In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4 today. Anyone can join in. It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve. So click on over and participate.
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Every day there is a new task to accomplish and so far the tasks have been:
Day 1: Introduce Yourself Write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
Day 2: What’s your name? Edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out more in a text widget.
Day 3: What’s on your mind? Write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.
Day 4: Explore the Neighborhood Follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.
Zero to Hero Assignments
I have been monitoring my own internal responses to the Zero to Hero tasks being assigned. It has been nearly a decade since I began to blog and the first 4 tasks have not a been good fit for me. I have a different approach to developing a new blog and the tasks we are asked to do are aimed at producing content I have either already prepared for the blog, eg. an About page and a widget, or content like Day 3 that I do not want on the blog, or Day 4 aimed at compelling me to use the WordPress.com Reader which I would rather not do. I have not entered the URLs for the majority of blogs I follow into the Reader and I use Google search and other tools to quickly locate blogs of interest to me.
Indirect benefit from Zero to Hero Assignments
This is not to say I did not find value in undertaking and completing the first 4 Zero to Hero assignments because I surely did. The value I found wasn’t direct as the software, its features and how to blog, promote posts, comment and create community do not mystify me. The indirect value in I got was reading what beginners, who are also participating in the challenge struggle with getting their heads around in support forum threads. That provided some insight that I am sure Staff will benefit from as well.
Apparently many bloggers who have been blogging for some time now need blogging tips help but have failed to locate it in the support documentation, support forums threads, in Lorelle’s blog, in this one cool site blog, or by using Google search!
I’m astonished at what I am seeing bloggers ask for help with and controlling my desire to post a response to every cry for help. It they did not read the documentation provided via links and a video found in every new blog, and did not click through to find the support docs and the support forums previously, then directing them to those sources now that may not be productive.
I began by entering my new timeless topics blog into the challenge and I was having some fun with it until I changed themes. Those issues brought me up short and I began to think deeply about this new blog notion in terms of scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs. I knew I could manage adding another blog into my busy schedule but then I discovered another possibility I hadn’t considered before, and it was right under my nose!
I have withdrawn my new blog from participating in the zero to hero challenge and made that blog private. I will be entering my other blog in the Zero to Hero challenge instead. The 4 posts I published already and the other content I planned to publish on the new blog can be easily accommodated on my blog on this domain thistimethisspace.com under the category timeless topics. Why oh why didn’t I think of that before?
So I’m off to move the posts from one blog to the other blog today and I will I continue to publish a new post every day there this month. I do hope you will visit thistimethisspace.com tomorrow and check out posts in my new timeless topics category. They will be short posts containing visual prompts and about 250 words of text aimed to inspire those, who are focused on self improvement.
UPDATE: I have now moved the zero to hero posts. As the exporter had a queue I just copied and pasted them because I’m one day behind as it is. Sadly, I lost the comments by doing that. If you would like to visit the posts are at:
Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome
From Ridiculous to Ubiquitous
Applause Time After Time
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