You’re Invited:: 31 Days of Change

You knew it was coming, right?  This October will mark the third year that I’ve written a 31 day series for the month of October.  I got the idea from ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog   {if you have yet to purchase it, what are you waiting for?}.  In 2009 I wrote about 31 Days to a Better Dressed Nest and in 2010 we talked about 31 Days to a Less Messy Nest. 

And to make things even more fun, last year I asked seven blogging friends to write 31 days with me.  I knew no one could read all 31 posts from eight people but, I doubt anyone reads every post available at any time anyway.  Just like any normal day, you pick and choose based on what sparks your interest.   Just look at all the fun topics from last year::

:: 31 Days to Stress-Free Entertaining from Sandy at The Reluctant Entertainer
:: 31 Days to a Better Photo from Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians
:: 31 Days to More with Less from Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
:: 31 Days of Autumn Bliss from Melissa at The Inspired Room
:: 31 Days of Living Simply from Emily at Remodeling This Life
:: 31 Days of Grace from Emily at Chatting at the Sky
:: 31 Days to an Inspired Table from Kendra at My First Kitchen {this year we added Jessica from The Mom Creative}

When you click on those blogs up there, you might notice that Kendra from My First Kitchen has shut down her blog~we miss you Kendra! So, months and months ago Jessica from The Mom Creative became our newest member.

Since last October, so many of you emailed us asking to be a part of 31 days that we thought it would be fun for you to join in as well.  We would love to be your hosts and encourage you to consider 31 Days of Change whether reading or writing. So this year, if you would like to be a part of 31 Days, all you have to do is decide on your topic and publish a post each day in October.   The eight hosts will have a few places for you to link up and introduce your topic on the first day of October~but we’ll tell you more about that as we get closer to October.

So, start to think about your topic, you want it to be broad enough that you can write 31 posts about it without getting sick of it, but specific enough that it feels like a series.  It’s not easy but it’s been a fun exercise that I enjoy one month out of the year, and then recover from for the other eleven.  There are no rules, feel free to look at our past posts and see how we each approached 31 days in our own way.

This year, I’m featuring 31 Days of Charming Imperfection.  I was actually inspired by a quote I had forgotten about until I saw it in Jessica’s husband’s twitter stream a few months ago…

Sounds a little deep for this space.  But trust me, if you can wrap your head around it, it’s pretty amazing. I even hinted at the topic a few weeks ago in this post.

I hope you’ll consider writing or reading during the 31 Days of Change this October. You can be really creative with your subject.  Maybe 31 Days to Prepare for Christmas or 31 Days to Organize Your Garage or 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle.  Just keep it nice~no 31 Days to Murder Your Neighbor or anything.  Click on the links to the past 31 Dayers up there if you haven’t already~the ones who aren’t on vacation are also doing a post about 31 Days today and announcing their topic.

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  1. Looking forward to this series! Hhhmm…wonder what I could do a 31 day series about? =)

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through last year’s series, and I’m thrilled y’all are doing it again! It will be neat to see what other folks come up with for their own series, too. What a great addition this year!

  3. So enjoyed last October, I felt so inspired. I felt sad when it was over. Every day, it was like opening a present and finding a wonderful gift! BTW, Nester how is your fabulous Mbdrm nail trimmed chair holding up. I saw one online and want to by it but can’t find reviews for it. Is it comfy? Does hubby like it?

    • The grey linen one? It’s great BUT, he sits in it for just 4 minutes per day, if that. It’s not something I would put in our family room because we would destroy it in a week. The fabric is light and I think the arms would get stained really fast. So it works well in our bedroom because it’s protected from our herd of boys and only gets used when he sits down to put his shoes on or something. He likes to have a place to sit but he doesn’t sit there for hours at a time or anything.

  4. This sounds really interesting … and challenging. My theme came to me quickly; the discipline to do it might take longer! I’m thinking about it …
    (Following you in Google Reader.)

  5. Oh, wow! I *love* your 2011 topic, Nester! And I’ll be praying about possibly joining up! I get all nervous about 31 straight days of posts. Hmmm…maybe I could write 31 Days of How to Be Brave? Or 31 Days of How Not to Be a Scaredy Cat? :)

    I love you, Nester!

  6. Yay! I love this series. Perhaps I’ll jump in myself.

  7. This is exciting! I’m looking forward to joining the 31 Day Challenge in October! Now off to figure out my topic…

  8. This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read the series!

  9. Hmm… love this idea! AND I appreciate the advance notice. Gives me time to think up 31 days of…. something. LOL

  10. I was so hoping you would be doing this again this year. I gleaned so much from all the contributor last year. Can’t wait!

  11. What a great idea….wanders off to ponder 31 days themes….


  12. I think I will join in!

  13. I would love to join! My topic will definitely be 31 Days of Rustic! This is such a cool idea. Thanks for letting everyone contribute.

  14. I’m in…but you knew that already! 31 Days to Everday Giving.

  15. OK, so so amazing you would write this because I’ve been meaning to write to you about joining in! Still thinking of a topic… hmmm. “31 Days to Simplify Your Holidays”? I just might do it my friend, I just might! Such a great idea, especially for October!!!


  16. I’m so happy to hear all of your topics! It’s fun to sit by the pool and think up post titles that you know you’ll be using in October~I hope you all enjoy this as much as I have!

  17. How neat! This month I felt led to write a series on “A Month Toward A Full Life.” I have never done a series, but that is what August is about on my blog. Can’t wait to see what all you ladies do.

  18. I always enjoy your 31 Days series, Nester! This one sounds just as great as the others have been. I don’t know enough about anything to write for 31 days about, but I am sure going to enjoy reading all these great links to come!

  19. love this (and that matisse quote.) i’m considering 31 Days of Peace…

  20. Looking forward to it, Nester girl. Like one big blog party – like a neighborhood hop.


  21. This sounds fantastic, and like a great exercise for a fairly new blogger like me. I’ve got some ideas twirling around in my head and am looking forward to looking back at some of the other series. Thanks for throwing this out there! What a great idea.

  22. Ohhhh!!! I am excited- I am going to be brainstorming about my own 31 days series. I would love to participate. Thanks for making it possible for others to join in!

  23. Great idea! I would love to participate! Now to decide on a topic. So many ideas! What to do… what to do…

  24. The 31 Days Series are my fave fave favorite!

    While reading the list of topics this morning I was thinking, “What would I love to be inspired by?” and….I had nothing. As usual. But then when I was in the shower not shaving my legs (again), it came:

    31 Days (or should I say “31 WAYS”) to Wrap A Gift.

    Could I make it up to 31? I dunno. But I *do* know that as a reader I could look at wrapping ideas and still want more. Kinda like eating brownies.

  25. I loved your series last year…and of all the other fabulous ladies! I also love that you are opening up the series to us, because there will be all that much more to learn!

  26. Oh, I love this! I have a few ideas that might work. Looking forward to seeing what others share too!

  27. I “discovered” your amazing blog about a month before you started last year’s October series. It was so wonderful. I also enjoyed looking forward to reading your posts daily. All of the ladies were super. I learned so much! Can’t wait to read everyone’s 2011 topics. I’m not sure if I could make it 31 days, but I have plenty of time to pray about it and ponder a subject myself. 31 ways to eat dessert…;) Bring it on, October!

  28. AH! I LOVE THIS! But, Ill be out of the country the first three days of October :-( BUMMER. Maybe Ill be the only lonely “28 days of October” participant :-)

  29. You ROCK for including us! You rock for doing the series period but I love that we can tag along this year. ;)

    I’m definitely going to participate but I think I’ll write and schedule all of my posts now… then I’ll be able to enjoy reading everyone elses!

  30. What an exciting annoucement! And what a challenge. I’m thinking about it… but wow, not sure if I can do it. Hmmm.
    Either way – I look forward to seeing what you ladies come up with!

  31. Oh, I would love to do a 31 day series on organizing…..I normally do just three posts a week, and I’m not sure I could do that much without it killing me! It’s a super idea, though! It’s two months away – I’m a planner so if I did that I’d start it right NOW and schedule it ahead!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  32. Yeah, I have been longing for October and hoping you were doing this again. Last year I missed so much, as I was in the midst of a move from Seattle to Chicago. I always thought I would go back and read them all, but alas, I didn’t.

    Just today, I got down a stack of old talks I have given at MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) on preparing for Christmas. My topic might come from there. Thanks for opening this up for others. WOW!


  33. Hmm…tempting…I’ll have to think on that. :) I think I would like to write, but don’t know if I can muster up the time to come up with 31 posts. Thank you for the invitation, though! :) Will definitely think on it!

  34. You did it! I wondered if you would decide to go through with “opening it up”–and it looks as if people are really excited about joining! Good for you!!

    There’s something my fellow Renovare’ board members and I have been talking about lately–whether a person or an organization has “convening power.” In the blogosphere, you DEFINITELY have convening power!

    I could TALK for 31 days about a number of things. Could I be disciplined enough to write about it for 31 days straight? That’s another question entirely, isn’t it? A great challenge!

    • convening?! off to google that word, clearly I quit school in the 3rd grade to work in the coal mines. whatever it means, I’m taking it as a compliment.

      now girl, you are one of the ones I wanted to be able to include, so yes, you are doing this! the more the merrier!

  35. I LOVED this series last year. And I remember thinking that I’d love to do a 31 days theme myself…but that I’d be a big ol’ copycat or that I would be totally over myself by day 17. But now? Well, you’ve extended the invitation far and wide and I just may have to say yes. : )

  36. …you are quite simply the dearest person…

  37. Great idea! We could all use some change!

  38. 31 Days of Insanity (because that is definitely what it would be for me to try to write every day for a month…a long month at that! What’s the matter with February anyway?!) I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a series on Applying What You Read in Magazines, where I take an issue and try to implement their recipes, ideas, clothing suggestions, and household tips. I actually think I might be able to do it, as long as I steer clear of Cosmo? LOL

  39. I’m very excited to read your blog again. I loved it!
    Do you have any tips about designing a button for our blogs? Or can I get an idea on what it would cost to have one designed?

    Still waiting on Him to give me the okay to do this – I’d do it in a flash but I know how much work it can be since I blogged in May for 31 days. Thanks so much for including everyone.

    • Yes…I have the same question…tips for designing a button? I’m a rookie blogger but love this idea and would love to get involved. Am thinking about 31 Days of Moving Beyond the Mundane.

  40. In October of last year I discovered the blogosphere. I don’t remember how exactly I stumbled upon it, but I found the 31 day posts. I don’t remember if yours was the first I read, but I know it’s one I came back daily to read. This was before I knew about readers and subscriptions, so I bookmarked one of the pages (either you or beautyandbedlam) and I would go back each day to look at all the new posts. I was in awe of the creative world out there, and all of the women who occupy it!
    I had forgotten about this series. I remember getting started about then and how it changed my thoughts about keeping my home nice – and about organization, and money saving, and hospitality, and…
    Seeing this reminded me! I think it’s funny too, that I still follow both of your blogs.
    So thank you! Thank you for inspiring me, and thank you for the reminder of what got me interested in blogs in the first place.

  41. I was totally challenged by the invitation to participate — let’s see if I can really keep up. I am thinking 31 days of intentionality (with my kids, husband, maybe even the neighbors, etc). It’s something God has had on my heart anyway…hoping this is a kick in the pants to get me moving in that direction!

  42. I’m so glad that you will each be doing the series again – we’ll miss you, Kendra.

    Hmm, if I did a 31 days series…
    What would it be?

    *runs off to think*

  43. I’m thinking 31 Days to Inspire a Child. Have lots of post ideas and am in love with the topic, but not the name. Anyone have a better title for 31 Days of posts about inspiring the children in our lives…? I’d love suggestions.

  44. I have been thinking about doing a series on discipline……not sure I can hang for 31 days…but committing to be a part of this would be a discipline in and of itself! Looking forward to it!

  45. I’m trying to blog more often and this sounds a great idea. My first thought was 31 days of Gratitude. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK (obviously!) but the idea of being more thankful is very appealing. I’m with Allie though on having to set up scheduled blogs – I may well be in the States for the first 2 weeks of October with infrequent access to the internet. I’m not sure how many posts Blogger will allow to be scheduled but will investigate. Also, if we join in how do we get one of those lovely 31 logo squares?

  46. Looking forward to this! Thinking of 31 days of healthy living..but going to narrow that down a bit. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  47. This is challenging but worth trying. Would love to join for fun! And discipline? Thanking God ahead of time for the ideas on 31 Days of Feeling Good! Blessings to everyone :)

  48. I have Love’d your blog for a long time ! I just started bloging and haven’t shared with anyone yet…still working out the kinks. (Like learning what the heck Im doing )…Im hoping to join in a do a Series on 31 days to a less Jiggle Butt ;), I excited for the series and can’t wait to read others and I hope that I can keep up !

  49. i’m going to dive into this with fear and trembling. thanks for opening it up to us.

  50. I am definitely going to join you!! My topic will be 31 days of: living with NO expectations!

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