Review – 30 day blogging challenge

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!

Please leave thoughts, comments, or questions below!

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16 Comments

  1. Well done getting to the finish line. I still have a way to go with the challenge but can say it’s a great thing to do and really helps with your blogging. Looking forward to future posts, albeit at a slightly slower rate 😉

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    • Yes, definitely a great thing to do! I’ll be looking forward to your posts as well.

      That’s another thing from the challenge: I met so many wonderful bloggers such as yourself that have great things to say and share.

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  2. Yay! you did it! Well done. A rare male graduate. We’re all big Thrive lovers in the challenge. I’m going to go over and add you to the graduates group right now!

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    • Thanks, Sarah! This was a very good experience. I will continue to recommend it to others. You have put together a fantastic challenge.

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  3. Way to go Ed! I agree with you that it takes discipline to be consistent. I am only on day 5, but I notice that the Challenge forces me to focus my blog posts. Congrats on completing the 30 Day Blogging Challenge!

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    • Thanks! Good luck with it. It’s definitely worth completing.

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  4. Way to go, Ed!! You did it!! I love reading the synopsis of what you learned. I didn’t follow Sarah’s instructions–I just went ahead and blogged and podcasted on what I am most drawn to. And there is a never ending flow of ideas!!

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    • Thanks! I agree – the ideas are never ending. I have discovered the more you write on a regular basis, the more the ideas flow.

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  5. Congratulations Ed! It’s been great working alongside you on the challenge. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts and saved quite a few now too :) Fab content, will definitely be keeping up with what you write going forward!

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    • Thanks, Ruby! Likewise – I love your blog and will also be keeping up with what you are doing.

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  6. Congratulations, Ed! It was great having you daily in my “inbox”. As your subscriber, I am waiting now your updates :)

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    • Thank you! You also have a fantastic blog, and I’ll be looking out for your future updates as well.

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  7. Enjoyed reading this post and reading about your experiences which you have so clearly indicated. Just a couple of days ago, I had come to a conclusion that I need to schedule my work better and post three times a week, take the weekend off and give time to my family, since so far my blogging has been erratic… I am only on day 2, yet feel invigorated by the response I have received. I feel more so now after reading your post, that it is worth doing and can be done!

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    • Thanks, Anupamaji! Yes, this was a fantastic experience. Well worth it. I have seen your blog. It is fantastic.

      It may be a bit selfish on my part to say I am glad you are invigorated by the response you have so far received, because I look forward to seeing many of the amazing vegetarian Indian recipes you will be revealing.

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  8. Congratulations on completing the challenge. There’s even more good stuff once you’re a graduate.

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    • Thank you. Yes, I am starting to see the many wonderful things Sarah does with the graduates. Very much looking forward to it!

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