I’m a competitive person. In the past year, I have focused on competing with myself instead of competing with others. It’s much more fun to set goals for myself based on my own track record than it is to set goals for myself based on someone else’s track record. When I started my first blog, I wanted to be Darren Rowse, the face of professional blogging. Are you surprised that it didn’t happen for me? My goal for DoGreat.net, my second blog, is for it to grow faster than my first blog. I believe I can make this goal happen.
30 days of something new
My favorite kind of goals have an end date and are often labeled as challenges. I like things like NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and 6WC (6-week challenge for language learners). Google employee and blogger Matt Cutts has done some creative 30-day challenges and posted the results on his blog and on Google+. I plan to do my own 30-day challenges here on DoGreat.net, with some 6-week challenges thrown in. I encourage you to join any of my challenges at any time. If you’ve done a similar challenge and written about it, let me know so I can link to your post.
First up: write daily
My first 30-day challenge is to write a blog post every day. They won’t all be posted here because I have another blog and would like to write some guest posts, too. So you can feel free to sign up for email updates since I won’t be blowing up your inbox daily. Corbett Barr blogged for 30 days straight in 2011 and it went really well. At the end of his final posts, he recommends that other bloggers take the same challenge. Here I go, Corbett! I’m stepping up to the plate.
Join me if you dare
Have you ever done a daily writing challenge like this (on a blog or not)? How did it go? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. If you have a blog, why not join me in this challenge? There’s no penalty for starting late, so go ahead and start the challenge after you read this post.