The introduction of the internet has enabled us to interact with humans all over the world, no longer do we have to write or phone we can simply send a message or tag a friend. It has been great for encouraging awareness of topics that might otherwise be ignored. It has also enabled us to take part in group activities without having to wait for the post to deliver or having to call a large number of people to update them, with the touch of a button you can reach millions.
- Inktober – Started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker – “I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.” Its not just for those who want to be or are already artists anyone can join as long as you have a pen/pencil and paper.
- NaNoWriMo – Started in 1999 it is now one of the most famous writing challenges on the internet, self-described as the seat-of-your-pants to creative writing it encourages you to either write an entire novel or work on your current WIP – the normal word count is 50k although don’t be put off by this as you can set your own goal. You can track your progress and share it via the website and also share it via social media.
- 100 Day Challenge Instagram – Choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject. Simples.
- #TrashTags – A #hashtag making its debut earlier this year, started with someones suggestion to bored teens, people picking up little and then taking a selfie with it – its a shame it lost its momentum really.
- The Get Strong in 2019 Challenge – a 7 day challenge you have to keep up for a month, LiveStrong.com’s challenge designed to get you fit using simple exercises and nutritional advise – it seemed to be the only fitness challenge with some kind of structure, the rest are largely just hashtags detailing your progress.
The best thing about these challenges are really you could do them anytime, there might not be many others doing it with you the goals are important for your focus. Use them as motivation to carry on.