Why I Took The 30 Day Blog Challenge

When I first heard of Dr. Mani’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge I thought it was a good idea but didn’t take action right away because I didn’t think I could find enough things to write about. In addition, I tend to procrastinate and was not sure I could be successful so I looked at my goals to try and decide.


Dr.Mani is a heart surgeon from India, who uses his writing and marketing skills to fund critically needed heart operations for children in India whose families cannot afford such an operation.  I am inspired by Dr. Mani’s passion for his mission and writing and marketing skill.  Dr. Mani has an excellent reputation and I have purchases his products so I know he is an expert blogger and I trust him.  I decided to take the challenge, knowing if I got stuck I could get expert help.

The 30 Day Blogging Challenge requires participants to research their niche, make a post to their blog using their chosen keywords daily, for a period of 30 days, starting January 2, 2012.  Paid participants are also urged to include 3-5 links to posts created by the other bloggers who are participating in the challenge.

The challenge helps participants develop the skills necessary to research a niche, setup a blog, write a post, and link it to other blogs as well.  I am sure there will be other benefits like time management, content planning and goal setting etc.

Since the challenge requires a daily time commitment, between 15 minutes and 1 hour per day, I had to be sure the exercise would pay off both personally and professionally.   Here are my top three reasons I accepted The 30 Day Blogging Challenge:

  1. To learn the actual steps it takes to blog every day so I can train others how to do it effectively.  I am called upon to write about and train people to perform complex tasks. I often learn how to do something so I can effectively train on the subject.  How can I expect someone to follow my training if I haven’t done it myself?
  2. To prove that I can actually do it.  Sometimes you are your worst critic.  This crops up in a number of ways, my problem is extreme procrastination.  Since this in an experiment, there should be no pressure to perform, however I am a perfectionist and that seems to stop me more often before I start something than not.
  3. To improve my writing skills.  I have to write a fair amount in my various roles as at work and at play.  I write at least a little each day to perform my job, but, it seems

So far, I a bit behind on day 3 of the challenge, this is my second blog post.  I will catch up tonight with another one to catch up. 

My biggest obstacle is over thinking the material, I have plenty of ideas but none of them seem to fit exactly into my chosen niche, keyword wise.  The topics are related but I would not choose the exact keyword phrase to describe each sub-topic.   I will continue to work this out over the next 30 days.  The point is to learn how to cope and produce decent blog posts, hopefully improving over time.

I am setting aside time in the morning for the activity but other responsibilities have snuck in, so I will tweak my schedule to accommodate the new activity.  I hope to be well adapted to my new schedule by the end of the project.  I will post about my progress weekly to let you know how I am doing.

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About Paul Guyon

Paul Guyon is the former Chief Information Officer of a $53M international logistics firm, DSI. Today he teaches small business owners how to create and implement systems and technology that enables ordinary people to produce extraordinary results. Mr. Guyon’s clients have managed up to $13 million in business with a department of just five people.
He invented a new market category to streamline the delivery, invoicing and payment of lost bags for Delta, Northwest, American and United Airlines. Thereby saving the airlines millions of potential lost customers whose precious luggage was ‘separated’ from them. Paul’s delivery management systems save millions of dollars for pharmaceutical giants; Pfizer, Merck and Eli Lilly.
Guyon makes his home in Traverse City, Michigan and enjoys and active, healthy lifestyle with his three sons. He has a passion for business, music, drumming, community service and his faith in God. Guyon says, “Any day I get to spend with my sons is a good day!”


  1. Paul,

    I am glad you joined the challenge. Similar to you, I signed up in an attempt to add more discipline and see if I could meet the challenge.. Although I have kept up, I entered a couple of my posts shortly before midnight. I wish you well and let me know if I can help you in some way.


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