The 20 Days of Chill — 2015 edition — is in the books.
With my first foray into running a writing challenge, I enjoyed it. I liked having the posts done and scheduled ahead of time, thus making it a little easier. There was only one or two times where I was finishing things before I went to bed the night before.
When I first started this, I had hopes of a fun little challenge to fill in some gaps of challenges that were no longer happening. Only a handful of people participated in this challenge, which kind of stinks but, at the same time, was OK as it was easy to keep up with people.
Maybe it can grow next time.
I think one of the disappointing parts was that I had reached out one of the blogging groups I am active in, to no avail. Part of the issue there is I truly believe bloggers rest in certain categories. (I think I would have been better off reaching out to a different group, in hindsight). Unfortunately, the group I am in is heavily based on bloggers who are mommy bloggers and/or into giveaways and different types of linkups. Needless to say, taking some odd and offbeat themes and doing a post about them would be difficult to mix in with photos of junior, or outfits that are being worn this week.
Don’t get me wrong — I have no issues with those bloggers, but I thought there were a few who would get involved. Unfortunately, only a few posts from some in that group appeared.
Still, I thought it was a success.
What it made me do was focus on several aspects — of running it, of posting themes ahead of time, and of actually doing my post with the linkup.
That seems easy enough, but there were times that I just wasn’t into it.
By my count, there were four of us who completed the challenge in its entirety:
First, I tip my cap to those who got through the entire challenge without missing. It’s always fun to know others are completing the challenge.
Several others took part throughout the challenge and I’d like to totally thank them as well. The beauty of the challenge is that there aren’t rules of having to do it every day, rather just doing it when you can or when you liked the theme.
So what to do to make it better?
- Recruit more people
- Find a way to make it more interactive
- Different themes (some easy/some harder/some crazy)
I learned a lot by doing this. I don’t have a massive blog following, so it’s not the easiest to host a challenge like this. Maybe challenge hosts have larger followings and people who would participate in said challenge. That makes it easy to recruit. Maybe that’s part of the challenge here — in growing this writing challenge, maybe I need to continue to attempt to grow my own blog.
A writing challenge is often about the writer. In other words, it’s about getting the challenge done and doing the themes to the best of your ability. There’s a sense of pride with it to know you completed it. The comments and other things? A total bonus.
So where can I go from here with the challenge?
Obviously I want it to grow, so I need to decide if it will be a yearly thing or if I want to do it twice a year (with a tweak of the name, most likely). Will people want to do it twice a year, or is it best left to holding it every January? I do the Photo Blogging Challenge each month already, so a writing challenge for two months out of the year might be hard.
But maybe it can help, too?
I truly liked only doing it during the weekdays. It allowed other days to catch up on other blog posts one might have wanted to do. It also gave a breather to some. Other challenges I have been in are every day and, though pretty fun, it can also be very hard to not have a “break” throughout it, especially if trying to do the whole thing.
One thing is for sure — I am glad I did this challenge and it really kind of amped me up to really keep pushing with my blog and do different things. I have a bunch of things with my Day Zero Project in conjunction with the blog, so this was a great start to 2015.
For those who took part, I hope you enjoyed. And should we just keep it yearly? Or … something else? For those who read, I hope you also liked it. And for other bloggers … I hope you join us with the next one!
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