Today is my 30th day of posting for Sarah Arrow’s 30 day blog challenge.
This has been a rich and rewarding experience, and I highly recommend it.
The challenge is designed with a specific task to do each day. Sarah sends an email out each day with that day’s task in it. You can also get her book, Zero to blogger in 30 days! in which she covers each days task, and also, for those who have never blogged, teaches how to set a blog up.
Going through this challenge has been fun, but it has taken a lot of discipline and dedication.
It is not for the faint of heart!
With that said, it was worth every bit of effort.
For one thing, my writing has improved over the last thirty days. I was much more conscious than usual about the effectiveness of my communication. That made me take a deeper look into how I am writing.
I also met a proofreader, Gary Thaller, through the challenge. Gary has now proofread two of my products. That has helped me tremendously as well.
When you are forced to write every day, you start to develop writing habits that not only improve your writing, but also improve the efficiency with which you write. I can complete writing projects faster, and I struggle less with editing them.
I also learned some new skills over the last 30 days.
On one of the days, the task is to create an infographic. Sarah provides several resources for doing this, as well as some suggestions for coming up with infographic topics and ideas.
I am not the best with design or graphics, and this was one of the hardest days for me. However, the feedback from the one I created had been good. I will probably do more of these in the future.
I had never done much with social media on blogs, and after some research found the Monarch Social Media Sharing plugin, which I love. It does exactly what I need it to do, and it has worked out very well.
I have also become much more comfortable with the Thrive Content Builder. I purchased this prior to the challenge to make it easier to create landing and download pages for products. Since using it every day for the blog, I can now operate it with ease and efficiency.
This challenge will be good for you to take If you have ever thought of doing a blog, or if you want to improve your writing. Even if your goal is to develop more consistency and dedication within your online business, you will get a lot out of taking this challenge.
I was asked if I have seen more traffic to the site since doing the blog. The short answer is, "Yes, a little bit."
However, the real gain, in addition to all of the above, is that I have seen much greater response and engagement from the readers. That in itself made the entire effort worth it.
I will certainly do this challenge again, either with this blog, or perhaps another one.
Now that the challenge has come to a successful conclusion, I will most likely not add content every day. I will get on a regular schedule, though. Right now, I am planning on posting here two days a week.
I will continue to use the writing time that had been set aside for blog writing to create eBooks and more info products.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them!
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