Why participating in blogging challenges is always a good idea for every blogger and how it helps #myfriendalexa

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It has been a year since I started writing. It has been an amazing experience so far. In the last 12 months, I have participated in many blogging challenges and contests which have helped me grow as a blogger. In this post, I have shared my experience of taking part in such challenges and my takeaways from them.

I embarked on my blogging journey in Sept 2017 and Super Blogger Challenge happened in Feb 2018. It was my first ever blogging challenge which hosted by Healthwealthbridge Dr. Amrita and Dr. Bushra. A 10-weeks challenge and I luckily made till the end and also won the Most Hardworking Blogger Award.

Then, I took part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words 2018 which was a one week challenge where the participants had to write one blog every day for a week, that I completed successfully.

And now the third big challenge that I have participated in is #MyFriendAlexa conducted by Blogchatter. It was challenging to submit 2 blogs per week and engage on all the other blogs but today while posting my last blog, I feel accomplished.

Apart from these, I had also participated in many special occasion contests like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Blog birthday contests etc. Now, the question is why should one participate in such challenges and what value they bring to us.

How these challenges helped me:

Writing discipline: 

The first and foremost benefit of taking part in any challenge is writing regularly. As you will have deadlines to submit an article, there will not be any sitting back. For a lazy bone like me challenges always help and act as a motivation to write. So, I try to take part in as many challenges as I can, don my writer’s hat and let my creative juices come out.

Traffic on my blog:

This is an incentive you get while participating in contests. People visit your blog and engage, you get more likes, comments, shares on social media and hits on the blog hence your traffic is boosted resulting in a better DA, Alexa, and other ranks. You get visibility in the blogosphere. It is a perfect way to brand yourself.

Writing on prompts: 

There are times when we run out of ideas what to write in our next blog. Many writing challenges share a few writing prompts for the participants. And having these prompts really help in knocking off the writer’s or mental block. There could be picture prompts, title prompts etc. which gives us enough choice to pick a topic of our interest, and mood and pen down our thoughts on it. Isn’t it sound easy? To me, it was. I really enjoyed writing on the prompts given in the various challenges.

New techniques of blogging:

Before I participated in the Super Blogger Challenge, my first blogging challenge, writing meant just venting out my thoughts but after participating in SBC, I got a whole new picture of what blogging is all about. I learned many new terms, how to promote my blog, ways to monetize my blog and how to work and collaborate with the brands. Not just that, I learned how to effectively use social media for promoting my blog. I learned that Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are not only for sharing your musings but also you can generate followers and traffic to your blog through the effective use of social media.

Consistent Reading & learning: 

As you read and read many posts of your fellow bloggers, you identify various forms and styles of writing. Every writer has its own way of writing, uniqueness, and strengths. They offer something insightful and valuable in their blog. Regular reading also helps you in generating ideas and seeing life from other perspectives at a different angle.

Experiment with your writing style:

As you discover other forms of writing, you can also experiment on a different style or form like fiction/drama/romance etc. and explore your talent outside your comfort zone and you never know you might do wonders in a new style of work.

Making new friends:

In the last one year, not only I learned a lot about blogging but also earned many amazing writer friends. Challenges bring the like-minded people together and you bond over your common interest. You always learn something or the other as you interact with the hosts and fellow writers and make real connections.


So, these were my takeaways from the blogging challenges, I would love to know about yours too.


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Prerna wahi
September 25, 2018 12:51 pm

Very well written piece and I couldn’t agree with you more. This is my first blogging challenge and I was nodding through each of the points you mentioned, especially making new friends like you! I love the fact that your posts are so relevant and relatable for our write tribe. Keep going!

Maya Bhat
September 25, 2018 1:51 pm

True that. Participating in challenges are worth for bloggers like us. I also sometimes get lazy to update my blog. But now I feel like having a purpose to blog. It is during the challenges, we put forward some good posts on our blog. When someone visits the blog later, they will get a lot to read

September 25, 2018 2:26 pm

Aww Vartika !You are a sweet heart.Thanks for mentioning SBC.Blogging challenges are immensely useful .My own blog gets a good rush of energy with each season of My friend Alexa .You have summed it up perfectly.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala
September 25, 2018 3:22 pm

Loved the post, vartika. To be truthful, I hadn’t associated Alexa with so many benefits. Thanks for listing them. I agree with you on the last bit, it did help me make new friends. ❤️

Suman Kher
September 26, 2018 8:05 am

Points well made! I think that the discipline of writing that a challenge induces in us is unparalleled! 🙂

September 26, 2018 10:26 am

Blogging challenges do help and the result you get from them depends upon the effort you have put in. Kudos for completing so many challenges and winning awards too 🙂

Sonia Chatterjee
September 26, 2018 12:23 pm

Couldn’t have agreed more. I participated in A2Z, Write Tribe, Bar-A-Thon and My friend Alexa. I feel I found my niche through these challenges.

September 26, 2018 1:52 pm

You are echoing my thoughts precisely as this Alexa is my first campaign and am able to gauge the seriousness of blogging only after entering this campaign

Jamie Chaw
September 29, 2018 6:24 am

Great points…agree with each one especially the last one!!!

Jamie Chaw

Surbhi Prapanna
September 29, 2018 3:14 pm

Yes, I agree to participate in the writing challenge, helps a lot in improving our reading and writing skills. and me too have a great learning experience like you while doing that.

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