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30 Blogs, One More Time

Have you ever taken on a task that you thought was maybe just a little bit of a stretch for you and that you might not be able to accomplish?

It may have even been something that you thought would be good for you, but you just weren’t convinced it could be done.  But you did it anyway!  Have you ever done that?

If you have, then you know it can teach you a thing or two about persistence, and that you can learn a little about yourself as well.

I decided to tackle such an endeavor about three months ago when I enthusiastically entered the “30 Day Blogging Challenge” that was thrown down by my friend Connie Green.

I even got into it a day or two late…

The rules were pretty simple.  Anyone who decided to accept the challenge had to post 30 times to their blog over a 30 day period.  There was a 200-word limit, and of course the subject matter could not be obscene.  On the one hand, it sounded like a lot of fun.  On the other hand, I was working on a couple of projects at the time, and it was probably going to be pretty hard.  Plus, as many of you know, I sometimes struggle to stay withing the 200-word window, so if I was going to complete the challenge, I would probably end up with 30 1,000-word posts.  A lot of work for a guy with limited time and who was entering the challenge a couple days behind schedule…

I weighed the pros and cons and decided to dive in anyway.

Well, I completed the challenge, posting my 30th entry on the 30th day.  It was quite an accomplishment, if I do say so myself.  I remember that there was a point somewhere in the middle of the fun where I needed to average two posts per day for a week straight just to keep myself on target.   I just kept pushing forward.

I also wanted to make sure that the posts were purposeful for all of my readers and not just filler to get to my goal.  I believe that I succeeded with that as well.  In fact, I picked up a whole bunch of readers along the way, many of whom have signed up to receive weekly insights and updates and who wish to have an even more meaningful connection to Habitual Victory.   Just so you know…that’s why I write!

Finishing the “30 Day Blogging Challenge” was invigorating to say the least.  It left me with a strong feeling of accomplishment and the idea that I had just done something that was beyond my comfort zone, and for all the right reasons.  I had the chance to read some other excellent blogs throughout the month and I made some great new friends.

(For more about the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, visit Connie’s site HERE)

The best part about doing something that doesn’t necessarily seem doable at first glance, is it allows you to experience your self at a higher level and your life in a different place than you have been to that point.  I truly believe that you’ll never know how far you can go until you’re willing to go too far.

So, how about it?  Have you ever taken on a formidable task and completed it?  If so, then you definitely know the sense of accomplishment that I’m talking about.  You probably found out just how well you operate under an increased amount of pressure, even if that pressure may have been slightly self-imposed.  And I’m certain that you experienced personal growth at a significant level.

Let me ask you this…would you do it again?

Well, here I go…

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14 Responses to “30 Blogs, One More Time”

  1. If anything is fun once, it will be fun twice! LOL Welcome back to #blog30!

  2. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Martha –

    I think you’re right on!

    I used to use the David Lee Roth quote, “I’ll try anything twice” when talking about something that I enjoyed.

    Take care

  3. avatar Karen says:

    I’m doing #blog30 with Connie Green for the first time. This is day 4 and it’s already amazing!

  4. avatar Alex says:

    With one thing and another I struggle to post once a month!

    Blogging daily is outrageous…so I’m in Mike.



  5. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Karen –
    It’s great that you’re taking on the challenge…it will be an awesome experience for you, I’m sure.
    Thanks for stopping by…come back as often as you like!

  6. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Alex –

    Yes, blogging daily can be quite challenging. If you’re like me, you may end up “double posting” a few times…ha!

    Just write from the heart and it’s always good. No substitution for authenticity!

    Let’s do this!

  7. avatar Anthony says:

    I think that it is a very good challenge to test the power of persistence.
    Your articles are very interesting. Thank you so much.
    Best Wishes,

  8. I passed up the chance to join Connie’s 30-day blogging challenge the last time around and regretted my decision thereafter. Well, I’m IN this time and having a blast!

    What’s really cool about this challenge, Mike, is that the only person I’m really challenging is “Myself”. And that’s a good thing. I don’t view everyone involved as competitors. I see us all more like a “team”. We’ve all jumped in with both feet, made the commitment, and we’re supporting one another along the way.

    As far as your inclination to write 1000-word posts … Stop it!! You’re making the rest of us look bad. 🙂

  9. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Anthony – thanks for checking in, I hope you come back often. I agree that a challenge like this tests our persistence, and persistence is what gets us all the way to achievement!

    Melanie – Yes, you are exactly right. It isn’t really a competition in the traditional sense, but rather a fantastic way to expand our own potential.
    Glad you’re on the team…and I have curtailed my tendency to ramble to 1,00o words just a bit this time…at least for now…ha!

  10. Curtail your tendency, ya say? I’m gonna hold you to that, Mike! Just joking around here a bit. I have a confession to make …

    Sometimes my comments to blog posts are LONGER than the post!

  11. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Ha! Thanks for keeping me in line…But remember I said “at least for now” (That may get me off the hook in the near future)

    Warning: Comments that exceed 1,000 words may be edited.


  12. avatar Anthony says:

    Yes. I will do it again. Life is a journey and not a destination. It may seem impossible when you first read it, but when you start doing, the impossible becomes possible.

    Once again, thank you for the interesting articles. You are doing a good job by helping other people to think positively. May God bless and prosper you always.

    Best wishes,


  13. I really have enjoyed reading your posts and wanted to stop by and tell you. I have also followed you on FB Networked Blogs. Keep up the wonderful writing!
    I’m really enjoying Connie’s challenge.

  14. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Anthony –
    Thanks so much. I appreciate YOU, my man.

    Jeanne –
    I am thrilled that you enjoy my ramblings, and I hope that they continue to speak to you and many others in a meaningful way.

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