- Blogtober Came Early | Day 1/30
- My Dream Life is Complicated | Day 2/30
- Making the Case for Free Work? | Day 3/30
- Deciding to Be Better at Something | Day 4/30
- The Business of Podcast Networks in Africa | Day 5/30
- Why I Started Blogging | Day 6/30
- What’s on My Phone? | Day 7/30
- The Cautionary Tale of Modern Technology | Day 8/30
- My talk to Teens on Blogging would go something like this | Day 9/30
- On the Spectrum of Transparency and Accountability | Day 10/30
- Letter from ‘Home’ | Day 11/30
- The Africa You Never Read About | Day 12/30
- The Perks and Perils of Blogging in Africa | Day 13/30
- Reading Roundup: Interact with my 5 African Inspirations | Day 14/30
- Dear AU, are you doing enough to fulfill your mandate? | Day 15/30
- Effecting Reconciliation after Parental Estrangement | Day 16/30
- Why Kenya is your Leisure and Business Travel Destination | Day 17/30
- The Diverse, Unique and Peculiar Kenyan Culture | Day 18/30
- 10 African Traditions and Cultures that should be abolished | Day 19/30
- 5 Books You Should Read in 2019 | Day 20/30
- Reading Roundup: On the Contrary… | Day 21/30
- Spreading Mental Health Awareness to Households | Day 22/30
- 9 Lesser-Known Facts about Kenya | Day 23/30
- We Can Coexist Peacefully in Sexual and Racial Diversity | Day 24/30
- 7 Ways to Absorb and Retain Podcast Knowledge | Day 25/30
- A Family Story in Pictures | Day 26/30
- 11 Lessons from the Blog Challenge | Day 27/30
- To the Blogger who Inspired me without Knowing | Day 28/30
- To the Reader who came across my words | Day 29/30
- Mailed to Winter ABC Creators and Organizers | Day 30/30
I have mentioned before how I use the 12 Week Year plan by Brian Moran in my life to track my progress and attain my goals. This is basically splitting up your prioritized goals into 12 weeks tasks instead of monthly or annual plans by aligning your shorter term goals with that long-term vision and assessing your progress at the end of each 12 weeks.
Yes, it keeps you more focused and no it hasn’t been easy.
One of my short term goals in the last quarter was to publish 30 posts in 12 weeks on my website so as to teach myself how to be consistent and disciplined. Um, that didn’t happen. I was 20 posts shy. Funny.
The productivity gods have left me to fend for myself this year. I have stumbled, picked myself up and stumbled over and over again. At times I have allowed nature to take its course because truly there’s a lot I’m dealing with. But most times I mull over my inability to get things done easily as before and to enjoy the process while at it.
So in one of my self-saboteur sessions, I came across a post by Afrobloggers – creator of this challenge – who welcomed all bloggers to participate in the Winter Blogging Challenge by publishing 30 blog posts for 30 days this June.
This is rich coming from somebody who can barely maintain her regular twice-weekly posting schedule. But when you hit rock bottom, what else is left to lose? Plus the post had all the nice time management = organized life enticements. Of course, I was sold ha.
I had made prior commitments to myself not to issue any immediate life updates for the foreseeable future yet here we are. So make of this what you will…
Neither do I have the time nor the mental fortitude to commit to this but I’m doing it anyway! I have tweaked a few prompts from the original to accommodate the posts that I have to publish regularly on my blog.
If you’re a writer/blogger, you can join in. It will be fun, they said. As for my readers, stay tuned for the daily rambling as I will (hopefully) be posting every day for the entire month of June.
There are so many barriers to blogging among them:
- Lack of time while prioritising other things(You treat blogging as a hindrance to your growth than the means to your growth)
- Lack of self-confidence often brought about by comparing yourself to other bloggers
- Lack of readership and booming stats
- Lack of inspiration to create content
The great news is that this challenge will help you overcome all those barriers. We have received a number of topics from bloggers in our community which will inspire you every day.
Joining this challenge will push you to do better at time management. You will have to learn to be organised, in order to publish something every day despite what life may throw in your way.
Let’s do this fam. I have struggled with putting up even a single post up on my blog. My excuse has been I got a lot on my plate. I am going to give this a try.
Same here! If there’s one thing I am confident of pulling off despite the many contradictions in my head, it’s this one. Thank you, challenge accepted.