daily writing challenge lessons learned

Mission accomplished! You’ll remember that my mission to kick-start the new year was to join an ultimate blogging challenge. This challenge required each person to write and post a new blog daily. I had been contemplating doing this for at least a couple of years, but l had so many excuses for not joining. Too little time, which is a ridiculous excuse for me as l certainly always found time to watch TV for instance. Here is my thought on this ultimately amazing and rewarding challenge, not to mention finding new online blogs to read.

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No one was more surprised than me that l wrote and published a blog post every single day for the whole 31 days. I think there were about 20 bloggers who started the challenge and l think (but not sure), roughly a quarter managed to finish. It does take a lot of consistency and determination, and yeah time 🙂 . For bloggers with family commitments, business etc, it’s not easy to find the time. There is no prize for finishing, it’s more of a personal goal because l have switched my mindset away from New Year resolutions which works better for me.

Lessons learned from the Writing challenge:

  • I am as stubborn as l think l am. When l want to really do something, I rarely let anything stop me.
  • It’s nice to have support. On the days l wanted to skip a day, my husband was my biggest cheerleader. I also got a boost from going to the group and seeing that others had posted prior to me and that gave me a kick in the ass.
  • I not only enjoy reading, I enjoy writing as well. I fully intend to do more of both, in the form of blog posts on here, writing short stories, and more help books on  Amazon.

The other big win for me was discovering new blogs (to me) that l enjoy reading. Here are 4 in among the many that l enjoy and think you should check out for good reads.

Martha is a mom, grandmother, and great grandmother who reviews products and writes about her family. I enjoy reading about her life and interior design work (custom drapery), and food, glorious food.

Paul is the admin of the FB group and an online digital strategist. His blog is chock full of helpful advice for small business owners and bloggers. You’ll learn for sure.

Roy writes really deep and thoughtful posts about taxes, the internet and pollution among others since he is  a polymath and inventor. I like to know a little about a lot of things, but he knows a lot about a lot of things. Since l enjoy learning, it’s a good find for me.

I’d never heard of hygge (yeah.. I know l am behind the times 🙂 ) till l read Jeanine’s blog on the comfort of hygee , a Danish concept of coziness. It’s been really nice following along with movie nights and other fun activities.

My plans for the blog is to write a new post at least twice a week. I still need to drill down and see what niche l want to be in. I enjoy helping people with financial tips, but l also enjoy writing about blogging tips. Any input is welcome. I would also recommend doing this challenge if you’re a new blogger and need a jump start to get you out of the rut, to meet other bloggers and to learn new things, like where to find blog post ideas and how to market yourself.

How have you challenged yourself lately?