Thursday, June 30, 2011

Post # 30 of 30 - What I've Learned and a Challenge for July

Last month, my friend Moe (who's penning an incredible story, which I hope she'll one day publish because it's just that good) tossed out a challenge. I was to write 30 blog posts, one a day, during the month of June. She was to write or edit one page per day for the same period of time.

Here's what I've learned:

 1.As much as I chatter on all day long, not all of what I say has relevance or even meaning. Who knew? I know, I know. Some of you out there are snickering into your drinks right now, because I do tend to blather on, but still. Trying to write something meaningful or worthwhile EVERY day? Is hard.

2. I love comments. I can't help it. When I first began blogging, I wrote solely for me and the Reds. I wanted a place to record their journey out of babyhood and into childhood and to record my own journey as a "work-in-progress" mother.

Somewhere along the way, I became aware of a larger audience and since the Reds can't read, my stories began to reflect that realization. Even as I post blog links to Facebook and Twitter, I hit the "Stats" button feverishly, waiting, hoping, praying for someone to comment.

 I don't know what that says about me, actually, but there it is.

3.This challenge has been humbling. And such fun. And addictive, though not enough to continue churning out a new post every day. There's a weird, though not unpleasant pressure to actually WRITE when I know that somebody's waiting on me. It's sort of like having a few dozen editors sending gentle email reminders about a pending deadline. Turns out, I don't actually write well under pressure.

Note to self: Blogging requires discipline. And proper sleep. And maybe more less coffee.

5. I was supposed to write about soother fairies and clapping for babies. Or something. I can't quite remember, since June 1st was so long ago. 29 posts ago, to be exact. I WILL write about them, because I promised that I would. It's just gonna take me bit longer to keep that promise. Moe, I know you understand.

6. I am more confident about my writing and more inclined to TELL people about my blog, than I was a month ago. I'm not sure why the shift happened or when, but it feels pretty darned good. For as much as I crave comments and feedback, I am just as happy sending my thoughts out into the ether, if only to get them out of my head.

7. July's Challenge: 30 minutes of exercise EVERY day. I'm terrified. But game.

And you? Are you game and willing to join the "Belly Get Fit(ter) Challenge?"


  1. I'm up for the 30 minute per day challenge, as long as I can still enjoy my Hawkins Cheezies this weekend. Happy Canada Day!

  2. Awesome, Larry. And you raise a good point. Shall we make July's challenge a 30-Day one, too? Give ourselves Canada Day to celebrate and then spend the rest of the month working it off?

  3. Veronica LeonardJune 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    After writing 30 Blogs in 30 days you will need 30 minutes of exercise per day just to work all the kinks out of your back and mouse hand. Congrats on doing that with "the Reds" in tow. Im game for 30 minutes of exercise per day.

  4. I loved reading all 30, and writing some part of the 30 myself (I fell off the wagon after 2 weeks).

    30 min for 30 days is a great challenge. Make sure to get rest one day every week though, even if that rest is just stretching.

  5. Ha! You're so right, Veronica! Shall we (try to) commit to pilates every Friday for the month?

    Smitha, you did well, Mama. You've got a CRAZY busy life and are miles ahead of me, exercise-wise. Rest? I rest too much - it's why I'm fat! LOL!

  6. just started the Jillian Micheals 30 day shred i borrowed from my sister - i'm on day 3. Although i have heard some have reservations about it- i'm doing it with little enough weights (and started with no weights at first) that i'm not too concerned about muscle fatigue. I plan to do it 6 days a week (resting on the Sabbath of course) for a month.It is not easy at all- but easier than i feared it could be. She goes REALLY slowly and so far the exercises are things that are familiar to me- like jumping jacks and pretend skipping rope, crunches, and lunges. i hate when i start an exercise dvd and i cannot figure out what they are doing (that is my problem with the firm- it takes me a few times before i can figure out what foot i need to lead on in order to end up where they are!) But so far i'd recommend it- good luck!

  7. Would love to do this with you, but, well, you know.

  8. I love reading you. Love it!

    I do not publicize my blog on facebook or twitter because I am somehow afraid that a family member or two might find something less than flattering within my posts. I hate that fear holds me back but I am proud of you for putting yourself out there/here. One day I may get more gutsy! And for what it's worth, I find it hard to find something meaningful to write each WEEK let alone every single day!


  9. Fear held me back for a long, long time, Lisa. And then a wise fellow blogger (Ironic Mom) said that she was the same until she thought,"To heck with that, I'm going for it!"

    So, I tagged along after her awesomeness for awhile, until I found my footing and now, well, here I am. Happy. Writing.

    So, dear friend, to you I say, "To heck with that - go for it!" See where it lands you. You write well - know it. Do it.


  10. Carrieann, the 30 Day Shred looks interesting. I may try it, too, as P90X is crazy hard and I lose confidence quickly. Good luck to you, too!


    Dolphin - that you would, I know. You rest. I love you.

  11. Yeah for you!! It is a challenge to write something "good" everyday, but I have found that the more I write, the more I pay attention to the details everyday. I find more to write about because I am paying more attention. Is it all good? No, but it is all written with purpose. And you have a better chance of finding inspiration if you never turn it off. BTW - I have a similar exercise challenge for July. We can do it!

  12. I think it's incredibly hard to think of a worthwhile topic every day but I think it's incredibly beneficial to get in the habit of writing even when you don't feel like it.

  13. Good/Great, you're so right. It made me realize how disciplined I should/need to be regarding my writing and how setting aside a block of time works well for me.

    Thanks for popping by! :)