Let’s talk about this one time when I decided to rise to a challenge that I honestly never thought I would survive. That time when Javacia Harris Bowser, founder of See Jane Write, challenged members to publish a new blog post every single day during the month of November. I honestly thought she had gone crazy for posing such a challenge, but little did I know this challenge was exactly what I needed to push me to the next destination of my blogging journey.
Flashback to March 2020
Flashback to March 2020. My world had changed significantly. I had recently lost both of my parents. The world was on the cusp of what would be a pandemic like none I have ever experienced. Political and civil unrest was causing me to question almost everything and everybody that I knew. And, the world as I had known it would never be the same.
Yet I, with my full-time employed, family-laden, actively involved self, thought it would be a good idea to start a blog! Well, after much planning and preparation, I fearlessly launched my blog, WhatCherithinks, on August 24, 2020.
After a few weeks, I found my groove. I decided that publishing one day a week would be plenty to keep me from getting too overwhelmed, yet give my audience enough to prove my commitment to this new venture. So, that’s what I did. From September through October, I published at least one blog post per week religiously, and all was well in my blogging world.
Enter Blog Like Crazy
Now, here comes Javacia with this seemingly insane challenge. And, I’m not sure if she has figured this out about me or not, but Cherith Fluker seldom backs down from a challenge! So, I grab my pen and my notebook and I made it do what it do!
And boy did it do! I decided around October 20 to commit to the challenge. A few days later, I had sketched out a plan for blog posts that I would write during the challenge. I wanted so badly for each of my blog posts to follow a particular theme or be connected in some way, but I could not make it work. So, I decided instead to just write.
I wrote about friendship and cooking and self-care and music. Then I wrote about time management and thankfulness, and makeup, and my parents. I was all over the place. Yet, I was in the same place.
All of these things somehow came together to make WhatCherithinks what it is and what it will be. During the course of Block Like Crazy, I received comments and Facebook messages and Instagram DMs that reassured me that what I was doing was right. I set out in August with the goal of sharing my personal stories, thoughts, and observations about self-care, family, food, beauty, and work-life in hopes of inspiring and supporting others. In November, by way of Blog Like Crazy, I now have confirmation that I am reaching that goal.
The best thing about Blog Like Crazy is how it has pushed me! I somehow balanced working full-time as an educator during a global pandemic, teaching part-time at a college, and being a wife and mom with writing and publishing 30 blog posts in as many days!
Where they do that at? Right here! Right here at See Jane Write with a fearless leader (who blogged every day with us) and with the support of Janes (See Jane Write members) who wrote along with me. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention the Janes who didn’t participate in the challenge, but encouraged us every step of the way!
What a month! While Blog Like Crazy has been wonderful, I can’t say that I’m sad it’s over. It was hard. Real hard. And there were several days that I wanted to give up. But, I’m glad that I didn’t. The feeling of accomplishment that I have is worth (almost) every 4:45 AM alarm and every midnight writing session that may (or may not have) occurred over the past 30 days.
I’m pretty sure that I have written up nearly every page in my journal and I’ve emptied most of the ink from my pens. So, I guess I’ll go for now. And, until the next crazy challenge that Javacia throws our way, you can catch me once (or maybe twice) per week on my blog!
Until then, go back and catch up on what you may have missed from WhatCherithinks during Block Like Crazy!
If you’re all caught up, let me know in the comments which blog post was your favorite!