Just Blog It
I had a great time presenting a workshop this morning at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University. Thank you to all who came and are now stopping by the blog. I was impressed with all the great ideas for blogs, as well as the overall energy in the room. I’m really looking forward to reading what people come up with.
Of course any idea is only as great as its execution, and you could have the best blog in the world, but if it remains locked in your head, it won’t do you or anyone else any good. In order to help unleash that potential, I’m issuing a 90-day blog challenge.
Starting April 1 (no April Fool’s joke), commit to blogging at least once a week. If I can do it, you can do it! I know, you’re saying, well I’m a professional writer it’s easy for me. Sometimes it is, sometimes it’s not. I get writer’s block and, like you, I’m busy. I have a business to run. I have a column to write. I have kids to transport and feed. I have dogs to walk. Plus, sometimes, I confess, I get a sort of stage fright. I worry people will read what I’ve written and think it’s stupid. But I’ll get over that if you will.
At least once a week in April, May and June (and probably beyond), I will put up a post for bloggers. I’ll offer advice, suggest blog content, send out some encouragement, point you to interesting things in the blogosphere, highlight great bloggers and answer questions. I’m open to suggestions.
In my talk this morning and in my free guide “Seven Steps to a Better Blog,” I urged people to start drafting their blog strategy with the question “why.” Here is my “why:” my business is all about effective communication. I believe blogs are a great forum for communication and I want to help people do them better.
If you want to join in the challenge fun, send me an email or leave a comment. If you post a link to this challenge, I’ll post a link to your blog here. (as mentioned in the previous post)
Here is my first tip: Save your work often, or better yet, write your blog on Word and then transfer it over so you don’t lose all your well thought out words. (Trust me on this one … I’m sure my first version of this was much more brilliant.)