By Michele Scism,
The Results Lady
What do you think would happen to your blog if you actually posted 1 blog post per day for 30 days straight?
Well I know what I think will happen and in 31 days I will be able to tell you exactly what happens. That's right I am participating in the 30-Day Blog Challenge that is being hosted by Dr. Jeanette Cates. I am really excited because a challenge always brings the best out of me – I am one of those people that works best under pressure!
So what about you?
Do you have a blog but can't seem to find the time to blog?
Have you always wanted a blog but just don't know where to get started?
Maybe you are one of those people who thinks “Who in their right mind would listen to me?”.
Check out this great video below from Seth Godin and Tom Peters on blogging. I love how they look at blogging. Seth Godin says that you should blog to “force yourself to become part of the conversation.” Tom Peters goes on to add that blogging has changed his life, his perspective and his intellectual out look.
If you have been thinking about blogging but just aren't sure how to get started, you can start blogging in the next 30 minutes. I prefer to blog on my own website with my own URL now but when I started blogging I simply set up an account with Google Blogger, answered the questions and was off and running.
Here is my first blog post from July 24, 2009 which was on a free blogger account – Scared! Yes that's right my first post was titled “Scared”. It is time for you to get started and this challenge is just the right reason for you to do it.
For those of you who have been dabbling at blogging but have not been able to really commit to the process, it is your time too. Take the challenge! It starts today, June 1, 2010, and there is still time for you to get started. If you are just reading this post and it is already June 10th do yourself a favor and get started. I think you can probably still register and for the first 10 days post 2 blog posts a day to catch up.
Why is the blog challenge important?
I see two immediate benefits of the challenge. Driving traffic and links to my site as well as creating “TOMA” top of mind awareness. I can't wait to see what will come of this challenge.
There are over 80 people already registered to participate and since a lot of those people will want to check out my progress that will help to build traffic. Every day my blog posts will be sent out to Twitter and Facebook and that will create more link building opportunities for my site. These automated steps will provide immediate benefit.
As for “TOMA”, the more people see your name, see that you are providing great content and adding value to their life, the more likely they are to think of you when they have a question or need in your particular field!
I hope that you will take this challenge with me! I look forward to hearing about all of your successes in 30 days!
I am right in there with you Michele! I have an old blog on Blogger that I started just for family – I think it has 3 posts… I was just lost and had no idea what I was doing. Thankfully I have come a long way since then.
I am really looking forward to the next 30 days. I have been blog dabbling and it’s time to get serious – and have some fun too!
Looking forward to reading more.
Awesome Sally! I love the idea of the challenge. Some of us work so much better in those circumstances! I know I do. LOL Michele
Well said, Michele! Being a Seth Godin fan I was happy to see the video too. The last blog challenge was a big step for me, and I’m looking forward to learning more this time. The most FUN part for me has been meeting other #Blog30 bloggers!
You are so right. We have to stretch ourselves sometimes but when we do we get such great benefits. I have already met some truly amazing people. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you more! Michele
I am so glad we are doing this together. You and Michelle really keep me going. :))
Thank you for sharing about the 30 day blog post challenge this is a beautiful thing. Just signed up to follow you on Networked Blogs. I am moving my networked blog box further up so others will see it and follow me. Look forward to being syndicated. You got nine more people to click on that follow button and you are goog to go.
Hey Jane – Thanks so much and you are right. I think I will move that up – at least during the month of June! That was great advice on the call today from Dr. Jeanette Cates about having 20 followers!
Im a huge Seth Godin fan, and he always seems to make a lot of sense, so I really like this video. And it is so true about blogging, and what it can do for somebody, depending on their goals – personally or professionally. Thanks Michele 🙂
I am just going to jump in there and start a blog. In the past I figured I didn’t have that much to say that anyone would care about other then who I spoke with on a daily basis. Now, after doing to research on tatting I found that everyone has a blog. This was a shock. I can actually say stuff and people would listen? Therefore I will do it and in turn as I am getting my website up and running I can keep a journal of the process as well as let some of these great ideas out of my head and into print. First thing on my agenda. Pick out a great name for my blog.