I was a featured artist 4 times, and my viewed number of visitors was a lot higher and I felt very pressured to take advantage of the 30 days. The 2nd time, the same but felt a little less pressured. The 3rd time, life was happening so I just let it and was not able to post much and the numbers were not quite as good but still better than when not featured. And the same for the 4th...I don't think being featured sold more paintings, well, maybe it did a little.
I was very uptight in the beginning about not missing a day painting, posting and it became about that instead of the enjoyment of the painting. I posted things that weren't finished because of the self imposed deadlines. When life started happening in not such a delightful way, I didn't have a choice, I had to let some things go...and it was all okay. So I don't keep track of any of it any more. I just paint when I want to, post when I want to and now I am able to enjoy all of it.
I still do try to enter the contest each month but sometimes I miss here and there.