ImageToday I’ve decided to embark upon a new challenge – the Ultimate Blog Challenge! It basically entails blogging every day for the whole month of April. What lucky readers you are! A new blog post every single day! And sadly for you that’s not an April Fool!

I have to confess to feeling a little overawed by the thought of coming up with new content that is of interest to more people than just myself every single day, especially as such a new blogger. But I’ve decided that the fact that this challenge has come along while I am still a very new blogger is a blessing and I will take it as an opportunity to learn more about blogging and gain some feedback from bloggers far more experienced than I.

Forming new positive habits is one really helpful way to make a change for the better in your life. The more you do something, the more it becomes second nature. Think about the first time you did something that you now do often. Maybe it was baking a cake, for example. That first time, you probably read the recipe carefully, made sure you had all the ingredients in that you needed, got them all out so that they were all to hand before you started, and then followed the instructions step by step until you had created something that looked pretty close to the picture in the recipe book. Success!

Then maybe next time you were slightly more relaxed, getting ingredients out as and when you needed them rather than lining them all up on the counter like you were presenting a cooking item on a daytime television programme!

The time after that, perhaps you paid slightly less attention to the recipe, remembering in what order to combine the ingredients and the length of time the cake needed to be baked for and at what temperature.

Before you know it, you’re no longer looking at the recipe at all, combining the ingredients instinctively. Weighing scales? Pah! No need! You can now sense how much flour is needed just by looking at it! Perhaps you find that you’ve run out of one ingredient that you would usually use. Maybe by now you are so confident in what you’re doing that you’re even able to conjure up a suitable replacement from available supplies. (Out of butter? Chuck in a couple of bananas! Wrong type of sugar? Let’s try the type that’s in the cupboard!)

And now you get to enjoy a delicious, home baked cake without the previously high level of concentration and, in some cases, anxiety. And what could possibly be not to like about reaching that situation?

My point is that perhaps by the end of blogging every day for a month, it’ll be second nature to me and you’ll have the pleasure of more regular blogs from me than have been forthcoming to date. I hope that I will also have gained the by-product of some new friends from the blogging community along the way.

If there is something in your life that you’d like to get more competent at than you currently are, why not take the plunge and just start practising? Form that positive habit and change your approach. If the thing you’d like to improve is blogging, why not sign up to the challenge yourself?

It’s not too late to sign up – you can always do two blog posts on the 2nd and you’re all caught up and good to go for the rest of the month. Go to http://ultimateblogchallenge.com/ for more information and join in the fun! Now, all this talk of cake has made me hungry, so I’m off to find a midnight snack!

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