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The 30 Blog Posts in 30 Days Challenge. What Have You Learned ?

There are quite a few of us here on Active Rain... myself included... who have taken the "30 in 30" Blogging Challenge, and have committed to writing one post each day... for thirty consecutive days. 

In early August, Active Rainer Karen Bernetti wrote a post titled Taking the 30 DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE!

In Karen's post, she invited us to go with with her on her blogging journey.  From August until September 30th... she challenged the rest of us Active Rainers to write one blog post each day... for thirty consecutive days.

It was part of Karen's "Unstoppable" personal challenge... to change and re-model her own blogging behaviour.  She was after consistency in blogging, and was obviously out to improve her blogging skills, as well. 

Many, many Active Rainers accepted her challenge, and quite a few, as of today's date, September 17, 2010, have completed the 30 in 30 Challenge. 

Here is a link to one post by someone who made it... who has already achieved her 30 in 30 goal. It's by Tish Lloyd, and is titled I eat Challenges for breakfast!

This post I am writing today, for me, is Post Number 21 of my own 30 Posts in 30 Days.  Twenty-one down, nine to go.

There have been months for me when I have written more than thirty posts... but I have never been able to be consistent enough to write at least one post every day.

Gee... what's the big deal about writing one post every day ? 

Consistency.  Have you ever watched The Today Show on NBC ? 

Well... they don't call it "The Almost Every Day" show, or the "Every Day If We Feel Up To It" show.  If viewers could not count on finding the show THERE every day... sooner or later, they would quit watching.

Now... I could write a post about what I have learned over the past 21 days... but I'd really like to throw this subect "out there" in Active Rainer Land.

So... here goes !

If you have been participating in Karen Bernetti's 30 in 30 Challenge... what have YOU learned along the way ?

What things have you found that have surprised you during your consecutive days of blogging ?

Has it been harder than you thought ?  Why... and how so ?  Has it been easier than you imagined ?  How so, and why do you think that is ?

What has been the hardest thing for you to do... about taking on this 30 in 30 challenge ?

Please... tell us your 30 in 30 story.

Comment balloon 39 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 17 2010 02:28AM

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I am on day 21.. I am still finding it a challenge to get information to blog about, however, it seems that I am deciding on something to blog about a lot quicker now.... It has actually been easier than I thought it would be... Thanks for asking...

Posted by Darren Revell (Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley) about 8 years ago

Darren:  It's an old saying, and often sounds trite... but... practice DOES make perfect.  At first, obviously, practice makes things easier.  And... I think with consistency, this 30 in 30 will get you into a different frame of mind... to always have it in the back of your mind to be on the look-out for something to write about.  An attitude that is kind of like "music playing in the background."

I am on day 21 as well.

Keep up the great work.  You can DO this !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Today will be day 23 for me. While it's been challenging, surprisingly, it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be.  They seem to start flowing - I think Karen took us all to a new level.  I will say, that it's gotten harder and harder to keep up w/ all the comments.  There have been so many more posts (and so many more good ones). Also, seems like there have been fewer reblogs and more original content.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

  I have to tally....it has been a challenge cuz there has been a lot going on....you have and make time for the things you want to and need to do...and along the way we have developed systems to make us more productive...I LOVE writing so it's like making time for fun...have a prosperous weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

I am on day 18 of the challenge.  I focus on Localism posts, so it has helped me to get out in my area and find new places and people to blog about.  My entire family is having fun in the process.  For me, it has become a new habit...There are days that are tougher to post than others, but I have a couple extra posts in Draft mode for tough days.  I have also gained 4 new subscribers in 18 days, and I think I owe it to Consistency!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the mention Karen!  Today is Day 27 for me (because I had to start over).  I have found this every bit as difficult as I thought I would without a doubt.  It's been fun meeting so many great people but it has also been very stressful.  I love to write, and I have no problem coming up with ideas of things for things write about, my issue is TIME - I somehow need to get my hands on more of it!  And I agree with Debbie, keeping up with the comments has been hard too! 

Posted by Karen Bernetti about 8 years ago

Ms Karen- I think I'm on day 21 as well and yes it has been a challenge but if it were easy it wouldn't mean as much to me.  I'll have to let you know what I've learned at the end of the challenge but I do know for sure that like taking piano, tennis, singing,or any other skills we hope to learn, practice makes perfect ... or at least some semblance of perfection.   It also has taught me to look at what I hear and see and experience as possible blog topics. 

 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 8 years ago

I'm on day 22 or 23, haven't checked. It's a commitment that requires blogging when you don't feel like you have anything to say. It's not easy but it does make you look for subject matter in new ways.

Posted by Paul Lesieur (203kloanmn) about 8 years ago

I have actually received a couple listings from it ... Blogging works

Posted by Troy Funk, Broker / Associate (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737) about 8 years ago

Karen - The hyperlocal challenge in summer 2009 taught us the importance of hyperlocal posts and got us into writing hyperlocal posts.  The 30 day challenge has forced us to write posts (or at least post posts) every day.  I understand the Google Juice is better since Google will come back to your blog more requently due to regular changes.  Until the 30 day challenge, I would write most of my posts near the end of the week and post all at once.

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Karen, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. What have I learned?  It's about the commmitment I made to myself as I undertook this challenge and it's knowing that there's always an idea out there that I can write about that will be of interest to someone.

Posted by Marie-Denise Kratsios (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 8 years ago

I'm on day 21 as well.  I have to agree with Debbie and Karen, keeping up with the comments is more time consuming than I had thought, but also fun.  I was always more of a wave blogger.  Always telling myself, this would be the week I blogged every day instead of waiting until wednesday or thursday, but it never happened.  It seems I needed a little challenge to get my but in gear.  I'm one of those who needs accountability. :)

I usually have a few half written posts in the works, and this forced me to pay more attention to them and get them out while the ideas were fresher in my mind.  I've enjoyed it!  I thought a preset schedule might bring out the stubborn bug in me and take the fun out of it, but that hasn't happened, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) about 8 years ago

Ms. Karen Anne-  I'm not sure what day I am on, but the blogger in me has been ebbing and flowing like the tide....as evidenced in my "Not Worthy" blog of last night. (By the way, I joined Bananatude- thanks for the invite!)

The cool thing is that I have learned that to have a good blog post is about more than how many people respond- thought that certainly is important in the grand scheme of things.  I've also learned that a good blog has to come from the heart and be something the blogger is actually interested in.

I've also made friends along the way- who knew?  I keep seeing the same faces pop up in the comments section of blogs that I visit, as well as consistent people visiting my blog and commenting. I even had coffee with someone from Parker yesterday-whom I 'met' on AR- and it was a hoot!  

Posted by Jennifer Prestwich, Madison & Co Properties (Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - I'm doing the 30-30 challenge, and also following a lot of others who are doing the challenge.  I'm finding that people are writing more about the small stuff, and to me, as a reader, I find that far more interesting than reading about large topics. 

I also find that my writing is getting less formal, and more personable and friendly.  Good luck with the challenge and I'll see you at the finish line!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - First lesson - understand the rules ...  I heard the challenge was 30 blogs in 30 days and did not understand the everyday requirement.  It wasn't until I read Lynn Harley's panic post that I got the message.  So after my first 6 days .. I would be disqualified.  However - the challenge I accepted was 30 blogs in 30 days .... I thought I could do that .... so missing a day was always in my plan .... so lesson two: Just because the real challenge was different from what I understood - doesn't release me from completing the challenge as I understood it .... SO ... I'm doing 30 blogs in 30 day ... my way!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

I finished the challenge in August, since I am a regular blogger it was not that difficult its already part of my routine!  I think this challenge is helpful in encouraging others to jump on board the blog train and get into the habit.  I have heard several people mention starting over with the challenge because of the rules they may have missed the boat!  Lesson I see here is blog but blog well and with purpose and a message, otherwise why are you blogging???

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne ~ It's been a cram course in blogging.  Time consuming with a huge learning curve. I figured it would be hard and it is.  I look forward to the finish line.

Thinking it is easier for those of you who are seasoned AR Bloggers.  It has been challenging learning "how to do a blog" while producing a minimum of 1  a day. 

Posted by Mark Hitz (Keller Williams ) about 8 years ago

Debbie in # 3:  Even I needed a little boost to get to the point of being more consistent, and Ms Karen was only so happy to provide it.  I like her "fresh'ness." 

About the comments.  Gee, isn't it ironic.  When we started blogging, we wondered, and perhaps even felt a bit insecure (I know I did) about not getting very many comments.

Now that we have gotten better, and more consistent at blogging, and have attracted some people who "follow" our blogs... at times we end up complaining... saying... "sheesh, what am I gonna DO with all these comments ?!?"

Here is a link to a tutorial I wrote.  Hope it helps.  A New Way to Respond the Mega-Comments on a Featured Post .  I wrote a mini-explanation below in my comment to Kristen in my comment # 33.

And yes... I have not noticed as many re-blogs.  Perhaps it's a combination of things.  More original stuff... combined with the new requirement that when re-blogging... that you have to write at least a 25 word introduction along WITH the re-blog.  A great idea.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Sally in # 4:  I have found blogging even more than fun.  It's also better than therapy.  And cheaper, too.  It was so easy to let things go for several days, if not almost a week, and then feel you had to write four blog posts all at once to make up for the days you missed.  Again, at least I felt that way.  This consistency stuff... is better.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, Today is #19 for me and I realized that I'm actually finding my "style".  I'm not you, or Craig Rutman or Amy Hahn, or Cynthia or Tish.  I'm me and I need to write my blogs more from ME. 

I'm liking this challenge.

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) about 8 years ago

Amy in # 5:  Twelve more days for you, and you will be THERE.  You can do it.  Just stay away from the beach.  Now THAT... would distract me... but, then again, that's not a bad thing.

Yes... a new habit.  Consistency.  I am sitting here... Friday afternoon... writing replies to my comments, and my post for tomorrow... is done, and is just "sitting there" in the Draft file.  What a cool concept.

Some folks have said this challenge make them feel MORE stressed.  I think it is just the opposite, at least for me, it is.

I have gotten some new subscribers as well.  That... is exciting.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Marian in # 20:  I just MUST respond to your comment !  Finding your "style," your blogging "voice" is both very exciting and very soothing... at the same time.  And, of all those people you mentioned that you are NOT... I am MOST glad that you are not Craig Rutman.  The clothes would look very funny, and with you living in his body, you could NEVER cross your legs like you have in your profile picture.

Funny thing is, Ms Marian, the more your blog posts are from YOU... the more people will really enjoy reading them.  This is not about posts, or stories, or whatever.  It's about relationships. 

For me... it's about getting to know each other... and just like a cook might take a sip of her soup she has simmering on the stove, your (and my) readers take lil sips of our "style" as they read our posts.  And, the more consistent we are, so many other things get better or more meaningful... and the soup gets tastier, as well.

I just noticed.  It figures, but while I am typing this... I am sipping on my soup.  <soupy smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen in # 6:  You are very welcome.  How could I write this post... and NOT "mention" you, and link to you ?  It's both the "what goes around, comes around" thing... and it is plain and simply "respect" as well.

Changing the subject a tad... it is funny what things I notice.  Like I mentioned somewhere about you... I notice your "fresh'ness..." or at least that's what I call it.

Also... and this is silly.  I like clothes.  So, when I see some profile pictures, I give them an "extra" click... which makes them larger.  When I do that to your picture... I notice what a cool blouse you are wearing.  When I was younger... much younger... LOL... just about all of us women dressed that way.  Not that the present style of "more relaxed" dressing is not good... but, I gues it goes along with that "fresh'ness" word again.

About the comments... and keeping up with them.  I worte a post about that very thing perhaps six months ago.  I will look back, and put a link into this comment response that will lead you to it.  It made answering all the comments when there are so many... much easier.

Here is a link to a tutorial I wrote.  Hope it helps.  A New Way to Respond the Mega-Comments on a Featured Post .  I wrote a mini-explanation below in my comment to Kristen in my comment # 33.

It's funny that some of us complain... as did I... when so many others would just LOVE to have that problem.  So... please know, everyone, that I am not bragging OR complaining... (she said, trying to pry her own foot from her mouth...)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Ms Kathy in # 7:  Cool.  We're both on day 21.  Maybe we can celebrate together (in different places... LOL) when we each reach day 30 !  I sure wish I had taken piano lessons.  I took four years of accordion lessons, but when I hit puberty, it pinched too much, so I quit... LOL.

I agree with "looking" at what we hear and see... and from the new things about them that we see... we end up getting blogging ideas that we never knew were even there, before.

Yes, it has been a challenge, but I must admit, I have enjoyed it more than how I was blogging before.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Paul in # 8:  Actually... I don't think it is that you don't have anything to say... I think it is MORE an idea that you don't KNOW just how MUCH you have to say... if you would just be yourself.  Ask Miss Amy in # 5 about that.  She has done a FABULOUS job... just by knowing it was OK... to just be herself.

Paul, I think after a while... if you keep at it... you may find that things just "come" to you... or just start to "hit" you differently.  And then... there is a new topic.  And when that finally happens, blogging gets to be much more fun.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Troy in # 9:  Two listings is very cool.  Sounds like an old TV show... "Blogging for Dollars."  Oh, wait... that was Bowling for Dollars.  But, I was close.  Bet before you started you didn't think you'd really end up getting PAID for blogging.  Yes... blogging works.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

I just finished day 22 today. I've learned I really need to plan ahead. Right after the challenge started we left for a 4 day trip to Las Vegas. So I had to get my posts in order before we left and leave them in draft. Then had to get on AR daily on my phone to publish the post.

Sure made me wish for WordPress and its' scheduling capability. I use that a lot on my other blogs.

I think I have formed that habit of getting out content on a daily basis. I now think I would miss it if I skipped a day.

Posted by Bill Wilson (Paradigm AdvantEdge) about 8 years ago

Bill in # 27:  I think right there... in the last part of your comment... you have discovered the crux of this whole idea.  Make dailling blogging get to the point where it feels "natural."  A new twist on an old saying becomes... "a day without blogging is a day without sunshine."

Planning ahead, consistency, letting those who you blog to... become used to expecting and finding your blog posts.  Sounds like a great paradigm to me.  I have been trying to figure out WordPress for about two months now.  I've got two WordPress.com blogs I am experimenting with... trying to get comfortable with how they work.

It sure would be great to have a source of up-to-date and valid tutorials so I could, besides consistency, develop some "independence."

I am going to go to your profile page and see if I can find your WordPress blogs.  Thanks so much for adding to this discussion.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Marc in # 10:  I must confess that when I first saw the hyper-local challenge in the summer of 2009... I more or less ignored it.  I really did not realize its importance.  I sure do, now.

I have done the same as you... up until about four months ago.  I would sit on my hands except for a couple of posts... and then wait until Saturday, maybe even Sunday... and try and squeeze everything for the week into such a short time period.  It just about burned me out on blogging.

In fact... for several periods... two weeks here, three weeks there, I DID put away the keyboard.  I had had enough.  But... I must admit I had either "missed the point"... or had gotten the wrong idea... about this.

Yes... Google loves regularity.  In fact, all of us (I mean me) older folks love regularity... <really dorky smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

I have learned...not to leave your post in draft mode and when you discover it it's too late to start over!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Joan in # 30:  Ahh... it's the old "now just where IS that doggone post I started.  I just KNEW I put it somewhere ?"  Yes, there have been a few times when I forgot stuff was in draft.  Made me feel kinda silly when I finally stumbled over it.

 

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Marie-Denise in # 11:  I know you can !  It often seems like so many of us can commit to others, but have a more difficult time committing to ourselves. 

Sounds like you've got a great attitude about always being able to find things to blog about.  You are fortunate, because there are so many "out there" who think just the reverse... saying "how in the heck am I going to find something to write about.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Kristen in # 12:  Funny how we're both on day 21.  OK... three of you are saying the same thing about keeping up with the comments.  I have said I will put a like to that post I wrote about that very thing, but all I have done so far is just talk about it.  I'm going to go find the link right now.

Here is the link.  A New Way to Respond the Mega-Comments on a Featured Post.  Unfortunately, doing this requires you to have a wide-screen monitor.

It requires you to be able to "split the screen" and have the running set of comments on one side... and have another copy of that same blog post on the right side... always sitting at the bottom end of the comments... with the "Leave a Response" comment box open and in front of you

So... you look at the comment on the left, and, while it is still there, rather than scrolling up and down... from the comment you are commenting ON... down to the comment box you are responding/typing IN.

I hope the post makes more sense than that mini-explanation just did.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Ms Jennifer in # 13:  Not to worry.  I am not even sure what day this is... let alone which day in the contest I am on.  As you continue to blog, you will relax more, and your self-confidence will flourish.

Now please... remember... it took me over three years to get to this point.  And I had a decent degree of confidence in my writing ability to start with.

And most assuredly so... if you are blogging from your heart... it will definitely show in what appears on the screen.  Blogging is not for everybody.  And... depending on a person's personality type... what they write will definitely reflect that type... that mind-set.

The MBTI is a great example.  In it... the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I test out as an INFP... and it surely shows in what I write... although at times in some of my mortgage posts... the "me" can get a tad obscured.

You are quite correct in that AR is a great place to meet people... and some of them... to make friends and build relationships with.  I only wish we had some sort of Star Trek "transporter" so we could instantly visit with the folks we find we "click" with.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, It was brought to my attention on August 31st, shows you how sheltered life I live so now I have 18 under my belt. I find being consistent is the hardest part. Some days I have less time then other times. Then some days there are family obligations, dinner functions, fundraiser, and all that must be considered and planned for. So here I am hopefull that the next 12 post will be easier:))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 8 years ago

Until I got an e-mail from Sharon Tara telling me I only had 5 more posts to write and I would be awarded the 5000 bonus points, I had not idea there was a challenge.  I had been posting daily the entire month of August and had no idea...........so I posted for the next five days and boom.........500 bonus points after e-mailing Kerrie.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 8 years ago

Good morning, Mz. Karen Anne! Yep, I'm here too. Today is day 25 for me. FIVE more to go and that was after a restart when I missed the 9pm deadline (that's when tomorrow starts here on the West coast). When I started the daily blog thing it was actually mid August and I was actually after the goal of reaching 100k in points. I'm not going to quite make it I don't think in this 30 day challenge period. But it'll be close. I'll probably end up about 3,000 points short of my goal by writing blogs and comments. But then the 5,000 point thing will boost me over the top! YAY!!

Anyway, I've been reading your posts forever it seems and I'm always amazed at how you can pull blog content out of the air and make it interesting and a fun read. You seem to have an endless resource of material. When I grow up, I wanna be a blogger just like you!

Posted by Gabrielle Nemes, 206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate (RE/MAX Realty South) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - I've learned to blog.  Yes, to blog, period.  I had just barely signed on to ActiveRain when I was nudged into this challenge...in fact I had posted only 2 posts before I jumped into the 30 Day. Today is Day 23 and I'm really looking forward to next Saturday when I can say I finished.  It's really tough coming up with original content every single day...I suspect when next Saturday comes I will be more comfortable with "wave" blogging.  But who knows...it has become habit...and I really like blogging!

Posted by Lisa Hicks, Serving Central and Southern Maine (Hoang Realty) about 8 years ago

I find I keep counting and counting to be SURE when I know day 30 is because I want a weekend off!!!(2 more blogs to go after Sunday)

I do blog consistently, but when I HAVE to blog, it's like going from watching what I eat to suddenly being on a diet.  I'm constantly looking for the finish line.

I don't think I'd do another challenge like this.  I'm better at doing things because I WANT to, then when I tell myself I'm SUPPOSED to...

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 8 years ago

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