Recently, over at a wonderful blog called The Daily Post, there was a bit of an event going on, part challenge, part instructional “course”. The “challenge” is broken into two sections, labeled “Blogging 101” and “Blogging 201”, and is set up as a day-by-day learning experience centered around making your blog all it can be. “Blogging 101” is geared more toward people who are just setting up their blog and aren’t sure how to get started, and “Blogging 201” is more focused on expansion, building your audience, and how to keep your blog going strong. Whether you started with the 101 or jumped right to the 201, both sections of the “challenge” gave daily info and exercises based on different aspects of successful blogging. I came across the daily posts about halfway through the challenge, and I liked what I saw. If there’s anyone out there who is just starting a blog, or is considering starting a blog, I definitely recommend stopping by The Daily Post and checking out what they have to offer.
The other reason I’m mentioning this? I’ve decided to take part! Now, technically I missed the boat because the “challenge/course” started in the middle of April and finished up last week, but hell, just because you weren’t available at the exact right time doesn’t mean you can’t give a challenge a shot, right?
Now, since I’ve been blogging for a while now, it would make sense for me to jump right to the “201” posts, but I’ve decided to go right back to square one. Why? Well, for one thing, there’s always something to learn. Though the “101” posts are aimed toward people who are just starting from scratch, you never know what little gems you might glean if you’re willing to take a step backward. For another thing, I figure that as a “veteran” blogger, I can give my thoughts and opinions on each of the respective posts and exercises.
Since I don’t want 100% of my “free” blogging days to be all about this challenge, I’m going to stick to Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those two days of the week, for the next fifteen weeks, I’ll focus on the Blogging 101 challenge posts. Once I’ve finished those, I’ll reassess and decide whether I’m going to do the same for the Blogging 201 posts.
All in all, I think it’s going to be a bit of fun, and possibly even a great learning experience. Anyone else interested? Feel free to join me! The fun starts Tuesday! ^_^