One morning a couple of weeks ago, I sat in front of an open document, fingers poised over my keyboard waiting for the words to flow.
I was stuck. I didn’t know what to do. I sat there for about an hour before deciding to do something else. I browsed through The Daily Post looking for ideas when I found the section on blogging challenges.
It couldn’t hurt, I thought and dove in. The first challenge that interested me was the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge. Now that is one good title. It triggered my curiosity and piqued my ego to just the right level. I wanted to be that Incredible Blogger. And a posting marathon is a challenge I could take.
I took it. It was a ten-post challenge, but I could take up to 15 days to complete it. I challenged myself to publish a post a day and finish the challenge in ten days.
The next two weeks was one of the best spells I’ve had in my blogging experience. It wasn’t easy as eating pie. It was as complex as baking one myself. But it was great fun. I had to think in ways I hadn’t done before. And the weirdest thing is that I had to first explain to myself how I felt about certain topics, before giving words to my thoughts.
It warped my head, but it gave me something to write about every day. It kept me going, even if I didn’t want to.
And now, it feels wonderful when I look back. It forced me to explore a whole new area in writing and I’m glad I took the challenge.
Have you ever taken up a blogging challenge? How did you feel afterward?