about creating a one-person design business. designsolo.co

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Product Designer. Writing about creating a one-person design business. designsolo.co

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