Well it has certainly been a few crazy days here. We lost our phone and internet connections and still don’t have it back. The internet decides to work for a few minutes here and there. So in the meantime I took advantage of having less distractions to work offline and get some blog posts ready.
Review of 30 Day Blogging Challenge
As you know I just finished Sarah’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge and decided to write my review.
Committing to write one blog post a day for 30 days takes some thinking and planning in advance. I did have a few ideas of what I wanted to cover on my blog, but wasn’t sure where this would take me.
The great thing about Sarah Arrow’s blogging challenge is that you are not left to fend for yourself. She keeps in contact every day by sending you emails with helpful suggestions.
One of the first emails you get is full of headline ideas for the full 30 days. You could simply use one per day to get all your posts written. These emails also contain helpful hints about blogging and other aspects you may not be 100 percent aware of.
One suggestion that she makes is to use a certain SEO plugin. I had a different one in place, and was a little hesitant about changing it. More so because I didn’t know if it would mess anything up in my blog. Not to worry the switch was seamless and you can actually import your settings from one plugin to the new one. This new plugin is actually fun to use!
During the course of this challenge you will learn how to use things like an editorial calendar, how to outline your posts and how to schedule them. I love the schedule feature as you can sit and write several blog posts and one time and then not have to worry about that task for a few days.
There’s also a Facebook group connected with this challenge and all participants are encouraged to join and use it. It’s a great place to get encouragement and stay motivated. Plus you should post your link to your blog post each day, this will help get you exposure and links to your blog.
One of the hardest things is to remember what day you are on. I quickly decided to create a 30 Day Blog Challenge folder and then simply saved each post as Day 1, Day 2 etc.
Oh, another neat feature of the FB group is that you get milestone awards. The first one is on Day 1 for actually committing to the challenge and publishing your first post.
Other things you will learn during the challenge is how to use automation tools to help get traffic for your blog. Sarah also includes helpful tips and resources on how to improve your content, this includes adding things like photos and infographics to your site.
Once you have completed the course you can join in a new FB group for graduates. Plus you will continue to get Post challenge emails with more tips.
I have to say that this challenge is a great way to get yourself into the habit of blogging on a regular basis. Not that you have to continue blogging every day, but you will almost miss the daily challenge! I know not being able to publish my posts has got me thinking about what topics I want to cover next.
As they say it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. By staying the course blogging regularly will be on your mind. I definitely plan on keeping up with it. Plus I want to create my own 30 Day Challenge based around using PLR.
If you are on the sidelines, have an old blog that has been neglected, or want to start a brand new site and fill it with content. Then I highly recommend joining Sarah’s Blog Challenge, and remember it is free to join. Only requires your commitment.