Back to Blogging Non-challenge Challenge

In my last Thursday Thoughts posts, I floated around the idea of a prompty link-up thing. I got a few nibbles and a few bites, so I thought—why not?! Let's go for it.
Starting on Monday, October 10 through Friday, November 11, it's a five-week, 10-prompt non-challenge blog challenge. But it's not like a regular link-up, it's a cool link-up. Let me explain:

There are 10 post prompts, but the challenge lasts five weeks. Why? Because for some of us, that will factor out to two posts a week. And if you're anything like me, that's a roughly 1,000% improvement over your posting schedule of late. You can post on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays and Wednesdays. You can do all 10 prompts in the first two weeks. I don't care, and I doubt our common followers will mind if we don't all have exactly the same posts going up on the same days.

The point is simply to get us blogging again, or refresh our idea banks. I know it happens often that we think of a possible post and then put it off because, well, who wants to hear your thoughts on XYZ? (I do. Your blog readers, at least a portion of them, do. But I get how that self-doubt and those feelings of "what are we even doing here?" can talk us out of posting things we just feel like chatting about.) I figure being prompted to post about X, Y, or Z will help quiet some of those self-defeating thoughts. And I also know a lot of us (count me in) want to blog but just have no idea what the hell we used to or want to talk about here.

Listen, I know "blogging is stupid." And lots of us aren't getting rich off this thing, and it's wholly a hobby we choose to participate in. But sometimes, even the things we do just for fun become stale or challenging in a new way, and option 1 is to abandon it. Option 2 is to shake things up and try something new. I'm taking this opportunity to go with option 2, and I think most of us enjoy blogging enough that option 2 is really the better one. We get a lot out of blogging, we have to admit. Friendships, an outlet, a platform, a creative exercise, the chance to work out our thoughts and ideas. It IS valuable, and it's worth recommitting to, even when a slump sets in.

So, here's how it will work:

I'll sticky this post and add a link-up function and it will appear on the top of my blog for the duration of the challenge.

If any of the prompts look fun to you, go ahead and write 'em anytime you want between Monday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11. No need to write them in any such order, or on any such day. It's all open-ended. When you do fancy a prompt enough to write about it, tag that post and make sure to come back here and link up.

You'll tag or label your posts with backtobloggingAGB and link that LABEL URL in the link-up space. (Ex. That way, a click on your link will take us to all your challenge prompt replies, as you feel like writing them. Or, you can come on back every day you post on a prompt and link your new link.

So it won't be like your other link-ups. But it will give us a space to share some fun or interesting posts, meet new bloggers perhaps, and feel free of the burden of thinking up our own blog topics for a couple of weeks ;) Mostly, though, I'd love to see some fun stuff in our blog feeds and discover some new bloggers we're not already reading.

Participants will be able to scroll through others' posts all on the one page using the tag/label, and you don't have to feel any obligation to link up or post on any certain days or participate in prompts that don't sound appealing.

And, best of all, everyone's Bloglovin feed won't be saturated with too-similar posts every day for a month. Hooray!

The prompts:

Right, the most important part. I tried to keep these as fresh as I could, and maybe give some opportunities to think and talk about things we don't always feel free to share on our blogs—but that I would love to read about nonetheless! Feel free to take as much liberty with these as you want and interpret them however they may make sense to you.

1. Three (or however many you choose) songs that define your life and why
2. Your best "hold my beer" moment
3. A blog post (or a list of post topics) you want to write but have yet to hit "publish" on 
4. The almost inconsequential thing you observed, but can't seem to let go of or forget
5. One thing about today you wish you knew one year ago
6. One thing about today you want to make sure you remember in one year from now
7. The cause you champion, and where/how everyone could learn or do more
8. What makes you feel peaceful
9. Who you admire
10. What you hope people receive from you

So what do you say? Care to join me?

If I need to clarify or explain anything, let me know. If you're in, let me know too! Grab a button and I hope to see you back here with a post or two. Or three, or 10. Link back to the blog or this post, please, and I hope you'll take this opportunity to invite a blog friend to join and make some new friends with other participants.

Can't wait to start seeing your posts :)

Link up here!


  1. Love this and looking forward to participating! You've already got me thinking of some great post ideas based on those prompts!!

  2. I love the flexibility of this! Because I've already got posts scheduled for Tues/Thurs for the next couple weeks, but that leaves M/W/F open to play along!

  3. hey, this is a great idea and will definitely join. Like the majority of blogland, I've sort of stalled on blogging!

  4. Ohh I love this, a linkup with flexibility! I'm already brainstorming a few of the prompts.

  5. Ahh, a blogging challenge that encourages content and not militant link ups? YES. Great idea. I will share.

  6. Such a fun idea, I love it. #2 makes me laugh, I have a lot of 'hold my beer' moments. I'm feisty and fearless once the beer starts flowing. I think I'll probably do 7 and 8 too, I just have to remember to write it!

  7. Love love this idea. These prompts are pretty deep and definitely not in my comfort zone, so I can't say that I will definitely participate, but I will read and comment and for sure enjoy. Thoughts on XYZ are so much easier, but they also caused the rut in the first place, I suppose. Love the flexibility and the way to track posts. Great job!

  8. Love these prompts! I've had the idea to do #1 and #3 for awhile now, so hopefully this little challenge will help me get to it! I also love how I don't have to find this post again as you'll be more accessible. Just to clarify, #2 is hold my beer while I do something physically stupid/ridiculous/embarrassing right?

  9. Awesome idea! I've been a real blogging dud lately and could use a little motivation (plus I love getting connected with other bloggers). Thanks for organizing!

  10. I love the prompts that you chose, they are really making me think! And the flexibility of the link up is pretty awesome. I will be sure to join in for a few of these.

  11. THANK YOU ! My brain has been mush because life and yet I think about how I miss blogging on a daily basis. Count me in :)

  12. oh i love this, seriously. i love the flexibility of it, and the not posting the same thing on the same day (because seriously all fall bucket lists or movies or whatever start to look the same). i lol'd at the hold my beer moment.... i am sure i have a few but i can't think of any right now. will have to put my thinking cap on. definitely not a regular link up (though i have nothing against those) but a cool one for sure.

  13. A "non-challenge challenge" made me giggle because some of these prompts are more challenging than others, but that's part of the motivation, right? Thanks for hosting something fresh!

  14. Now to get my but in gear and play along! Love the flexibility and the grace to do what you can when you can! I thought "hold my beer" ideas were strictly a southern thing - LOL!

  15. I'm so excited to have actual things to write about. This will be a challenge to my mind-numbed rituals.

  16. I love this! I happened to stumble across your blog this morning because someone mentioned this challenge in a post for another link up and it sounds so cool. I'm excited to participate and find some more blogs who are still blogging to blog rather than blogging for Likes & Followers! :)

  17. Totally late to the party but IN IN IN!

  18. So many comments!!!!

    A) How did you "sticky" the post and make it show up on top?!
    B) I am ALL IN for this non-challenge challenge. I'm surprised I even know how to log in to my blog anymore.
    C) Thank you for doing this!

  19. I love everything about this. I'm in.

  20. Well, now this sounds fun. Time to see what I can do. :)

  21. Thanks so much for doing this! Definitely what I needed.

  22. So you just might get me to blog again.

  23. Uhm. Am I doing this wrong? I am, aren't I? I'm linking individual posts, but I'm confused how to do it correctly.

  24. Finally got a post up for this! And 3 more coming out over the next 2 weeks.


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