Do You Dare Join Me for This?

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Come on, I dare you to join the Ultimate Blog Challenge with me!

We start January 1st.

Here’s the deal.  Every quarter, Michele Scism and I host a month long challenge celebration for bloggers.  (Yes, I’ve decided to call it a celebration this time!)

The goal is to post once to your blog for every day of the month.  So 31 posts by the end of January.

Why the heck would anyone do this?  Over the years we’ve run this challenge I’ve heard dozens of reasons from “just to prove I can” to “creating content for my next ebook/book” to “more traffic!” and many others.

Here are 10 reasons why YOU should join us:

  1. It’s free.  Can’t beat that.
  2. We’ll send you a daily email with blogging ideas (they’re already scheduled and ready to go, with over 100 ideas total!).  Put these in a folder and feel the stress melt away as you know where to go next time writer’s block tries to attack.
  3. You get to join a fabulous community of bloggers who connect on Facebook and Twitter to support each other.
  4. With writing every day, you learn to write faster and stay focused.
  5. We help you learn to promote your posts consistently by reminding you to get out there and share them after you’ve written them.  Form good habits!
  6. You’ll walk away with lots more content that you can then repurpose into other things (ebooks, books, giveaways, teleseminars, infographics, seriously this list could go on and on).
  7. You’ll stretch yourself and prove you can create valuable content more often than you thought.
  8. You can submit your blog to be listed in the directory and list yourself as a member on the UBC website (links!).
  9. It’s a great way to build relationships and find other bloggers you can connect with beyond the challenge–for JVs, guest blog posts, and more.
  10. It’s FUN!  Consider it a daily opportunity to celebrate your right to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom to create your own business, and the ability to broadcast to the world via the internet.

 

Get in now at http://ultimateblogchallenge.com

Are you in?  Leave a comment below and share your blog!

 

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71 Comments

  1. I really wish I’ll be able to participate this time as well, since I’ve completed it twice. I just have to brainstorm 31 posts connected to my new venture. (yikes)
    Linda Ursin recently posted… The New Version of HeksebuaMy Profile

    1. You can do it, Linda! Feel free to post in the Facebook group if you need help brainstorming ideas. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Do You Dare Join Me for This?My Profile

  2. Michelle…
    I want to! Really. I want to! I simply don’t have a clue how I would do it and I hate to be half-as**d with anything… I am coming up on my second year blogging and really work hard to post three times a week… that doesn’t always work! I also try to average 1-2 guest posts a month on other sites as well as the newsletter and Chisana News Wire once a month. (sigh) No, I am not whining! I really do want to do more… but I have read blogs of all kinds for these last two years on line, in all sorts of circles, businesses and mindsets… I do not want to post lame. I want to Stay the Path, stay focused on my ultimate goal as well as continue to improve, myself, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and professionally.

    I jumped into this blogging pool with both feet when I decided to learn enough to create the website I wanted the world to see… The hardest thing I have come up against is that our business is so different than any good example available … I am left with wingin’ it and trying to take the lessons learned and twisting them to fit with our business.

    Had to come over and tell you I want to be part of this! (Yes, now I am whining…!)
    Amber-Lee Dibble recently posted… Winning in the Alaska WildernessMy Profile

    1. Hey Amber-Lee,

      My two cents – jump in even if you don’t think you’ll be blogging every day. ;) You’ll still make great connections with other bloggers, get blogging ideas that may work for you, and have a blast. :)

      There’s no failure — whether you post 5 times or 31 times, if you add content to your blog, comment on other blogs, make connections, and get more traffic, that’s success!
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Do You Dare Join Me for This?My Profile

  3. Michelle, thanks so much for running this challenge, I mean, celebration! Great update in the name! I’ve participated twice and gotten almost to 31 posts.

    The most unexpected benefit for me has been that I write much more quickly now. Also, it is actually easier to write when I’m doing it every day; my brain stays in Create Mode and comes up with topics several times a day. Also, I have made several good friends out of the UBC. We share a lot of support, and they are a great joy to me.

    I so appreciate your posts! Looking forward to the January UBC!

    1. I find the same thing, Kebba! I write MUCH more quickly now than I did before I started doing blog challenges. :)

      And that’s awesome to hear. Some of my best blogging friends I connected with in the first blogging challenge I participated in, and that was something like 3 years ago.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Do You Dare Join Me for This?My Profile

  4. I’ve signed up. I’m looking forward to the impetus this will provide and I’m definitely looking forward to meeting everyone who takes part.

    I have a few blog post ideas set aside already and I will be brainstorming more before the challenge gets underway.
    Tracey Grady recently posted… Quiz Night Questions: What kind will you choose?My Profile

    1. Yay! Happy to have you in the challenge, Tracey. It’s VERY smart to get those ideas together now, makes completing the challenge much easier.
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  5. OMG yes I am in and soo ready!

    1. Awesome, Marilyn!
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  6. I read this last night and thought, “no way. I already blog twice a week and that’s plenty.” But the idea lingered and woke me up throughout the night.

    So, count me in!

    1. Woo hoo! Glad to have you in the challenge, Suzi!
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  7. I will take this celebration as for the past 12 months I have blogged everyday. Looking forward to seeing what January 2013 brings.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx
    Linda Simpson recently posted… Little KittyMy Profile

    1. Awesome! That’s a great track record, Linda. :)

  8. Well I am intrigued. I have a blog and only write when I feel inspired or have a point of view I feel passionate about to share. This I find interesting as a challenge. A challenge I am a lover of and am also a great believer of celebrating achievments. You have caught me on both accounts. I am curious as to what I would write about each day. However I am interested to discover what I will come up with.
    Thank you for the invitation. I accept.
    With Blessing to all Elizabeth ISIS Conway.

    1. We provide lots of blogging ideas, Elizabeth, so hopefully that’ll help you discover new things to write about. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Thanks for Sharing Your MagicMy Profile

      1. Thanks Michelle, I have looked at the 50 blog ideas, fantastic. I will be needing them if ideas are not forthcoming. All ready for tomorrow….. I think ;)
        Elizabeth Conway recently posted… A Course in the Universal Laws and Principles for Business SuccessMy Profile

  9. Hi Michelle,

    I decided to take the dare again. My blog is in need of an infusion of content, and what better way to fill that need.

    Thanks to you and Michele for pushing us forward again.
    Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. recently posted… 7 Great Gift Ideas for Writers and BookwormsMy Profile

    1. Yes, the challenge will definitely work for that, Flora! ;)
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  10. Everytime I’ve tried joining this I don’t keep up with it. I hope to change that this time around!!
    janet recently posted… Forget Goals: What’s Your 2013 Theme?My Profile

    1. You can do it, Janet! :)
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  11. I’m in! I’ve never done one before, but I need the challenge! Looking forward to it!

    1. Awesome. Welcome, Kendra!
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  12. Hi Michelle! I’m in:-) I’ve also made nice connection through this celebration:-) I’m going to brainstorm ideas tomorrow.
    Dana recently posted… Quiz: How Well Do You Manage Your Energy?My Profile

    1. Yay, great to see you in the challenge, Dana! :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Do You Dare Join Me for This?My Profile

  13. I have attempted the UBC before and made some great connections through it, Michelle. I look forward to joining again. I’m out from the 5th to 9th and will have to schedule. I hope it works.
    Corinne Rodrigues recently posted… Keeping It SimpleMy Profile

    1. Scheduling is an awesome feature — I love that option with WordPress. :) You’re smart to plan ahead and schedule, Corinne. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… What is Your Big Dream?My Profile

  14. I want to try this but have to go away for a week in between when I won’t be working. However, I think I’ll still give it a go anyway…

    1. You’re welcome to jump in and join the community, Amelia, whether you get 3 posts or 31 done.
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  15. I think it’s a great idea, and I will be jumping in with both feet! Not sure what I’ll write about, but thats where the adventure starts – with the unknown, blessings, Amanda
    Amanda recently posted… Reflections and New BeginningsMy Profile

    1. Love that perspective, Amanda — it’s an adventure!
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  16. I am excited to be joining in again for …. lets see… my sixth time or something like that? I’ll be focusing again on writing & creativity tips, ideas and passion for all things word-related.

    Thrilled to be joining once again.

    Now, to pre-write for the first few days so that I always stay ahead!
    Julie Jordan Scott recently posted… Traditions: Old, Blended and Brand New for 2013My Profile

    1. Welcome back, Julie! 6 challenges – that’s fabulous!
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  17. Hi Michelle,

    I’ve decided to try this celebration to start the year with a major push to resuscitate my blog. I really enjoy your posts and videos, and I’m looking forward to receiving the post ideas in my email.

    I’m really hoping that I can stick with this. I think it will help my blog if I can focus enough attention to publish 31 days of posts. And hopefully it will help to cultivate a good posting habit.

    Time now to look at my calendar to work out my initial writing schedule and post ideas.

    I’m excited to try! Thanks.

    1. Hey Shari, thanks so much for the kind words about my posts and videos. I appreciate it.

      Yes, grab that calendar — planning is the key to success!
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Thanks for Sharing Your MagicMy Profile

    1. Welcome, Blaze!
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Do You Dare Join Me for This?My Profile

  18. It’ll give me an opportunity to complete the Blog Book Tour Guide – I’ll blog about it every day. Thanks for the kickstart!
    Dani G. recently posted… Oh, How I Miss You BlogfestMy Profile

    1. You’re welcome, Dani, and glad you’re jumping in.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… How to Promote Your Blog Posts (Video)My Profile

  19. This will be my first challenge! Hooray!
    Chanel recently posted… Christmas In New YorkMy Profile

  20. I’m jumping in Michelle and am looking forward to it. I’ve been taking advantage of the down time now to start creating some blog posts. My secret goal is to have all 30 posts done in the next week – that’s pretty ambitious but I’m working on it.

    I’ll tell you how I’m doing it. I’m going through the masses of trainings I’ve created over the past year and using that as ideas for my blog posts.

    I look forward to it – thanks for all that you do!
    Cindy Schulson recently posted… 3 Steps to a Profitable 2013 – Reflect, Plan, Grow!My Profile

    1. Awesome strategy, Cindy. And welcome! :)
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  21. Hi Michelle!

    I’m all in! I just got this information from a firend. Since I gave myself a 100 day challenge earlier this fall and I’ve already posted over 80 in a row (two different blogs) I might just as well continue to the end of Jan. :-D

    Cheers!
    Stella
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    1. Way to go, Stella! I don’t think I’ve ever hit 80 in a row. I tend to take breaks after each challenge and slow down a bit. LOL
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… What is Your Big Dream?My Profile

  22. This is the first time I’ve heard of this celebration. I’ve had a blog for years but haven’t posted as regularly as I should. My plan for the new year is to be consistent on my blog. My blog is the foundation for building my credibility and showing my skills. I firmly believe it will be one of the the keys to my success this year.

    I’m intrigued with the notion that this exercise could make writing easier. I love to write and am fairly good at it, but I tend to get caught up in the “perfection” of it.

    Good luck to everyone!
    vickie

    1. It’s easy to get stuck in the perfection trap. Been there. Still have to avoid it. ;) It does get easier as you post more frequently, or so it goes for me. :)
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  23. So excited to be participating in my fist blog challenge! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Victoria!

  24. So I had a friend ask if I was going to do a blog challenge just today and feel this is something I need to do, I have tried all the ideas I can come up with and instead of battling with my brain to try and think of new content, new ideas Im reaching out for help in this challenge as I am sure ya’all can teach an old dog new tricks.

    So Im in for 2013 as my something new to do. Thanks for doing these challenges, I just dont know if I can get through everyone, but Im not going to let that stop me from starting.

    1. Welcome, Karren, and that’s a great attitude to have — don’t let fear of failure stop you!

      Every day we send out an email with a bunch of blogging ideas so hopefully that will be helpful. :) You might also like this post: https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/50-articleblog-title-ideas-for-you/2011/01/05/
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… What is Your Big Dream?My Profile

      1. Thanks Michelle, I appreciate your encouragement and the list of blogging ideas, I will bookmark these and refer to them.

  25. I’m in, Michelle for as long as I can. I’ll use my posts to create products for training offline and online. Re-purposing has been drummed into my head over the years and I’ll be using that strategy here. Thanks to you and Michele for putting this celebration together again.
    Yvonne A Jones recently posted… Multitasking for Greater Productivity – an Illusion?My Profile

    1. Smart, smart, smart, Yvonne!
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  26. Great way to start the New Year! This will be the third time I have participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It keeps me motivated! ;-)
    Jen Lawrence recently posted… Reflections: Seven Great Moments In 2012My Profile

    1. Welcome back again, Jen! :)
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  27. Ok, I’m in. But I still have to come up with a lot of new stuff
    Linda Ursin recently posted… Happy New Year!My Profile

    1. You can do it, Linda! Feel free to post in the Facebook group if you need brainstorming help (you can tag me if you want).
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… One Cool Way to Achieve More of Your GoalsMy Profile

  28. I’m in! Just like so many Canadians up here in a winter wonderland, I could use a little boost. I am looking forward to responding to the challenges each day.
    Wendy Love recently posted… Seven Reasons to Feel GoodMy Profile

  29. Job Search 2013: New twists on old strategies. http://wp.me/p2JJFD-9P I posted this the other day. I hope it will qualify as it is already 8:30 pm ET. I will have 2 posts tomorrow.

    Thank you for doing this.
    Arleen Bradley recently posted… Job Search 2013: New Twists on Old StrategiesMy Profile

  30. This is a wonderful opportunity Michelle. I think I’m up for it. I’ll start checking my schedule for January. Need to be prepared for this.
    Connor Harley recently posted… Why Invest in Gold?My Profile

  31. Iam happy to join the first Ultimate Blogging Celebration of 2013!
    I really would like to grow my readership during the new year. I hope that I will learn to form a positive habit of blogging daily in order to boost my readership, join in the Blogging community and discover new and interesting blogs and people.

    I have a blogging resolution of making a minimum of 10 blog comments per day. I’d love to share by trading a comment for a comment as part of my challenge/ resolution!

    Please visit me @ http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com
    Shanna recently posted… My New Years Resolution Personal and as a. BloggerMy Profile

  32. My blog is pure fluff… written on behalf of my dog, with no business purpose. I started the blog to force myself to write. I am signing up for this challenge for the same reason. I have stories, books, plays, and more locked inside my brain. I am determined to unlock the door and release the flood.

    Thanks for the challenge!
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  33. I`m in:-) This would be fun! To get to know a lot of new people!
    Jessica recently posted… WordPress.com: Our Labor of Love — 2012 in ReviewMy Profile

  34. I am in. Though I run many different blogs I have been offline for sometime and the accountability is always fun and welcome :-) Happy New Year!
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  35. Hi Michelle, I’m a little late but have decided to give it a go. I’ll play catch up and will get on track as quick as I can. Thanks for the motivation to resurrect my blog.

  36. I’m in mostly because of the daily blogging ideas. Writing every day isn’t as easy as it may seem, but if we are provided with inspirational ideas, it should be challenging indeed.

  37. I have messed around with blogs long enough and so it is time to get serious – I will join you all on Jan 7th as i just want to get my kids back to school first (yes here in Ireland they get 20 dec-jan 7th off school) so for just the next few days lots of planning and ideas in my head and I will see you all Monday

    Looking forward to it

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