31 Days to a Fresh Blog Start!

I feel like starting over, going back to my blog roots.

I had such joy when I first began writing online back in 2007 (first with a family blog, and then with Like a Warm Cup of Coffee), and I’d love to experience that enjoyment again. In fact, I figure I’ll just pretend I’m starting from scratch! I’m going to start fresh, but not.

Know what I mean?

Want to join me? I’m joining Nester’s 31 Days link-up by hosting a 31 Days to a Fresh Blog Start – Starting Over, But Not series! Sound fun? Do it with me! Let’s rekindle that love of writing we had when we first began. Let’s imagine we’re blogging for the first time! You might want to even pick up Problogger’s First Week of Blogging or 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Maybe you’d prefer Bryan Allain’s 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo. Heck, maybe you just want some writing inspiration, in which I recommend You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins. Maybe you want to start over by being fierce with your time and setting some serious boundaries on your blogging (that’s what I’m doing – strict hours – so I don’t abuse my family). In that case, might I suggest Blogger Behave, Time Management 101 (free!) or Tell Your Time.

If you want to do your own 31 Days, head here and join! If you want to take the Fresh Blog Start challenge with me, grab a “Fresh Start” button and follow along! You can add a Fresh Start button by right clicking on it and then clicking on “save image as”. Just as an FYI, I won’t be posting on the weekends.

This is going to be fun! See you tomorrow for Day 1!

Links to the series (I will update these each day):

Day 1 – Fierce Boundaries

Day 2 – Passion & Purpose

Day 3 – What is Your Blog Mission Statement?

Day 4 – What I Know Now (a new link-up) What I Know Now (When Ideals Become Idols)

Day 5 – Writing Out of Your Mission (The Next Phase of 31 Days)

Day 6 Weekend

Day 7 Weekend

Day 8 Giving Yourself Grace on Those Days

Day 9 A Real Professional

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13 Weekend

Day 14 Weekend

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20 Weekend

Day 21 Weekend

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Day 27 Weekend

Day 28 Weekend

Day 29

Day 30

Day 31

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  • Q. august

    I’m all IN! I need to start over because I still don’t have my intended audience and I need to get my blog organized with expected content on a regular basis. I have so many ideas and I’ve been slacking…I might be holding back someone’s blessing :)

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      mission statement! ;)

  • Carolina

    I’m in! This will be hard, but a good challenge for me. Working full-time for the next two months and then back to my regular part-time schedule. My blogging has suffered lately because of my new temporary shedule.

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      Give yourself some slack! Take it slow. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rikirose Erica Daniels

    Looking forward to it!

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      We’re going to have fun!

  • Ginny

    I smell smoke! Your gears are going overtime!! Glad to see it :)

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      Me too!

  • http://www.joyfullythriving.com Kristen

    What a great perspective, and idea. I am ready for some good blogging motivation! I’m looking forward to this series.

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      So glad you’re going to hang with me during it!

  • Rachel

    Love this idea, friend! Super excited to be a part! :)

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      Thank you, Rachel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LIFEafterrape Kate

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to get a blog/site for my ministry off the ground for over a year now. I’ve been determined to launch it in October, so hopefully this will motivate me to hurry up and get things done!

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      Hey, take your time, you’ve got 31 days! ;)

  • http://www.CleverColleen.com/ Clever Colleen

    Woo-hoo. This is a great idea. I look forward to doing this with you ladies.

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      Look forward to doing this with you as well!

  • http://twitter.com/AleneSnodgrass Alene Snodgrass

    I’m so going to need your series. I think I need some redo’s!!! This will be my second year and I’m writing about 31 Days of Anonymity where I give others an opportunity to write anonymous letters to those they feel they need to. I think God is going to do some awesomeness across the web in October!!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    Looking forward to your series. I first started following your blog in 2008 when you were “Like a Warm Cup of Coffee”!

    • http://twitter.com/sarahmae Sarah Mae

      I remember you! So cool, thanks for sticking with me! :)

  • Debra@ September Acres

    I am looking forward to reading your posts this month.

  • Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride

    I’m excited to read along with you! I just find your link through The Nester’s list of links and chuckled because I’m doing 31 Days of Back to Basics Blogging. I’m going back to the way I did it in the beginning. Taking more pictures, blogging more of the ordinary, and just doing it my way. “Blogging like no one is reading.” Because there was a time when no one was reading! Haha! I’m excited to see what you’re going to teach us!

  • Tay

    Visiting from the 31 Dayers! I just launched my own blog, so I am super excited to read about blogging and fresh starts!

    http://hoorayfortay.blogspot.com

  • http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com/ Domestic Bliss Diaries

    I’ll definitely be following along! I’m in a season of pinpointing the focus of my blog… Sort of, getting back to what it was in the beginning. Only, this time, I pray there will be more me… authentic me.

    Can’t wait to see how your blog changes. No matter what you write or how often you write it, you’re always a blessing to me. ;)

  • Margaret Smith

    I am ready!

  • Wanda

    I’m glad you’re tackling this one. I need some direction myself!!

  • Cary Kornegay

    This is exactly where I am! I want to find that fresh desire to write and share that I had when I first started blogging. This will be awesome!!!

  • http://www.raisingtherosses.com/ Zohary Ross

    Love this! Will definitely be following along for this series.

  • liza lee grace

    Your button says “starting over, but not”. For me, this month really IS about starting over. I got burned out last year and have written very little since then. After trying to figure out what I should do (if anything), I realized that I still want to write, but not as I did before. I grabbed a new domain and am getting started again.

    My 31 Days series is about being true to myself…which I think is my purpose for completely starting over.

  • Elizabeth

    Visiting from The Nester and love your concept. Will be following and also linking up on Thursday with you. This sounds full of the fresh, the new, full of hope, and new mercies. See you here and see you at The Nesters too. I am writing on 31 days of wonderful words. Today was ORDINARY. I love the variety there and the creativity. Thanks Sarah Mae for your encouaragement. Bless…

  • Angie

    I am moving…literally. My husband just got a new job in another state and our house closes on October 31, then we will be off. I am feeling a whole lot of emotions about this move…I feel like we’re on the edge of the boat and Jesus is saying, “It’s time. Step out on the water with Me!” Like, my purpose is waiting on the other side of this 31 days. I think this is a real natural area for me to write about over the next month. Thanks for the the little “shove” to get me over the edge. :)

  • http://www.redoakroad.com/ Theresa Bond

    I love this idea!

  • Guest

    I’m a newer readery by way of Simple Mom’s weekend link recentl, but I have been so encouraged by your writing. Introducing this challenge pushed me to take the plunge and come off of the blog hiatus I have been clinging to so desperately for two years. Thank you!

  • Grace

    I’m a newer readery by way of Simple Mom’s weekend link recently, but I have been so encouraged by your writing. Introducing this challenge pushed me to take the plunge and come off of the blog hiatus I have been clinging to so desperately for two years. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/homesteadingctg Michele Yates

    Recently found your blog via The Nester’s 31 Day Challenge…I’ve joined the challenge this year too and can’t wait to come back for more in your series!

    In Gratitude,Michele
    31 Days of Preparation with The Homesteading Cottage

  • http://twitter.com/homesteadingctg Michele Yates

    Recently found your blog via The Nester’s 31 Day Challenge…I’ve joined the challenge this year too and can’t wait to come back for more in your series!

    In Gratitude,Michele
    31 Days of Preparation with The Homesteading Cottage

  • Pamela Walsh

    Like a lot of women, I got burned out trying to make my blog into something I thought other would want to read. I’ve started over, and now it’s about things I like around my small town and what they mean to me. It “feels” better already! Still getting more content up, and dusting off the writing skills, but I love it already.

    http://oldcottagegarden.blogspot.com/

  • TereasaM

    Oh, I really need a fresh start. I look forward to catching up and starting over with you. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Samantha Jordan

    Soooo…I’m curious what happened for the other 3 weeks of this starting over? Sorry to necro an old post, but I’m terrible about suspense! Can you finish it and repost, perhaps? Thank you :)