Lessons from the Your Turn Challenge

By Arturo de Frias Marques (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I took on the Your Turn Challenge – a seven day blogging challenge inspired by Seth Godin and his book “What to do when it’s your turn” to get in the habit of blogging everyday, to get better and faster with blogging and connect with others.  I hoped the Your Turn Challenge will remind me to do my best without judging myself, to ship my work without worrying that it’s not good enough because it is my best work today.

Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” my mission was more important than the negative voices in my head. In the end, I willingly poured myself into the most generous, vulnerable work I’m capable of creating right now, in this moment. I put fear of not being good enough aside and hit publish everyday. Here are a few lessons I learned from the #yourturnchallenge experience:

+ Creating a system to blog everyday helps. I set a time limit and tried to reduce the amount spent on blogging each day. One day I did it in ten minutes! I also used free photos from wikimedia commons and copied and pasted the URLs instead of trying to size the photos myself.

+ Focusing my attention on the priority of blogging everyday is important to success.

+ Writing is a habit. Blogging is also a habit. Each habit has their own set of rules to follow.

+ Let go of perfection and embracing the mantra: “Done not perfect.”

+ Accept each blog post as my best work today. I can always go back and be inspired to write something new again.

+ Always log out of WordPress after you moderate a comment. This is to avoid something wacky like a spambot sending 52 emails to a person who commented on one of my posts. Sorry, T.

+ Do less. The goal was to publish a post everyday to MommyMusingsBlog.com and the your turn tumblr blog.

+ I can blog fearlessly everyday.

This is my best work today. Thanks for reading. If you like this post, please feel free to share it with your friends or send me a comment. You can also post a comment on my blog or Facebook, or tweet me @kristinebruneau.


  1. Tricia

    I hope you keep it up every day. I like reading something short more often and getting that daily smile, than perhaps weekly reading a longer, more intense post. Oh, and I like the blue icy polar bear picture, even though I think polar bears are scary.

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