Preparing for 31 Days

UPDATE:: The real link-up for 31 Days will open tonight, September 30th at 9PM EST.  Normally we wait until 12:01am on October 1st but I’m getting too old to stay up that late. And I hate to make all of use East Coasties wait up that late too.  And the West Coasties hate it when I post it first thing in the morning.  So this year?  Nine O’Clock tonight.  See you then!

what is 31 days

31 Days Starts Monday.  Oh my word I have not even written one post ahead of time.  Every year I tell myself I will write all the posts in the summer and then in October I’ll watch movies all day and light a pumpkin candle.  And every year I never do that.

What’s 31 Days? Basically anyone can join in, just pick a topic and write about it every day for the month of October–we all come here and link up on October 1st.  Think short posts with one point made each day.

Last Year’s October 1st Link Up

My 31 Days Series Last Year

Also? Once again I made a practice link up for anyone who wants to mess around and test out different buttons or images or just plain figure out how in the world to link up.  I can’t figure out how to allow comments on that practice page though so feel free to ask questions (and answer any questions) here in the comments.  I’ll try to check in throughout the day but by all means, if you know the answer to someone’s question feel free to answer it!

Practice Link Up

…also, if you want to use my premade button templates:: here they are.

*Updated: Friday :: just heard from InLinkz the linky supporter I use, there’s a bug in the system and currently you might not see the little red “x” to delete your own image/link.  Monday I’ll have an email or webpage to give you if you incorrectly link something and they’ll be there to help for support.

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  1. Really looking forward to this again this year! I’m like you, wanted to write all my posts ahead, but I haven’t gotten any further than some titles. I’m branching out a bit this year from my normal posts, but my topic is one that’s been on my heart for awhile. Thanks for the encouragement to write! Can’t wait to read your ‘stuff’ series.

  2. Hmmm, I’m thinking I’ll do one on something running/health/fitness related. Not sure what theme it should be???? I’ll get back to ya. :) Love your new profile pic…so cute, your hair is long. BTW, what blog conference are you going to next? xo, Jessica

  3. I am so ready to roll on this! Gathering some things, putting them aside, anticipating it all! Planning on keeping each day short and sweet so I don’t end up on empty with nothing to offer by the 3rd week!

    I’m ready for the challenge! Let’s do it!

  4. 31 Days is kind of my “back to school” for blogging. Thanks for hosting it.

  5. I have 2 slow cookers setup in the kitchen and I’m ready to tackle 31 days of slow cooker recipes. I tried the practice link but I couldn’t see the ‘x’ to delete it?

  6. OK, I’ve got it. I’m in. I’m commited. Let’s do this. :)

    See you on Monday!

  7. Where’s your post again with all the demo 31 days button templates? You know, in case at the last minute I actually follow through and jump on this bandwagon of crazies?

  8. I participated last year. I plan to this year with 2 of my sites, so I’m preparing 2 different series.
    31 Days to Write a Book
    31 Days to Discover Who You Are in Christ.

    Excited! Bring it!

  9. I’m sitting in the airport —–because I MISSED MY FLIGHT!——-with free wifi and I now have 2 days done. Now that’s what I call making the most of an annoying situation. Can’t wait til Monday! When are you going live, dearie?

  10. Woohooo! Extremely last minute but I finally have a topic & a list of 30 posts! Still have to write them, though… :) Here’s to 31 Days of Family Traditions!

  11. I’m so excited to join in this year. We’ll be sharing 31 days of Busy Bags & Quiet Time Activities. I have almost all of our free printables finished, but I’ll still need to write most of the posts :)

  12. HOO-RAAAAAA!! I am so excited! I am going to do “31 Days of Praying for America.” With the election coming up, and with all of the craziness happening lately, I think quieting our hearts and praying, praying, praying for this country would be a good thing. Now……I need to start writing the posts!! :-)

  13. I am so excited! Got my button, and a list of post ideas! I should start writing, but… I’ll get to it! Cant wait to see you all there!


  14. I am doing 31 days of fitness- gadgets, supplements, exercises, and more. I was thinking of doing 31 days of crockpot meals over at my food blog ( but figured one blog was enough to work with and we haven’t started using the crockpot again much yet this season (but we will soon)

  15. I am really going to try and do a 31days but I had also planned to write some ahead of time… but just haven’t gotten around to it! Hopefully I can stick with it!!

  16. I think I’m in! We are expecting our 2nd son in January & I really need to get to work on his room!
    31 days to get ready for a baby!
    Thanks for the motivation! :)

    • We are expecting our first a the end of October, I would LOVE to read this series to see if there’s anything we have missed in preparation!

    • Were expecting 2nd a few days before Thanksgiving. So while I might not post about it, I’m doing 31 days to get ready for baby and 31 days to get ready for Christmas before Halloween :) *because I figure I definitely won’t feel like Christmas shopping and Christmas cards and Christmas Dinner planning/cooking when I am sleep deprived and dealing with a newborn and our high strung 5 yr old at the same time :)

  17. Hey, Nester, You just crack me up. I want to have done that too. .. written all of the posts so I could kick back! I am so grateful {although a bit nervous, too} about jumping into this again {last year was my first time} as it is pretty intense. But it was such good training ground for me, the writing every day {because, of course, I never managed to get any of it done ahead of time}. I appreciate your sweet words and encouragement and so look forward to sharing in the crazy adventure and beauty of it all, with you, again, this year. {It was the best meeting you at Relevant in the lounge last year. Are you heading to Allume in Oct.?}

  18. I can’t believe it’s almost October already! I meant to write a bunch of posts ahead of time too…and, like you, it didn’t happen :( On top of My “31 days to Savour the Season” I will also have my nearly daily posts on The Year of Less, and…you know…kids who want to be fed from time to time…

    I need a nap just thinking about it. lol

    Thanks for hosting these 31 days. And I can’t wait to follow your series. :)

  19. I’m so excited!!! I’ve been wanting to participate and now I have a blog and can!!! Can’t wait!

  20. Looking forward to this, Nester! Whoohoo! :)

  21. I’m so excited! I’m doing 31 Days of Chocolate (yum!) and actually did start ahead of time…because I knew it wouldn’t be good for my waistline if I baked chocolate for 31 days straight. Delicious, though! I”m looking forward to this. Thanks, Nester, for hosting this link-up! I’ll be here whenever you go live!

  22. I can’t figure out how to delete mine..! =( There’s no little “x” showing up and although the linkup button worked great I was going to link it up to a different post so wanted to delete it for now… any tips? Thanks–looking forward to the series! =)

  23. I also can’t figure out how to delete. And wondering what time link up should happen for Monday?
    Thanks! Have the first four written…but I have to try to support my topic! :)

  24. OhMyQ!!!

    I’m writing my intro post RIGHT NOW! And you’re kinda kickin’ me in the behind to do something I’ve wanted to since FEBRUARY but haven’t been motivated.

    Reason 274 why I j’adore you.


  25. Have all my posts ready for the 31 days! But since they all involve baking daily, I will be a busy girl….but it is providing me with an incredible energy to succeed!! I hope I don’t screw up the link thing. Will be practicing for sure. Will be creating a page that will be attached to the link, as was suggested, and update that page each day with a link to that days post. Here’s hoping that works!

  26. What time will the linky be available on Monday? SO excited to participate for the first time this year!

  27. i don’t see a red x to delete either. (using safari)

  28. I’m so excited to join this series. I’m horrible at blogging regularly but want to resolve to change that starting with this series.

    I’m aiming for 31 days to a clutter free life!

  29. Somehow, I find it immensely cheering that you haven’t written all your posts in advance. Whew! Maybe I can do this, after all. I still haven’t created my button yet — guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. And going through all my digital photo archives, for my 31 posts about places to visit in California.

  30. Grrrr, my practice linky has no “x”! :( And it won’t let me try another…. hmmm, gotta get creative & fool it I guess.

  31. Count me in. I’m a little nervous, but I think I want to give this a whirl – this time around.
    It sounds like there is going to be a lot to” feed the heart & soul” over the next 31 days. ;)

  32. I’m super excited to jump on this band wagon. I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about for 31 days and then I thought of the phrase I’ve been using since my kids started back to school in Mid August, “Be present”. I feel like this is a good daily reminder for me to be present in all aspects of my life — kids, self, marriage. It will be a bit of an experiment for me. Thanks for hosting!!

  33. That little RED X is alive and well and working great on the practice page!

  34. I just found you yesterday! So, I’m scrambling, but I want to participate. Made my button on paint, and yes, it does look homemade… I’m a writer, not a graphics girl. And it took an hour, because it takes a lot of work to look like a beginner!

    I’m going for 31 Days of Good Books, with Freebie Fridays where readers can pick up some free reads for the weekend. Books are my love!

    Is anyone doing 31 Days of Delicious Meals with lots of veggies that won’t make my butt bigger? I’m SOOOOO following THAT blog.

  35. This looks SO fun!! I actually just did a blog post about it, so hopefully a few of my readers will join in, too! Can’t wait to read everyone’s topic and posts. One question – I made my button already, but do I have to wait until Monday to link up?

    Thank you!!

  36. I’m going to do it! Thanks for letting us newbies join you. :)

  37. Arg. Still no delete x for me…but I assume it doesn’t really matter?

  38. Im not a blogger but I want to make sure I am able to read all these blogs! Sounds VERY interesting. Is there a link to all the blogs participating?

    Thank you

  39. I’ve successfully linked to the practice page and shared it on Twitter and Facebook complete with my button and first post. Where do we link for the real thing?

  40. Oh, I can’t wait! Have been looking forward to this all year! Thank you for the practice page – that was a big help.

    Shalom and blessings to you and yours,


  41. This is my first time participating, and I’m very excited! I’m going to be blogging on the quiet life, based on 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. Looking forward to reading what everyone else posts!

  42. I’m super excited about this! I just found out about it through one of the bloggers that I follow:) I’m planning on writing 31 days to a happier and healthier you!! Thank you for putting all of the time into this:)

  43. Oh, so excited, since I now have my “topic”.
    I seriously was sitting here not two minutes ago wondering what I was gonna write about – IF – I could figure it out. So then I thought, what can I write about? What do I need to work on? And the answer is – Scripture studying. A great big thing I want to work on, for me, for my family and most of all for my Father.
    Oh, I’m SOOO excited now!! THANK YOU!!

  44. Since the holidays are upon us, and I have a major sweet tooth, I’m going to do 31 days of sweets. Now to decide on the recipes!

  45. HELP!! :-)

    Hi girls! I have my first blog post written, and I made my button; however, I am trying to upload my button to my blog site. Anyone know how to do that?

    Also, I am trying to add code to the button as well. Has anyone ever done that before??? I am pulling my curly hair out of my head, and our air conditioner just went out!! :-) EGAD!! :-)

    Thanks in advance for y’all’s help!! So excited to be writing with all of you!

    Lara <

    • Lara, I take a screen shot of my button, I’m on a mac so I use COMMAND/Shift/4 to custom size the screen shot. it’s ok if you don’t link a button a photo or image will work too! if you screen shot the button you can load it just like an image.

  46. I am such a newb….i am trying to link up, but it not working.

  47. I’ve decided to take the plunge and join in the 31 Days!! I’ve never done this before but I enjoyed reading the blogs from last year and I am hoping that this will get me back in the writing frame of mind.

  48. :) Welllllllll, I’ve decided to take the plunge as well! (My blog partner is also in, woohoo!) We will be doing 31 days of Gluten-Free living :) I’m two days behind already! I better get going! <3


  49. I’m really excited about this! I’ve been seeing this from several blogger friends today and this will be the first series ever for my blog! :] The first thing that spoke to my heart was the thing that I struggle with the most so maybe this can help me & encourage someone else!…Surrender & Commitment! Lots of Ideas flowing already & praying I can “commit” to this thing and finish it ;] I’m certainly looking forward to trying!
    -God Bless all of you lovelies! :]

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