There are over 1000 bloggers joining in with Nesters 31 days of Change.  Initially I just knew this challenge as 31days in October with the idea of blogging for 31 days straight on any one topic.

But this  blog challenge has been rightly renamed because most of those 1000 bloggers are writing about an area they want to see change in or to encourage their readers in change.  I participated last year with Heart Conversations and this year my topic is Living a Family Life.

Part of the fun is reading other people’s blogs and making new friends.  But there are over 1000 topics!   I’ve asked myself how can I fully participate and how can reading all this stuff really help my life.

I have browsed through the linkup page, and chosen topics that interest me.  I have book marked each one in 4 different categories – If you were to do this your categories would likely be different but for this year mine are:

  • Me
  • Home Organisation
  • Creative Ideas
  • Parenting Ideas

Each day I open up each of those bookmarked blogs and read the latest offerings.  Some days I only get to read one or two categories, some days I’m reading all four.

I try to leave a handful of comments each day.  I can’t comment on each chosen blog each day – not only do I not always have something to say, but it takes time and I have to be living my life in October, as well as blogging my own series, as well has making friends!

I try to link to one post a day on my facebook page.

At the end of the series I will subscribe to those who I have really connected with.  I don’t want to subscribe to every one right now – I want to protect my long term reading to those blogs that I find really helpful and that I connect with.

But the thing that has really got me thinking is how am I going to grow by all this reading.  There is a lot of great stuff being shared.

I initially grabbed some index cards and wrote each category on the top and I wanted to write down any personal challenges I wanted to follow up with for each category.  But I soon got annoyed with these extra pieces of paper on my desk (after all one of my challenges is to clean up my desk from pieces of paper!! LOL).  So I’ve gone digital.  I’m using OneNote but a word document would work just as well.  I’ve simply opened a page for each of my categories and as I read, if I’m challenged (and these are usually the posts that I comment on), I write myself a note.  As we go through the month of October I will have a long list of wishes, goals and ideas to work on.

This of course could be overwhelming but I have made a commitment to myself to slowly work through these things.  It won’t happen all at once, but at least these ideas have become more concrete in my thinking, rather than just a fleeting wish as I read my daily intake of blogs.  In fact I could end up with a year of projects, tasks and goals to work on.

So how are you going to benefit from 31 days in October, or 31 days of Change?  Don’t let this opportunity slip you by – be intentional and over the next few months refer back to those key ideas that you know you need in your life.

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