3rd Annual Turnoff Week Blog Challenge

By , April 18, 2009 8:50 pm

April 20th through the 26th is Turnoff Week (formerly TV Turnoff Week, but now it applies to all “screens”).  As I mentioned previously, I will once again be hosting a Blog Challenge for those who dare to give the no screen (or reduced screen) thing a try for a week.  A few intrepid souls have already expressed an interest in giving it a try.  Thank you!

I am very late in posting the instructions.  Usually I start a few weeks ahead of time!  However this year, I have been really busy with other, “real life” obligations.

Finally though – for those who have already indicated that they want to give it a go, and anyone else who wants to attempt it, here is how the 3rd Annual Turnoff Week Blog Challenge will work:

Phase 1 –

1) Write a post about the challenge that sets forth your goals, reasons for joining in, etc. The more people we can reach and get to join in, the more fun and educational it will be!  Remember, it is not just about giving up TV, what about the “other screens” in your life? The computer is my personal downfall so I will be concentrating on reducing that.

2) Link to your post in Mr. Linky below (leave a comment too in case Mr. Linky goes haywire, as occasionally happens, and I have to take him off).

3) Steal the Blog Challenge badge and put it in your sidebar, linking to Unplug Your Kids. Let me know if you need help with this step.

Two sizes:

Phase 2 –

Do your best to meet your goals from April 20-26. If you aren’t successful, it’s OK. What is important is to try, and to learn something from the experience.

Phase 3 –

1) After Turnoff Week ends (April 26th is the last day), write a post about how it went: the good, the bad, and the ugly! Sharing experiences helps everyone.

2) I will also write a “How it Went” post and I will put up a new Mr. Linky. Put the link to your “How it Went” post in the new Mr. Linky (plus comment just in case).

3) On Wednesday, May 6th I will draw a random name from among those who completed the challenge by putting up their final post (remember, whether you met your goals or not, completion just means blogging about it!).  If you don’t put up your final post and enter it in the Linky before that date, then I can’t enter you in the contest.  A random person will win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Finally, I have to apologize to a few of you who asked me questions that I have not answered yet.  I have just been SO busy this past week, that I haven’t had a chance to think about the blog, or email, or anything much.  I do appreciate your questions, and I will try and send you an email tomorrow (Sunday).

Here is the first Mr. Linky.  Anyone who wants to enter the 3rd Annual Turnoff Week Blog Challenge should write a post about their intentions and link to it here.  Even if you indicated in the comments to my last post about this that you wanted  to join, please be sure to link to your goal-setting post here, to make it “official!”

23 Responses to “3rd Annual Turnoff Week Blog Challenge”

  1. Jeanna - New Zealand says:

    I’m keen to do this but unsure how to do a blog as I’m not sure if I have one or not!! :-)
    Could you email me and we could do it that way like someone did last year?
    We don’t have TV but I do waste too much time on the computer so I would tailor my challenge regarding that. We’re on holiday but I’ve lots to get ready in the next week for some classes I am going to run next term (Music, Playgym and French) – a lot of the prep can be done with the screen off!!) Thanks in advance

  2. md says:

    Sorry about linking twice. But I’ll link to yours in both my blogs.

    mds last blog post..==================================================================

  3. Jen W. says:

    Oh I’m so excited! I think I may have planned too many projects, but in the end it’s better to be over prepared…right?
    Having a bit of trouble stealing the badge though…little help? =)

    Jen W.s last blog post..Hiatus

  4. Jen W. says:

    Just kidding…I figured it out! =)

    Jen W.s last blog post..Hiatus

  5. We are all ready for a NO TV week! Just like Jen W, i think we might have too many projects too… but we are very very inspired!! :)

    Happy Birdycakes last blog post..Turnoff TV WEEK blog challenge

  6. Tamara says:

    Thanks for running this again! I am looking forward to a fun week.


  7. Heather says:

    My kids don’t watch much TV, but we will be going TV free this week. My internet addiction is the big kicker, so I’ll be going dark until Friday night if I can stand it…

    Thanks for the challenge!

    Heathers last blog post..Unplugging

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  9. Catherine says:

    Looking forward to a week of more ‘doing’ and less ‘being entertained’!

    Catherines last blog post..Turnoff Week Blog Challenge

  10. I’m in! I’m scared, but I’m in. Here’s my link: http://sortacrunchy.typepad.com/sortacrunchy/2009/04/turnoff-week.html

    Thanks for hosting!

    Megan@SortaCrunchys last blog post..Turnoff Week

  11. Kelly says:

    I’m in! Just need to know the html to link to .jpg to your blog then it’ll be official:)

    Kellys last blog post..National Turnoff Week Challenge!

  12. Gerky says:

    We are joining in again this year but I will have to wait to post why and what we are doing on my blog until later this afternoon. Thanks for hosting this again this year. We always have fun!

    Gerkys last blog post..Update on Meeting the Gov

  13. melanie says:

    I’ve decided to join you this year – I’m a little late getting my post up but the computer is getting turned off as soon as I finish my workout. :)

    melanies last blog post..Digital Detox Week starts today

  14. Gina says:

    Thanks for doing a great job in bringing awareness to this topic! With the growing trends in childhood obesity, it’s critical that kids get off the couch & do something else!

    Ginas last blog post..Susan Boyle is making change happen

  15. Thanks for hosting this again. This is my first year participating in the blog challenge. Here is my post: http://oursuburbanhomestead.blogspot.com/2009/04/tv-turnoff-week-2009.html

    Melissa @ Oursuburbanhomestead.blogspot.coms last blog post..TV Turnoff Week 2009

  16. Catherine says:

    Ok, I need help with the badge – not sure how to put it in my sidebar! Sorry, I am a bit of a newbie to the blogging world….

    Catherines last blog post..Turnoff Week Blog Challenge

  17. Jaime says:

    Thank you so much for doing this. It is so great.

    Jaimes last blog post..TV Turnoff Week

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