Dreaming of 31 Days


Every October for the past four years a bunch of us have participated in a 31 Day challenge to write on one topic for well, 31 Days.  Consider this your invitation to join in this year. Nope, it’s not until October but this is the time of year I let my brain start collecting data. I just kind of pay attention to what I’m thinking about and let a topic naturally come to me. Usually by the time I’m hanging out at the pool in July I can start to title a few posts. I always have dreams of writing every post early and taking the entire month off but never do.

So, begin to consider the kind of topic you might want to write about, 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 at all 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 the past posts and see how we each approached 31 days in our own way.


Participants from last year (over 1200!)

Here are my 31 Day Series from the past 3 years:

Home: On Purpose

Lovely Limitations

Less Messy Nest




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  1. What lovely timing. I was literally just thinking about this the other day! I’ve never linked up before, but am looking forward to doing so this year. The 31 days series one of my favorite places to go for great blogging.

  2. I have had mine picked out since November…..but now second guessing it. Now I have 2 choices….eeny meeny miny mo…..who knows? But looking forward to it either way! ~Kim

  3. I’m in this year! I have been chicken in the past but this is the year!! Something about being almost 40 is making me want to try all sorts of stuff that I am usually a little fearful of. Bring it.

  4. Last October’s 31 days {on relationships} was my first, but it sure won’t be my last! Loved every bit of the challenge, the interaction, the meeting of so many likeminded souls.

    Can’t wait!

  5. If only I could think of something I know enough about to cover 31 days. I’m just not brave enough.

    • Oh that’s a GREAT point, you don’t need to know everything at all, sometimes I pick a topic because I NEED to learn–like 31 days to a less messy nest–I needed that myself so it was like research!

  6. Thank you for the advanced notice. For the past two years, I have racked my brain the week before Oct 1 to come up with a topic and then abondoned the idea because of the pressure to come up with “the” topic. I’m going to mull this over slowly this year and join in 2013. Hold me to it!

  7. Allison Hodgdon says:

    I sooo want to add to this and be included! Life is challenging and wonderful all wrapped into 1! I’ve journaled since I was 18 (now 42) and this would be fantastic! Already have ideas jumping through my brain. Please include me! I’m in like Flinn.:)

    • all you have to do to be included is decide, then we’ll have a link up on October 1st–everyone links to their blog, you can do it on your own without a blog if you want but if you have a blog, everyone can come and say hi so that’s fun!

  8. I don’t blog, but I love reading the 31 days series! By the way, where did you get that little white fist vase? It’s so charming!!

  9. I love 31 days! I usually have to pick just a few to read for the whole month,, but I have found some of my fave bloggers through it (waving at Jen from Beauty and Bedlam and Melissa from The Inspired Room). Last year was overwhelming even to do that with–there were SO MANY–and I know lots of them were awesome.

  10. i’ve got my topic picked out! :)

  11. Bless you, sweet girl. I’ve only taken up your challenge once, but boy am I ever glad I did it. Those posts were not particularly popular, but all that time spent writing about a subject that I really wanted to write about was good for me. Now, after many, many hours of writing and editing and re-writing and re-editing and re-writing, I just finished an eBook/small book that used those posts as the starting point. Renovaré is publishing it and it’ll be launched on March 8 (just two weeks from now–eek! Excited and scared). I wasn’t planning to write a book when I started writing those posts, but wow. And it all started when you opened up the 31-Day adventure to all of us! :)

  12. Thank you so much for this post. I tried to do 31 days of Fall activities last year and failed miserably. I wasn’t prepared and picked my topic at the last minute. I didn’t have time to do the posts and never even knew at the time that you could write them ahead and schedule them in. I am so glad you reminded me now so I can start thinking of my topic and preparing now. My goal is to do 31 days this time and make sure they are Quality posts, not just thrown together at the last minute.

  13. I did this just this year. It was fun, but challenging. I like your idea of starting to give it thought now. The ambitious person inside of me would love to have them all penned before October. We’ll see how THAT goes.

  14. Last year was my first time – I did 31 Days of Juicing and it was one of the best things I’ve done as a blogger! I think I’m going to do a mid year one after my daughter’s wedding in May – maybe 31 Days of Wedding Planning? Looking forward to joining you again in October! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I have done this for two years and I’m going to do it again this year. Last October, I decided on my topic for the coming year and I already have things written down for about half the posts. And I’ve created my button already. I like to think way ahead. :)

  16. I had to bail out on it last year for medical reasons, but I still have my list of ideas. I think I’ll take it out and dust it off…


  17. Dear Nester- I just have to say that participating in last year’s 31 Days was one of the best choices I made last year. It was challenging to write everyday, but I am so glad I did- wonderful things come from the series on my brother. Thank you for doing this and the invitation to participate.:)

  18. I found your blog through pinterest, and now i am one of your newest followers. I have had some life changing things happen in the last few months and think that doing the 31 day challenge would be good for me! I cant wait to start thinking of a topic and run with it!



  19. Oh my, that’s quite a challenge. I’ll take it ;) I’d love to join in.

  20. Ok. I think I might accept the challenge this year. I’ve been mulling this over since Oct and I think I have a topic, but a pretty popular blogger has already covered it so it might be tricky coming up with new things to say about….but it’s just what I’m passionate about. I guess we’ll see!

  21. I so should do this! I love to get really focused so I should just throw my hat in the ring…It sounds like exercise, you know, I kinda dread it, but I feel so good and am much happier for doing it. Anyhoo, thanks for getting the brain going. Wishing you a pretty weekend. Toodles, Kathryn@TheDedicatedHouse

  22. Hi Nester. I’ve participated in 31 Days the last couple of years, and I really enjoyed it! I’m usually just a once or twice a week kind of blogger, so I find it’s a great way to build up content on a topic you’re passionate about over concentrated period. But I have to admit, both times, there were a few days when I didn’t / couldn’t post! (Eeeps!) It seems I always run out of steam towards the end! Both times I kept my topic relatively narrow thinking that it would make it easier to write short posts each day (in 2011, Vintage Home Decor Ads ,and in 2012, DIY Wall Art Ideas) but now I’m actually thinking that a broader topic might make it easier! I actually love how your topics have been relatively broad, but still allowed you to get focused on a particular insight. Do you have any thoughts on what makes a great topic – both an interesting one for readers, and one that’s relatively easy to write about each day? You don’t have to respond to that here, but would love to read a blog post on that in the coming months! My best, Kerri :-)

  23. I have really enjoyed participating in the 31 days of writing the last two years. I am getting ready to launch a couple of ebooks from my past postings. I have begun praying and am waiting on the Lord for a topic. I hope He releases me to participate again this year!

  24. Yay! I’m so glad you’re doing this again! I feel like such a nerd, but actually already have my topic and have written one post!

  25. Thank you for the timing of this post! I am a new blogger, and I think I will need several months to complete projects and write the posts. My husband and I just brainstormed and completed a list of 31 projects related to my topic. I need my handsome, handy hubby on board because several of my wish list projects require his handiwork! :) So excited!

  26. I have been thinking about this nonstop since November 1st! I’m so excited for what the next 31 day challenge will hold :)

  27. Already thinking about October, too!! Can’t wait : )

  28. Loved this challenge last year. Thanks for posting this now as a reminder…it certainly will help to at least have some brainstorming done and maybe even some posts (at least titles!) I’m leaning on some sort of children’s book series.

  29. I’m so glad I happened upon this! One of my goals this year is to get in the habit of writing more often. I’m in! Now I just have to come up with a topic.

  30. I’ve loved participating in 31 Days the past two years, and am looking forward to doing so again! What’s the best link to give someone interested in participating who is clueless about how it works or what they need to do?

  31. Hi! I am a newbie and want to join the 31 days of fun. I have designed a button, have my topic and even practiced on the “linky” page (too cute!), but not sure how and when to link in. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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