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31 Days of Great Blogging

Aside from the changing leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, and the college football, one of my favorite things about October is the annual 31 Days series on the Internet. This was a simple meme started by Nesting Place several years ago, and it took off like a rocket.

It works just like it sounds: bloggers write for 31 straight days, about any topic they want. The purpose for the bloggers is to push themselves as writers and creatives, and to generate a passion in their readers about a topic they already love. The benefit for the readers is continual exploration about a specific topic, almost like reading a story from beginning to end.

With over 1,200 series this year—twelve hundred!—there are more options than reading time. But it’s still one of the few times in the year I make a point to really read some blogs. Here are some of my favorite 31 days series this year:

  • 1. Dawn Camp: Before & After Shots 1 of 15
    1. Dawn Camp: Before & After Shots
    Dawn Camp is one of my favorite photographers, and she spills the beans on tons of her photo editing secrets in her 31 Days of Before & After Shots.
  • 2. Erin Ulrich: Self-Publishing 2 of 15
    2. Erin Ulrich: Self-Publishing
    Erin Ulrich is becoming a household name in the blogging world as the go-to gal for design your e-book. She knows a thing or two (or 31!) about self-publishing, and her 31 Days of Self-Publishing breaks down the process into manageable bites. Super useful for those wanting to know more.
  • 3. Simple Kids: Unplugged Play 3 of 15
    3. Simple Kids: Unplugged Play
    My own Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck is one smart mama, and has more ideas than time in the day to share all her ideas for playful creativity without gadgets or screens. She shares 31 of them in her series, 31 Days of Unplugged Play.
  • 4. Sarah Markley: Rest 4 of 15
    4. Sarah Markley: Rest
    Sarah reminds us how important it is for us—both as parents, and also just as people—to stop and recharge. Her 31 Days of Rest series is a good read to remember this basic essential that we all too often forget.
  • 5. Money Saving Mom: Cash Before Christmas 5 of 15
    5. Money Saving Mom: Cash Before Christmas
    Crystal Paine is the go-to guru for living frugally, saving money, and keeping a good perspective on what really matters in life. Incredibly practical, her 31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas could help a lot of families.
  • 6. Simple Homemade: Sewing School 6 of 15
    6. Simple Homemade: Sewing School
    Another editor of mine, Nicole Bennett of Simple Homemade loves to sew, but also understands how intimidating it can be to those who want to learn more but aren't sure where to start. That's why her 31 Days of Sewing School is so great—she defines terms, lists the essential supplies, and shares the basics of simple sewing.
  • 7. Lisa-Jo Baker: Write Your Story 7 of 15
    7. Lisa-Jo Baker: Write Your Story
    Lisa-Jo believes that we're all storytellers, and that we each have a story to tell. Her 31 Days to Tell Your Story encourages us to make time to write, even when we don't think we can. We ALL can.
  • 8. My Slice of Twig: Launch an Etsy Shop 8 of 15
    8. My Slice of Twig: Launch an Etsy Shop
    "Mrs. Sparrow" breaks down into understandable basics the steps to launching your own shop with her series, 31 Days to Launch an Etsy Shop. Useful if you're thinking of starting one!
  • 9. Bradford Avenue: Gathered Art 9 of 15
    9. Bradford Avenue: Gathered Art
    This 31 Days of Gathered Art series is pure eye candy. I LOVE art like this, so I've really enjoyed Bradford Avenue's take on beautiful artwork.
  • 10. Pancakes & French Fries: William Morris 10 of 15
    10. Pancakes & French Fries: William Morris
    Speaking of the previous William Morris quote (which is one of my life's—and blog—philosophies), Jules is chronicling her attempt to declutter and reorganize her home in her series, 31 Days of William Morris. Great photography.
  • 11. The Book Diaries: Children’s Books 11 of 15
    11. The Book Diaries: Children's Books
    Just like Shelley, I, too, have a crush on so many children's books. I've found a lot of great new ones in her series, 31 Days of Children's Book Crushes.
  • 12. Karen Threlfall: Read More 12 of 15
    12. Karen Threlfall: Read More
    Speaking of books, do you ever feel like you have way more books on your reading list than time? Me too. Karen shares smart ideas on how to read more with her 31 Days to Reading More Without Living Less.
  • 13. Sarah Mae: A Fresh Blog Start 13 of 15
    13. Sarah Mae: A Fresh Blog Start
    Feel like your blog needs a jump start? Sarah Mae has been there, too, so she shares her tips on how to get a "do over" with her series, 31 Days to a Fresh Blog Start.
  • 14. Annie Blogs – Jokes 14 of 15
    14. Annie Blogs - Jokes
    Annie is seriously one of the funniest people I've ever met, and she has such a sweet, pure-gold spirit. She shares family-friendly, guaranteed-to-make-your-kids-laugh jokes in her series, 31 Days of Jokes.
  • 15. Crawford Paul: Orange 15 of 15
    15. Crawford Paul: Orange
    Last but not least is the most random series I found—31 Days of Orange. Seriously? Seriously. Doritos, the Oilers, pumpkin pie, and yes, extension cords, he shares examples why orange is the best color. Hilarious.

Such admiration for these people publishing for 31 solid days. I just may do it next year.

Are you following along? Whose series are you enjoying?

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