I’ve been called crazy for doing the 30-Day Blogging Challenge. I do have to admit that I am a little crazy, but I haven’t just decided to do the challenge again to get through another round.
The 30-Day Blogging Challenge is so beneficial for bloggers. In fact, any challenge is beneficial for blogging. Even if you fail, you can gain some benefit from them.
Just how could that be? Well, let me share what I’ve gained from doing various blogging challenges over the years.
There’s That Push to Complete
It doesn’t always go my way, but I always have that little push to complete the blogging challenge. I make myself accountable to others, and also set a goal for myself to achieve.
I hate quitting something. The idea of not completing a challenge isn’t a good one. I’ve had that feeling a couple of times, although both times I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made. I’ll get onto that in a bit.
Really, the challenge pushes me just a little out of my comfort zone. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. The next challenge I do, I know I want to feel that again, so I’m pushed even more to complete it.
There’s the Blogging Network
I don’t just do blogging challenges to get my own words written and out there. I want to network with others.
I love to read the other blog posts that are shared during challenges. I didn’t go that well yesterday at reading posts. This week is a tricky one with car buying, driving license changes, and accountant searching, but I’ll be setting some time aside to read some blogs.
I tend to do all my reading when everyone else is asleep. That way nobody can interrupt me, and I get to dedicate myself to the blogs.
Blogging challenges allow anyone to network, and you’ll be surprised at the bonds you make. There are now writers that I follow on a daily basis without them being part of the challenges, because I got to know them through groups.
There’s the Boost in Promotion
Of course, blogging challenges will help with your promotion. You may find others in challenges link to your posts, or they start following your newsletters.
Even if they don’t link to you in blog posts, they may share you on social media. This is why I recommend having social media pins on your posts to make it easier for anyone. If I don’t see buttons on posts, I tend not to share as much because I need to copy addresses and share them manually. With a button, I just click it and the work is done.
Yes, this is a lazy way of sharing, but I’m not the only one out there like that. Do you really want to lose out on the extra shares because you didn’t have a plugin?
There’s the Ability to Learn from Mistakes
We go through challenges and don’t always complete them. Try not to feel like you’ve failed. You really haven’t.
When you don’t complete a challenge, you still benefit in so many other ways. You can still network and you’ll still find people promote your content.
You also build lessons to learn. This is what I’ve done by failing to complete challenges now and then. To learn the lessons, you’ll need to go back over your content and schedule (you had a schedule right?) and see where it went wrong. Did you put too much work on your plate? Maybe life just didn’t work out in your favor.
The next time you do a challenge, you shouldn’t have a problem completing it! If you do, go back over it again and see what you did this time.
It’s time to take part in a blogging challenge. I love the 30-Day Blogging Challenge, because you can pick up where you left off if you do get stuck n a rut. But there’s so much support in the groups to keep you going: from the challenge creators and not just other challengers.
Are you doing the 30-Day Blogging Challenge? Feel free to share your posts below so I can check them out, and share what you’ve gained from doing the challenge and what you hope to achieve this time.