Monday, August 15, 2011

The 30 Day Blog Challenge: Introduction

If you can't tell, it's been a while.  Between the wedding, work, and life, I've take a bit of an unintentional summer break.  Pictures from the wedding took much longer than expected to edit (300+ pictures aren't fast), and work has been quite busy. I'll post in the next day or so explaining why work has been busy for me and give a bit of insight into the auto industry as a whole.

While browsing around the web a few days ago, I came across the 30 Day Blog Challenge.  The basic premise is that for a period of 30 consecutive days, you must post.  It doesn't matter if you want to post or if you particularly like the topic, you've got to do it.  Here's the catch.  Every month, I donate $10 to Michigan Radio, my local NPR station.  This month (as a bit of motivation), for every day that I don't post, I donate an additional $10 to Michigan Radio.  For every day that I do post, that $10 goes to a personal goal, project, ect.  I don't know what that will be yet.  This could be partially funding a new TV, or get put aside to rent an even more awesome car for my and Katie's honeymoon, or anything else.  If you have suggestions for what I should do with it, please share them in the comments below.

Here's the list of the 30 topics which I'll be posting on:

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts.
Day 2: Nicknames.
Day 3: Your first love.
Day 4: Your parents.
Day 5: What song inspires you.
Day 6: Pet peeves.
Day 7: What makes you happy.
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to and where else you want to travel.
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend.
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of.
Day 11: A quote you love.
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 13: Goals.
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Death row meal.
Day 16: Your opinion about your body and how comfortable you are with it.
Day 17: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs.
Day 18: Something you miss.
Day 19: Things you want to say to an ex.
Day 20: Something you wonder “What if…?” about.
Day 21: Something you’re proud of.
Day 22: What do you want your future to be like?
Day 23: Favorite Movies and TV Show.
Day 24: Something you’ve learned.
Day 25: Something you are looking forward to.
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding.
Day 27: Photo of your city .
Day 28: What stresses you out?
Day 29: Who is you hero?
Day 30: A picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge.

The challenge will begin September 1st.  Why am I posting this nearly a month in advance?  I promise that it's not to cheat and write most of the posts ahead of time.  I won't be writing any post more than one day in advance.  I give myself this leeway in order to allow for any unforseen circumstances which may arise.  No, it's not cheating.  Realistically, bloggers may have a post sitting around for just such an occasion.  

The real reason that I post this early is to allow anybody reading this to get in on the deal.  There are two ways that I'd like your support.  

First, join me in this challenge.  Either participate in this challenge on your own blog, or share your thoughts on each topic in the comments for my post of that day.  Set a monetary challenge for yourself.  If you can't afford $10 a day, then do $5, or even $1.  Whatever day you don't post, you donate the money to the organization of your choice (I recommend Michigan Radio, but I'm a bit biased on that one), and for every day that you do post, put the money towards a goal. 

Second, I don't see any reason why this should only be a 30 day challenge.  If you have any suggestions for additional topics (I will turn down no suggestions), I will add them to the end of this challenge on a first come, first served basis.  However, the monetary portion of the challenge ends after the 30 day period.

A challenge has been issued.  I have accepted.  Will you?

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