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.


  1. Count me in for the fun.

  2. Hi there! (Long time lurker, first-time commenter.) I’m up for the challenge, especially if it gets me off my rear and writing more. I’ve recently gutted my own site and started over…but I have a severe lack of inspiration.
    I’ll be thinking of ideas. Thanks for posting this!

  3. i’ve been mulling this over since you posted this, and i think i’m in! trying to decide between two topics… :0)

  4. I’m so excited to participate – I decided on a topic this weekend & am getting organized! Thanks for opening this wonderful series!

  5. Well count me in…I just committed…and I might need a straight jacked when I’m done…lol Last year I did a 21-day purge so this year I’m committing to a 31-day purge. Made a ittle blog button and posted about it all today…oh boy ;)
    Thanks for hosting and I really am motivated and inspired for October.
    Fondly, Roberta

  6. whoops…posted the wrong link in my previous comment…sorry ;)

  7. Great concept. Wow. Looking forward to it.

  8. I’m excited to participate this coming fall. I’ll be doing 31 Days of Mentoring Training at More to Be.


  9. Hello,

    I can’t wait to take part this year in the 31 Days of series, I am going to write on my blog about SPACE.

    31 Days of Space – I am excited.

    I love your blog.

    Have a great day,

  10. This is great – it corresponds with my own personal brainstorm for my blog this fall. I’ll be doing
    31 days to cooking real food faster (or something like that…:))
    …which will follow the theme of my newly published E-book. I’m hoping to vlog featured recipes and techniques, and reveal just how I manage to cook all our food from scratch with three little ones in tow. :)

  11. 31 days to motivating ourselves….

  12. I’m so excited. Thanks again, Nester, for letting little old me play along.

  13. I can’t wait!!! I have an idea of what I want to do and I am trying to get organized. It will be something like “31 ways to encourage your husband”

  14. I just discovered this post tonight and I am so in! I loved reading all the post last fall, and have been pondering doing a blog series myself. Being a part of something bigger will make it so much easier. I think I will have to brainstorm for a topic – something on communication, or encouragement or even applying leadership to our homes.

  15. Yay! I’m going to be doing “31 Days of Doodling” – three doodles (at least) every day, with tips about drawing and little tutorials!

  16. I was inspired by a quote from The First Epistle to the Corinthians, a book of the Bible in the New Testament: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” starting October 1st, I’ll be writing 31 Days of Rejoices.

  17. That sounds good :)

  18. How about 31 Days of Cupcakes? Is that a suitable topic?

  19. OK you talked me into it :) I’m going to be doing 31 Days Of Love-Making. Eeeek. To be announced in September.

  20. Hi,

    I was crusing by The Inspired Room when I heard of the 31 days of change challenge. And I have decided I wanted to join. I live in Miami so fall is not really fall here in Florida. I decided that my topic would be 31 days of Everything Fall (Miami Style). I want the series to be a combination of different topics all in reference to the Fall in Miami. I want to show people that even if the weather season isn’t changing and it’s still 90 degress we can all enjoy the fall in our own way.


  21. I have actually been planning for a couple months to do 31 days of dresses, as a way to encourage myself to spend time for me. I’m so excited to find this and I would love to be a part of it :)

  22. I’m in! At a minimum, I’m so excited to read some of these wonderful blogs referenced here & the comments. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even resurrect my long defunct blog…..

  23. I’d like to try the 31 Days challenge…-writing about cooking and living. Kitchen ideas, recipes, memories and thoughts. Let me know if this is appropriate. And thanks!

  24. What a great concept! I’m in. 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit :-)

  25. I’m in. Thinking of what topic I’m going to write about. There’s a LOT going on in my life right now. Maybe something that I can kill two birds with one stone sort of an idea.

  26. Okay, count me in! So many great ideas, can’t wait to see what everyone puts out there. Since we’ve recently moved I think 31 days to settle in to your new home is in order. :o)

  27. I’m definetly planning on joining in but, I’m having a hard time narrowing down my topic! If you check out my blog, please let me know if you have suggestions. Thanks!

  28. Soooo, can I get a reprieve on weekends? It’s my rule that I can’t break…the fam would go nuts! Probably not, huh? If you approve, I’m thinking about a series on Inspirational Conversation. Let me know if I can play.

  29. I have been striving for change one week, one resolution at a time and journaling/blogging for myself for a while now. I came across the idea of reading a Proverb a day (from Our Daily Bread devotionals) and have been intrigued since! Intrigue meet avenue!! Sooooo, I will stop my weekly resolution for the month of October and endeavor to read a Proverb a day and blog about it. I know I’m not the only one doing this particular challenge and I’m interested in seeing how God changes each of us according to His will!! AWESOME

  30. This is such a fun idea! I haven’t fully decided yet but, my topics may include: 31 days of child’s play, 31 days of self exploration, or 31 days of Idea File posts. Hmmm…I better get to deciding!

  31. Thanks for sharing the challenge with all of us. I am so excited to start writing, as a new blogger it will sure help me write everyday ^_^

  32. I just found your blog and am really inspired to post 31 days of something. I’m planning to do my posts in January – guess that is my first New Years Resolution! I am sgining up to follow you. I am a new blogger and could really use your tips. Thanks

  33. this sounds incredible. i would love to see you do it again (or some variation of it?) perhaps a new year’s challenge of some sort.

  34. Just found this blog. Amazing, amazing.

  35. If ever you need a bit of writing on specific subject, you are welcome to press my button. You bloggers are amazing to have the displine for every day, I don’t, but could assist a good quality blog like yours.

  36. I’m in!!!! Just creating my first blog and I think this would be great for me. Couple of ideas in mind. Will ponder while watching the kiddos boogie board in the ocean this holiday weekend!!! Excited!

  37. I would love to join in on this adventure.

  38. So excited this year! After contemplating for the past 48 hours STRAIGHT I’ve finally found a great topic. Can’t wait to ready yours.

  39. I’m in! I write about children’s books, teaching in the primary grades (primarily!), the Common Core, and the love I have for reading. I like to bake and eat, so sometimes I throw in some food as well. I also love art and making crafty things. My blog is new. My topic will be : 31 Days of Halloween. I’m psyched!

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