Twenty-six days have already passed since The Cebu Blogging Community 30 Day Blogging Challenge started.
Six other CBC bloggers and I are still up to meet the ultimate goal; to write 30 blogs, increase our traffic, enhance our blogging skills, and learn new experiences.
The thought of joining the challenge gave me excitement even before Day 1 actually started.
I knew that it wasn’t going to be very easy, but I also thought that tasks were also not impossible to accomplish.
I kept in mind the quote that I have learned from Napoleon Hill, one of my all-time favorite authors.
“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
We are very near the finish line.
If I had to choose 10 of my best blogs from Day 1 to Day 20, these are my personal picks.
Channel Marie’s 10 Best Blogs For The 1st 20 Days Of October
I’ll tell you why this is my most favorite among the 10.
First, I decided to join The CBC 30 Day Blogging Challenge.
Second, I took the challenge.
Third, I was already feeling accomplished even before I started to write the first word of my first blog entry.
Fourth, I was eating pancakes for dinner!
Let me emphasize that I was eating a breakfast staple as my first and last meal of that day. (laughs)
Fifth, I submitted the blog a few minutes before 12 midnight struck.
Sixth, I had a great time with Maam Emma Villarente of Metro Cebu News, Carlo Olano of Kalami Cebu, and Jeph Flores of Kiat Cebu at The Social after I wrote my blog.
We had a lot of fun!
That, my friend, is one way to cap such a great night!
I like this blog solely because the things I wrote were entirely based on my experience.
Any writer would agree that having writer’s block is not a pleasant experience.
In my opinion, it’s something all writer’s have to undergo because it will make them think about their priorities in life, their passion, and their drive to move on.
Although Scott Kelby Photowalk 2015 Liloan Edition was not my very first photowalk experience, it reminded me of the things I took into disregard during that day.
Yes, I brought a smartphone.
I brought extra memory.
I brought a power bank.
But, I forgot to bring a fan, umbrella or raincoat, and most importantly, water!
On my next photowalk, I will assure you that I will be prepared!
When I was still a newbie in blogging, I always thought that it’s just about writing whatever we want and whenever we want it.
It’s more than that.
Blogging is also about foresight and discipline.
You may think at first that you will never run out of ideas to write.
Wait for a year or less and I am sure, you will be scratching your head for ideas or wish for bits and pieces inspiration to light your brain like a light bulb.
This is where an editorial calendar would come in.
It will help any blogger or writer to plan for topics on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.
Creating an editorial calendar will lessen your chances of experiencing writer’s block or running out of topics to write, unless you are too keen on sabotaging yourself!
Just like any newbie, I was naive.
“I am sure blogging is easy!”
Bla bla bla!
But when I got a lot of writing gigs that required me to write five 500-word articles for 5 days a week, I realized that I needed to write fast!
Back then, it took me around 2 to 3 hours to write a single article.
Multiply that by 5 and it would mean that having that gig took me a maximum of 15 hours (maybe more) in one day, 75 hours a week, and 375 hours a month!
If I just knew how to write an article in 15 to 30 minutes, I guess my life could have been much easier.
Take my word for it.
A blogging outline will help your write faster and better!
I love this blog because it informs people about the benefits of using canola oil when cooking.
After all, we have to stay healthy to find our perfect heart mate, am I not right?
Let me tell you why I included this blog on my top 10.
- It’s about why I love John Lennon. (duh)
- It reminded me of the turmoils I experienced as a Beatlemaniac.
- Not all oldies appreciate cool oldies music the way it should be.
- Overcoming all the difficulties made me stronger.
And besides, anything with The Beatles merit special attention all the time!
I wish business-related blogs were already present when I was still in high school.
I could have been financially literate by the time I reach college.
I like this blog because it will help inform people about investing.
The general public has a certain stigma about how to handle finances and I want them to embrace financial freedom through education and discipline.
Now that I am already an adult, you don’t have to force me to eat my veggies.
I actually love to eat veggies!
When I learned that Tommy Osmeña loves to cook, I was wondering if any of his dishes taste good.
Surprisingly, ang sarap niyang magluto!
My favorite Tommy Osmeña dish is the Creamed Spinach or Cream of Spinach.
I never thought that kangkong and alogbati would taste great when combined, but Mr. O pulled it off quite well!
Who wasn’t pissed off with APEC when came to Cebu.
At first, I was not happy with the kind of traffic it caused but when I knew why APEC was more than just that, I came to a deeper understanding.
We are all familiar with the maxim, “Don’t judge the book by its cover.”
In this case, saying that APEC sucks because it caused heavy traffic is actually judging the book by its cover.
That’s about it!
These are my best blogs during the 1st 20 days of October.
Which one was your favorite or least favorite?
Hit the comment section below because I would love to hear what you have to say!
“Channel Marie’s 10 Best Blogs For The 1st 20 Days Of October” is my 26th entry for The CBC 30 Day Blogging Challenge (#iBlogForCBC #iBlogForCebu #CBClevelUP #30DayBloggingChallenge).