Last updated on September 2, 2014
Back in June I decided a monthly challenge was just what the doctor ordered. That first challenge? Get More Sleep! So in July, I made a commitment to sleep no less than 7 hours each night for the entire month. It truly was a challenge but a very satisfying one.
UPDATE – Day Ten: 844 people signed up for the challenge and I’m one of the 630 people still in.
This month’s stats
You have 72 points this month
You have written 8401 words this month
We are on day 10 of 30 for November
10 daily pages started this month
10 daily pages completed this month
You’ve participated in 100% of the days this month
You’ve completed 100% of the days this month
This Month’s Challenge
The 30 day challenges continued with listening to every one of Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcasts in August, Avoiding all negative people and communication in September, and October is to lose fifteen pounds. That leads us into my next challenge; for November 2013. I wanted to do something this month that would help me move forward with my blogging business so what better than content creation? More precisely, writing content.
A Helpful Writing Tool
Here’s the deal; I know this really cool website that encourages writing content and these guys understand challenges. It’s called 750 Words and the idea is to write 750 word a day, everyday. See? I told you it was cool! 750 Words is a very simple concept that encourages you to write daily and I think it’s a perfect fit for this month’s challenge. I ran across 750 Words about a year ago but wasn’t able to keep it going. This is going to be interesting.
I have 750 Words’ daily reminders set-up to email me each day at 7PM. That way, if I haven’t written enough by then, I know I better get busy.
Consequences For Failure
Okay, this is cool; and a little scary. 750 Words has a monthly challenge and I just signed up and committed myself. If I succeed, I get my name on the Wall of Awesomeness, along with a couple of self-created rewards (see image below). If, however, I fail, my name will go in the official Wall of Shame! To sweeten the deal, I also volunteered to donate $25 to 750 Words and publically apologize to you on this blog if I fail to meet the challenge.
This Is Going To Be Tough!
First of all, I can’t type. Seriously, I use two fingers to type and the simplest blog post takes me forever. Hey, I think I just found a future thirty day challenge idea – learn to type in a month. To give you an idea just how slow I am, the 750 Words editor (that’s where I’m typing this) says I’m only up to 402 words and I started an hour ago. In my defense, American Pickers is on the TV right now and I’m letting it distract me a bit.
Second, I… Aw screw it – no more excuses; let’s do this thing!
Care To Join Me?
I invite you to join me in this month’s writing challenge; or any challenge really. Think up your own and let me know what it is. Keep me posted.
Brian D. Hawkins is a late-blooming thought leader in his mind. So please don't disturb his happy thoughts. It's all he has.
Brian D. Hawkins has been a blogger for over twenty years, having written thousands of public articles on dozens of websites. He currently blogs for NextStepSurvival.com and his personal blog at TheOpinionBlog.com.
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Seriously, don't make me ask you to share this post. And a comment every now and then would be nice too.
Seriously, I just opened up to you like Abraham and Glenn's heads to Negan's barbed-wire bat. That at least deserves a tweet or something.
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Please and Thank You.
Love it! I am in….since I post 3-4 times daily, I will make it 1750 😉
All the best. I know you will reach your goal!
Dude! You don’t know how to type, type? Come on…your kidding! Stop looking down and focus on the text you write! I couldn’t tell you where all the letters are on a keyboard. I somehow just know where they are in my subconscious or something! Make it a habit to not look down. Look at what you type!
And some other Advice
If you find a subject you care about you or that you truly have a passion for you’ll find that 750 words comes easy as pie. – Scott Craighead
I have passion in spades so there’s no problem there. Just like our videos, my problem is knowing when to shut up. lol
Yep, I’m going to learn to type but I’d rather do it in another self-imposed challenge right here on my personal blog. And don’t be so surprised Scott, I’m old as dirt. lol I can actually remember when calculators starting hitting the retail stores. 😉
It’s not quite that easy for me Ryan but I did get my 750 words in today (day #3) before I even went to bed after midnight. I’m glad you’re going to give it a go because I’m actually enjoying it. I needed a little push like this and now that I’ve made it public, the pressure to succeed is all the higher.
Just what I need right now. I’m in!
That’s what I’m talking about Ralf, let’s do this! Keep me posted.
If you realy want to type. Try this site
I could not force myself not to look at the keyboard when I type. But then I quickly learned. Competitions forced to watch the monitor 🙂
Thanks Nelly, I’ll check it out. I’m not sure what month I want to try it because I have a ton a 30 day challenge plans scheduled but I will need some kind of tool or resource when I do give it a go.
Good luck with the challenge Brian, I have no doubt that you’ll be able to complete it, I’d have a go myself, but sometimes my time constraints stop me from blogging on the odd occasions.
Thanks Karen , and thank you for hitting all of those share buttons. I’m just getting this personal blog started and it’s a pretty slow process.
I totally understand the time issue. I’m a little worried as I get later into the week because I get home so late but I’ll get it done.