This is the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, at least this particular round of it. By the end of today, I hope to have posted 31 times to this blog in October, once for each day of the month.
I do this and other challenges (the Blogging From A to Z Challenge, NaNoWriMo, A Round of Words in 80 Days) because they teach me something about myself and point out things about the way I work that are good and things that I would like to improve on. It’s fun to “win,” but that really isn’t the point. I’m not competing against anyone but myself. And this time through, the first time I’ve done this challenge, there are six things that I have learned.
- This is a lot harder than it looks. I really admire the bloggers who can make this look easy, because it isn’t. Coming up with ideas for posts every day ain’t no box of chocolates, as my friend Forrest Gump would say.
- Preparation is the key. Blogging every day requires a game plan. As I said at the beginning of the challenge, I have one feature on this blog, Two for Tuesday. I’m now mulling ideas for additional features. Maybe TV Thursday and The Friday Five. Knowing what you’re going to write about on a given day makes the job much, much easier.
- Mine other blogs for ideas. The two most popular posts this month were based on things I found elsewhere.
- It’s fun. As hard as it was to come up with ideas sometimes, I had a blast doing this.
- Visit other blogs, and they’ll visit yours. I apologize to other bloggers doing the challenge this month that I didn’t make more of a point of visiting blogs. Next time, for certain.
- Write ahead. There was something catty-wampus with WordPress last night and I almost didn’t get the post out. If I had a stockpile of posts, I could have just released one of them.
Did you do this challenge? What did you learn from it?