Monday, January 28, 2019

Announcing the Pay Yourself to Read Challenge!


I've been searching for some kind of motivation to get me to read and write more. I was on Twitter and I came across the #642Writes challenge created by An Average Life.

Basically you pay you yourself a dollar every time you complete a "tiny" writing project from the book 642 Tiny Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Roxanne mentions another challenge. She describes a tweet from Pretty Purple Polka Dots (@PrettyPPD) about paying herself a dollar for every book that she reads. This is what gave her the idea for the #642Writes Challenge.

I certainly credit Aoife of PrettyPPD for the idea but I personally feel I have to make this an official challenge. I bought several books this month (and last month, and the month before that) so the idea of paying myself to read them feels like one of the most brilliant things I have ever heard. It's motivation to read and it helps me collect a small savings that I can use however I want. Honestly, I'll probably use it to buy more books.

I will be calling this the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read Challenge.

Rules for the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read Challenge:
  • This challenge runs from Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019. You may retroactively count any books you have read in January.
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
  • You set your own reading goals and amount of money awarded per book. Read 10 books at $10 each or 50 books at $1 each. The choice is yours!
  • Create a special savings account or go old school and keep your dollars in special made jar or piggy bank. Find some way to keep this money in a special place because the most important rule is you cannot spend this money until 2020! 
  • Pay yourself as you finish each book. Please do not wait until the end of the year. It's a lot easier to put away a dollar every so often than it is $50 after the holidays!
  • Share photos of your jars, piggy banks, or whatever on social media using the hashtag #PayYourselfToRead. 
  • Books can be any genre including fiction, nonfiction, comics, or graphic novels.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may be purchased or borrowed. However, if you want to make it a rule that you can only get paid for reading purchased books that it up to you. Another option is to pay yourself more for purchased books than borrowed ones.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
  • Use the hashtag #PayYourselfToRead on social media.
  • If you could be so kind, please place the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • Please sign up using the link below.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! I am going to post about this on my blog as soon as I have a chance. I will be sure to link back to your blog. I take out way too many books from the library and neglect my bookshelves. With that said, I think I will pay myself $5 per book I own that I read and only $1 for library books. This is highly motivating to read more. Can't wait for 2020 and a book shopping spree. 🤗

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