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Reflections on Personal Blogging Challenge

Updated on May 2, 2014
My Mind Is Up In The Clouds
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Taking on a Blogging Challenge Means Endurance

Exercise Builds Muscle

One thing I'm working on now is how this process of writing blogs can be utilized for the future. I'm viewing this exercise as a muscle building experience. Not the muscles that help lift an object. More in the form of muscles of the mind. How to keep the thought processes going and actually build a good habit.

Creating a goal, target or challenge pushes your limits, stretches you to achieve more, but sometimes I wonder if it is health giving in all cases? I feel that if the challenge gets you into a daily habit, it has been successful. If it just leaves you exhausted, frustrated and full of dread, then I suggest rethinking the parameters of the challenge.

Review a few minutes as you reflect back on the day. Do you feel energized, proud, exhausted but happy? Put a check in the "good" box. Otherwise, tweak the demands put upon yourself. Feeling badly that you have to drop out of a contest? Who's going to be the winner in that race? Are you willing to pay a medical price in emotional distress, physical pain, or mental drain?

On the other hand, if the you feel the mental muscles pumping, the challenge getting a bit easier, like you're in the groove and have got this thing going, you fall on the plus side of this activity. I liken it to riding a bicycle. Once you learn how to get on balance and move forward, you've got momentum. Get those muscle pumping, push the pedal and glide a bit. Afterwards, you will be able to transfer the newly learned habit and tasks to another part of your life.

Applying What You Learn

If it is possible to write an article every day, like practicing scales on an instrument, then you can put it to good use on your personal webspace writing about a relevant topic to enhance any products or develop substance on a theme. Perhaps this muscle can be used to write a book, if there was one waiting to be written?

Honestly, though, I'm thinking of applying this skill to something totally opposite. Instead of working harder and using up all the energy available, consider doing something much, much harder for if you are an A-type personality. For the busy person who fills their time doing stuff all the time, what would be the hardest thing for them to do?

Meditation Good For The Soul

Did you guess? Do nothing. Yup. That's right, not do anything. Just sit, meditate, contemplate their navel, as an expression. Breathe and let the mind go empty for just an hour a day. Not think about doing the laundry, fixing a meal, pulling the weeds in the garden, sweeping the floor, writing another blog, talking on the phone or a hundred other things that "need to get done."

Strange as it sounds, I'm not too optimistic that this new project will be successful. At the end of the next two weeks, when I develop these thoughts more fully and plot out the plan of action to do nothing, I'll be able to journal any progress in this direction. In the meantime, I'm deciding whether to count up to the finish or count down the days to the end line. Gee whizz, only 12 days left? That sounds great. Or do you think saying, "Finished day 19 out of 30 days" makes the end look nearer?

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Day 18 of the 30-Day Challenge on Hubpages

A Review of Where I Am and Where I'm Going

You've heard this before. Find a busy person and ask him or her to help you with your project. Why? Because these action oriented people like to get the job done.

Questions I Ask Myself

I've been considering why I'm doing this each day and my friends keep asking me the same question. I even question myself sometimes saying, "The challenge is reaching the top of the mountain. Because its there. I really don't know. I just felt like it. The time seemed right. I wanted to jump in before I missed this opportunity. I want to prove to my own characteristics of persistence, commitment and consistency. To be part of the group. I've done it before and I wanted to do it again."

Could this be like earning a gold star or getting high? Is it an addiction?

As always, I've got more questions than answers. And each time the questions reach deeper into self motivation. It would be neat if there was a threaded discussion on Hubpages where everyone posted just why they have, are or will participate in these 30-day challenges.

Energy Up and Energy Down

As I reflect each day on my response to writing on a deadline, the whole process evolves depending upon what's happening in the day, how much energy is left by the time I must author the article and if the subject just flows or must be researched or pondered deeply.

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM founded Homeopathy World Community social network. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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      khmohsin 6 years ago

      A fabulous read, full of great insight and information that will certainly help this newbie. Thank you very much for sharing…

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Thanks for you encouragment, Denise

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Debby-I've been neglecting to read the hubchallengers work lately. I like the flow of this piece. Cheers!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hello Dear Simone ~ I kind of recognize you. I've seen you around Hubpages! Thanks so much for this link and guidance. I'm using Safari on a Mac. I'll check in with you. Debby

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      We actually have a dedicated forum for reporting problems:

      If you notice anything particularly off, be sure to share it there, describe what browser you're using, and also describe the steps that lead to the problem, especially if you can easily reproduce them. That makes it much easier for our engineers to fix bugs :D

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear Mario. If you notice the page capture, it says that this error is automatically reported to the Hubpages engineering team. I assume they are aware of this problem. I'll let you know if I hear anything else. Thanks! Deb

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      MarloByDesign 7 years ago from United States

      Great, please let me know if you find anything!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hello MarloByDesign ~ I can certainly search and inquire. Shall do that. Thanks! Debby

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      MarloByDesign 7 years ago from United States

      I wonder if there is a forum where you report HubPage related errors like the one you discovered. I know they are very responsive.