Josh Monen

A Daily Blog To "Show My Work"

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My Last Daily Post After 300 Days of Blogging Daily

Today marks the 300th day I’ve published a daily blog post on here.

And today is also the day I’m quitting posting daily.

It was a hard decision because I originally thought I would publish daily for 10 years!

But I didn’t even make it ONE full year. I considered posting for 65 more days just so I could say I published daily for a year. But after a good talk with my wife on the way to the Oregon Coast two days ago I realized that was a dumb idea.

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Decision to Quit Daily Blog

Haystack Rock Today

“I know it’s OK quit. I just haven’t yet,” I told my wife as I looked out the passenger side window of our RV at the big Astoria Bridge we were about to cross.

“No, I’m not saying it’s OK if you quit. I’m saying you HAVE TO quit. You’re starting to drive me crazy telling me how you hate blogging daily but you feel like you have to do it because of some commitment you made to yourself,” she said.

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5 Rules To Keep A Blog Fun

Show Your Work

I love Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work. His book was one of the main reasons why I decided to start blogging daily.

When I read it I had been on Facebook for 9 years and was getting sick of all the pointless crap on there (including my own).

So when I read the following quote from Show Your Work I was sold!

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Why I Removed Google Analytics from My Blog

I will no longer look at charts like this for this blog!

Last night I was complaining to my wife about my blog.

“I’m frustrated Babe,” I said as I was brushing my teethe.

“Why?”

“I made the mistake of checking my analytics yesterday and got discouraged because nobody reads my blog.”*

“But I thought the point of this blog was just to have fun and post something every day?”

“It is, but it just feels stupid to publish something every day and have nobody read it.”

After going back and forth like this for about 20 minutes I finally asked my wife what she thinks I should do.

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Getting Frustrated with My Blog’s Low Traffic

Drawing my 3-year-old made. This is also how I felt about my blog today.

Today I made the mistake of looking at my blog’s analytics.

I’ve posted a daily blog for 255 days straight.

And even though I told myself I’m not going to worry about how many readers I have for the first year of blogging I can’t help it.

I can’t help but think, Man, I post something on here every single day and I feel like I should have more traffic by now.

In the last 30 days I’ve only had 141 sessions.

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