When I was a kid growing up in Indiana we spent Saturday nights at the bowling alley. My sisters and I would play the video games, but our quarters would run out well before my parents were done bowling. Unlike the bowling lanes, there was no reset button on the video games. Once your lives were gone in the game, you were done. Well, I’ve ran out of lives with this 90 day challenge.
Was My 90 Day Blog Promotion Challenge Too Crazy Insane?
Maybe, but to be completely honest – I stumbled right out of the gate. I did not come close to hitting my goals in week 1 or week 2 of this challenge. By the time week 3 rolled around I was so far off that I didn’t even post an update. I was embarrassed, and rightfully so.
It was during week 3 that my consulting engagement (which I hadn’t planned on at the outset of this challenge) kicked into high gear requiring 10 to 12 hours per day including 2 hours of travel time. That contract finished up last week, and it would have been impossible for me to complete this challenge because of it. Had I started the challenge well, I would have just put it on hold at the end of week 3.
Instead, I just stopped doing anything towards this challenge. Even with the huge amount of time that this contract required of me, there was still time available for me to do something towards this challenge. I told myself I was too busy, and gave myself an easy out. Sadly, I didn’t walk my talk.
What Should I Do With My 90 Day Blog Challenge?
With 5 days remaining until the official end of this challenge, what should I do with it? Should I sprint to the finish? Should I extend it until I’ve met the objectives? Perhaps, I should just sweep it under the rug and chalk it up to lessons learned – don’t propose a challenge for which you’re not up to the task.
I’m reminded of something Jim Rohn once said,
All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive. – Jim Rohn
He’s right. One of the results I desired from this challenge was to develop more discipline in my blogging and commenting. Ignoring the commitment I made when I announced this challenge will not develop the discipline I sought. Even worse, it will spill over and taint the other disciplines in my life.
Pushing the Reset Button
I’ve decided to do a partial reset of this challenge. Since I’ve had very little activity since week 3, I will resume this challenge picking up at week 4 (or day 22). My deficit from the first three weeks will be added to this reset, so that the first 21 days from the original start of this challenge plus the next 59 days will make up the 90 days of the challenge.
Here’s where I was at the end of week 3.
- I made 61 comments on other people’s blogs last week.This brings me up to a total of 235 for the challenge; however, I’m 464 comments behind my target pace of the 233 per week which I’ll need to make to reach 3,000. You can see all my comments made on other blogs in the sidebar to the right.
- I wrote 2 guest posts on other people’s blogs last week. One of these has already been published, and one is still being scheduled. This leaves me with 28 more to go for the challenge. The RSS feed in the sidebar to the right shows all of my guest posts published around the blogosphere.
- I published 7 blog posts on my blogs last week. I published 1 post on this site, 1 post onMarketplace Christianity, and 5 posts on Big Feet Marketing. This brings the total posts for the challenge up to 20 leaving 70 more posts to be published on my 3 blogs over the next 59 days.
At the reset: I need to make 2,765 more comments, 28 more guest posts, and 70 more posts on my 3 blogs in the next 59 days. Today marks day 1 of those 59 days. Come back next Monday to see how I’ve done.