Finding Time to Explore 5 Hauntingly Awesome Blogs on Day 31 of October’s Ultimate Blog Challenge … Don’t be Afraid!

Finding Time for 5 Awesome Blogs!Finding time to complete this month’s Ultimate Blog Challenge was a pretty tall order some days – 31 posts in 31 days – wow!

The effort was well worth it, but … PHEW! Did you manage to create and share a post every day? What was it like for you?

We did, and we learned (and sometimes re-learned) a lot of  lessons about writing, and planning, as well as some of the wonderful capabilities of WordPress that w hadn’t really explored or used to their fullest ’til now. So, while finding time was occasionally a challenge, the lessons learned were well worth it.

But part of the fun of #UBC was finding time to explore and connect with other blogs.  That’s been the icing on the cake for us here at The Time Finder.  The variety of subjects and styles, the wonderful energy of the bloggers, and the amazing breadth of experience and skill was really something to behold.  The on-line world is truly teeming with fascinating writers! And so, as we wrap up our 31 days of posting, I wanted to share 5 of the blogs that I visited and felt especially drawn to.

Truly, they are the tip of the iceberg!  And after you look at my list, I’d love to hear from you about some of the blogs that you loved!

The Stepmom’s Toolbox offers a wide range of lively, informative, and fun-to-read posts by Peggy Nolan.  Known as “The Self Care Queen” Peggy’s writing and ideas have been featured in “The Huffington Post, Divine Caroline, The Diva Toolbox, Applaud Women, Aspire, and StepMom Magazine. Peggy has also interviewed numerous leading experts in stepfamilies on her highly acclaimed internet radio show, The Stepmom’s Toolbox Radio Show.” AND she is a fellow New-Hampshire-ite!

Given my passion for time, I was particularly taken with her recent post titled “Warning: Emotional Hoarding May Distort Your Present Moment” and recommend it for your perusal!

Holistic Blogger offers posts by lots of different folks on subjects having to do with spirituality, self-care, exploring the inner life, the mind-body-spirit connection – really anything that would fall under the heading “holistic.”  It’s got a fascinating collection of posts, and offers other bloggers a place to spread the word and connect with a wider audience.

They invite any and all bloggers who “have something to say about holistic matters, you are very welcome here. This site has been created for you to share your articles and publicize your website if you have one. There is no fee to pay, no approval needed. Just click on the button and start writing your blog. It really is as simple as that. All we ask is that you help us spread the word and make this website a success.”

It was a fascinating post about Mantras that first drew me to Holistic Blogger! is a fun, informative, and wonderfully written blog that it’s very easy to spend a LOT of time exploring!  So, as a time expert, I feel it’s incumbent on me to suggest that you set a timer before you click any of these links.  Ready?  Then you can start reading about how this blog got its namewho’s writing it … and explore the posts, maybe starting with “13 Things I Love About October.”  Oh, and there are lots of recipes, too!

Lover of Creating Flavours is another site offering some scrumptious posts.  I love the homey feel and the back stories, as well as the excellent (and tempting) recipes.  “The Kitchen Garden – How To Grow Garlic Chives” is a very good place to start exploring this well-seasoned blog!

And last … but certainly not least … we have Evelyn Kalinosky’s excellent blog Inner Affluence: Increase Your Sacred Capital.  This informative and energizing blog is especially geared for women in mid-life who are ready to step into their power!  Evelyn’s post titled “Monday’s Muse: Where I’m From – A Look Inside the Inner Critic” was what first drew me in. They I stayed! 😉

So, what blogs were you especially taken with during #UBC?  Drop me a line, I’d love to hear …

And I hope you’ll continue to visit and interact here at The Time Finder – it’s been such fun getting to know you!


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  1. It was fabulous to take part and as you say, worth it. I discovered so many fabulous blogs, including this one. It was a lot of fun! 🙂

  2. Paula –

    Thanks for posting 5 of your favorites! I have been a faithful reader of Peggy’s blog, and get a giggle every time I visit the vomitingchicken (really – what a name!!!). I haven’t been to the other 3 yet – and will certainly do that today! (After setting my timer . . . I’m down to my last 10 minutes allotted for blogging today!)


    • Hi Lisa – Thanks for stopping by and adding your comments. Sounds like you do a great job of setting/maintaining your time boundaries! It certainly helps – especially for on-line activities …

  3. Sophie Bowns says

    I agree with your choices! They are great bloggers 🙂

  4. Peggy Nolan says

    Hi Paula,

    Thank you so much for the shout out in your blog post!! I’m humbled and honored!!



  5. Geez, Paula, I am so honored and humbled to have made your short list! Truly, thank you for the hat tip and I’ve got to say, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, too. Great tip about using a timer, by the way! My favorite is an online bomb timer:
    I hope to see more of your blog in the months to come!!

  6. Great to get an insight into your rewards for blogging. I think everyone does it for different reasons. It was good to meet you too.

  7. I did not write all 31 posts, work load too much this Oct but it was fun. I started the challenge last Aug and throughout the year I have made some friends and visited some blogs repeatedly. It was a great way to meet up with people from other parts of the world =)

  8. Wow, I feel really honoured that our site made it on to your shortlist. I only started blogging in October for the UBC so it is especially humbling to be included in your list. I can’t think why I haven’t seen this post until today but I’m so glad I did.
    I agree, for me one of the most enjoyable things as well as getting into the habit of daily writing, was reading everyone else’s posts. I too loved Peggy’s contributions and also visited Vomiting Chicken; who couldn’t with a name like that? I kept on with the writing after the blog challenge because I enjoyed it so much, although it has been difficult at times. I also continued to follow a few people who are continuing to post on the challenge page: Penny MacDaniel’s is one in particular that really resonates with me. If you’re interested in holistic subjects, as of course I am, then she is a truly gifted writer and I recommend her blogspot wholeheartedly.
    Thank you again for the accolade, as you can probably tell, I’m pretty blown away 😀

  9. Wow, Andrea – It is so nice to hear from you and connect around UBC. After the challenge I went back to my usual rhythm of posting 3 times a week. But I enjoyed the experience enough that I’m thinking about doing it again in January.

    And in the meantime, I have loved reading your posts – and appreciate the suggestion of Penny McDaniel’s blog. I will take a look.

    Many thanks – and I look forward to watching your blogging unfold!

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