Writing Challenge Day 3: The Story Behind The Name Of This Blog

Four years ago I had a mission and the mission became the name of this blog.

My mission was to spend at least 30 minutes each day writing. It could be creative writing, it could be practicing my calligraphy, it could be journaling… The goal was simply to write for thirty minutes everyday.

Because I was already journaling regularly and what I journal is different from my creative writing I decided to start this blog and use it as my creative writing outlet.

So I named it Just Half An Hour.

Then & Now

Back in 2014, as is the habit of most new bloggers, when I first launched this blog I was very excited and zealous to write everyday.

To make things even more fun, my Dad also had me set up a blog for him and I figured the easiest and least stressful platform to use was wordpress.com so I set one up for him and this one for me.

We both posted everyday and read each others’ posts everyday. But life got in the way…

My podcast started taking up way more time and growing much faster than I’d anticipated… From recording in a spare bedroom imagining no one was listening to finding out the show ranked #1 in its iTunes category… Crazy times!

Then I became my Dad’s scribe. Some days he dictated his posts to me because he didn’t want to type them up himself and other days he wrote them out and I transcribed them to his own blog.

So after three months of “double-blogging”, I ended up taking an unplanned 4-year break.

By pure coincidence, in May 2018 I got the itch to get back to writing again and fired up the blog once more almost exactly four years after my last post in May 2014.

My goal again is the same… To spend at least half an hour writing everyday.

Challenge Day 3


On an unrelated note… I’ve been enjoying the new TV show Mayans MC.

It’s on FX and if you’re looking for a new show to watch and you like crime dramas, then you’ll probably like this show too. It follows an LA/Mexican biker gang and the inner workings of them.

There is some violence so I always DVR the show and then fast forward through the parts I don’t want to see but the storyline is great.

It’s taken me all of the two months that the show has been on to finally figure out what the “MC” stands for… Duh…

Can you guess what it stands for? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂


Other Writing Challenge Participants’ Day 3 Posts


Catch up on my previous challenge posts:

8 responses to “Writing Challenge Day 3: The Story Behind The Name Of This Blog”

  1. What a wonderful thought behind the blog !
    Many people claim they are too busy to keep up with blogging or reading blogs, but anyone could find half an hour a day. It’s very entertaining and educational.
    I got a feeling you will become a “big blogger” quite fast to be honest 😉


    1. Aww, thank you Andrea! That means a lot coming from you as I have been devouring your posts since I discovered your blog.

      I am trying to use this 31-day challenge to keep myself on track with developing the daily habit.

      May I ask if you think it is worth it to spring for the paid account to get a custom domain name?


      1. That is a great challenge. Do you have a list of topics or do you decide on the day itself to write about?

        I actually can’t remember what it was like with a non custom domain name. I pretty much got it my own domain right from the start. I think you get some more themes.
        But there are loads of people who just stick to the wordpress account and I don’t they had issues with it.


      2. Hi Andrea,
        Thank you for dropping by again! 🙂

        I modified a few that I saw in other challenges but the majority of the questions I formulated myself and came up with a list of 31.

        I linked to all the questions on my site so others can see them. The list is here: https://justhalfanhour.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/31-day-blogging-writing-challenge.pdf

        Each day I just follow the prompt for that day 🙂


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