The BLOGGING BLITZ I began earlier this month with such fervor has quickly fizzled. I find I can’t find the time to complete the quota. I kicked myself at first and flushed with embarrassment when I thought of the promises I’d made to myself and others, and then went and dropped the proverbial ball.
It was a time, however, to contemplate why I was blogging and what I wanted to blog about.
I spent some time reading other blogger’s posts, reading over my own, and re-evaluating where I actually want to go with my blogging.
Despite my inability to complete the blogging marathon, I did learn a few things:
- Use catchy headings/subheadings
- Use bullet lists and bolded words
- Keep it short and sweet
- Organize your posts
- Optimize key words
- Be honest
But the most important thing I learned is that if I don’t pick that ball up and start running again, then it was all for naught. My advice to my readers: Have fun with whatever you do, learn from others, forgive yourself for any fumbles, and be thankful for the experience.
And my truth is . . . I need to write about what I am feeling in the moment and not dwell on topics. If I want to share something, I write quickly and honestly and am not concerned about how it is received because it is for me as well as anyone who might read it. So, reader, thank you for reading, and I would love to hear from you too.
I attended social media seminars, watched tutorials on how to build websites (gave up on that torture for a while), perused posts of popular bloggers, and studied how to market myself (I am, after all, trying to sell a book and garner more writing/editing/social media clients). I have come to the conclusion that it is time to stop procrastinating with questions about how to blog and build a support system, and learn by doing. So, at the suggestion of many other bloggers, I set myself a challenge. But that wasn’t good enough for me. I also had to drag my sister into it as well. Misery loves company, and so do social experiments. Helen is also a work-from-home entrepreneur who finds little time for self-promotion and sharing stories and information on her website. The answer – bully her into it!
We challenged each other to a blog blitz for the month of July. You may join us if you wish! Here are the criteria:
- Starting July 1st (Canada Day) post 100-500 words about Canada Day. It can be a past memory, a funny story, or tips on how to BBQ the perfect wiener. Include picture and share on your social media channels.
- Note your followers and visits per day, and watch through the month. Notice when they peak and which posts are working best for you.
- Every other day in July, post 100-500 words on any subject you wish. You can share personal stories, but alternate with helpful tips about your specific business or hobby. Don’t forget to share on your social media!
- Directly after you publish each post, visit 2-5 other websites that relate to you or your business and comment, like, or share one of their posts. If they have a “Follow Me” button, make sure to click it if you find their content interesting or relevant.
- Make sure you respond to all comments and emails from followers. If someone liked your post, or followed you, make sure to visit their blog or website.
- Include invitations on each post. “Comment below”, “Share a link”, “Ask me a question”.
- If a reader does ask a question, try and answer question through another post.
- Use catchy titles. Some examples:
- I was a Stripper Mom (Post was about me accidentally exposing myself after breastfeeding)
- Before You Publish, Edit That Shit! (People get edgy when you swear at them, and might click just so they can reciprocate in kind)
- Why I Don’t Worry About the End of the World (Fake Post – STOP clicking it! – but who wouldn’t want to know what you have to say?– Hey, I may have to actually do a post about this now!)
- What Type of Omelette Are You? ( Helen and I spoke at length about how popular those info-gathering, time-swallowing, soul-sucking posts are, so why not jump on the bandwagon of insanity? Ooooh, another great post title!)
This posting challenge should only take an hour a day, and once you are more practiced, should take less time. This challenge is not about breaking your spirit and filling you with self-doubt and denial, causing you to collapse in a puddle of tears (but if this does happen, please post pics); it is about empowering each other to celebrate accomplishments and learn from mistakes.
If you are techy at all, try and make a short video or podcast, adding it to Youtube and sharing it on social media. If you share a video/audio post, BONUS POINTS to you! That means you can skip a post day and wallow in your brilliant success.
Please share your stories, advice, successes and failures (Helen and I love a good laugh, and it would sooo boost our self-esteem). And please visit Helen’s site too and see what she’s got going on: www.armyofevilrobots.com
Now, do YOU accept this challenge?