“C” is for Challenge

Tomorrow I will be publishing my final post – my last contribution – to the 30-Day Blogging Challenge hosted by Connie Ragen Green.

I want to share my list of all the wonderful takeaways, lessons learned, and unforgettable experiences as a participant in this event.

“C” is for Challenge.  But during this challenge, I came to realize that “C” stands for so much more!  It also stands for …

Commodities – Friendships are the best and most valuable commodities you can acquire.  The friends I made during this challenge are some of the most talented, bright, and creative people imaginable and I cherish every single one of them.

Commitment – Writing 30 posts in 30 days was a huge undertaking for me as well as for some others who participated.  Commitment shows character and builds character.

Capacity – There was no such thing as limited space or limited seats to join this challenge.  Everyone was welcome.

Cooking – I got my hands on some new recipes and learned some culinary secrets during this event!  What a treat to have a couple of food experts on board.

Concentration – The only real way to make it all the way through this challenge was to become like a horse with blinders on and focus, focus, focus!

Collaboration – Bring a variety of personalities, skills, and expertise together.  Combine that with energy, inspiration, and motivation … and lookout!  Joint ventures, interviews, and an upcoming collaborative radio show are just the tip of the iceberg for this group!

Comedy – Laughter is the best medicine.  I had a blast meeting others who value a sense of humor as much as I do!

Cooperation – Everyone did a fabulous job of visiting lots of blogs, posting wonderful comments, following networked blogs on Facebook, staying updated at TweetChat, giving support, and Re-Tweeting posts.

Communication – Some of the best stories I’ve ever read were communicated during this challenge!  People offered advice, a listening ear, business building tips and tools, relaxation techniques, tutorials, book recommendations, and how-to’s.

Compliments – I will forever embrace the words of encouragement and all the positive, uplifting comments I received during this event.  There was rarely a day that I didn’t witness someone paying someone else a confidence-boosting compliment.

Complaints – There were none!!


  • I’ll second that motion, Gwen! I definitely don’t view this as the “end” just because the challenge is officially over. Heck, this is just the beginning!

    I can feel it in my bones. 🙂

    Thank you, as always, for your kind words!

    And I want you to know that I tried to post a comment today at your blog (and several others!) and something strange is happening. My comments are not showing up. I hit “submit” and poof! Nothing is on the page. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

    I’m hoping when I awaken tomorrow the problem will have miraculously resolved itself. But just in case … I’ve sent out an S.O.S. to everyone I know with technical expertise!

    Keep your fingers crossed,

  • Such a nice post Melanie. That really sums up everything. I hope we all can “continue” to write in our blogs and visit and support one another as we build our businesses.

    Congratulations to you!!!

    .-= Gwen Tanner´s last blog ..Make Yourself a Resource =-.

  • D’vorah ~

    I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you stopped by. And what wonderful praises! Thank You.

    This was my first blogging challenge, as well, and it’s been an amazing adventure. I had no idea I would meet such a variety of characters … and I DO MEAN characters! 🙂

    No other event I’ve ever been involved with has demonstrated such camaraderie and support and the opportunity to cross paths with so many talented professionals like … YOU!


  • Hi Melanie, Great post, both thought provoking and visually appealing. This was my first blog challenge and I want to thank you for leading by example. I learned a lot just watching how you reached out to the community and how you put so much thought and care into each of your posts. Thanks for reaching out!

    All the best,

  • That’s good news, Terrie! Glad you made it over here.

    I compiled a list of “C’s” a mile long and tried my best to narrow it down to those that were near and dear to my heart – the experiences that impacted and empowered me the most.

    Hope you’ll be joining Jeanette’s challenge in June!

    Can’t wait to meet you on May 15th,

  • Great post!!!!! I agree with everything you wrote – i copied it and will incorporate it in the group pdf. Thanks for directing me over here


  • “Community” – I like that, Steve!

    And you’re right. I got a tremendous sense of community by participating in this challenge – unlike any other event I’ve joined!

    A gigantic Congratulations! back at ya,

    “See” you in the blogosphere. 🙂

  • One more is Community – this group is a great community of people helping each other and building their online presence at the same time.

    Congratulations Melanie!
    .-= Steve Sponseller´s last blog ..Creating Innovation Using the IDEA System =-.

  • What can I say, Heather? Great minds think alike!

    I had all of your “C” words (and more) on my list. Just had to cut if off at some point so people wouldn’t be reading on for days! 😉

    And “Congratulations!” back at ya. I hope our friendship lasts a lifetime!

    Oh, and a few more “C’s” that describe YOU …

    Cool, Clever, Compassionate – and the Commander of “Calm”!


  • “C” also stands for: Courage, Camaraderie, Closeness & Caring. Oh, and one last thing – Congratulations!!!! xx 🙂