I love me a challenge, especially one I set up for myself. Last year I did my first Blog Everyday challenge and it showed me just how much I can do the work when it comes to committing to writing everyday. However, looking back at my posts I was still an amateur at it but this time around my writing has completely changed, things are looking good! It’s true, practice does make perfect. In my case perfect(ish) because I believe I still have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging.
I sent out a message on all my social media platforms and announced that I was going to be doing a blog everyday challenge in September and all bloggers in Africa were welcome. In no time I set up a WhatsApp group and got in touch with a fellow blogger Thembi and we added interested participants into the group. We had to come up with a hashtag and we finally settled for a suggestion from Omolayo from Nigeria and we all agreed to go with #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge.
I could have written a very long post on the reasons why I initiated this challenge but I am honestly mentally exhausted, writing is so taxing so you will have to settle for the list version.
Here’s why I am taking part in the blog everyday challenge:
- I enjoy a challenge, with each challenge I get to learn something new.
- I announced I would be taking part in the challenge to everyone who would care to listen so yes, I am officially screwed and can’t back down now.
- To improve my writing skills. The only way you can get better at something is through practice and so far I have learnt new vocabulary and I’m paying more attention to my grammar.
- To connect with other African Bloggers. I follow bloggers from all over the world but since the challenge started I have read more content from writers who are right here in Africa.
- I want to be part of something original. In the past I’ve had to search through Google or Pinterest to look for a challenge to take part in but look at me now, initiating original challenges and sh*t?
- To have a visual reference of my work. Picture telling someone you blogged everyday for 30 days and they don’t believe you? Simple, give them the link to your September Challenge so that they can check it out themselves.
- I was starting to write less in the past few months. I usually post at least 4 blogs in a week but it was down to 2 and on bad weeks 1 post a week. I needed something to get me back on track.
- To encourage other bloggers to write. To let them know that it is possible to write a post a day if you simply put your mind to it.
- To stretch my mental capacity. I always have a challenge to work on my physical strength but this time around I wanted to take my mental strength to the next level.
- To celebrate Africa! The way I see it if African Bloggers do not share their stories no one else will and this is certainly a great way to start.
September is African Bloggers month!