Welcome to the June 1-30 Challenge!
For entire month of June, you will be given a challenge each day that relates to the date of the month. Challenges can be met by writing an article, a fictional story, poetry, or opinion piece. You can even share a photo that tells a story. You choose how you want to meet the day’s challenge. Be creative!
I am posting the entire month’s challenges ahead of time because some of the challenges may take time and thought!
I will also post the each day’s challenge the evening before as a reminder. You can post a link to your article in the comments for the post explaining each day’s challenge.
Note: Saturdays are Photo Challenge days. You may want to keep your cameras (or phone camera) with you throughout the week to get your shots and do the editing and posting on Saturday.
Everyone is invited to participate! There is no registration! All you need to do is follow this blog so you will get the prompts each day. You can comment on this post to let others know you are joining in, and you can reblog this post to invite others to accept the challenge.
Everyone is encouraged to comment on each day’s challenge with a link to their post. You are also encouraged to visit other blogs to read and comment on their answers to the challenges.
If you don’t finish a challenge on the “due date”, don’t worry! Post it when you do finish! The goal of this is to have fun, try new things, get out of our comfort zones, and meet other bloggers.
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Day 1 One Piece of Advice
June 1, 1926. American actor Andy Griffith was born. He played the role of the sheriff of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith show. He was often shown giving fatherly advice to his deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) and his son Opie (played by Ron Howard).
Share one piece of fatherly (or motherly) advice.
It can be about anything!
What one piece of advice would you give your teenage self? What would you tell a couple about to get married or have a baby? What one piece of advice did someone give you that you’d like to pass on to others? What one piece of advice would you give a new blogger
Share the wisdom!
Day 2 Two Goals for June
June 2, 1835. P.T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States.
Do you want to learn to ride an elephant? Or fly on a trapeze? Or juggle fire? What new ills would you like to learn?
Or do you simply want to improve in some area of your lives?
Do you have projects that you’ve started and desire to finish?
Tell us about two goals you hope to achieve this month and how you plan to achieve them.
Day 3 Three Things You Can’t Live Without
June 3, 1937. The Duke of Windsor married American Wallis Simpson. He loved her so much he knew he could not live without her, so he gave up the Crown of Great Britain to marry her.
What are three things you can’t live without (or wouldn’t want to).
Day 4 Photo Challenge
June 4, 1917. The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.
If there was a Pulitzer for amateur photography…
Today is your chance to post your entry for the
Post a picture representing the number 4. It can be four items, four people, or something showing the number 4. Be creative! Look around you and take some fun photos to share!
Alternative: Post a gallery of four photos that have a shared theme. Use the Create a Gallery Tool to make your gallery.
Day 5 Five Favorite Foods
June 5, 1941. Robert Kraft, founder of Kraft Foods, was born.
Tell us about your five favorite foods or five favorite restaurants. You can also share five favorite recipes.
Alternative: Write about your least favorite foods or dining experiences!
Days 6 Six Sounds You Love or Hate
June 6, 1944. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London.
Are you a fan of the song YMCA by The Village People? Or do you hate it?
Write about and share six songs or artists you love or six songs you hate. This is a chance to learn how to embed media in a post.
Alternative: Write about sounds that grate on your nerves.
Day 7 Seven Days Off
June 7, 1982. Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public.
Many Elvis fans have taken vacations to Memphis just so they can tour Graceland.
Where would you like to visit on your next vacation? What would you do with seven days off? What is your idea of a perfect week-long vacation?
Alternatively, write about a vacation you took in the past.
Day 8 Eight Legs or Sideways It’s Infinity
June 8, 1992. The Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America. The first World Ocean Day was celebrated.
Did you know the world’s largest spider is the Goliath birdeater tarantula and it’s found in South America?
Write a story with eight legs (octopus, two cats, four people, etc).
Or turn the eight sideways and use “infinity” as your prompt.
Day 9 Go the Whole Nine Yards
June 9, 1834. William Carey died. He is considered the Father of Modern Missions. He spent forty-one years as a Christian missionary to India without ever taking a furlough. Being a missionary in China in the early nineteenth century was not easy!
To go the whole nine yards means “to continue doing something dangerous or difficult until it is finished”. William Carey went the whole nine yards.
When have you gone the whole nine yards? Write about it.
Or write a story of someone in a dangerous or difficult situation and how they go the whole nine yards.
Day 10 A Toast to Ten Bloggers
June 10, 1935. Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob.
Although Bill and Dr. Bob quit drinking alcohol, we can still raise a toast to those who have done a great job!
Share a link to ten blogs you enjoy. Tell us why you think they deserve a toast! You may want to try viewing those blogs in your browser and using the “Press This” feature.
Alternative: Share links to the top ten posts on your blog from last year according to your stats. Include an excerpt from each. Or share your favorite ten posts since starting your blog.
Day 11 Photo Challenge
June 11, 1963. We’ve all seen the pictures: Governor of Alabama George Wallace standing at the door of a building at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students from attending the school. He was not successful. The pictures of the young people standing up for their rights are powerful!
Photographs can tell powerful stories! Can you tell a powerful story with your pictures this week? Try taking even photos that tell a story.
Alternative: Post a picture representing the number 11. It can be eleven items, eleven people (think soccer team), or something showing the number 11. Or post a gallery of 11 photos that have a shared theme.
Day 12 Twelve Things You Are Grateful For
June 12, 1942. Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.
June 12, 2014. The last time I allowed the 12th to be a day of monthly mourning and depression for me. The next month, when the 12th rolled around, I chose to be grateful for the things and people I have rather than being depressed because of what I had lost.
Tell about a dozen things you are grateful to have in your life. It could be people, things, memories, etc. (Yes, I cheated on this one since I do this every month anyway.)
Day 13 Lucky 13
June 13, 1944. Prompted by the successful Allied Landing in Europe, Germany launched a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Luckily, only four of the bombs hit their targets.
Tell us about a time you were lucky. Or unlucky.
Day 14 Fourteen Line Poem
June 14, 1578. Fourteen-year-old William Shakespeare wrote his first sonnet.
Actually, I made that up. Shakespeare really was 14 in 1578, and he did write sonnets. But no one knows when he wrote his first sonnet. Today may be the day you write your first sonnet, though.
Write a poem of at least fourteen lines. You may want to try writing a sonnet, but any fourteen line poem will do.
A sonnet is a poem written in fourteen lines with each line usually having ten syllables. There are various rhyming options for sonnets. Shakespeare used the rhyming pattern: ABAB CDCD EDED GG. Look up Sonnet if you need help and come up with your own fourteen line poem.
Day 15 Fifteen Sentences
June 15, 1752. Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a storm. His experiment demonstrated the link between electricity and lightning.
Today is your chance to experiment! Try a new writing style. Write about anything you wish. But you must write exactly fifteen sentences. No more. No less.
Day 16 Sixteen and Licensed to Drive!
June 16, 1903 The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
Sixteen is the age at which you can get a driver’s license in most states in the US. Was your first car a Ford? Tell us about getting your license or you first car.
Alternative: Write about a road trip.
Day 17 Seventeen Syllables
June 17, 1971. The Okinawa Reversion Agreement was signed. This agreement between the United States and Japan returned control of Okinawa to Japan.
A Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines: the first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables for a total of seventeen syllables. They are often about nature.
Write a Haiku. Please include a picture that illustrates your poem.
Day 18 Photo Challenge
June 28, 2016. The White House News Photographers Association “Eyes on History” gala takes place tonight.
The photo challenge is getting harder as the number increases!
Post a picture representing the number 18. It can be eighteen items, eighteen people, or something showing the number 18. Maybe even an 18-year-old!
Alternative: Post a gallery of 18 photos that have a shared theme. Or post three galleries each with six pictures having a shared theme.
Day 19 Nineteenth Letter? No!
June 19, 1989. The movie Batman premiered. My Andrew thought Batman a great hero.
Can you be a blogging hero without utilizing the 19th letter of the alphabet?
Do not utilize the nineteenth letter of the alphabet when writing your article to be made public on your blog today. The topic of the article may be anything you like. It can be any length. But it cannot contain the nineteenth letter!
Day 20 Twenty Minutes
June 20, 1963. The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two countries.
If you could have a hot line to any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Who would you want to chat with if you only had twenty minutes on the hot line? What would you tell them?
Day 21 Twenty-one Gun Salute
June 21, 1919. Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttled the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed were the last casualties of World War I.
In every was there are men and women worthy of honor for their sacrifices and bravery.
The Twenty-one gun salute is the military’s way of honoring someone. Who would you like to honor? Who do you consider a hero? Write about him or her.
Alternative: What would like to be honored for? How would you like to be honored?
Day 22 Catch 22
June 22, 1933. Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.
The movie Catch 22 is about the insanity of war. It takes place during WWII.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a catch 22 is “a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions”.
Write about a time you were in a catch 22. Or write a fictional piece about a catch 22.
June 22, 1944. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
We’ve heard of the “Voters’ Bill of Rights”, “Patients’ Bill of Rights”, and “The Bill of Rights” made up of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Today you get write your own Bill of Rights. What “Rights” do you want to award to yourself or your family?
Day 23 In or Out
June 23, 2016. Britain votes today whether to stay in the European Union or get out of it. The choice is simple: In or Out. But the ramifications of a vote to leave are complex and uncertain.
Have you ever had to choose In or Out? Maybe it was a job that you didn’t like. Or a business deal. Maybe you were in a relationship where you had to choose In or Out.
Write about making a simple but difficult choice.
Day 24 Twenty-four Carat Gold
June 24, 1509. Henry VIII was crowned King of England.
Henry the eighth valued a male heir. He wanted one. He wanted a wife who could give him one. He left the Church and created his own church so he could get divorced and marry a new wife.
Twenty-four carat gold is valuable. Some value riches above all else.
Tell us what is valuable to you. What do you treasure? Write about your treasure.
Day 25 Photo Challenge
June 25, 1967. Broadcasting of the first live global satellite television program took place on this date. It was a show called Our World.
Without the invention of the camera, we would not have television.
Today is your last photo challenge! This one may seem difficult, but you can do it!
Using your camera, take a video about Your World and share it.
Alternative: Post a picture representing the number 25. It can be twenty-five items, twenty-five people, or something showing the number 25.
Alternative: Post a gallery of 25 photos that have a shared theme. You can cheat a bit on this one and post five galleries each with five photos having a shared theme.
Day 26 Marathon
June 26, 2016. Marathons are being held today in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Santa Cruz, California; Lubec, Maine; and Arlington, Virginia. The race in Arlington is indoors.
I’m not doing any of them. I may run or ride a few miles, though.
A marathon is 26.2 miles. Marathoners don’t start out running 26.2 miles! They start small and train for it. They work hard to reach that distance.
Tell us about something you worked for. Something you thought you might never accomplish, but you did.
If you have actually run a marathon, you can write about that!
Day 27 Twenty-seven Sentences
June 27, 1927. On this date the United States Marine Corps adopted the English bulldog as their official mascot.
Write about any subject. You can write about a Marine, a bulldog, or an Englishman if you’d like. You can write about anything! But you must write exactly twenty-seven sentences. No more. No less.
Alternative: Write a poem with 27 words or syllables.
Day 28 Twenty-eight Dominoes
June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo along with his wife, Duchess Sophie. This assassinated started a domino effect resulting in World War I.
There are 28 dominoes in a full set of dominoes. Do you like to play dominoes? Do you like to play games? Why or Why not? What are your favorite games? Tell us about a time you played a game with friends or family.
Or write about The Big Game from your high school or college days.
Maybe you don’t like game playing, especially in relationships. Write about that.
Alternative: Write about your favorite pizza.
Day 29 Track Twenty-nine
June 29, 1896. The St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Company (predecessor of the St. Louis – San Francisco Railway) is incorporated.
In the old Glen Miller song “The Chattanooga Choo Choo” the train departs on Track 29.
Have you ever ridden a train? Write a post about a train. Tell us about train ride you have taken or one you’d like to take. Make up a story about a train or write a poem featuring a train. Share pictures of trains. Your choice!
Day 30 Thirty Books
June 30, 1936. Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published.
Your last Challenge!
Have you dreamed of writing a novel? Set a timer for thirty minutes and free write! Write whatever comes to mind, then take just a few moments to do some simple editing such as correcting grammar and spelling.
Alternative: Have you read Gone with the Wind? Do you want to read it? What books do you want to read? What books have you read that you recommend? What books do you not recommend or will you not read?
Give us your list of thirty books.
Then grab a cool drink and relax. Sit down and read a good book. You’ve worked hard and completed the June 1-30 Challenge for 2016! Congratulations!