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Monday, September 23, 2013

7th Annual 31 for 21 Blog Challenge

Yesterday was the first day of Autumn.

The change in season brings cooler weather. Sweaters. Pumpkin patches. Corn mazes. Colored, falling and raking leaves. Fall-flavored spiced teas. Halloween.

Fall also means Buddy Walk time. And National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

And, of course, that annual crazy-fun time of the 31 for 21 Blog Challenge.

For the back story on the annual challenge, and how I came to host it, read here.

By now I think most people know all about the challenge, what "31 for 21" stands for, what the challenge is, what to do etc. But for the new bloggers out there here is a quick summary:

- Trisomy 21 is 3 copies of the 21st chromosome (ie Down syndrome).
- Oct is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
- There are 31 day is Oct
- Blog every day in Oct (31) to raise awareness of Down syndrome (T21)
- So ... 31 for 21 Blog Challenge

A couple of guidelines:
- You don't have to blog about Down syndrome every day; just blog every day about whatever you want
- You should mention, at least once, that you are participating in "31 for 21"
- You don't have to be a parent, or grandparent, of someone with Down syndrome to participate
- Grab the button and post somewhere on your blog or in a blog post
- Sign Mr Linky so other bloggers can see all the participants
- Meet new bloggers (there were about 170 last year!)
- If you tweet, use #31for21

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30 comments:

Sabrina said...

I participated last year and really enjoyed it; I can't believe a year has gone by already! I've had some things I've been meaning to write about lately but haven't, and I think that this was just the nudge I needed to get a move on. Thanks for hosting again, Michelle!

ckbrylliant said...

I'm in!

Cole Starkey said...

I look forward to this every year! And each year I start making and scheduling my posts earlier and earlier. Thanks for hosting again Michelle!

Alaina and Kyle said...

Ready or not? Here I go!

Karen said...

Thanks for hosting this again! I always enjoy October--finding new friends and celebrating old.

karynslater said...

We are doing it! Had a tough time deciding whether or not I could do it again this year, but hey, discipline is good for you, right?! Looking forward to this month!!

Leah said...

Thank you for hosting. Hope I am up to the challenge!!

Cate said...

I can't not do it! Tradition.

deepa garwa said...

I'm in.

Medr1e said...

I'm in for my second year of 31-for-21. Thank you for hosting!

Amanda said...

Linking up! I always fall off the bandwagon but I'm hoping to keep it going this year!

DandG said...

This is my second year participating. Thank you for hosting!

Maya said...

I'm with Cate. Can't NOT do it! This will be year six for me. OMG I'm old! :)

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

I'm gonna give it a whirl!

A Perfect Extra Chromosome said...

Going to give this a try... :)

Adelle said...

Last year, I participated in the 31-for-21 Challenge for the first time with my sister-in-law Medrie, and I was pregnant with my daughter Elyse who has Down syndrome. At the end of this challenge, adding in the extra National Down syndrome Awareness week in Canada, my daughter Elyse will turn 1! I have learned so much in the last year, and I look forward to sharing our day-to-day experiences (or whatever else moves me in the moment) and checking out all the other wonderful blogs! Good luck everyone!

T McCallan said...

I have so much to learn from y'all...Happy to be a part of this...

Liz said...

Hey Michelle, Thanks for hosting again. I'm going to try to keep up. :)

Rose said...

I look forward to reading more of 31 for 21 blogs! I just joined today! (We adopted our second child who has DS two months ago). Cheers!

Mardra said...

Hello Friends,
I try to catch many of your blogs already - but one every day for everyone?! Welp, me too!
Let's do this.
Great thinkin' - Mardra

myupside said...

Thanks for keeping 31 for 21 going, Michelle.

nichole said...

I'm in again!

Diane Hill said...

It's my first year! I'm gonna try my hardest! :)

Nicole Wallace said...

Did it last year & look forward to participating again!

321 Mama ~ Heather said...

Just now signing up to participate for my first time!

321 Mama ~ Heather said...

Trying to correct my link...hope this one works! Anyway, signing up to participate for the first time.

Walkersvillemom said...

I'm a little late, but I'm in! Stephanie - aka Walkersvillemom

I am Koogle... said...

What perfect timing! :)

AZ Chapman said...

not sure if I am linked up but I am in

AZ Chapman said...

I am in