Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blogember Challenge Completed! 30 Day Blog Roundup!

Whew! Welcome to the very last day of the Blogember blog every day in November challenge. I can't believe I posted a blog for 30 consecutive days, especially after I went the entire month of October without hardly a blog post at all. What can I say? I'm just an all or nothing kind of person.

This blog every day November challenge has been a roller coaster. Here is a sampling of my thought process throughout the challenge:

"I'm so excited to blog every single day in November."
"What was I thinking? This is going to be hard, I'll never find the time."
"This isn't so bad. As long as I stay ahead of the game, I'll can do this."
"This is fun!"
"I'm on a roll!"
"I wish the Happy Girl would provide writing prompts all through 2013...and beyond."
"I want to blog every day forever!"
"Well, I haven't been so great at staying ahead, but at least I'm still on track."
"Is this over yet?"
"Another post tomorrow, really?"
"Is anyone even reading anymore?"

And that brings us to today, the final day of the challenge. While this has been fun and I really enjoyed it, one month of blogging every day was the perfect time frame for this challenge, I probably couldn't do it another day. As a matter of fact, December 1st will be the first day in more than 30 days that you won't see a blog post from me.

I loved the writing prompts from a Happy Girl Blog and most days I followed along. There were a few days that I had other things that I wanted to write about, so I took a break from the assigned writing topics. I wrote about my experience at Bloggy Boot Camp, shared my Runner's Gift Guide & Giveaway (there's still time to enter), told you about my mishaps at the turkey trot, and my tips for joining the  Runner's World run streak challenge.

There were two days that I really couldn't come up with anything interesting for the writing prompts, so I went off topic and wrote about how much I love Simple Truth at Kroger and my Toys for Tots shopping fun.

On the other hand, there were so many writing prompts that I loved, it really got me thinking outside the box about blog topics. My six word memoir post ended up being one that made me proud, and I would have never thought of this topic without the writing prompt. I also really enjoyed writing the reverse bucket list, my five places to shop online, and my five favorite apps posts.

There were some topics that were way out of my comfort zone, because I usually don't usually talk about my personal life on this blog, and some of these writing prompts required it, four stories from elementary school, my first job, my first concert and my first pet (OK, all my pets).

All in all, it was a really fun experience. While I didn't always follow the writing prompts exactly, they were extremely helpful in keeping me motivated to write everyday. I saw a nice little boost in blog traffic this month and it was fun to read the other blogger's posts who were partipicating in the challenge. It was great practice to write every single day, and I had the opportunity to explore new writing topics. I think I am a better blogger for having completed it. Here are the blog topics and my links to the ones I completed.

Blog Everyday November Challenge from A Happy Girl

November 1: One of the best lessons life has shown you
November 2: Favorite inspiring quote
November 3: 5 favorite blogs
November 4: Write for 5 minutes on the prompt: Freedom
November 5: Share a favorite recipe (can be yours or someone else's just make sure to give credit)
November 6: 5 favorite apps
November 7: A day in your life
November 8: 5 minutes on the prompt: Time
November 9: 5 favorite places to shop online
November 10: A time when you felt unstoppable
November 11: 3 albums you would take in a deserted island
November 12: Your first pet
November 13: An epiphany you had this summer
November 14: 10 photos on 10 past the hour
November 15: Favorite Halloween costume of yours
November 16: 6 word memoir
November 17: Favorite year in elementary school and why
November 18: Happiest moment of your life
November 19: First job
November 20: Your first concert
November 21: 5 unique facts about you
November 22: 10 places you would love to visit (or have visited)
November 23: Reverse bucket list
November 24: 20 things you are grateful for
November 25: A love letter to yourself
November 26: Favorite teacher in your life
November 27: A book that honestly changed your life
November 28: Your life's soundtrack
November 29: Your take on the prompt Be Ridiculous
November 30: If you wrote your memoir, what would the title be and why?

Thank you so much to the Happy Girl for hosting this challenge.

I think that in the first part of 2014, maybe February, I am going to host my own blogging challenge and call it the Great Fitness Blogging Streak. I have already starting thinking of fitness related writing prompts. Who is with me?

If you have been following along this month, I am so grateful to you. I promise to stop clogging up your feed so much in December. After a blogging lull in October, the November blogember challenge motivated me to get back on track, and now I have plans or a more balanced blog schedule in December.

How about you? Have you ever completed a blog every day challenge?
Would you consider joining mine in February?
Are you sick of me yet? :)

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Lea

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5 comments :

  1. I didn't play along every day but it was fun reading how everyone interpreted the challenge to make it their own.

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    1. You did it MOST days, I loved reading your posts! :)

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  2. Congrats, Lea! It just wasn't meant to be for me this month.

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  3. Congratulations on completing the Blogember challenge! I really enjoyed reading your posts everyday, and appreciate the time you took to do this. I know it would be a challenge for me!

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  4. Lea - thanks for sharing throughout the month. I enjoyed seeing your posts, and will continue to follow along. And I look forward to a 2014 Blogging Challenge! Thanks for the encouragement - and glad to stay connected with you!

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