I’m in the middle of my fourth blog challenge of 2010. The challenges present the opportunity to blog for 30 days straight and connect with others in the blog community.
It’s not easy. It is fun.
It’s not for everyone.
The purpose is usually to drive more traffic to your blog, cultivate the habit of daily writing, and to have your blog promoted by others participating in the challenge.
The purpose is NOT to make you dread starting the day, feel helpless because you get behind, or have you compare yourself to others in the challenge.
I read a blog yesterday where a participant was lamenting the fact that she was overwhelmed and under-motivated to finish the challenge. There was something else in her business that she enjoyed doing better and she was missing out on doing that because the challenge was getting in the way. She found herself somewhat resentful and procrastinating the blogging.
It’s OK if it’s not your cup of tea!
If you sign up for a blog challenge, get in the middle of it, begin dreading each day and sabotaging your own results, give yourself permission to STOP! It’s alright! Nobody is going to give you a failing grade.
Pat yourself on the back because you just came to the realization that the blog challenges are not for you. The more you discover what you don’t like to do in this biz, the closer you are to realizing what you do like and you can get on with the business of doing THAT!
Now, I know I’m not the creator of the challenges but I’m here to tell you that if your life or other obligations get in the way, don’t fret. Shake it off, give yourself credit for what you did accomplish and get back to the business of running your biz! Your way.
Great bloggers don’t have to blog every single day. They don’t even have to try to blog every day. Several times a week is good enough for many. Live with it.
Now, go out and be great bloggers!