31 Day Blog Challenge: Round-up

My 31 Day Blog Challenge ended yesterday so technically, this is my 32nd post. I’m so excited that I can’t stop. I enjoyed this challenge much more than I thought that I would. This is why we should always be open to trying new things…you just never know.

Barring a seven-day hiatus because the telephone company took that long to repair my dead phone line/wifi, I didn’t miss another beat. I am surprised at how I found the time to publish a post every day. I became more disciplined and determined than I’ve ever been since I started this blog. I refused to fail.

I decided to use one featured image throughout so that I wouldn’t have to go hunting for images every day. Looking for the right GIFs would be time-consuming enough. I modified the featured image twice to spice things up.

 

 

This challenge allowed me to be as creative as I wanted. I could interpret the prompts whichever way I chose. That’s the beauty of writing prompts. They expand your mind. I have found that my inventiveness has improved in areas of my life that have nothing to do with writing or blogging. My brain is more alert.

Some of the prompts were a bit repetitive. Next time, I’ll pay more attention to each title to avoid that kind of overlap. This time, I simply worked around the repetition.

A few of my existing followers kept up with my challenge from start to finish. I was initially worried that people would find a daily notification from my blog annoying but it was never an issue.  I earned some new followers along the way too. I also discovered new blogs that I’ve since subscribed to.

Having participated in other writing prompts, I know that they’re a lovely way to build a community around a blog. It’s a wonderful side effect. I can say that with this challenge, I’ve had a taste of that. Would I come up with my own weekly writing prompts in the future? I’m not sure. Pinterest and WordPress are full of so many already.

I would definitely like to do another month-long blog challenge next year. This is perhaps the making of a Mint Tea and Elephants tradition. Instead of beginning in the middle of a month, I’ll be sure to start on the 1st of whichever month. Maybe May or June? I have a bit of planning to do…

Have you ever tried a month-long blog challenge? Was your experience similar to or different from mine?

19 thoughts on “31 Day Blog Challenge: Round-up

  1. I’ve never done a blog challenge like that, but I did Blogmas last year. I had fun, but I think that so many people were doing Blogmas that a lot of content went unread. So doing it at some other time in the year is better. I used the same image too and think this is a good idea so you can really focus on the writing.

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    1. Hi, Kirsty! Yes, choose a less hectic time in the blogosphere and choose a less popular challenge, if you decide to give it a try. Because I’m in a decluttering mindset I haven’t paid much attention to Blogmas. The posts I read were about shopping and more shopping so they didn’t really appeal to me. I’ll pay more attention this year to see if there’s more to it than that.

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      1. Haha yes there is a lot about shopping. I didn’t follow a set of prompts for it, so I could afford to be more creative and talk about customs around the world, animals, and other things among the gift ideas to bring a bit more variety. I won’t be doing it this year, but I enjoyed the experience. I think it would be fun if a group of us could do it together.

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        1. Sounds like your attempt was far more interesting. Ask a few of your blogger friends if they’d like to do a challenge and go for it! I’m aiming to do NaNoWriMo in November so I’d want a bit of a break in December. If not for that, I might have been up for another month-long challenge.

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          1. I wouldn’t do another December one – people are too busy with other stuff to read – and although the joy of writing is a part of it, I do publish in the hope that people will read them too. I’ll keep an eye out for something else that takes place during another time of the year.

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            1. I mean – people did read the posts, but I think there is such a scramble for attention in December, whilst at the same time people are busy with other things, that something like February or a summer month would probably be better.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your posts every day (bar the little break). It’s great that you got so much out of it yourself too – might have to give a similar challenge a go myself!!

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  3. [ Smiles ] Nicely done, Melissa. You handled your prompts well.

    It is interesting to know that there are phone polls in your area (And, that is a good thing).

    I always imagined you living deep in a forested area using a high-end power generator and an iPhone X to update your blog.

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  4. You did a great job!

    The most I’ve ever posted is 6 days in a row, and those have been unusual circumstances. I really prefer my normal 4-day-per-week routine, three of which are kinda-sorta prompt-ish in nature.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. For joining in and sticking around! I’d tried before to find a comfortable blog schedule but life kept interrupting. Using the prompts made it easier to blog every day because I didn’t have to think about a title. Now I’m back to picking my brain for ideas, and still no clue on how many times a week I’d like to post. Don’t wanna lose my momentum, that’s for sure.

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