On September 8th, 2009, I accepted Sandra Martini’s 30 Day Blog Challenge. Simple contest: blog 30 times in 30 days to see what will happen when a person does “one ordinary thing” consistently. I knew going into the contest that it would indeed be a “challenge”, and not because there wasn’t anything to write about. I have blog post ideas aplenty. The challenge has been to find the time to write a well-written blog post that’s meaningful to my readers.
Why did I sign up? Guess I was ready for a good challenge. I’m new to blogging; this seemed like a good way to raise the bar. Today is the last day of the contest and when this blog is posted, I’ll have met the challenge. I feel at once celebratory and relieved. More than once, I was ready to throw in the towel. A niggling voice in my head whispered, “Is this really worth it? It’s just a silly self-imposed personal challenge. Nobody will know if you just quietly bail out. And even if they do, does it really matter?”
Why persevere? If a person gives up and nobody knows about it, is she still a quitter?
Somewhere along the way, I realized, “Yep, I can quit. Any time I want, with very little consequence. Lives will not be impacted, revenue will not be lost. The only disappointed one will be me.” Luckily, I remembered that my opinion does count for something, even if I happen to be the only one keeping stock. For me, that’s all the more payoff the #30dayblog challenge needed to yield.