In August, I signed up for my first Ultimate Blog Challenge created by Michele Scism and Michelle Schaeffer. It was a crazy move on my part as I was in production on my last commercial job and worked non-stop for over nineteen days straight. I didn’t manage to hit the goal of 31 posts in 31 days but the challenge did keep me posting five days a week no matter what…a significant achievement particularly during days where sleep averaged four hours. I signed up again this month and here’s how I did…Again, timing was tough as I had just committed to a Three Phase business plan that requires me to invest some of the time I was spending blogging into presenting my workshops and teleclasses. I am grateful for the challenge because it allowed me to…
- keep up blogging on a slightly less frequent but regular schedule
- discover new inspiring or insightful blogs adding inspiration or new business building tips and tools
- support other bloggers by retweeting as many of their great posts as I could
- meet and make new connections with other empowered women who are turning their dreams into reality
- build my own readership and followers on Twitter
- harness my perfectionist and hold myself back from attempting to post an additional 9 times this weekend to hit the goal of 31. Instead, I am celebrating my 21 posts as well as all the work and focus I put into my Phase 1 goals ~ an area I’ve been really dedicated to creating a breakthrough in.
My takeaways, in addition to the above…
- obviously, I appreciate all the new followers as well as the new sources I am following
- insight into seeing the power of retweeting and supporting others – definitely strength in numbers. I’ll continue this practice throughout the rest of 2010 and into next year.
- ideas on blog content
- ways to blog valuable content without a lot of time and words
I’m hoping for another Blog Challenge in my future. Maybe one of these months, I will hit 31 posts but that’s not the point. There is so much more that comes from this process than a posting number. Big shout out to the creators, the fabulous Michele and Michelle and to my fellow participants who helped make this possible!