I didn’t announce here but I recently signed up to participate in the January 2012 Ultimate Blog Challenge. The aim is to post every day for the 31 days of January.
THE RESULT: I stank.
I managed a measly nine posts for the month. (This is the most posts in a month over Better Business Better Life’s blogging history so that is a tiny victory).
BUT I also learned some things…
First, sometimes when it rains it pours. Better Business Better Life has grown gang busters in the past month which is exceptionally exciting. I’m so thrilled to have my wonderful clients. Of course that led to a greater work load, meaning I couldn’t devote as much time to other areas. Don’t think I’m complaining though. I have achieved a number of long term goals with Better Business Better Life and couldn’t be happier.
Second, when I focus I achieve my goals. Alongside the Ultimate Blog Challenge I decided to make meaningful comments on three blogs per day. I’ve done that and have even been mentioned for my efforts on one of the blogs. Thanks Jo Harrison of Writers Block Admin Services.
Third, reading outside the small business and online marketing niches led to new business ideas and other unexpected benefits. For example, reading The Odd Couple’s blog taught me how to care for my partner and relationship better.
Fourth, even if you don’t keep up with content creation goals you will still benefit from supporting other participants. Commenting on one participant’s blog has lead to an agreement that will see her guest post here next month.
Finally, if you are going to participate in a challenge relevant to your blog make sure you announce it on your blog. You won’t want to disappoint your readers and will place higher priority on the tasks = greater commitment.
I want to finish by introducing you to some awesome blogs I came across during the challenge that I seriously recommend you check out (and subscribe to):
- Writers Block Admin Services – for everything admin and social this blog has you covered
- Michelle Schaeffer – leader of Ultimate Blog Challenge, darn smart lady
- Social Amateur – all things social
- Golden Eagles Coaching – brilliant tips series for personal and business growth
- The Odd Couple – short, sharp, clever relationship advice