THIRTY ONE DAYS

ubc for sidebarWell I did it. I blogged every day for the month of July. You have learned a lot about me. Sorry, only close relatives should be subjected to that. I’ve talked about everything from dandelions and puppies to racism and terrorism. And of course books.  The Ultimate Blog Challenge takes place every January, April, July and October. There is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge that takes place in April. And there is  NaNoWriMo in November which is about writing a 50,000 word book in 30 days.  And there are scores more. Will I do it again? Maybe. I’m not sure. It does force you to write every single day. Which is good. It is kind of like going to the gym. Sure you can exercise at home but… It is too easy to slack off. You meet so and so at the gym. You paid for the gym. You have accountability. These writers’ challenges are like a writing gym. You signed up. Everybody knows it. If you slack off everyone will know. Accountability. And you develop discipline. If you are a writer, you should write every single day even if it is not working on your next book. I think the writing every day will keep me writing every day. Or maybe I will need a refresher now and then.

One positive was the writing. Which also kept going once the post was done each day so the next book benefited. Another positive was finding a lot of really great blogs. Were there negatives? Yes. I think of bloggers as writers. Big mistake. A lot of bloggers are trying to sell you something and this challenge was a bit heavy on those. They want you to see and comment on their blog (the idea behind the challenge) but they are very poor at returning the favor. And, as a matter of fact, my views per hour went down during this month. Why? I’m not sure. I only recently started noticing it so perhaps it happens in July because people are on vacation. I did notice a couple of other people who took part complaining about this. So if I do it again, I will do it in a challenge geared toward writers and not in a summer month.

I did more than the required 31 and there is one more today after this! They are all listed and linked below.

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There are 31 days in July so I did all 31 PLUS some  extras. Here is the complete list.

July 1     A BLOG POST ABOUT BLOG POSTING

      BIG BROTHER IS GETTING IN MY BUSINESS

July 2     GUEST BLOGGER SAM CHEEVER

July 3     WHY DO WE LIKE COZIES AND WHAT IS IT WITH THE HIGH HEELS???

July 4     SAY IT WITH AUTHORITY

July 5     A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL

July 6     THE COLD WAR, TOM BRADY, AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

July 7     A LADA SAVED MY LIFE

July 8     I HAVE A SERIOUS BOOK ADDICTION

      GIMP or how I spent my summers

July 9     COOKING SPIRITS: AN ANGIE AMALFI MYSTERY

July 10   PRIVACY IS JUST A WORD IN THE DICTIONARY

July 11   HAIR!

      Get off the damn phone and drive the car!

July 12   THERE’S A SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE

      DO WE REALLY MISS THEM?

July 13   WATERFIRE

      BACON BACON

July 14   IT’S MY MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY

      R.I.P Trayvon. But really, how can you? Or we?

      Yummy yummy in the tummy

July 15   DO IT YOURSELF MYSTERY SERIES by Jennie Bentley

      A must read post from Tamala Baldwin

      I’M FEELING CRAFTY TODAY

July 16   IF I MADE A REQUIRED READING LIST

      THE LOST LAWS OF IRELAND by Catherine Duggan

July 17   MY MOTHER-IN-LAW’S DIP

      Visiting with Sally Franklin Christie for Writerly Wednesday

July 18   DESIRED TO DEATH (The Empty Nest Can Be Murder)

July 19   SINCE IT’S FRIDAY, HAVE THE BEST FISH & CHIPS

July 20   WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE PEGGY

July 21   HEALTHCARE IN THE USA

July 22   SOUTHERN SISTERS

      This IS the face of terror

July 23   ADOPTING A PET

      TEASER TUESDAY

July 24   ANOTHER RECIPE WEDNESDAY

      VOTE for a cause!

July 25   A TINY TASTE OF RHODE ISLAND

      THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

July 26   PUZZLE LADY MYSTERY SERIES

      A shocking admission

July 27   WRITER CLUSTERS

July 28   I LOVE DANDELIONS

      GENETIC MEMORY

July 29   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

July 30   CAN YOU PINPOINT THE MOMENT?

July 31   THIRTY ONE DAYS

      INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CATHY ACE

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