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Challenging Research

As you might expect, the idea of 30 day challenges isn’t new. I’ve spent the last few days looking for other people doing challenges, some lasting 30 days and some not. I found that not many people are doing proper challenges.

Most of the challengers were doing blog based challenges, like the one we’re doing on One Chicken Nugget. The challenge will be along the lines of “Blog Everyday For a Month“, or they will be based around writing on a certain topic, different ones for different days – such as a 30 day photo challenge. There is a huge list of these type of 30 day challenges in one tumblr blog here.

There are also the larger community driven challenges. This one is the “Live A Better Life In 30 Days Challenge“, where the conductor of the mass challenge set tasks in the morning of each day for the challengers to complete. The aim is to improve your life.

The GOOD 30-day challenges are all about improving the planet and your health, with challenges like “Waste Less” and “Go Vegetarian“.

What I’m not finding are the things I thought I would, like this. I thought I might find more challenges that are challenging. Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That’s a challenge! This happens in the month of November, but I can’t find other ‘ready-made’ challenges like this. Perhaps you know of some?

It looks like our challenges may need to be created, ideally they’ll be:

  • Fun
  • Challenging, but not life dominating
  • Interactive
  • Interesting

Can you think of a challenge that will fit the bill?

What makes a challenge, a challenge?

On One Chicken Nugget (OCN) yesterday, I wrote about the mental challenges of keeping track of my diet. This year’s task has been to record every single piece of food that Lee and myself have eaten every day. It’s a challenge.

To begin with, it was a challenge to remember what we had eaten. People were waiting for us to slip up and give up. Now it’s been going for nearly eight months I don’t think that’s the challenge any more. We’re past that stage.

I am quite  certain that the end of 2011 will also be the end of OCN. Sorry fans. We can’t do it forever, and it was never the plan to. The year was the target and that’s what it will be. A snapshot of one years eating habits and thoughts on food.

So what’s next? OCN was and still is a challenge. However, I feel that a year-long challenge is perhaps the wrong time frame. People lose interest when they realise that you can succeed at something, there’s only so much time they can spend waiting for that slip up and when they can’t see it coming they give up waiting. I feel that’s happened a little with OCN, but not just with the readers. The motivation to succeed dies down a little when there is less pressure to fail.

A few months ago we thought of a few ideas for next year’s challenge. They followed similar lines, tracking drink (considerably more tricky than food), money spent (perhaps a little invasive) but nothing has been decided on.

Which is where you come in, we welcome your ideas from stupid to impossible – and of course ones that we could feasibly do.

Your comments will be gratefully welcomed and much appreciated, whoever you are.

Here are a few of my ideas to get you started:

  • A series of 30 day challenges, 12 of them to be precise. This will remove the problem of the year-long challenge being to long but the overall length of the challenge will be one year still (see video below)
  • Charity. The idea that what we do raises money which goes to a charity.
  • Ideally, not an everyday blog again – I would like the challenge blog to be on the challenge not the challenge itself next year.


This blog will also be the ideas board for next years challenge blog. This year was One Chicken Nugget, an enormous and seemingly un-ending list of all the food I have eaten this year to date. There will be a sequel, and it won’t involve food.

Give us your thoughts, whatever they are, they will be welcomed.