05 Nov Announcing The Live Your Legend Creators’ Guild Online Community (it’s free) + Official Blog Challenge Entry Form
“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”
– Julius Caesar
Check in below for details on entering your blog into the Start a Blog Challenge & the $500 WDS 2014 ticket giveaway.
You’ll also find a special invitation to join our brand new LYL Creators’ Guild Private Online Community. It’s free to you, and I think it’s going to take our creation potential to a whole new level.
Creation Creates Possibility
This is a driving force for so much of the work we do at Live Your Legend.
You can consume, read and learn until you’re blue in the face, but it’s all for nothing until you actually decide to drive your stake in the ground and start applying your strengths, talents and passions to create things of your own. That’s when people start to pay attention, and that’s when your work starts to make a difference.
That’s why we spent so much time last month focusing on our Start a Blog Challenge.
When you write (or record audio, video or any type of self-expression), you begin to learn about yourself. When you get your ideas out of your head, they begin to transform. They also actually start to have a chance of helping the people around you.
Nothing has been more powerful in creating my career and finding the work I can’t not do than developing a consistent habit of writing and creating.
That’s why it was amazing to see over 300 of you create blogs last month!!
Thank you for deciding to take a stand and move from observer and learner to doer. That’s the kind of action that starts to change everything.
And as promised, one of you creators will be winning a $500 ticket to World Domination Summit 2014! So today I wanted to share the official rules for the Start a Blog Challenge.
But First Let’s Start with Why – The Real Goal of This Challenge
To be crystal clear, this challenge is not about building an online business or making money from your blog. It’s not about how many subscribers or page views you can get. That’s not at all what this is about. In fact, it’s not even about winning a ticket to WDS 2014.
This challenge is about YOU.
The goal is for you to develop a life-changing habit of sharing ideas and creating value for the world. For you to use your writing as a sandbox for running personal experiments, developing your thoughts and understanding the impact you want to make in the world.
That is all that matters. And the wonderful thing is that’s 100% in your control.
Here are the Official Rules:
#1 You must write 500 words each week between now and December 31st.
That’s starting this week! This could be two posts of 250 words or three or one. All that matters is that you hit 500 words, which is a very small number once you start writing. (This post is already at 418.) Or if you’re doing a video show or podcast, then one new piece of content a week will do. It can be in any language, too. English is not a requirement.
#2 Any type of content is welcome: text, video, audio – you name it.
Writing is the fastest for most of us to get up and running, but all I care about is inspiring you to create something of value. You decide.
#3 Share what you learned at the end of the year.
This challenge is all about self experimentation and discovery. So once the year is over and you’ve written one post a week, we want to hear what it’s taught you about yourself, life, the world, anything. You will get 250 words to share your experience with us, so make ’em count!
#4 All entries will be reviewed and a winner chosen in early January.
The next wave of WDS tickets go on sale in January, I believe, so we’ll announce the winner before that happens.
#5 Everyone wins!
That is the point. If you write and express your ideas, your world will change. So no matter what, everyone wins.
In Order to Enter the Challenge, You Must Follow These Steps:
Step #1: Fill Out this Short Form Telling Us about Your Blog & Goals
This is super important as it will not only help you stay accountable, but it will also allow everyone else in the challenge to see your blog and help you along the way. Despite this being a “Challenge,” this is a team effort. And we will all be better off if we do this together.
*Important: You must fill this form out by November 12th to be entered into the WDS giveaway.
Step #2: Join our free LYL Creators’ Guild Private Community on Facebook
This is the really exciting part!
Given how important surroundings, collaboration, inspiration, feedback and accountability are for any project – and especially when creating and sharing ideas – yesterday I decided to create a special online community dedicated purely to the writers and creators in Live Your Legend and the members of this challenge.
It’s a place where we can share links to our work, form accountability groups, help each other in our own areas of expertise and just have a lot more fun as we go on to create things.
*Important: You must have a blog or way of sharing your ideas in order to join the Guild.
Once you have your blog and complete the Step #1 Application Form, then please click here to request access to the LYL Creators’ Guild.
The Guild is invitation only, so we’ll be sure to approve you as soon as we see your request come through!
Step #3: Create & Help
That’s the fun part. 🙂
Write Consistently, Publish Weekly (at the least) and Add Value to the Other Members of the Community
If we can all promise to do that, this challenge and our new community of creators is going to be a runaway success for everyone who steps foot inside.
You all are in charge of whether that happens or not.
I’ve given you the tools and the community. Now it’s up to you to do something with it.
I cannot wait to see what this turns into.
And more importantly, I’m super excited to see what you all create!
P.S. If you are a little late to the party and still don’t have your blog, that’s totally fine. Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for the WDS ticket, but you still get to transform your life and career by building a consistent writing and creation habit.
So if you don’t have your blog yet, watch my short video tutorial and two-step process on How to Start a Blog in Under 10 Minutes with Zero Tech Experience.
P.P.S. If any of you have questions about the challenge or the rules, please leave them in the comments so everyone can learn from them.
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ScottPosted at 10:31h, 05 November
Thank you for creating this opportunity for everyone. There is something truly magical about writing. It allows me to open my mind, create and share with the world some of the most amazing adventures life has to offer. Again, I appreciate the opportunity. Happy Tuesday! Scott
ScottPosted at 13:50h, 05 November
You nailed it Scott. Yeah you really cannot understand the power of writing until you actually start to do it and stick to it for a few weeks or months. Wild how something so simple can be so damn powerful!
Christina BuizaPosted at 11:46h, 05 November
I love this, Scott!
I’ve been blogging on and off for almost ten years now. It has always been my favourite outlet of self-expression. Since making the decision to reboot my website and blog this past summer, I’ve had many fantastic opportunities land on my lap. Plus, it has also enabled me to learn more about myself.
Lately, I’ve been feeling demotivated. Although I still publish weekly posts, I haven’t been putting as much as effort as I would like. This challenge would be a terrific push and a way for me to become more accountable. Plus, it’s my dream to attend WDS,
Thank you for putting this on, Scott. Challenge accepted!
ScottPosted at 13:47h, 05 November
Haha – well welcome to the party Christina. Glad the boost came at just the right time. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!
Spencer MitchellPosted at 11:59h, 05 November
I think this contest is a great idea, and I actually started a blog a few months ago to help myself learn. Having this contest though will definitely make me more apt to stay on top of writing.
My question is, is it necessary for the challenge to join the Creator’s Guild on facebook? I don’t have an account on facebook, so you can see how this would make things difficult for me.
ScottPosted at 13:38h, 05 November
Thanks Spencer! Glad your with us. Great Q. Nope you don’t have to join FB to enter the contest. But you do need to fill out the form linked above. The FB group is just a bonus for those of you who could benefit from it!
AlexPosted at 12:34h, 05 November
I just wanted you to know that I’m in tears right now. I randomly clicked a website link from a guy who entered the challenge by filling out the accountability form and read his first blog entry. It was nothing I was interested in on the content level, but his vulnerability and innocence made me laugh, smile, and in the end, moved me to tears. And then I looked at the list of all the other people who submitted their information and was simply blown over at how precious everyone is. I see all these innocent, beautiful people here in their authenticity participating in something rather amazing.
It’s genius, Scott. Regardless of the outcome – we’re all in this sandbox together and that’s all that matters. No one is left out who doesn’t want to be left out, (or is letting the fear talk them out of participating.)
I hope that we all take the steps necessary to dispel the fear now or always.
ScottPosted at 13:41h, 05 November
Wow Alex – just gave me chills!
The best way for us to tackle those fears is together, back to back, in the sandbox (or the arena as I like to call it ;).
You said it perfectly. This is open for anyone to change their world who’s willing to step up and participate. There is no cost to enter. All it takes is courage and the conviction to take a stand and start doing something that matters.
This crew is going places. You are what makes that possible. I’m just going to hang on tight!
millaPosted at 12:37h, 05 November
I created a blog when I read about the challenge, and have already written about 6 entries well over 500 words – but I have made the blog private as it has been more about personal soul searching and unearthing what is brewing inside me. There is a lot of public information about me available on the internet, so I was somewhat concerned with sharing what is essentially some rough around the edges stuff in a way that would find its way to search engines, etc.
Let me know if you have any suggestions about how I can still participate in the challenge. thanks.
ScottPosted at 13:44h, 05 November
Amazing to hear Milla. And you are already participating in the challenge! All that matters is you write and learn. I’d love to push you to write some things that you’re comfortable making public too – as that will likely take your experience to a whole new level. But that’s not a requirement. So yes, you’re in the running. And you can still participate in the Guild!
Vane SMPosted at 12:39h, 05 November
Thank you Scott. Muchas gracias de nuevo.
This for changing the world together, and changing ourselves during the journey. That’s the only way.
This opportunity arrives at a great moment for me, after almost half a year since I started viviendoelcambio.com. It will fueled me up, for sure!!!
I am in, for sure. Into the challenge, into the guild community, and into passion.
Love! And thank you again!
ScottPosted at 13:46h, 05 November
Pues estas en el sito perfecto Vane! Muy bien hecho :). A crear las cosas que significan algo!
Jamie AlexanderPosted at 14:41h, 05 November
I’ve signed up, but as a heads up I use a pen name on my blog. My real name is Jamie Finlayson in case you’re wondering why someone who hasn’t filled out a form is trying to join the Facebook group.
Tried to sign up with my page but can’t.
Looking forward to some accountability hitting one post per week. I know it’s not much, but I have some Kindle books on the go at the same time.
ScottPosted at 15:58h, 05 November
Welcome to the party Jamie! You are certainly welcome – excited to have you join us!
Stephanie MPosted at 18:28h, 05 November
1. I noticed my blog link in not in blue on the list of participants. I am number 111. How do I fix this and there is at least one other like mine.
2. When does the 500 words begin and when does the week begin and end? I have less than 500 words before signing up today and 800 words total between Oct 31 and Nov 5.
ScottPosted at 20:04h, 05 November
Welcome to the party Stephanie!
Hmm I just tried to make that a link but I can’t seem to do it. Will keep trying. But either way people can still see your link and access your site. Should be good regardless.
As for the 500 words. It’s 500 every week (Mon-Sun) and it starts this week – as in yesterday. But you all can do it however you want. All that matters is 500 words every 7 days. You can to choose how it happens!
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Carrie BrummerPosted at 01:33h, 06 November
Hi Scott, Do you know if there is any way to join the FB group as my page for my blog rather than my personal FB account? Cheers! Thanks! So pleased I discovered you online, I ‘m excited for this opportunity to grow and learn. Best wishes.
ScottPosted at 07:47h, 06 November
Shoot Carrie. I don’t think you can. But that’s because FB wants to be sure real people are in the group and not businesses, etc. Makes it more personal and intimate. Hope that’s cool with you!
DebashishPosted at 06:52h, 06 November
This is super cool. I am excited to be part of the LYL Writers Guild (Great name, by the way). Let the awesomeness begin.
ScottPosted at 07:47h, 06 November
Let it begin indeed! I love how you’re already stepping up to be a leader in the group too. I saw your post in there this morning. Makes me so happy and very excited!
Daniel DanicicPosted at 08:42h, 06 November
Right place, right time, right person.
Thank you for the gift of motivation. I hope that with my blog I can pay your kindness forward to others.
Kitty #252Posted at 18:07h, 06 November
May I have the link to the participants list?
Kitty #252Posted at 23:01h, 06 November
Please change my broken link on the list to the following: http://578698286.qzone.qq.com
Sorry for the inconvenience!
P.S. Still would like the link to the list. I registered on the phone and the history doesn’t show..
KLKPosted at 19:08h, 06 November
Thanks for the motivation! How can I tell if I followed the directions correctly? Can I change my domain name at some point? Also can I change the day I chose for posting, now knowing that I have from Nov 4th to the 11th for my first 500 words? Also do I understand that correctly?
ScottPosted at 06:07h, 07 November
Glad to have you a part of it! All is good with your entry for now. And yes you are welcome to change your blog name in the future. As for the 500 words, the first post must be complete by the end of the first week in November – which is the end of this week. If you need to write two posts next week to get caught up, that’s fine since I announced this after Nov started.
All that matters is you write consistently. These are guidelines. Not set in stone. It’s your world! Just be sure to get to 500 words each week somehow :).
RachelPosted at 04:51h, 07 November
I think I over cooked one of my entries on the Blog Challenge form. I hope it hasn’t caused a problem on the list. My blog is BarnGirl. You can find it at BarnGirl.blogspot.co.uk
I copied and pasted my first post which includes my explanation as to why I started the blog. It was probably a tad long for the form. Let me know if I can re do it or how I can modify it…..if necessary.
ScottPosted at 06:07h, 07 November
Perfect Rachel. That’s totally fine. Welcome to the party!
Hywel CurtisPosted at 10:29h, 07 November
Really great idea Scott – coinciding nicely with my own greater focus on my blog.
Looking forward to being a part of this!
Chris PortoPosted at 14:34h, 07 November
Super excited about this opportunity Scott… both to engage with a dedicated community of bloggers and to possibly win a ticket to WDS! Really grateful for you putting this competition together.
SebastianPosted at 10:55h, 08 November
Scott, at first I was a little skeptical but this is brilliant.
I joined the Facebook group and this is what I’ve been looking for, for so long. A place to meet other like minded people. I was blown away.
This is like the ultimate mastermind networking group.
I have a question. I upload a post every Friday that’s from 250-300 words BUT I also upload a YouTube video every Wednesday. Am I good for the contest?
Lee SaundersPosted at 01:25h, 09 November
I feel drawn to this challenge so much, I think I might be overdoing things. I actually started 2 blogs, one for my personal exploration and another to promote my business. My biggest challenge for both will be actually creating consistently. I love the idea of a supportive community helping keep me accountable. Now that I’ve already registered my personal blog, is it acceptable to register my business blog for help with that as well?
JanelPosted at 12:58h, 09 November
This is SO wonderful! I just registered my blog, which I just started a couple weeks ago because you inspired me to, and when I just got my first glimpse of the accountability for responses with all the other blogs on it, I was so excited!! I’m so looking forward to visiting others’ blogs and supporting each other. I’m very interested in how other people’s minds work and how they’re making their lives work, so I can’t wait to take a look at some of the other blogs and offer any support I can. THANK YOU!
JanelPosted at 13:00h, 09 November
That should read “accountability FORM responses” above.
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Steve MPosted at 10:27h, 11 November
Hi Scott! I just caught up on your posts after a busy week and discovered the Challenge. I see I can still fill out the info form by tomorrow (the 12th). However, I have missed the first week’s required posting. Am I still able to enter my blog for the WDS award, or will I just be joining for the community?
Great idea – thanks!
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Linda-MariePosted at 04:08h, 12 November
I wonder if its neccesary for me to join the facebook site to be part of the website challenge?
I’ve shut down my facebook earlier this year since it made me sad!
BiancaPosted at 13:37h, 12 November
Just wanted to offer you my sympathies, since I also shut down my facebook account recently because it made me really sad, just as you say..
I saw above that Scott answered before that the facebook site is just a bonus for sharing ideas and creativity, and you can join the challenge anyway.
On a side note.. I decided today after much consideration to join facebook again, but initially keep it strictly to the Creator’s Guild in order to help me to learn. If facebook makes me sad again, I will leave it again. 🙂
Courage for you, Linda-Marie! And by the way, I do love your name, it’s very beautiful!
Linda-MariePosted at 05:36h, 21 November
Oh! To bad I read it to late, thought I missed it!
Thank you for your kind words Bianca, it’s warming my heart as we say in sweden!
I have thought about it, to join it again but I’m really afraid it’s going to bring me down!?
I must say that your name is really beautiful too!!
Sending some love..
KimPosted at 20:54h, 13 November
I just joined the challenge. I know I am technically a day late. I’m hoping I can still be eligible. I am currently living and working in Panama with a medical relief non-profit. We travel into communities providing health care for days at a time and there is no internet out there.
Let me know. Thanks!
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AKPosted at 15:07h, 21 November
Darn… I didn’t realize the challenge was 500 words/week and that turning in the form had a deadline. Had 1000 words in the month of November rattling around in my brain for some reason.
Can I at least joing the facebook community? I just started a blog so I’m still getting up to speed on actually writing consistently. I’m still not sure how to handle the line between public and private…
Jennifer BlandPosted at 03:08h, 29 November
Thank you for doing this at the most perfect time in my life! I started my blog in February and now I am averaging 100 views per day from 18 views total in my first month. Looking forward to getting more momentum in my blog by being a participant in this challenge. Thank you again!
new status ideasmPosted at 06:04h, 04 December
It’s awesome in favor of me to have a web page, which is useful for my experience.
Karin DierckxPosted at 07:00h, 31 December
I have posted weekly, as per the contest. One of the steps was sharing what we’ve learned at the end of the contest (250 words, I believe). My question is: where do we do that? Is there a deadline for that?
By the way, I really enjoyed the process. the contest got me started, and I have no intention to stop. Thank you Scott for offering the incentive.
jenniferPosted at 18:12h, 02 January
Thanks for running the challenge and I am very fortunate that I was able to enter. I am going to continue writing on a weekly basis during 2014 in my blog and look forward to seeing it grow in size. Thanks for doing the challenge.