Sunday, August 15, 2010

#31DBBB Challenge: 31 Days to a better blog - Days 27-29 Hunting, Reviewing and Planning

Problogger 31 Day Challenge to a better blog

This is my tenth post in the series for the Problogger 31 Day Challenge with the SITS Girls Community.  This challenge gives bloggers 31 activities to do that will improve their blogs based on the e-book by Darren Rowse.

Day one's challenge was to write an Elevator Pitch for my blog.

The challenges for day two through day four were to Write a List Post, Promote a blog post, and Analyze a top blog in my field.

The challenges for day five through day seven were to Email a blog reader, read the Problogger 27 must read tips and tutorials for bloggers, and Write a Link Post.

The challenges for day eight through day ten were to Link to old blog posts, Join a Forum and Start Participating, Set up Monitor Alerts for your Blog's Niche.

The challenges for day eleven through day thirteen were to come up with 10 new post ideas, create an editorial calendar, and take a trip to the mall.

The challenges for day fourteen through day fifteen were to update key pages, find a blog buddy, and solve a problem for a reader.

The challenges for day seventeen through day nineteen were to perform a First Tim Reader Audit, Create a Sneeze Page, and Write an Opinion Post.

The challenges for day twenty through day twenty-two were to leave comments on other blogs, breathe life into an old post, and make a reader famous.

The challenges for day twenty-three through day twenty-six were a Call to Action, Read a Magazine to Improve your Blog, and Asking Readers a Question.

Day twenty-seven's challenge is called the Dead Link Hunt.  You posted something great and went about your business, and folks are still finding that article that you wrote two years ago. But some of the links in the great post no longer work because the article you linked to no longer exists or the photo that you linked to is gone and in its place is a big hole. Well, it's time to do a little housecleaning. Its hard to clean my physical house, so cleaning up dead links in a blog is a challenge. But its a good feeling to know that someone can come to your blog and look around and all the links and photos still work.

Day twenty-eight's challenge is to Write a Review Post. This one is real easy for me since I do product and event reviews on my blog - I love when a challenge is easy. I like doing technology reviews and my latest tech review was for the Droid Incredible by HTC Smartphone.  I loved carrying the phone around and trying out all the cool features. And when I do a review, I usually try to tie it in with a contest of some sort - after all, free is my life...

Today is day twenty-nine and the challenge is to Develop a Plan to Build Your Blog's Profile and Readership. I love Twitter and have met some wonderful folks along the way that have become followers of my blog and I in turn have become followers of their blogs. But I do have an issue with some of the methods suggested as part of this challenge to build readership. Doing things like guest blogging and leaving comments in an effort to just build up followers seems very fake to me. If you like a post on another blog, then leave a comment. If you have something wonderful to say and are asked to guest blog, that is great. But don't do these things just be build up your own blog. Do what you love and the followers will come.

That is all the challenges for today. Come back on Tuesday for the LAST two challenges:

Day 30: Analyze The Stats on Your Blog
Day 31: Plan Your Next Steps

Follow the Twitter hashtag #31DBBB if you want to see how the 500+ woman bloggers are doing that are part of this challenge.


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