OK, so that title was a shameless reference to the Lego Movie because I can’t think of a non-blah title for a post about a blog challenge I’m concocting. I’ve never participated in any of the blog challenges I’ve seen floating around (like the Crayola Color Your World challenge, for example). But this weekend I got to thinking of a fun challenge I’m going to try myself: regularly scheduled, themed posts for specific days of the week.
Like Taco Tuesday! Except not that. Blogging about tacos every Tuesday would get old, fast. The challenge idea — let’s call it the
Theme Day Challenge Taco Tuesday Challenge — came to me when I realized that many of my favorite blogs and vlogs publish regularly scheduled content on certain topics on specific days of the week. As a consumer, I find myself excited when I realize it’s Car Chat Friday on my favorite vlog, or that it’s time for another installment of Downfall on Olive These Words. So I figure, maybe the regularity will help with both my blogging skills and engaging readers consistently.
The challenge as I am choosing to do it is slightly daunting due to the volume of posts required. Which is why, initially at least, I am going to aim for a trial period of one month. Once the challenge month is over, I may keep it up, I may not, who knows.
But I would argue that the beauty of the challenge is precisely that it will require writing and blogging at regular intervals, and about a variety of subjects to keep me on my toes. After all, I’ll never succeed as a writer if I don’t set specific goals and buckle down to meet them.
So, here are the daily themes I’ve come up with for the initial challenge:
Miscellaneous Monday: Where the post could be anything! Also might be called Random Monday, but I like alliteration. 🙂 This is likely where I’ll post about, say, marathon training, sports, mental health, and other topics that I do cover but that aren’t the main focus of my blog.
Toast of Tuesday: Where the post is related to the “girly” part of GirlyGeekGirl. Namely, recipes, food/drink reviews, fashion, home decor, beauty, wanting to switch careers and become a Disney princess, etc.
Weblog Wednesday: Where the post is a blog in the most traditional sense of chronicling goings on in my zany life.
Fangirl Friday: Where the post is related to the “geek” part of GirlyGeekGirl. Namely, SFF book reviews, video game reviews, cosplay ideas, and other sundry geekdoms.
Milk & Serial Saturday: Where I serialize a short story over the course of the challenge month.
It’s that last one, Milk & Serial Saturday, that I am honestly most scared of. The others may require a little extra devotion of time due to the theme requirements, but I’ve got loads of ideas for each of those already queued up waiting to be published. MSS, as I shall call it, though … daunting squared!
It both scares me and excites me for a couple of reasons. I find the prospect of serializing a short story thrilling because it stretches my writing muscles in different ways than the novel does. I find it daunting because, well, to be perfectly honest, I’m scared that my work won’t be good enough to be read.
I know, I know. My work has to get out there eventually if I ever want to self-publish. But so far all I’ve ever published online, whether on this blog or past blogs that no longer exist, is flash fiction. The two novel manuscripts I’ve written have ended up in the proverbial dust bin, read by only a few sets of eyes.
But I mean, that lack of confidence, that trepidation, is a big reason I’m setting this challenge. Rejection is inevitable. Having people not absolutely love every single word I write is inevitable. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, the stories I tell will entertain people and help me grow as a writer.
Feel free, friends, to join me in the Taco Tuesday Challenge! 🙂