30 Day Blogging challenge – back to school for me!

I have just signed up for a 30-day blogging challenge to bring you vegan cruise & travel posts every day this June. It is a big task and hopefully worth it –  I do hope you will find it interesting too. It should certainly stretch me and throw me out of my comfort zone. How did I sign up for this? Surely this is the last thing I will be comfortable with?

Why a 30 day blogging challenge?

A recent Facebook ad for a beginners’ blogging course intrigued me. I attended a webinar about it and really enjoyed the UK-based hostess and her message & style. I wasn’t sure if a beginners’ course was right for me, so asked an online UK blogger community for course suggestions for me to up my game. A couple of members recommended a free 30-day challenge by Sarah Arrow, so I signed up yesterday and am going to commence her course for the month of June.

The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem…

And I admit to many. I like to tweak my posts and I know I brood over them. I write long pieces (over 1300+ words) that take a while to produce. In fact, my SEO tool of choice Yoast complains about it. Another blog failing of mine, which I hope to tackle over these 30 days is tweaking my work. Again, and again. But for the sake of ‘one post each day’ for the next 30 days I will need to find a different style. Plus I will need to get comfortable with letting my babies go out at a much faster pace. And I will definitely need to get better at timekeeping and set aside protected time for the work required.

Tackling distractions – finding automation? (except not for kitty cuddles)

Social media is too good at distracting me from blogging – but how will I keep up with all of the channels? Are there tools I need to find & utilise. And how does one navigate the furry distractions who like to come and rest on my Macbook and paperwork when I try to do some blog work.

Star is on the job with me at the moment, giving me disapproving looks for not giving her head rubs.

How does the course work?

Every morning you receive an e-mail with instructions, first one was to take note of my stats for a baseline. Hopefully they will be better at the end of the month. Every e-mail has a topic to tackle (be it SEO, keywords etc). Latest I have is on content creation & inspiration.  That is not a problem I have, thankfully. Cruising is just so – inspirational! For this month I do not have just cruising to cover but also vegan travel from earlier this year to Boston and Finland.

Cruise blogging and more?

Over the next month I can cover vegan food served onboard Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises on our three sailings. Our forthcoming August cruise on a ‘new’ ship will no doubt be of interest to many. All those previous ports of call could be featured this month as well.  And of course, there are many newsworthy stories to share, like the recent vegan menu offering on one particular cruise line which I am yet to try. But one I hope to visit soon.

If there are any particular cruise subjects you would like me to cover over the next 30 days, please comment here, tweet me, write on my Facebook page wall or message me. You can even get me on Insta!

Vegan cruise options? Vegan food on regular cruises? Tips on picking the right cruise holiday? That and more to come over the next 30 days. Am excited..and slightly terrified. Join me this June!


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6 thoughts on “30 Day Blogging challenge – back to school for me!

  • June 1, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Good luck with the challenge 🙂

  • June 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Good luck I am sure you will excel at the challenge. Can’t wait to read more about vegan cruising. I am a vegetarian and also a coeliac, so I would love to hear any info you have on whether the cruises cater for veggie/vegan coeliacs!! Always makes for a fun dining experience lol.

    • June 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Lara, thanks for the comment. Veggie dining is no problem, vegan takes a bit more trouble as you have to ask for separate meals but as a coeliac you know all about it. Ships have separate gluten free menus or items marked on menus as gf, I know of a gf lady who is an avid cruiser so it is clearly possible. Getting desserts can always be problematic or there is one or two kind and that is it – which is why I always seek out vegan venues when in port. Just to top up 😉


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