Corbett Barr

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Every Day for 30 Days

For the next 30 days, I’m going to try a little experiment here. I’m going to publish something on this blog every day for the next 30 days (until the end of November).

Recently I’ve only been publishing about twice a month here, and that’s something I’d like to change. I love writing here and interacting with you and exploring new topics.

Sure, I’m busy with other projects like Think Traffic and the upcoming Expert Enough blog, but this blog is a special place for me. It deserves more attention. You deserve more attention.

Don’t worry, I’m not planning to publish especially long posts for the next 30 days. I just want to get in a frequent writing rhythm. I don’t plan to maintain the every day schedule past 30 days, but it should be a fantastic experiment. I hope to learn something new about writing that I can report on here and at Expert Enough when it’s over.

That’s it for now. No plans, no agenda, no ulterior motives. I’m just going to be publishing here every day for the next 30 days. We’ll see where it takes us.

If you’re with me, I have two questions for you:

1) Is there anything you’d like me to write about? Anything you’d like to challenge me to cover that I maybe haven’t before?

2) Have you ever tried writing every day for a month or more? What did you learn from it?

See you tomorrow :)


Oh, and you might notice that I changed the design of this site a little yesterday. I thought it would be good to freshen things up before starting this 30 day journey (if you’re reading this in email, click here to see what I’m talking about).

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  1. Hi Corbett, I have been writing my blog for almost 5 years most days. What I have learned it that if you trust the flow, there will be endless inspiration. Good luck on your experiment.

    Joseph twitter at explorelife.

    • Corbett

      Wow, that’s an incredible streak Joseph. Congrats. By the way, the link you provided doesn’t work.

  2. I’ll be doing the NaNoWriMo thing, so pretty much trying to hit 2,000 words every day! It’s my first time trying, so I can’t tell you what I’ve learned from it yet…

    I am looking forward to what you come up with though, and what you learn from it. I don’t have any topics for you off the top of my head, but I’ll let you know if I think of anything!

  3. Sounds like an interesting experiment! There have been months where I’ve written every month, but usually only because of my freelance writing clients – I’ve never done 30 days of focused writing on a single project.

    What I would love to hear more about was how you made the leap to self-employment. Beyond what’s written on your “About” page, were you ever scared that you wouldn’t be able to make things work financially as a blogger? Did you ever wish that you’d gone back to either the traditional start up world or a regular day job?

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking for us!

  4. Hi Corbett,

    Great idea, I have made it a point to write an article once every two days and at times have managed to get another in here and there as “extras”. What I have experienced is, once you have made this your goal, it is amazing the topics that will come to mind. I got this inspiration from another post I read of someone else who are suggesting to those who want to make money with their blog to realize the need for the 1st YEAR to write a post a day! Wow I thought that is ambitious, I thought I was ambitious with one every other day! He then went one to say that if not every day, keep in mind that after you have published 362 posts, then you can expect to earn some serious money!

    At any rate, I think it is doable, and I will wish you the best! I keep my articles to about 400-600 words which keeps the “door-knob” low enough to reach.



    • Corbett

      Hey Rusty, I’d have to disagree about the 365-posts-to-income philosophy. I think it really depends on the situation. You could write 365 posts of stuff that doesn’t help anybody and end up with nothing. Or, you could write just 50 posts of incredibly useful stuff and end up with a complete business on your hands. There are so many other factors at play.

      I do think writing regularly is a great habit to get in though. Most bloggers I know should be writing much more and strategizing less. Myself included, and that’s why I’m taking on this challenge.

  5. Hi Corbett,

    To answer your questions:

    1. I’d love to see you write more about YOU, and your day-to-day routine. Having read your various ebooks, I know you’ve had some amazing experiences on your way to success. But what’s your life like when you’re not making money on the Internet? How do you keep grounded while living the Work-from-Home/Dot-Com lifestyle?

    2. I try to write every day, though not always on the same project. Some days I blog, some days I work on a different writing project (most recently, my new novel, which is thankfully approaching completion). But it’s rare day indeed when I don’t write *something* substantial.

    Writing is like any kind of exercise: the more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the more you miss it when you stop. :)

    Thanks for you do for us, CB!


    • Corbett

      Thanks for the idea Joe, I’ll definitely try to work that in…

      Congrats on getting close to finishing the new novel, that’s not easy, I’m sure. It sounds like you have some great writing practices in place. I’m hoping to become more consistent through this challenge.

  6. Hey there Corbett!

    Happy to hear about your experiment.

    I’ve got one question which is bugging me for a while.. maybe you could write about this topic: How do you create a community?

    Tommorow I plan to start a little experiment myself. To write everyday, at least 500 words, much like you… just do get into practice (I’ve totally lost if, if I ever had it).
    I don’t know if I’ll publish anything… but the idea is to write something every day till the end of November at least.

    Let’s learn some more! :D

    • Corbett

      Cool, that sounds like a great challenge. I know Chris Guillebeau tries to write 1,000 words every day, regardless of if they’re published words, or not.

      Thanks for the topic idea as well David.

  7. While I’ve never blogged every day for 30 days, I do make it a practice to write something every day. No matter what that is. My only guidelines are at least 10 minutes a day, every single day.

    This left me with a 400 page journal I began when I got pregnant and stopped writing when our daughter turned two. This is the basis of a novel I’m working on now.

    But… one challenge I’m thinking of taking on now… Take a photography and upload it somewhere… flickr, google or my blog… once a day, ever day for I don’t know how long.

    A month seems like a good place to start, though.

    • Corbett

      I think you have to set the bar low to begin with, in terms of how long you’ll take on a new challenge. Otherwise it can seem undoable and futile. 30 days seems reasonable, or you could even start with 7 days or 14, just to make sure you can really accomplish the goal.

      Leo from Zen Habits says it takes 4-6 weeks to establish a new habit, and he suggests starting very small (almost ridiculously small). That’s why I’m just committing to publishing something (even if it’s just a quote or a paragraph) every day, not to writing 500+ words or anything.

      A photo a day definitely seems doable. You could probably accomplish that in 15 minutes a day if you really had limited time, right?

  8. Corbett.

    I wrote every day for 30 days earlier this year through lent. It was a challenge for men, a series of short posts to challenge them to think about a different aspect of themselves and their masculinity. It was a great challenge for me as well, I stuck to the schedule, despite travelling at the time, and learned about how stimulating it can be to really focus. I have now turned it into a 100 page eBook and in the New Year I am bringing out a 12 week online course specifically aimed at men, helping to become the kind of man who can truly love a woman. All from the experiment.

    As for subject, I’d love to see you write about the greatest challenges you have faced and how you dealt with them. That should fill 30 days…. :-))


    • Corbett

      That’s awesome Graham. I love how simple little personal challenges can lead to so much more. Congrats on the new book and course.

  9. How about some poetry?

  10. Hey Corbett!

    Looking forward to the daily writings. Redesign of the site looks great. Looks to be a focus on subscribing in one format or another — very simple and clean. I’ll be anxious to hear how it works. Look forward to seeing you later this week here in LA.

    • Corbett

      Cheers Rick, thanks. Give me a shout on Thursday or Friday. I’ll be around and am looking forward to it.

  11. Christina

    I would love to see you write about what moves you-whatever you want to do, a blog is for you to express yourself, like a party the conversation begins with a thought. We trust you, enjoy your way, it’s your journey, too.

    I’ve written every day on one of my blogs last year, though I have slowed this summer. It’s the work I love, connecting with people. I’m building another site right now, so the blog has missed me some days, but I love it, always will.

    • Corbett

      Thanks Cristina, I have a feeling I’ll be writing on some random thoughts, but that’s all part of the experiment.

  12. Cat

    Looking forward to the daily posts. On a similar note to the suggestion about writing more about your daily route, I’d be curious to hear the highs and lows you face each day. I often feel like blog posts generally end up telling a story beginning to end (problem to resolution) but not so much about the in the moment frustrations that might not be resolved until the next day, week, etc.

    • Corbett

      Oh, there are plenty of frustrations Cat. I just try to spare you the details. I’d be happy to write about that though, it might be fun. Thanks!

  13. Hi Corbett,

    That sounds like an interesting challenge! I have not tried to blog everyday, but maybe that is something I should think about. I write my posts and try to do some journal writing in between which I think helps keep the flow going. Good luck and I look forward to reading.

  14. I haven’t tried publishing a post every day. I think it’d be something good to try in the future.

    I really like the new look of your blog!

    I look forward to the next 30 days of writing here. Miss some good old Corbett Barr insight.

  15. Like I said on Google+, I just whined a lot when I did mine. haha. I think I’m going to start again, though. And maybe not whine about it. And maybe post more than just, “I don’t feel like blogging today, so here’s a picture of Jensen Ackles.” I desperately need decent writing samples if I’m going to get out of my opposite-of-awesome job anytime soon.

    • Corbett

      That’s the real challenge Sierra, to write for your audience and not just for yourself. The two definitely overlap, but not always. Let us know how it goes!

  16. Awesome experiement, I always like popping by your personal site so this is super cool.

    A couple of things:

    1. The new site design is much better than your previous one, although I used to like your old footer much more, just my opinion.

    2. Not really a request for articles as I’m sure you’ll create great content no matter, but here in the UK November is known as ‘Movember’ where men don’t shave for the whole month of November and grow a mustache for charity, perhaps you could tie that in with your November writing challenge? Completely off topic i realise but could be quite cool.


    • Corbett

      Ah, “movember,” I hadn’t thought about that yet, not being in the U.K. It sounds fun though. The only problem is I look terrible with a moustache.

  17. I look forward to seeing what you have to say. I have been following for a little over a month and noticed there was little going on in October. I am eagerly anticipating November.

  18. Mike B

    I am a pretty jovial guy, but working from home sometimes results in “the blues” as a result of the solitude it provides during the day. If that has been an issue for you in your journey, I would be interested in how you personally handle it, whether it still is an issue from time to time, and any advice you have to offer. Perhaps it is just me.

  19. Tat

    I recently did a similar experiment. I was surprised, I thought it was going to be a chore, but I learned a lot about persistence, perfectionism and looking within. Still, I only lasted for 30 days. I wrote a post about what I learned here:

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