Update #1: The Two Articles Per Day Challenge

Producing a lot of solid content isn’t easy, especially on a consistent basis. Ask any blogger.

You crush it one day. You write 2,000 or 4,000 words. Then struggle to pump out 300 over the course of the next week.

Life is an ebb and flow. Writer’s block is real. Humans are not machines. And writing is more art than science.

The Two Articles Per Day Challenge

I knew this going in. I knew producing two pieces of solid content every single day would be a grind. Writing two 1,200 word blog posts alone isn’t too difficult.

When you factor in formatting, posting, social media, other obligations, freelancing work, and more – the time really starts to add up.

Pumping out 2,500 words in the morning – not hard. Posting everything and then getting all my other responsibilities taken care of – quite difficult.

That’s fine. I’ve reframed the problem as a challenge. I’ve accepted I’ll be spending a lot of hours behind the screen over the coming months.

Live and learn. I plan to do a lot of learning over the next few months. Refining my ability to sell and copywriting skills are at the top of the list.

Week One Results

Well, a little over a week. This is day ten of the challenge. And this piece makes article 19. Thus, I’m one article away from staying on pace. And I have three pieces scheduled for tomorrow. So I’ll be back on track soon.

And the site has slowly started to grow. Before I started the challenge, Nomadic Hustle was stagnant. I was battling inner demons stemming from my surgery.

The challenge revitalized me. I found my energy and drive, again. Well, I stopped taking finasteride, too. If you’re a man losing a little hair, don’t take finasteride! It’s not worth it.

P.S.: If you’re a man losing a little hair, don’t take finasteride! It’s not worth it. 

Back to the results. Now that I’m on a consistent posting schedule, views are soaring and traffic is trickling in. Before the challenge, the site’s best day was 24 unique visitors. Now, I’m consistently getting over 100 visitors a day. My best day saw over 200 people visit Nomadic Hustle. 

Now, I know this is not a lot of traffic. Trust me! Some of my past sites had days with over 3,000 unique visitors. But Nomadic Hustle is brand new. It’s going to take time to grow. And that’s fine. I’m in this for the long term. Blogging isn’t the business to get into for fast cash.

Top Posts

Over the first week of this challenge, a few posts were well received. Some of my most popular posts this week included:

Just Getting Started

The two articles per day challenge is just starting. I’m not even 20 pieces into a 700+ article challenge. It’s going to be a long road ahead, but I’m ready for it. If you have any article ideas, tips, tricks, or suggestions – sound off in the comments.

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Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.

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Jamie McSloy - September 20, 2016

Here are some random thoughts:

Firstly, congrats on getting so far in the challenge. I’ve seen a lot of guys who last about 5 days on a daily post challenge, so you’re already ahead of the curve.

That said… Are you still excited about achieving the 700+ goal? It’s great if you are… but that’ll wear off. You need to be prepared for when it does. You’re probably doing this already, but whenever you have great ideas for articles, don’t let them slip away. Instead, right them down, do bullet points, whatever you have time for.

For the formatting, try to do as much in bulk as possible. build up a library of images for featured images. Learn the HTML tags e.g. so that you can do them as you’re typing. If you’ve planned to write reviews of stuff, make sure you have the affiliate links to hand in advance. (This is the one that always messes me up.)

If you’ve got other work to do, like freelance writing, then you need a plan to sort your daily posting around that. You’re posting first thing in the morning, which is good… but what happens if you can’t do it first thing in the morning? It might not happen, but don’t let life disrupt your flow.

Speaking of which… I don’t really agree that writer’s block is real. Sure, if your dog dies or whatever you’re not going to want to write, but the everyday ebb and flow thing is something you can conquer if you put your mind to it.

Anyway, great challenge and good luck. I’ll be following along to see how you do. At 2 posts a day, you’re going to get massive results, and you’ll also raise the bar for everyone else.

    NomadicJake - September 20, 2016

    Jamie, that was one heck of a comment. Appreciate the great insights.

    I’m definitely still excited about achieving the 700+ posts in a year, but I know it’s going to be quite the grind. That’s just fine. I can live with that. My main concern involves when my health improves and i start to add YouTube videos into the mix. That’s when I anticipate the time really starting to add up.

    Affiliates always mess me up, too. Especially when you’re applying to new programs and such. Getting all your links can easily add an extra 30+ minutes to a post.

    Regarding writer’s block – I agree you can almost always get over the hump. I guess my thoughts more turn to when you don’t “feel” like writing, but you still need to. Some days you really only have 2,000 words in you. Others you can bust out 7,000 without thinking twice about it. At least for me.

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