Helping people is part of my personality type. Both blogging and answering support questions have helped me to become more open and expressive. I have never been in a blogging challenge before and this is my Zero to Hero inside story part 2.
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I have blogged since 2005 and my assumptions about the challenge were wrong from the outset. At first I was not fully on board because I had yet to recognize what an old, crusty and set in my ways blogger I had become. I am an over achiever. Until I was able to get the assurance that we did not have to complete any assignment or every assignment I was very uptight. But once I got the message that the challenge is flexible, we can take what we need from it and give what we can to it, my shoulders dropped a couple of inches and I started to breathe deeply again.
Day One: Introduce Yourself Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
Day Two: What’s your name? Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out more in a widget.
Day Three: What’s on your mind? Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.
Day Four: Explore the Neighboorhood Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.
When I create a new blog I go through the same or at least a similar process as what the first three assignments called for long before I register the blog. In this case I had already:
- decided I would blog under a pseudonym;
- registered the a blog URL and a custom domain:
- created a site title and an effective tagline;
- decided exactly what kind of content I intended to publish in the blog;
- identified my target audience;
- published an About page with an effective blog description and a 140 Character Elevator Speech for my Twitter profile, as well as, a sidebar widget briefly stating the purpose of the blog;
- published posts.
this time – this space is a conscious living blog, focused on overcoming challenges through skillful means and living the simple life to the fullest.
I spend hours almost every day answering support forum questions and I have private blogs set up to use for testing blog settings, features, themes and widgets so I can provide correct answers to those who post them. That means that I have test driven every free theme, including all the retired themes, more than once. It also means I have tried every type of element and personalization that does not involve purchasing a custom design upgrade more than once.
I’m also a blogger who has changed themes frequently and who makes new headers and changes backgrounds frequently on both blogs. Therefore, the first week’s Zero to Hero assignments did not hold a challenge for me in the sense of blog development. The assignments prompted me to review what I had done with fresh eyes and tweak it, and to publish posts.
I set up a follow blog widget for the very first time. I did, of course, know how to do it but I started using feedburner in the dark ages and I was too set in my ways to stop. Now my Followers have two options! DUH … why didn’t I think of that before? Could it be because I was too set in my ways? Oh yeah …
In short the Zero to Hero challenge has been exposing to me how very opinionated I have become about every aspect of blogging. Every time I do an assignment anyway in my private test blog because I don’t want to do it on my personal blog crusty scales are falling off me. I’m reviewing and/or trying this or that on for size with an open mind. I’m finding new blogs to follow in the Reader. Most of all, I’m having fun.
Week one of the Zero to Hero Challenge for me became one of sharing resources and how to instructions in Zero to Hero support forum threads and I like doing that, so I ended the week on a happy note.
Note: Regular Readers please do not give up on me. I pick up my new computer glasses today (yay!), and after I do I will complete and publish the draft posts I have developed for both blogs. While you are waiting listen to Mariah and take note that a hero resides in you too.