Why should I #bloglikecrazy?

By Javacia Harris Bowser, See Jane Write Magazine Founding Editor

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It’s about to be that time again; it’s almost time to blog like crazy!

Last year I challenged the women of See Jane Write and some of my other blogger buddies to “blog like crazy.” The challenge was simple: for the month of November post new content to your blog every day. That’s a new blog post every day for the 30 days. Sure, it sounds simple, but if you’re a blogger you know that posting every day is a lot easier said than done.

But many ladies of See Jane Write gladly stepped up to the challenge, posting daily and sharing their posts in the See Jane Write Birmingham Facebook group and on Twitter using the hashtag #bloglikecrazy.

Starting Nov. 1 we’re going to #bloglikecrazy again this year. I hope you’ll join us. You don’t have to be a member of See Jane Write or live in Birmingham to participate. You just need a blog and willingness to write.

I’ll be blogging like crazy at my personal blog The Writeous Babe Project.

You may be wondering why you should bother blogging every day. Some people believe that writing daily can kill your creativity or result in sub-par content. While I believe there is some truth in those statements I also believe in the power of practice. Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones explained this notion best:

This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don’t want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don’t wait around for inspiration and deep desire to run. It’ll never happen, especially if you’re out of shape or have been avoiding it. But if you run regularly, you train your mind to cut through or ignore your resistance. You just do it. And in the middle of the run, you love it. When you come to the end, you never want to stop. And you stop, hungry for the next time.

This summer I exercised every day for 30 days as I was working to complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred workout plan. This meant that one night, after a very busy day and an evening spent at a friend’s birthday dinner, I had to exercise at 10:30 p.m. with a belly full of Indian food. But I was determined not to skip a day. That month I likened exercise to brushing my teeth and in November I’ll do the same with blogging. You don’t skip brushing your teeth because you’re too tired or too busy, do you? (I sure hope not.)

I believe that choosing not to write simply because you don’t feel like will, in the long run, hurt your craft because you won’t learn the discipline and dedication necessary to succeed at writing.

You may be thinking, “But what if I have nothing to write about?”

Don’t worry. I have you covered. Below are prompts for each day of #bloglikecrazy. Now, you don’t have to follow these prompts to participate. But these suggestions are here in case you find yourself experiencing blogger’s block and staring at a blank computer screen.

If you plan to participate in #bloglikecrazy leave your blog URL and your Twitter handle in the comments and please spread the word to your friends.

Thanks to Carol Marks at CarolAnnMarks.com for creating this graphic for us!

Thanks to Carol Marks at CarolAnnMarks.com for creating this graphic for us!

#bloglikecrazy writing prompts

1. November Intentions. What are your goals and intentions for the month?

2. Why do you blog? Why are you choosing to #bloglikecrazy this month?

3. How do you blog? Tell your readers about your writing process.

4. Shelf Pleasure. Tell us what you’re reading right now or tell us about your favorite books.

5. Currently. Share with your readers what you’re into at the moment. Check out this post for ideas: http://www.writeousbabe.com/2012/11/currently.html

6. What’s your favorite TED Talk? Share one of your favorite TED Talk videos and tell us why you love it.

7. Blogging Bucket List. What are your goals for your blog and for yourself as a blogger?

8. There’s an app for that! Tell your readers about your favorite apps.

9. Hey Girl. Write a post in honor of girlhood.

10. What do you believe in?

11. Liberty. How do you define freedom?

12. Shout out your tweeps! Tell us who you follow on Twitter and why.

13. Write a how-to piece.

14. Write a how NOT to piece. Check out this post for inspiration: http://avajae.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-not-to-write-blog-post.html

15. Body Beautiful. Write a post celebrating a part of your body.

16. Who What Wear. Write a post about fashion or beauty. Yes, even if you’re not a fashion or beauty blogger.

17.  What about your friends? Write a post celebrating friendship.

18. Controversy. Write a post on a controversial topic.

19. Tube Time. Do a video blog post.

20. Mission Possible. Write your personal mission statement or manifesto. You can find examples here, here, and here.

21. Q&A. Do a Q&A with someone you admire.

22. Write a post on how to beat burnout.

23. See Jane Eat. You’re probably thinking a lot about food right now as you are preparing for Turkey Day! Write a blog post about food.

24. Fan Girl. Write a post about something you totally geek out about.

25. A Writer and Her Workout. Write a post about fitness.

26. Girl Power Playlist. Share your favorite pro-woman anthems or your personal musical mantra.

27. Family. With the holidays on the horizon, you’re probably thinking a lot about how much you love your family (or not). Write a post about those folks you call your kin.

28. Happy Thanksgiving! Write a post expressing gratitude.

29. All I Want for Christmas… Share your holiday wish list.

30. Now what? What did you learn from this challenge? What’s next for your blog and for you?

 

55 Comments on Why should I #bloglikecrazy?

  1. Sharron
    October 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m in! Thanks Carol Ann Marks for posting about this!

    Reply
    • Sharron
      October 30, 2013 at 12:36 am (3 years ago)

      Find me at sharronswain.com and @SharronMSwain.

      Reply
    • Carol
      October 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome. My pleasure.

      Reply
  2. Marie Sutton
    October 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Dagnabbit, I love a challenge. I’m in. If I don’t have deadlines, I won’t do it. This is just want I need to get off my butt.

    Reply
  3. Cherith Fluker
    October 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Challenge accepted! @cfluker6 will #bloglikecrazy

    Reply
    • Carol
      October 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay Cherith!!!!

      Reply
  4. Sheree
    October 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Looking forward to it. I’ll be blogging across three different sites this time so may not play within the prompts every single day, but I’m excited to see what everyone else is up to.

    You’re doing awesome work, Javacia. Keep it up!

    Reply
    • See Jane Write Magazine
      October 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Sheree! I’m glad you’ll be joining us. And the prompts are just there to help out in case you have writer’s block.

      Reply
  5. Alison S. Moore
    October 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I have neglected my blog for several months now. Hopefully, this challenge will help me become disciplined in the craft. Pray for me! @msasmoore

    Reply
  6. Mariam
    October 31, 2013 at 8:55 am (3 years ago)

    I’m scared, but I’m in. One post ready for tomorrow! @missmariamw

    Reply
  7. Andrea
    October 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Back again! Loved doing it last year and looking forward to getting the kick in the pants I need with my writing.

    Reply
  8. Carol
    October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    OH! Here is the blog I’ll be doing #bloglikecrazy on http://carolannmarks.com and my Twitter handle is @carolannblogs and I am Carol.

    Reply
  9. Karen Allison
    October 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I started my blog Yesterday so this is Perfect for me!!! Find me on twitter here – @willowhouse1. My blog is http://littlepearl1.blogspot.com.

    Reply
  10. Kathryn Lang
    October 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I was going to try and do this with three of my blogs . . . but even I am not that crazy 😉 I will be focusing on my Proverbs site for the #bloglikecrazy challenge and will be tackling a NaNoWriMo at the same time.

    Wish me luck @kathrynclang

    Y’all have fun with it!

    Reply
  11. Mary Lee Gaffin
    November 1, 2013 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    Feeling up for a challenge!
    Mary Lee Gaffin
    http://merrilyonmyway.blogspot.com/
    @maryleegaffin

    Just started a personal blog yesterday, so it’s a bit bares bones for now :)

    Reply
  12. Brooke Battle
    November 1, 2013 at 11:54 am (3 years ago)

    We are IN and definitely need the push on writing. It gets tiring and we love the turboboost. Thanks. Look for our first post today.
    @bhambattle
    @BirminghamMom

    Reply
  13. Sharon Rainey
    November 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m in!! Thanks for the encouragement and the prompts!

    Reply
  14. Chenoia
    November 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I am just starting my blog today and will see what comes of this…I am primarily chronicling an emotional and cognitive rebirth of myself of sorts…so happy to be a part of the See Jane Write community and looking very forward to reading you all’s stories <3

    Reply
  15. MrsDragon
    November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I’m putting this in the correct spot. Anyway, my blog is http://mrsdragon.net and my twitter handle is @mrsdragon. : )

    Reply
  16. Perle Champion
    November 5, 2013 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    blog URL : http://perlesink.blogspot.com/
    Twitter handle: @PerleChampion
    Guess I’m inadvertantly paticipating. I not only signed up for National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo.org), but National Blog Posting Month (Nablopomo) challenge issued by Blogher.com as well.

    Reply
  17. Autumn
    November 3, 2015 at 10:02 am (11 months ago)

    I will be participating for the first time this year. I heard about this through my friend Jennifer. Unfortunately, I missed the 1st since I did not know about it, but I will blog every day the rest of this month. You can find me at ~ https://thetrenchcoatdiaries.wordpress.com/.

    Reply

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