You’ve heard me tell ya why you should give the Ultimate Blog Challenge a shot plenty of times now. So today I’m going to let Delia Rusu of EosGrafx share with you her experience in the Ultimate Blog Challenge AND some great tips about how you can participate even if you’re thinking, “Yeah it’s a good idea, but… I’m so busy! I’ve got things going on!”
Can you spot the three tricky strategies she shares below? Leave us a comment if you found them! But don’t give ’em away, okay? ;)
Blogging daily with a full time job or when you’re on vacation: Can you do it?
Guest Post by Delia Rusu
Have you heard about the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC)? It’s an absolutely free blogging challenge, held every quarter by Michelle Shaeffer and Michele Scism. The goal is to write and share a blog post every day, for an entire month. You can read more about it at: http://ultimateblogchallenge.com
Because many of my friends and colleague bloggers seemed reluctant to undertake such a big project, I thought I’d write this post about my 3 past experiences with UBC. If the idea of blogging daily sounds challenging to you, please read on, as I will be busting some myths around it.
Ready? Here we go!
Myth #1 I have a full time job, there is no way I can start blogging, let alone daily
Even if you have a full time job (which I have and had at the time I participated in the challenge for the first time), you can still do it. First time I took the challenge, the blog at EosGrafx was fairly young, about 5 months, and only had about 6 blog posts published. I know, right?
It was a real challenge and I was tempted to quit a few times, but in the end it was all worth it! I got to meet a nice bunch of bloggers, made a few friends, and got a few good clients out of that. And BTW, that’s when I gave up TV altogether! It’s amazing how much time you get back, I’m telling you!
Myth #2 I’ll be away part of the challenge, I won’t be able to blog
The second time I participated, we were going to be on vacation for about a week. But I said yes to the challenge anyway. I figured I will not publish posts over the weekends, but instead will write in advance and have a list of blog posts already aligned to go for the week that we were going to be away.
That’s when I actually learned that you can schedule posts in advance ;) Yep, everything went fine, though I wasn’t able to blog every single day, I still felt great to have participated.
Myth #3 I’ll be away for an entire month, so tip #2 is not going to work.
The third time I participated we were going to take an even longer vacation, as it was the July challenge. I signed up and completed the challenge, all 31 days this time, with a simple, yet great idea in mind.
What I did was to write and schedule all posts in advance. Indeed, I was not able to participate a lot in commenting on other people’s blogs, but I did my part in sharing and tweeting the great content the other bloggers put out there.
My point for saying all this to you is to convince you to sign up for the challenge if you have a blog and want to take it to the next level. You’ll make lots of friend bloggers, and you’ll get to read some wonderful blogs you did not know about.
If you are blogging for business, you may even connect with a few new clients or potential clients, who are looking for your services. Who knows, right?
And if you are not able to blog every single day, no problem! There is no UBC police, just do the best you can and you’ll be in better shape as a blogger than you were before you signed up.
So, what do you think? Are you up for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge? You have nothing to lose, and lots to gain!
If I convinced you, check out the next challenge, coming up April 1st. You can sign up at this link: http://ultimateblogchallenge.com/. I promise you’ll be glad you did. Want to know if I’m going to sign up this time? You bet. I cannot wait to read your great blog. See you there!
Delia Rusu helps women bloggers stay in their genius zone by showing them how to take their blog from dull to sparkle, so that readers can hear their blog’s message!
You can also find her sharing social media tips at EosGrafx (http://eosgrafx.com/blog).
Did you find the three strategies? Hit the comment box with a yes if you did.
What’s your favorite way to stay on top of blogging consistently when life is crazy? Share your best tip and I may feature YOU in a future blog post.
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