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Hosting a Writing Challenge-What I Learned

First of all, THANK YOU, to everyone that joined me in this challenge!  Please be sure to check out these lovely blogs!

Dawn Benedict

KS Woods

The Reluctant Poet


Thank You to everyone that had the patience to READ my posts in January.  Not all of them were pretty.

When I first came up with the idea of hosting this Writing Challenge, I didn’t really think about how involved it would be.  I simply thought it would be fun and it would be a good way for me to be more disciplined and to write more

I did have fun and I’ve gained a lot of insight and have a lot more respect for those that do this on a regular basis.

Maybe I should have started out with just hosting a weekly challenge instead of one that goes for an entire month!  But no, I had to go big or go home! 🙂

The results of this challenge, for me, produced 22 regular posts (the Number I was shooting for) and 12 promotional/roundups for a total of 34 posts. 

Since I put my foot in my mouth and not only came up with this challenge, but set my number at 22 posts, I did feel a sense of pressure to get those posts done.  But, it turns out that I work well under pressure. 🙂  There are a few posts that I did in January, on the spur of the moment, that came out, to me, surprisingly well!  

The Penalty I wrote in just a few minutes and didn’t like it when I was done with it, but posted it anyway. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of my better poems for the month.

Welcome The Light I did not like at all. The idea that I had in my head did not translate to the page. It received a good response to readers, according to the views and comments received.

The Mirror While not liking it when I wrote this, I did end up really liking this piece. This was just a stream of consciousness  piece. I just started writing and this is what came! Maybe I need to do more of this type of writing!

“Holding my feet to the fire”, so to speak, has paid off for me.  But I think that from now on, I will leave hosting a writing challenge to others.  There are many people on WordPress that do this very, very well and the next time I need inspiration, I will seek out one of these awesome people’s blogs.  


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

14 thoughts on “Hosting a Writing Challenge-What I Learned

  1. I hope it wasn’t too bad to keep up with, Penny! Thank you so much for hosting and taking such good care of all of us joining, I’ll bet the roundup posts especially were a bunch of work….and that’s without your own contributions to the challenge! 💞💞💞


  2. I’m impressed with your tenacity–you set a goal and stuck to it. I’d say that’s a model blogger move. Well done, and good work, and nice poems. The blogging world is all about community-building and you did that. Sounds like a lot of work, but you can say you’ve done it (and put your feet up!).


      1. Thank you for the information! I have been out of the blogging world for a bit due to some major stressful events, but the dust has settled, and I am getting back to it. I look forward to reading more from you!

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