With a big sigh of relief I have reached the finish line of the 30 Day Blog Your Brand Challenge hosted by Indie Business Network with 32 blogs posted! The best part about it is that I reached this finish line with a whole bunch of friends. We all learned a ton from the experience. I was greatly blessed when I read what the others bloggers posted during the 30 day challenge. I was reminded that you can reach crazy goals when you put your mind to it even when the timing is not convenient. A week long vacation in the midst of the challenge plus the start of NaNoWriMo in the middle required a lot of planning on my part, but it was very doable. At the very bottom of this blog I have included links to all 30 blogs.
My favorite blog post I wrote during the 30 Day Blog Your Brand Challenge was The Unglamorous Life of Writers. I asked my cohorts in this crazy challenge what they learned in the experience and what their favorite blog was from the 30 Days. This is a long blog post, but it is much easier to discover whether a challenge like this is worth it, from people who took part, than it is to jump into one unprepared. Sit back and enjoy some valuable insight from this brilliant group of bloggers.
Kenna Cote of Modern Soapmaking, “As someone who has always highly valued blogging and encouraged other makers to blog regularly (I often credit Modern Soapmaking’s success to blogging itself!), the 30 day challenge pushed me back into the mode of more regular and scheduled content creation. It usually takes me six to eight hours to write a full blog post, and this challenge forced me to stop pushing for so much perfection in my writing and hitting publish much sooner than I would have before.
I also found myself writing and publishing more content with personal backstories and anecdotes than usual because I needed to get a post published, rather than having the time to find a way out of sharing those parts of my life. I don’t mind writing about mental health, anxiety, or the fears found in entrepreneurship, but bringing in the facets of my personal life (being a mother) has paid off. With posts like Being a Mompreneur: Why You Can’t Do It All and Six Business Lessons My Six Year Old Helps Me Remember, I found my target audience related to these posts much more, and I’m working on redefining my line of what is or isn’t too personal to share.
There have been a slew of interesting statistics and facts that have come to light, but I already knew how much of an impact blogging has on my traffic and how important it is to my brand. I’m incredibly thankful to have pushed through 30 days of new articles to share over and over again in the future, and know it will pay itself off ten-fold!” Read Statistically Speaking: How 30 Days of Blogging Changed My Website Traffic for a thorough breakdown. [Continue reading]