Would You Like to Do A 30 Day Journaling Challenge?



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I asked this on Kaizen Journaling Facebook Page and Twitter last week. I’m thinking about doing a 30 day journaling challenge on this blog, in which we can all participate together.

The idea is to journal every day for a month, even if you write only a sentence or two. I asked whether to just have a daily challenge, or whether I should also post a specific prompt for each day. Those who responded said to post a prompt. 

So now, the question is open to all of you.

Would you like to participate in the 30 day journaling challenge? In November or December? 

Would you like to have daily prompts for this challenge? 

You can participate either by journaling in your journal, or by simply journaling and sharing your response to the prompt within the comments section of each daily post.

What do you think? I would love to hear from ALL OF YOU. 


38 Responses to “Would You Like to Do A 30 Day Journaling Challenge?”

  1. V. L. Moura October 25, 2013 at 07:33 # Reply

    Hi Dolly,

    I’m a long time lurker, and first time commenter. I just want to tell you that I love this idea, any month is fine with me and I’d definitely like to have daily prompts for this challenge. :-)

    • Dolly Garland October 25, 2013 at 18:22 # Reply

      V. L. Moura,

      Welcome outside the lurking territory :-) I love it when lurkers become participants!

  2. Rena Tucker October 25, 2013 at 08:06 # Reply

    I’m up for it, and either month is fine. :-)

  3. Sally October 25, 2013 at 09:22 # Reply

    Just found your site today and this really appeals to me. November is probably better because the Christmas period will be hectic for me

    • Dolly Garland October 25, 2013 at 18:23 # Reply


      Welcome to Kaizen Journaling. I hope you will find lots of useful information here. You can also participate in the community through the facebook page!

  4. Janis October 25, 2013 at 12:10 # Reply

    This just may be the incentive I need to really get going! I agree that November will be the best but either month will work. A prompt or not? Not sure since I really do have things to journal about but just don’t. If you have prompts, I’ll do my best to stick with that topic.

    • Dolly Garland October 25, 2013 at 18:23 # Reply


      That’s great. Prompts will be optional. So you can use them, or write about whatever you want :-) The main challenge is to write everyday.

  5. Nicole October 25, 2013 at 14:35 # Reply

    Yes! Would love to do this, however November is NanoWriMo month–so maybe December would be better?
    If it happens in November, I would definitely try to find some time, though. :)
    Great idea!

    • Dolly Garland October 25, 2013 at 18:24 # Reply


      Awesome! Currently the November problem is NaNo, and December problem is Christmas rush, so I will see which one has more votes.

  6. Deb October 25, 2013 at 15:15 # Reply

    I’d love to do a 30 day challenge. I’d prefer December, as I am participating in Nanowrimo during the month of November.

  7. Janine October 25, 2013 at 15:41 # Reply

    Yes for Nov or Dec
    Yes for prompts!
    Great idea!
    Thank you…

  8. Nigel October 25, 2013 at 16:20 # Reply

    Yes, count me in. I do manage to journal every day but having a specific prompt will be good. Either month ok for me.

  9. Kellie Lund October 25, 2013 at 16:25 # Reply

    Let’s do November with prompts. :)

  10. Annette Agnello October 25, 2013 at 16:28 # Reply

    I would like the 30 day incentive. Sometimes I do Prompts it depends on the prompt. I hope we have the option to use, or not use the prompt.

  11. Taran October 25, 2013 at 18:13 # Reply

    Yes. Would try either month, but prefer Dec. No prompts, but they could always be optional.

  12. Paula October 25, 2013 at 18:14 # Reply

    What a wonderful idea! I’d love to participate. Yes, please do include daily prompts….and either month works for me. Looking forward to the experience!

  13. Taran October 25, 2013 at 18:15 # Reply

    …or could be Jan to start out the new year.

  14. Beth October 25, 2013 at 18:35 # Reply

    Great idea! Would love to do it either month

  15. Evelyn October 25, 2013 at 19:40 # Reply

    I am a NaNo, too, but I think November would be great to journal progress = or not. December could work, but it is a hectic month. I liked the idea someone had of January for a challenger to journal daily to start the new year out right! Prompts are ok as long as they are optional. Great challenge!

  16. Trece Wyman October 25, 2013 at 20:38 # Reply

    NaNoJouMo (doodling) and NaBloPoMo (blogging posts) are November, I should imagine lots of folks are busy with things in December, including all of the ReVerb groups. I think I’ll side with the commenter who suggested January. It would be an incentive to keep posting. Prompts or not are fine. I do keep journaling anyway, I just don’t tend to post. Need to rediscover my mojo.

  17. Kate Davis October 25, 2013 at 23:44 # Reply

    I would be interested in this and don’t mind either month (or January). I already write every day, but I haven’t used prompts for several years so that would be the challenge for me.

  18. victor October 26, 2013 at 04:15 # Reply

    i would love to do it in november

  19. Clayton Bulice October 26, 2013 at 04:54 # Reply

    I like the idea of prompts. I prefer the month of December because my birthday is the 6th. The rest of the month may be busy too, but still I like December.

  20. Sarah October 26, 2013 at 08:18 # Reply

    Hi Dolly

    I think this is a great idea and either Nov or Dec is fine with me. I’ve journaled since 1984 when I was 12 so don’t need prompts ( i always have so much to say/ never run out of ideas – in speech and in my journal !!!) but it great be good to see what you come up with and work with these too.

    I can understand why some people want to do Jan – new year new diary and all that, but in my experience ( I’ve been encouraging others to journal for years) I find that for a lot of people starting from scratch at the new year, doesn’t seem to work and they give up quickly. By doing this before new year everyone should’ be in an established journaling routine by Jan 1st ready to continue journaling in their own way.

  21. Tanmay October 26, 2013 at 09:55 # Reply

    I am up for it. Either of the month is ok. Let’s do it….

  22. Ted October 26, 2013 at 16:19 # Reply

    I’m in for a 30 day challenge in Nov, with prompts emailed. (I’m taking a Facebook vacation.)

    Could someone please explain what NaNo stands for? (Google hasn’t been helpful.) Thanks!

  23. Elles October 26, 2013 at 20:03 # Reply

    Hi Dolly,

    Great idea! Any month would work for me. Prompts would be great, preferably through e-mail as I am not on Facebook that often.

  24. Julie (O-kami) October 27, 2013 at 03:30 # Reply

    Love this idea! Definitely daily prompts and either month is good.

  25. Bakari October 28, 2013 at 01:40 # Reply

    I’ll have done 30 days this month. Open for the challenge of doing it again.

  26. AngelaJGibson October 28, 2013 at 07:07 # Reply

    That would be great

  27. Susan Godwin October 29, 2013 at 01:43 # Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity as I welcome the challenge! November is my preference.

  28. Susan Godwin October 29, 2013 at 01:53 # Reply

    And a definite yes for prompts!

  29. Cheryl Wright October 30, 2013 at 18:15 # Reply

    Yes I would. So excited to begin. I’m a long-time journaler but ever so often, I am either too tired, too stressed or too lazy to keep up the practice and I miss it. For the past year, I’ve only visited the pages of my current journal in spits and starts but I’ve been yearning to for a “kick” to return to the practice in earnest. I believe the “30-day Journaling Challenge” is the gate to achieving that.

  30. Amelia Vincent October 31, 2013 at 04:41 # Reply

    Either month is fine with me. I love this idea because I have been lax in writing in my journal. A prompt would be nice – I would appreciate the jumping off point.



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