UBC Day 1: 20171001. What Was I THINKING?

A few years ago, I signed up for Michele Rafter’s WOURDCOUNT Blog-a-thon, a blog a day for the 31 days in May. I fit it in around a slew of paid writing gigs and 2011blogathon_badgepart-time jobs that kept me in groceries, my volunteer projects, my HOME projects (I make lace—old-timey delicate lace, and I knit Infinite Hugs and seamless slippers), and the occasional community event. I slaved over my keyboard and completed the month-long commitment with about two nerve cells left in my store of sanity.

The following year, I THOUGHT I was re-upping for the WORDCOUNT Blog-a-thon, and I was prepared to take it in stride, me being a veteran of it and all. But it was ANOTHER blog challenge that I registered for, by ANOTHER Michele, and it was the month before WORDCOUNT, so I had two commitments. My replenished sanity suffered another serious depletion.

And before I knew it, I was blogging for a THIRD challenge, The Ultimate Blog Challenge, and those folks renew their blogging commitments EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. Aaaugh. You wanna talk burn-out? I was in flames by the middle of the month.

ultimateblogchallengeIt wasn’t like I needed the pressure of daily writing—I was already writing every day, sometimes for three different clients. What I needed was a challenge that would inspire me to grab a nap, but I never found one. So I just scaled back, left the blogging world alone for a while, and discovered that I LIKED not having the pressure of blogging, reading, commenting, and sharing every night of the week. I quietly dropped out of the blogging scene.

LgDoilyLaceIt’s been a while, now. Life, and my writing life, had settled into a comfy routine. I was content to write when I had work, and read an occasional blog from a friend, and fill the rest of my time with quiet, homey pursuits.

And then … my very first editor in the world, Lauren McLaughlin, enlisted my help in promoting her upcoming e-book, “The Handbook of Spiritual Tools.” Would I share her daily posts? Would I help her find new audiences?

SpiritualToolsCoverSince she was already POSTING about these spiritual tools every day, I suggested that she BLOG about them, too, and find a whole new fan base with The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Write the blog, post it to the group Facebook page, visit two blogs by other writers and comment/share, and voila! Instant wider audience.

BUT. Lauren didn’t have a “home” for her blog, and wasn’t sure how to register, so I said, “Oh, no problem. Let me walk through the procedure and then guide you through.” What I forgot was … in walking through the procedure, I was actually registering to participate.

So here I am on October 1, committed (through no intent of my own) to writing a blog a day for all 31 days in October.

Thanks a lot, Lauren! See you in the Facebook group!

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18 Responses to UBC Day 1: 20171001. What Was I THINKING?

  1. Patricia says:

    How ironic! But from one blogger who’d fallen out of the posting regularly scene to another, welcome back!

  2. Amaia says:

    This is funny Billie! So here you are, I am sure this challenge will inspire you! Enjoy the whole month and new encounters you’ll make! 😉

  3. Amanda Rush says:

    Hi Billie,

    I managed to fall out of the blogging world myself for a while too, and so I decided to participate in the UBC this month to re-up my game. I think one way to avoid blogging burn-out is to schedule posts. That way, if you hit a streak one day and know you’l be busy or think you might be flagging, you’ll have content that will go out. Not sure if scheduling posts breaks the rules, so I might want to double check. 🙂 Anyway, good luck with the challenge!

  4. Alana says:

    You are too funny, Billie. I missed you! Welcome back! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  5. Debbie says:

    I admire your determination. 🙂 Love the pictures of your lace too–creating something that delicate is something I can’t do.

  6. thanks, Alana! Missed you, too. Going to go look for your post now … Hugs!

  7. Thanks, Amanda. Scheduling is OK, as long as you post a blog a day. At least, that was my understanding. Which is good, because if not, I’ve already become a scofflaw! I wrote that Saturday afternoon and told it to appear at midnight:01!

  8. Thanks, Patricia. We’ll get through it …

  9. I love this. I’ve managed to get myself accidentally signed up for two blog challenges this month!

  10. Jeanine says:

    LOL! Well, you must be meant to write for our enjoyment. 😉 I am always exhausted by the end of one of these UBC marathons, and sometimes, I can’t do it again the next time. But I am glad to be back, and happy to read whatever you share this month. I do have a question, though. What are Infinite Hugs? Sounds wonderful.

  11. Ginette says:

    Billie, this made me smile BIG! What a way to get into this challenge. Just be sure to protect those nerve cells! This is my first time doing this challenge so it should be interesting!

  12. Catherine says:

    This is great Billie! I stumble around often and also sign up for things I didn’t expect to. I am glad to hear you are going to follow through on this. You are an inspiration. Thanks!

  13. I’ve skipped the challenges since I burned myself out doing the UBC for two blogs at once one April a couple of years ago. I told myself I’d never commit to a challenge again, but here I am, trying to get back in the habit of daily posting to what is supposed to be a daily blog. It’s been neglected since I started blogs I thought were more important, but not half as much fun. Challenges are great motivators.

  14. OMG, Janet! You have me in awe! Good luck!

  15. Yeah, can’t wait till October 31 Jeanine! Thanks!

  16. Thanks, Ginette. I’ll do my best!

  17. I’m learning to read the fine print. If only I caught it BEFORE committing …

  18. I’m gonna try not to follow in those footsteps!

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