Here we are on the last day of January.  I began this Ultimate Blog Challenge on New Year’s Day of 2015.  I was full of enthusiasm for the new year and for my relatively new blog.  I set some pretty lofty goals for this challenge.  Posting everyday for a mom of three with a regular job outside the home is a challenge in of itself.  I have to admit, it wasn’t all that bad.  I only had two days where I needed to double up posts.  Not bad Teresa (as she gives herself a pat on the back)!  In a nutshell, here were my goals for this challenge:

  1. Make 31 posts, one for each day of January.
  2. Create new post styles with the intention of turning them into regular features.
  3. Participate in the Challenge through Twitter and Facebook comments.
  4. Make new contacts through interaction with other participants in the challenge.

So, how did I do?  Well, with this post I have successfully created 31 posts for this month.  And I am proud to say that on only two occasions did I find it necessary to complete two posts in one day.  

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. — Mario Andretti

I have created one unique post style which I used several times which I will add as a regular feature.  I began a series where I profiled a weird creature, often new species, that I found interesting and worth sharing.  I was able most days to comment on at least two post entries on the UBC Facebook page.  I tried the same with Twitter but I must admit I’m still rusty on that format.  Finally, I did make a few new contacts with other participants in the challenge.  A few will be consistent companions, I think, on our journey of blogging.

Would I take part in another similar challenge?  Absolutely.  As I said in my first January 1 post, I rise to a challenge.  I hate not meeting my goals.  I will admit, it will be a welcome relief to go back to my normal schedule of posting and interacting with fellow bloggers.  The latter will be much easier without daily posts.  I highly recommend participating in blogging challenges. They stretch your creativity and increase your exposure –  all good things I think!

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