How the 30 Day blog Challenge nearly won me an Oscar

APCTC Awards Finalist Logo 1As mentioned in the post My 30 Day Blog Challenge, during the challenge, I achieved some great results and met some fantastic people who were all very supportive both within the group and externally.

One such person was Michelle Gordon who subsequently went on to join my Facebook group the Time Management Academy and receive a free Skype session. Michelle was that impressed with the session that she went on to write a blog about our work together and in turn introduce me to her friend Miranda Adams. But I get ahead of myself………..

Update on results

At the beginning of February I wrote my final blog as part of Sarah Arrows 30 Day Blog Challenge, which was a summary of the challenge and what I had got out of it. I thought I would write this one as an update and also to give those doing the challenge an insight in to the benefits that taking part in the challenge can have outside of the blogging itself.

When I wrote the original summary I was very proud of the fact that for the first time ever I received over 1000 visitors to my blog (1104) in a month. This had never happened in the two years I had been Blogging. I am pleased to report that despite not blogging as much, this trend has continued:

  • January Visitors 1104
  • February Visitors 1110 (28 day month)
  • March Visitors 1248

Non Blog Benefits

I can also safely say that as a result of blogging more, my profile on social media has increased and that is directly responsible for me being asked to provide ‘expert opinion’ on an article to be published in the Guardian Newspaper and also being asked to take part in a panel discussion on work / Life Balance being hosted by the Times Newspaper in a few weeks, and of course being interviewed by Kevin Arrow for an expert slot in the 30 Day blog Challenge Graduates Group.

As mentioned earlier through this group I was introduced to a lady called Miranda Adams who was feeling very overwhelmed with time management issues. Miranda joined the Time Management academy and took me up on an offer of a free coaching session via Skype and we subsequently worked together to sort out some time management concerns. I was pleased to be able to help.


It came as a complete surprise to receive an email informing me that I had been nominated by Miranda as ‘Specialist Coach of The Year’ 2015 with the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants’ (APCTC).

Now this is not just any award, this is the Oscars of the training and coaching industry, I can only describe the feeling as being completely humbled but very appreciative, especially when I went on to be shortlisted for the award, along with nine other top coaches from around the world.

Awards night

On the 27th March along with my Wife, I attended a black tie awards evening in London, where the winners were announced, unfortunately I didn’t win, but just to be shortlisted and to spend the evening in such illustrious company was awesome in itself.

Blog Award shortlisted -smallAnd did I tell you that we have another awards evening coming p on the 17th April, when my blog has been shortlisted for a UK Blog award.

So if you are struggling with blogging every day for thirty days, hang in there as Sarah Says “its not just about the traffic”

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Ps – You may like to consider joining my Facebook Group, The Time Management Academy. The group has over five hundred members who along with myself, are dedicated to sharing skills, techniques and resources in order to significantly benefit you in your journey to have more control of your time and a more balanced life.

Click here to join The Time Management Academy

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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