Welcome to the 30 Day Blogging Challenge!  Get ready to rock your blog!

The goal: Publish 30 posts in 30 days.  We’ll help you along with tips and support in your email inbox each day.

We’ll get the party rolling on Friday, January 1st.

In the meantime, get ready by following these steps:

Step 1: Print the Blogging Calendar

Download and print out the Blogging Calendar and keep it by your computer.  It will help you to keep on track and know just how many posts you have published.  Download it here.

Step 2: Join the Facebook Group

To make it easy to find other Challenge participants, I’ve created a private Facebook group called 30 Day Blogging Challenge.  You’ll find a list of the participating bloggers under “Files” then, “Meet the Bloggers.”  Be sure to add yourself to the list!  Click here to join.

Step 3: Post the Participant Badge on your blog (Optional)

Share your participation in the Challenge with your blog readers by posting  the 30 Day Blogging Challenge participant badge. You’ll find the image and HTML here.

Step 4: Get ready to participate in the Challenge:

Each day of the challenge, I’ll email you a blogging tip or writing inspiration to help you with the Challenge.  Make it a point to open these emails early in the day so that you allow some time for the ideas presented to inspire you.  If you miss any of the emails (or join the Challenge late), you can access them via the archive.  Click the “view this message in your browser” message at the top of any email that I send you.

 Your goal each day of the Challenge:

  1. Write a post
  2. Publish a post *
  3. Post a link to your blog post on Facebook and Twitter. (Remember to include our private Facebook group)
  4. Comment on 1-2 blog posts

(* Writing and Publishing are listed separately in the event that you don’t publish a post the same day that you write it.)

Publishing great content doesn’t help anyone unless people read it.  By publishing a link to your post on social media, you increase the exposure to your writing.  If you are like me and sometimes forget this step, I have a great tool to automate this process for you: WordTwit.  It’s a plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites that will tweet your link multiple times and to multiple Twitter accounts.  It’s a little tricky to get set up, but I created a step-by-step guide for you.  You can find that here.

Commenting on other blog posts is included here for two reasons: well-written comments can be a source of targeted traffic and the backlinks you create by including your blog’s URL in the Website URL field help your SEO.  Choosing blogs that are also participating in the Challenge helps you form connections that can last well beyond the Challenge itself.

Writing and posting 30 posts in 30 days may sometimes feel like more than you can accomplish.  I’d like to challenge you to stick with it and keep going.  If you miss a day or two, don’t be tempted to quit.  You can always make up those missed days later….or not.  There is value to be gained from staying in the Challenge all the way to the end, even if you don’t publish 30 posts.

Welcome! and Happy Blogging.