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The Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge Day 1

Hi everyone! Are you ready to become a fantastic blogger and someone who shares and gives so much that people can’t NOT opt into your list? I am! For the next 6 weeks, 5 days a week (OR, however you break up your 30 days to suit your business), we are going to do just that – tap into our “giver” mindset so much it hurts (in a good way).

Note: My blog for the challenge is called 6 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

I made a vlog for today but will write more below:

I hear people worrying about not having things set up yet. That doesn’t matter! I had planned to have everything mapped out and I got nothing mapped out but a basic idea for 2 gifts. So what? I’m going to do it anyway.

In fact, at the time of this specific blog post, I don’t even know what I’m going to blog about today – I’m curling my hair and I’ll figure it out shortly. I just wanted to get this post here so that you guys don’t have to wait on me. Go ahead and post in the comments whatever amount of sharing you want – including things like (take or leave the ideas):

  • That you did your blog today.
  • The link to it.
  • How it felt – the success or struggle you had with it.
  • A request for feedback on how you did. Isn’t our goal to improve and become the best we can be? So no fear – this is a supportive community, not a bash fest – you know I’d tear them up if those kinds of people ever showed up here.

Whatever you want to share about the challenge, go for it. And remember – some of your audience might be HERE on MY blog. Dog and cat owners, people with health problems, make money online people – all of it.

And what’s great is, the supportive members of my community here – even if they’re not interested, they might share your links on Twitter and Facebook and Google Plus to help YOU get traffic if they like your post.

I don’t believe in spammy “you backlink me and I’ll backlink you” crap. But if something you see stirs you, great! Help the blogger out – or not.

One thing I would like to ask for those who plan to GIVE feedback when someone asks for it, is please leave the feedback as a reply to their comment here on MY blog.

Why?

Well, everyone here is going to give it their ALL, right? And many, many people are nervous. So let’s say Jane Doe writes a post and does her best for her cat blog. She asks for feedback.

If you go to HER blog and leave a “feedback” comment where you’re picking her efforts apart, it might deflate her courage – and when she DOES get traffic to her site, I’d prefer the cat fan readers she gets to not see someone critiquing her right off the bat. Make sense?  I’d rather the visitors to her site land there, read it and say, “Hey this is great!” rather than, “Oh that person’s right – she screwed this ALL up!”

So let’s make this post for day 1 our community of support and strengthening our efforts. And I DO encourage you to leave relevant comments on each other’s blog posts when the feeling strikes you.

The social proof is fantastic and it really boosts the ego of the blogger and that ego boost gives them confidence, which results in better content.

Okay so here we Gooooooooo!

Kick some big old blog butt, people!
Tiff ;)

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248 Responses to “The Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge Day 1”

  • I’ve really been enjoying my blog lately and I’m so glad that you’re doing this challenge. I’ve yet to build a list for my blog, so it’s something I needed to do and this is a great way to start.

    I have to thank you for my blog post today Tiff, a comment you made on my blog really got me to thinking.

    So, here’s my post for the challenge. http://crystaltouchton.com/when-is-it-ok-to-quit/

    I am still trying to decide if I’m going to attempt the challenge on more than one blog, so if I do I will post the others also.

    Thank you again for hosting this!

    • Tiffany says:

      You can always do 30 days on one blog, then ad a second to it in 30 days. :)

    • Jake Ferry says:

      Hi Crystal, nice job on the post! I would like to say 2 things.

      1) The popup window when I clicked on the post had an Oops error in it and the window size didn’t match the content (had to use scroll bars).

      2) Regarding the post topic (quitting), I’m torn on this. I wrestled in college my freshman year, but didn’t wrestle the remaining years. I ‘quit’ between seasons. Wrestling at a D1 school and doing engineering there took up ALL my time, and I really wanted to try other things too during my college experience. So I quit (I would never quit mid-season, but I did quit mid-college career). I regret that decision all the time now (10+ years later). But I don’t know whether it’s okay to regret it. At the time, I felt it was the right decision…I was miserable during the season (even though I love wrestling). Maybe my regret now is through a lense of discounting the negatives that were very real when I was in it. But, boy do I wish I stuck it out, I’ll never get that chance again. But, if I hadn’t quit, how would my life be different today? Maybe I wouldn’t have had the time to join up with a campus christian group (which I did sophomore year and which changed my life). So…I’m torn.

      Very interesting topic. Thanks for the post. I’ll copy my #2 comment (not the #1 tech commment) and include it on your blog since it’s related to the post topic.

      • Thank you, a few questions so I can figure out what’s going on. What browser are you using? What device are you using? Maybe I’ll be able to get to the bottom of things.

      • Debi J says:

        Tiff, I’ve had people in my life that have asked if there are things I regret from my past. The answer is always no. My thought’s always been that we can only do what we know at the time, based on our knowledge, wisdom and circumstances. If we knew at the time, rather than hindsight (there’s a reason it’s called that), we might have made different choices but we didn’t. So how do you regret later in your life what you couldn’t have foreseen at the time? And if that’s the case, why have regrets now…when you can’t change it. It just makes us have to color and cover our greys more often! :)

        • Robert Mason says:

          Hi Debi J

          I agree so much with you. We are who we are, what we are, and where we are, because of who we were, what we were, and where we have been!

          Most of us have experiences that didn’t seem very good at the time, but looking back we can usually see the benefits that we gained from each experience – and that helped to make us the wonderful people that we are now!

          • Liz says:

            Hi Robert

            I had never given any consideration to why people fail and now I understand that we are programmed by our parents, teachers, friends and many people who all influence our lives to the point where some people just won’t try.Great post and I love the heading.

  • Hi Tiff
    Way out of comfort zone here. But my first post is as http://barneysbrain.com/building-a-new-blog-day-1-week-1/ or the LUV link below.

    I am consider getting the comment Luv plugin. Are you going to do a review?

    • Tiffany says:

      Comfort zones aren’t all they’re cracked up to be Barney! :) I use the free version of the plugin and I guess I like it – makes it easy for people to comment :) It was real easy to use.

    • Malia says:

      Barney – After spending a day of planning yesterday, I sat down to write my blog and find myself distracted and all over the place. Then I read your post. It gave me inspiration and it clicked!! I just purchased John Chow’s blogging product and I’ve decided to do something similar to you, blog about building a blog. Thanks again for the inspiration. You’ve lifted my energy and I’m ready to go write my day 1 post!

  • I am so ready. Worked all weekend. Welcome to http://www.catgrowl.com. I will blog about cats in general, cat needs, health and cat wellness and cat shelter life and whatever cat subject I come up with.

    Readers can submit under the “My gift to you” for cat blog subject requests on Monday, and I will post on Friday’s. I will do my best to honor all requests, even if it takes me 5 or 6 weeks to do so. I will post the requesters name and website if you want me to for the Friday blog I honor.

    Don’t forget to submit your favorite cat photo for my website “photo of the day”. I’ll do my best to honor everyone.

    Only cat photo’s and cat blog request will be honored. This is strictly a cat blog. Thank you for understanding.

    We had a weekend storm that left us inside. I have to do a grocery run. But today I plan on adding a vlog to tomorrow’s blog post. Plus I have to finish my squidoo lens for squids pro challenge with Amanda Thomas. I’ll socially post that later tonight once it’s complete.

    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s blog.

    Have a great day! Thank you Tiffany!

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Cheryl! LOVE the post! Poor little things. I never let mine outside.

    • Yay! Kitty blog! I’m there.

    • Isobel says:

      Lovely post Cheryl :) My only comment would be that in the sidebar “Your privacy is our goal. We never spam.” is the first (and almost the biggest) thing I see. It’s nice that you’re taking care of me but it also makes me wonder why you would make such a big point of it – do you know what I mean?

    • Debi J says:

      Cheryl,

      I like your post (learned a couple things about cats and I’m not even a cat owner).

      I had a hard time finding your optin box. And I agree that it might be better on the site rather than having to link to it.

      Also, I didn’t see a place to comment. :)

      • Liz says:

        I am a cat person and am so grateful that we don’t get such cold weather in Australia that my poor boy would need amputations.Lots of good information thank you.

  • I finished my post on SquidsPro and I’m working on the Adventures in Online Marketing one now. I posted one up around 2am but I want to write up something super helpful for day one of the challenge.

    http://squidspro.com/blog/why-i-dont-use-the-google-news-module/

    This challenge is going to be tough but I need to grab hold of myself and do it because I spend too little time working on building my list and staying consistent. This challenge attacks my two biggest weaknesses in my business.

    • Tiffany says:

      How’d you wind up in my spam folder? LOL! That never happens with you.

      I’m so glad Amanda! Off to look.

    • Debi J says:

      Hey gal. Is it intentional that you don’t have a way to sign up on your SquidsPro site or did I miss it somewhere. I’ve hunted around but didn’t see a way to get auto-notified when you put up a new post.

  • Stacy says:

    I am SO ready for this challenge and PUMPED UP! Haha! At the end of 2012, I decided to take a domain name that I have had for 2 years and FINALLY put content on it and make it MY site. This challenge is the “kick in the butt” that I needed to keep working on this site and adding valuable and “fresh” content every day!

    Thanks for always being such an encouragement to us, Tiff!

    Here is my first post and vlog for today talking about what I hope to accomplish :)

    http://www.freelancingfriends.com/blogging-writing-challenge

  • Day one is here and like you I’m already behind, didn’t get done what I had planned yesteday but heck there’s no time like the present.

    Had a good diversion yesterday though as my husband and I went through his mother’s PC and found a slew of family photos. She passed away from brain cancer in 2010. It was like connecting once again.

    Well off to get to work, much to do today. Hope yours is steller!

  • MamaRed says:

    Hey there all, so fun meeting you and hearing the challenges (pun intended!) and progress. I’ve been swearing I *would* blog, sometime. Guess what, sometime is here! I had started a few weeks ago putting stuff up and last week was focused on Pinterest since I have a 3 part class I’ve created from all my lessons-learned-the-hard-way. I’m quite sure at the moment about interleaving the pieces (especially since I’m not really “about” Pinterest) I’m more about finding solutions to problems, THEN using systems to get it out there.

    Anyhoo, congrats to everyone and here is my Day 1 post:

    http://mamaredspeaks.com/teleseminar-how-to-do-your-first-teleseminar

    (P.S. I’ve noticed some folks have the day in the blog post title. Needed? Not needed? Who cares?)

  • Kecia says:

    Okay, I have been lurking around here for way too long. Time to get back to commenting, as well as participating in this challenge! I began a blogging tips blog at the end of January, and it needs a mailing list – so this challenge comes at a perfect time for me!

    Today, I published a post that I actually wrote over the weekend. It was intended to be a guest post on another site, but I loved it so much I kept it for my own blog and wrote something else!

    How to Write an Effective About Me Page
    http://basics4bloggers.com/2013/02/effective-about-me-page/

    • Tiffany says:

      Yeah you have – thought you disappeared, woman! Welcome back to the fray :) Don’tcha love the guest posts that you keep? LOL

    • Lisa Oliver says:

      Hi Kecia

      Just went to read your post but your page is not loading in my browser for some reason. Probably because so many other people trying to access it at the same time, but just thought I should let you know.

      I will try again later :)

      Lisa

      • Denise says:

        Hey Lisa…I’m a writer, too, but only started writing for a few internet marketers on a part time basis about 3 years ago. I wanted to comment on your blog but it said that I needed to be logged in to comment. I entered my WP login but it didn’t accept it. Thought you’d want to know. I like the simple clean layout of your site.

  • Isobel says:

    Actually got started on day 1! I decided to post 3 times a week for 10 weeks. I’m working on having a theme for each week and this week is happiness.
    http://becomeyourvision.com/the-secret-of-happiness-is-two-drops-of-oil/

    • Tiffany says:

      Awesome. I’m off to look!

    • Isobel says:

      And replying to myself again (in the middle of your vlog, which wasn’t the brightest thing I’ve done today cos the page has refreshed!) I would love feedback please. I need to improve and I know it and I won’t unless someone tells me where I’m going wrong – thank you :)

      • Tiffany says:

        Not criticism but a tip: Link to The Alchemist maybe? Whenever I post a book recommendation, I link to it – not just affiliate wise (because it only pays a few cents) but more for convenience. Nothing critical about it – it’s perfect to me!

  • Vicki says:

    Miss Tiff:

    I don’t even have a blog set up… no techie skills but I do have a huge passion that I think I could write about… is it too late and where do I start? Yikes… sorry if you addressed this somewhere. I just panicked because it started today and I meant to email you earlier…

    Thanks.
    Vicki

    • Tiffany says:

      Never too late! Vicki you can either set one up or if you don’t have hosting yet, I have a free blog offer at the top of this page.

      All you do is start blogging – check out in the left sidebar my category called Challenges and you’ll see the posts for this challenge :)

  • Jake Ferry says:

    Hi All, glad to join this group of bloggers.

    I was recently planning on doing a series of blog posts in the form of Success Nuggets. I actually did the first one yesterday, so this challenge was well-timed.

    Here’s my post.
    http://www.empowernetwork.com/jake7/success-nugget-draw-a-line-in-the-sand/

    I hope you enjoy it and I welcome feedback, including constructive criticism.

    Thanks!

    • Tiffany says:

      Great Jake!

      I like the image and the message. I’m having one of those moments myself :)

      Technically, the only issue I see is too big of a gap between paragraphs.

      OMG I love that Steve Chandler quote. Drool! So fitting for me right now.

      One other note – I personally won’t comment on blogs that force me to log in and authorize like
      on Twitter, etc. I prefer to put my own name, email etc. Just an fyi, not deal breaking for being a blog reader,
      just a commentor ;)

      • Jake Ferry says:

        Thanks Tiffany!

        I had intentionally left more space btwn paragraphs to make it easier on the reader’s eyes, but if that’s not a good idea, I won’t do that anymore.

        Regarding the requirement to sign in to leave a comment, I don’t like that either and will need to see if I can change that.

        Thanks again!

    • Robert Mason says:

      Hi Jake

      Love your post! Drawing a line in the sand – thus far and no further, time for a game-changer!

      Very powerful stuff – thank you.

  • I’m so relieved that I’m not the only one not well organized.

    I did get the ezine template done and I’ve been trying to send out the first edition, but it’s not working the two attempts I tried this weekend, so I hope its third time lucky for tomorrow.

    Well, scrolled my About Me page and decided to do a ‘helpful’ blog about selling handmade crafts, since I used to do that, and it ended up being 8 pages long, and my quick blog submission box only takes 10k characters, so I ended up building a site page with the content instead.

    Anyway, the first of the blogs sharing my tips and telling a bit about what I personally did is online here:
    http://www.learn-how-to-do-it.com/how-to-sell-handmade-crafts.html

    Now off to read everyone else’s blogs!

    • Tiffany says:

      I really like that “add a tip” thing with enter a title, etc? How cool is that!

      Great post. Like Jake though, I can’t comment – I don’t like using FB – I like to just post my name and email LOL
      Just an FYI if you wondered why I didn’t comment ;)

      But I did Tweet!

    • Carol O. says:

      Really like your post, Helene. Yeah another crafter!! Great post with super tips.

      • Thanks for checking it out… the Facebook Comments (which isn’t working right now on my view of the page) lets you paste a comment that goes to your FB page – or – just posts a comment on the site, and does not go to your page, click the checkbox (when its working)

        and the Add a Tip can also be used to make a comment, but is especially useful for anyone wanting to submit an article, tip or blog post etc as it creates a new page on the site for you.

        I’ll keep banging away at the new site, getting bugs out of it.. hope the ezine finally gets sent out today/tomorrow.

    • Robert Mason says:

      Hi Helene

      Not only is your post interesting – it is also very attractive! Tiffany says I need some graphics in my posts, so you are setting a good example!
      Thank you.

  • Jake Ferry says:

    Hi again,

    Can I make a suggestion? If possible, you might want to consider having the links people post here open in a new window rather than redirecting this blog post window. This would be especially helpful as we try to open a bunch of different people’s links.

    Thanks!

  • I did 3, count ‘em, threeeeeeee posts today. I’ve never done that before. Or if I have, it’s been many years.

    For the blog challenge post, I talk about starting from where you’re at. I think I rambled, but, it’s there and it’s live. Yay!

    • Tiffany says:

      Yea! Good for you. That’s a lot of blogging!

    • Excellent blog post Patti – left a comment on your blog :)

    • Tamsin says:

      Hi Patti

      I tried to leave a comment on your post where you list what you’re going to do and I kept being given errors and it thought I was a spam bot :(

      I looked for some Contact Me details and couldn’t find any to let you know about the problem :(

      • Sorry about that Tamsin. Did you see a Captcha box to fill in? I added that because I was getting so much spam each day. Only your first comment has to be moderated, but maybe the Captcha thing is being glitchy.

        I’ll turn that off for awhile. Maybe the spam bots will leave me alone for awhile. LOL.

        Yes, I need a contact page, but haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  • Iris says:

    Well, I was lining up everything for today’s launch … went to the website I plan to use for the challenge and POOF!!!! It was stripped down to bare bones and had been hi-jacked to a porn site!!!

    HostGator was able to somewhat restore it but my custom header was gone and all my banners in the sidebar, my opt-in form was missing and a lot of other stuff was out of whack.

    So, I’m in repair mode! But I will make a new blog post there and report back here soon thereafter.

    Onward and Upward!!!

    • Tiffany says:

      Glad they rescued it for you!

    • Debi J says:

      Wow. That would suck to have to rebuild your blog because of those guys. I learned how to back up my databases last year automatically but you just reminded me that one of the first new software packages for me to learn to use during this challenge is my cloning software too. It’s sure to be more useful being used than sitting on my hard drive!

  • Robert Mason says:

    Hi Everyone

    I have also been lurking for far too long, so this challenge is the push that I need! This is a brand new blog that I created over the weekend, so the paint is still drying and it will develop and evolve over the coming weeks and months.

    My biggest personal challenge will be in making it less of a content site and more of a personal, informal conversational blog, like yours, Tiffany.

    Any way, here we go – http://www.flyingwithoutwings.com/

    I welcome criticism of any kind – I have 30 days to get this baby looking good!!

    Many thanks

    • Tiffany says:

      Glad you’re back Robert :)

      Love the post. I would do two things personally:

      I would make those quotes or phrases stand out another way than using that color. I would just make it centered, larger text with quotation marks or something.

      And also maybe an image in the blog post. People like to Pin uplifting motivational stuff to Pinterest. :)

    • Tiffany says:

      One other thing – social buttons ;) I’d like to Tweet the post with a social icon.

      • Robert Mason says:

        Gulp! Social buttons? I have masses of stuff about Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest, I’ve got accounts, but . . . so far I haven’t been active at all. Perhaps I need to take this on board and get active!

        Thanks for the push,

        • Tiffany says:

          No these are just icons to let others share your content on their social networks. Look for WP Socializer in your plugins – search for it and install it and then people will be able to share :)

          • Denise says:

            Tiffany, I’m so glad you said – if I got you right – that we don’t have to belong and be active on all these social sites. I was going to sign up for pinterest but their TOS scared me off when they said they have the right to post on my behalf. I got a FB account after my friends stopped using email and I sort of had to if I wanted to hear from them anymore or I probably wouldn’t have that either. I just don’t know where everyone finds time for all of it. I’d rather be cooking or sewing or playing with photoshop or taking a walk than one – more – internet – time – eater task. But I guess I’m going to have to get with the program even if I go dragging my feet.

    • Janet says:

      hey Robert – I decided to support you as a fellow Brit and I have signed up for your email course.

      By the way you need some social buttons on your site

      • Robert Mason says:

        Hi Janet, thanks for that. I couldn’t see how to add a comment on your site, so I’ll respond here. I have tinkered with the social stuff, but haven’t got active. As both you and Tiffany mention it, I guess that is my next challenge!!

        That’s a very useful post of yours – I must remember to look again when I get stressed with the social media!!

        Thanks again.

  • Caron Sprake says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    Happy to join the challenge and take Caron Cares to the next level. My blog is less than a year old and just beginning to “rock and roll”.
    Take a look and tell me what you love,like or dislike.
    Many thanks. Caron

  • Have been busy revamping my site so this challenge is perfect timing.

    Here is my link for today:

    http://buyplrtoday.com/resell-license/

    thanks!

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Sue! Add some social buttons if possible for easy sharing :)

    • Caron Sprake says:

      Sue – you look like a really approachable woman, be brave and put your photo on your blog. Tiff taught me to be brave and “out there” and although I am sick of the sight of myself, my readers like to see who I am. All the best with your challenge, Sue.

  • Ruth P says:

    Wow, so many fab posts here already, time to go and do some reading ;)

    I love the way you suggested we do the feedback too, makes so much sense!

    This challenge actually inspired me to give my blog a makeover and improve my opt in forms etc (I’ll use that as a blog topic for another day)

    Thanks again for starting the challenge!

    My blog posts today is about planning your blog posts with an editorial calendar: http://www.theinternetdream.com/boost-your-blogging-power-with-an-editorial-calendar/

    • Tiffany says:

      Awesome and timely Ruth!

    • Kecia says:

      Love the topic of your post, Ruth. My editorial calendar has been such a big help since I installed the plugin.

    • Denise says:

      Your post was a big help to me, Ruth. I have not figured out how to make a blog as beautiful as yours using the Dynamik theme. Did you change the CSS style sheet to do it? I am really a novice at web design but know enough to get myself in trouble.

  • yeah have to do that, thanks for the reminder!

  • Edie says:

    This post isn’t what I started out writing about today, but I wanted to share with our readers why I was joining the challenge. Now, at least I have the topic for tomorrow. Here’s the link to the Day 1 blog post.

    http://www.eldercarecafe.net/elder-care-cafe-30-day-content-creation-challenge/

    • Tiffany says:

      Awesome! I’m off to check it out Edie!

    • Lisa Oliver says:

      Hi Edie

      Just checked out your blog – what an awesome site and I loved your post today – you are clearly passionate about your elderly care and I wish you well as we both work through this challenge :)

      Lisa

    • Caron Sprake says:

      Hi Edie,
      A pleasure to meet a kindred soul,I shall keep an eye out for you. Caron Cares is my first blog and I have been tutored by Rob Mason also on this challenge ( his stuff is cool so check him out….Flying Without Wings)

  • I am so excited to all the great blogs here and so many of us participating. Here’s mine. Thanks Tiffany for doing this and getting me excited and revved up about writing everyday!
    http://www.parentingforsocialchange.com/giving-up-power.html

  • Michelle says:

    Ok I did it!! Day one I have a eBay selling Blog to go with my eBay Store. Today I wanted to talk about offering Free shipping and what I think about it. So here is the link below. Now I’m off to see other blogs :)

  • Lisa Oliver says:

    Hi Tiffany

    I did it yay!! A brand new blog so please excuse the fact that I have not set up the sidebars or anything else like that yet – but I got started amd I am thrilled because this blog, “Writing with Lisa” is something I have wanted to start for ages and thanks to your challenge I know I am going to have fun with this.

    You can check out my first post at http://www.writingwithlisa.com/writing-with-lisa/ I will be working later today on getting the sidebars up complete with a list building report and sign up form, but I just had to get this post done first.

    I am off to see what others have been doing :)

    Lisa

    • Tiffany says:

      Awesome Lisa – nice tip on getting the writing going.

    • Kecia says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Great post. I’ve been wanting to get started with Kindle publishing, and I needed this post to help me get over my fears and just write!

      I wanted to leave a comment but it said I had to log in…

  • Carol O. says:

    Well this challenge comes at a great time. Have been revamping and narrowing my blog topics so this is a push in the right direction. So scary to share with you though.

    Still haven’t come up with my freebies yet, but will have something this week.

    Here is today’s post: http://www.carolowens.com/http:/www.carolowens.com/businesse-tools-worth-the-money-when-starting-an-online-business-on-a-budget

    Any thoughts?

  • Jeannie says:

    Well Tiff,

    I did it! I am still not happy with my WP blog theme and will likely change it, but I wanted to get the post up so that I didn’t get behind. It feels great to have accomplished this much at least! If anyone has a WP theme they like with 3 columns (left sidebar, center, right sidebar), I’m open to suggestions…

    http://www.jeanniegiordano.com/blog/

    Looking forward to this!
    Jeannie

  • Okay, today’s post is here: http://kickasswebsitecoach.com/wordpress-security-plugin-wordfence/

    I can’t do 1 post per day. But, I will do at least 2 per week for this blog.

    I’m also working on my other blog and will post it later today.

    Will they be epic? probably not, but they’ll be helpful tips and information for those of us using wordpress and running a business.

  • Jeannie says:

    Wow – thanks for all of the great feedback!! Back to work! :)

  • Jan says:

    I’m finished lurking on the site and am getting involved now with this challenge. I’m looking forward to it.

    This is a site that I’ve had and have been working on slowly over the past few months. It’s still a work in progress.

    Here is the blog post I did today. http://www.savemoneywithjan.com/?p=248

    Yes, I’ll take comments, suggestions, tips, critiques, anything you’ve got.

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Jan! Glad you’re not lurking ;)

      Tips:

      1. Change the settings in Settings – permalinks to the blog post title. Right now yours defaults to a number. You’ll do better with traffic if you have it do post name.

      2. A social plugin in that allows Twitter, G+ and Pinterest too :)

  • Erika says:

    I am excited for this blogging challenge! I mapped out a daily goal/topic because I tend to freeze up and get writer’s block and then not write for a week or more! So on Monday’s I will plan on doing product reviews. Here is today’s… http://www.momslifeathome.com/money-at-home/easy-paycheck-formula-2-review/

  • So, originally I was going to write a second blog post for my IM blog because I didn’t think my post was really “helpful.” Well, the comments really made me rethink that. It’s great that my post helped people get over that same feeling I had after that job interview. So, this is my day one blog post for Adventures in Online Marketing.

    http://adventuresinonlinemarketing.com/im-unprofessional-sorry-about-that-guys/

  • Carol Amato says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Even though I’ve been blogging for a while, I do face challenges all the time, and love this challenge idea. Hoping to be in for the long haul! :)

    I did a quick video tutorial, then put the transcript in, which I usually don’t do, but I wanted to leverage it.

    http://www.carolamato.com/handbrake-software-demo-reducing-video-size/

    Thanks for keeping everyone engaged, and thank you for the inspiration that you are to me!!

    - Carol

  • Malia says:

    I remember when we were getting prepared for the challenge you said that the focus would be on providing value. So today, I wrote day 1 post on just that, How to Provide Value that Builds Customer Loyalty.

    http://maliaholleron.com/how-to-provide-value/

    I LOVE challenges. Thank you for providing the opportunity to challenge myself with the support of others.

  • Shanna Ohmes says:

    Hi Tiffany, I am doing your 30 day challenge after a leave of absence from my blog for over 8 months. My blog has been mainly article content, but I’m trying to learn how to personalize it a little through blogging. This came just in time for a sale I’m promoting in the natural health field, and I will be blogging about the different products for sale. Thank you for taking a look at my blog post for today ! http://thenaturallivingsite.com/blog/2013/02/extreme-digital-health-library-sale-bundle-on-sale-tomorrow/

    • Tiffany says:

      Awesome Shanna! What I would do is add personalized text or even text about the reader, like this…

      In your bulletpoint list, give some personalized text for each bulletpoint. Like for diabetes – maybe how many people have diabetes, what emotional impact they feel upon diagnosis, etc. If you’re familiar with any of them personally, try adding a bit of that like, “I’ve been on a cleanse several times and it really gave me clarity!”

      That makes it less like an ad and more of a blog post.

  • Marg says:

    Great challenge Tiff. I probably won’t post every day, but 3-4 times a week including a guest blogger on writing every Wednesday. Last post was prompted by my keyboard dying – and finding I couldn’t live with the old ‘spare’ one buried in the depths of my filing cabinet!
    http://writing4success.com/blog/5-tips-on-optimizing-your-tools-and-writing-space/
    (BTW I use Weaver II theme for WordPress.)

    • Tiffany says:

      Sounds like a plan Marg! Love the personalization – engaging story right off the bat.

    • Kecia says:

      Hi Marg! I can’t believe this challenge lead me to your blog. I have read {and loved} quite a few of your Busy Writer books as I’m learning all I can about writing fiction. Small world! :)

  • Gail Hess says:

    Hi All,

    As usual, I am behind! And I started looking at all the comments and realized that if I do to all of the sites and read and comment, etc. I will be that much further behind. :)

    So I will get to everyone’s sites in a day or so.

    I finally decided to make a new website rather than try and resurrect an old one. So of course I now need to get that started.

    I am going to do the challenge 3 posts a week for 10 weeks, rather than the 5 for 6.

    Gail

  • Wow – what a great response for Day One! I have just popped in to add my link for my Day One post. Now I am off to read, read, read. :)

  • Sena says:

    OMG, I did it: http://senaenkobis.com/a-lack-of-wisdom/

    I had no idea what I was going to write about, I just suddenly had the few first sentences and started writing.
    It seems way to big what I said since I don’t have a readership yet and haven’t planned to write for any specific audience, but wow, there it is.

    Can I repeat this? No idea. I didn’t even know I could write this in the first place. Do I regret it? No way. There are way too few kicks in the pants on the net as it is; no matter how weird my style might be I shouldn’t ever take it back. I think.

    How it felt to write it?
    - I had no idea what to write about in the first place but I simply started writing when I had gotten the first sentences out of seemingly nowhere while doing something else.
    - I never knew what I’d write next, and I didn’t know if I would be finished now or if there was still more to say. It feels as if I had three different endings, yet I always continued on with something else. (Can’t I stop talking? Or did it just serve to drive home the point that I didn’t even know I would make when I began to write. Or even while writing the middle. By the end I had kind of figured the topic out, yet still surprised myself. Funny, how weird writing always is.)

    So, yay. It was kind of fun. A complete surprise to me, I didn’t plan to write that way.

    I am sorry that I don’t have an email list to sign up to yet!
    I just don’t know how to feel about email lists – what are the legal requirements? Do I have to give complete strangers my RL adress where I live or a PO Box adress like many (all?) people who have email lists do who put their adresses into the footer of their emails?
    I like the idea of the personal connection of an email list but I think I need to do quite some more research into what I can/can’t/have to also do once I have a list and want to write for it.

    But I’ll tell everybody here in the comments once I have an email list to sign up for!
    (Until then you can of course subscribe to the RSS feed of my blog in the sidebar.)

    • Tiffany says:

      No you can use a PO Box. I just do double opt in on Aweber – and it’s great! You just gave me an idea for either a freebie or a blog post. Thanks! :)

  • Cathy says:

    I’m running a little late to the party but here’s mine:
    http://onlinenana.com/site-platform/

    This will probably be too basic for most folks out there. My site is for those just getting started or thinking about it.

    But it’s been so long since I have been a newbie that I welcome anyone who would like to read it and let me know if it’s too confusing or if I left something out.

  • Wow! Love all the comments and posts here! :) I’ve got about 5 or 6 people in my Facebook group participating too, so hopefully they’ll wander over and share their links too!

    My post for today is http://www.ritchiemedia.com/so-whats-the-big-deal-about-content-marketing and I’ve got my first opt-in report done as well. Just need to do the cover and add the updated form to my blog tonight.

    Thanks so much for hosting this Tiff!

  • Tiff you gave me another kick in the pants. Here is my first post…

    http://superjensjourney.com/

  • Kev Willson says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Been on your list for sometime now and not actually taken part in any of your challenges, until now!

    So glad you decided to do this challenge a real kick up the arse for me, much appreciated :)

    I have created a blog and have my first post on there, have really good feeling about this challenge.

    http://www.jobfreedream.com/a-new-blog-is-born/

    Kind Regards
    Kev Willson

  • I’ve been lax about writing regular blog posts so this challenge is a great motivator. Wrote my first post in the last couple of weeks today: http://associationofghostwriters.org/the-art-of-juggling-ghostwriting-projects.

  • jan says:

    Hi Tiff

    I just wanted to leave a comment about CommentLuv. As you know I am just about to start a list again so I am going to work my way through some of your earlier posts to look at the challenge as I have been a bit slap dash following things up for the past few months.

    You many know already but for your readers as well, if you reply to your reader’s comments from the post itself instead of from the comments area in your admin area, you can leave links as well so it’s a good way to promote lots of different topics as some people scroll down and look at the other comments and will see other posts listed.

  • Joanne Reid says:

    I did it — just blogged http://geekgranny.com/what-do-you-want-to-do-with-your-tablet/

    It was a challenge because I am personal all over the social media world but had to knock down the wall between my laptop and tablet reviews and my personal life so I did it. I did a personal blog about tablets.

    I like this challenge! Thanks Tiffany!!!

  • Ron says:

    Here is my first blog post of the challenge: http://healthyeating.ronkness.com/healthy-eating-tips/senior-health-and-the-blog-post-challenge.

    This is something that I have been wanting to do for a while, but just never had the proper motivation I guess. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Michelle says:

    I love a challenge! I’m in on this 30-day Freaking Fantastic Blog Challenge. I’ve been waiting for it. I’m going to do it!

    I’ll take reviews on my blog…with a smile. Thank you to those who do comment.

    Regards.
    http://waxlers.blogspot.com

    • Tiffany says:

      Nice blog Michelle! I miss South Carolina – salt of the earth people. Question: Are you trying to monetize the blog or just blog for personal satisfaction?

      • Michelle says:

        I’m doing this presently for myself. I hope to monetize in the future after I build a reputation and get a few more followers. I’ll soon be unemployed and I’d like a bit extra to help out.

        If anyone knows what is wrong with the blogspot site, please let me know as I cannot post pics and it’s driving me nuts! I can’t find info to ask them. Thanks.

        Thanks for your help, Tiffany. I appreciate it.

  • Tamsin says:

    Ok, I’ve made a start. Need to get more organised, but I’ll get there. Hopefully I can only improve! Any suggestions, comments, etc welcome :)

    http://www.inspirationalresults.com/debt-the-burden-of-life

  • Katie says:

    Today has been crazy on a personal front. Luckily I’d pre-written one post for today and got another one done as well.

    I talked about finding your slant here: http://www.iminurinternetmarketing.com/who-are-you-finding-your-slant/

    I also added to my review of the Shoe Money System here: http://www.iminurinternetmarketing.com/shoe-in-money-review-5-website-confusion-message-love-and-an-action-plan/

    I had a thought about the challenge. I’ve been figuring out Twitter #hashtags recently. What would you think about challenge participants who are on Twitter using a hashtag to share their posts and support each other? Maybe #FFBLBC?

    I’ve been looking forward to this challenge since you announced it. Now I’m off to see what other people have done!

  • Lilian says:

    Wow, good to see so many have commented already! I’ve posted my first entry http://portablelifestylebusiness.com/coming-out-as-an-internet-marketer-1-blc/

    This gives me a good reason to start building up my blog. Thanks for this Challenge, Tiffany!

  • Okay, Tiffany.. my stomach is in knots, but my site is up. I am excited, but nervous, too :)

    I look forward to reading everyone’s posts here.

  • I guess I am a little confused was I suppose to start a new “series” for my blog? Or just share what I am blogging about?

    Well, one thing that I started in geared towards this challenge was to do a little crowd sourcing in offering a adsens survey….

    http://snitchim.com/adsense_survey/

    I would love to hear your opinions!

    Thanks so much,

    Eric

  • Okay, here’s my other blog post.
    This site has been dormant for about a year. I’ve been posting new content and rebuilding the site from scratch for branding.

    I am re-starting the radio show (waiting on my first guest to confirm) and will be offering group coaching programs with another awesome coach soon.

    I added my freebie just now which is a report about moms and depression (which I know about).
    http://www.specialneedskidstalkradio.com/

  • Joyce Reid says:

    Working on an existing blog at http://www.giftbusinessowners.com.

    Made a new post today and signed up for aweber. Will be creating a new sign in form using aweber and offering an ebook as a premium for signing up to increase list. That will have to come tomorrow.
    I will probably be changing the theme as well. I use Genesis themes and am not sure that I like this as a 3 column theme. May be better as a 2 column one.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions are welcome.

  • Sydney says:

    Oh boy…this is not a fun feeling but I’m doing it scared Tiffany! :-) As others have said, thanks for the kick in the pants!

    Here’s my link to my first blog post: http://sydneywestwrites.com/?page_id=123

  • Kim Phoenix says:

    I want to be in on this challenge. Tiffany, what is the link for the original post where you described exactly what we need to be doing? I had had a good couple of weeks posting on my blog, and then I got busy with other things, and now I can’t remember where I left off in my thoughts!

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Kim! Go to the left sidebar and in the Category section, click Challenges – and it’ll show you the recent ones about this challenge. There were a few that explained some FAQ :) Join in! :)

  • Chris Deals says:

    Hey, Tiffany you have such perfect timing. I just stated a new blog and podcast on Sunday and this chalenge is exactly what I needed to stay focus.

    Thanks!

    Chris

  • Debi J says:

    Holy cow…looks like the game is on and you’ve found participants! That’s awesome.

    I finally got my blog post done for day 1, and before midnite…yay!

    http://daretogetpersonal.com/blog/why-getting-personal-is-important/

    Feedback and critiques welcome…you CANNOT offend me. :)

    It didn’t take all day to do just that. I also got my optin boxes added, and the social sharing and commentluv installed. It’s a new blog so I’ll pretty it up as I go. I’m sure it will eventually go to 3-columns because I like that but without anything to put there yet…why? :)

    I’m going to post every other day so I can focus on my packs on Tues/Thurs and I don’t have my giveaway idea ready (or even figured out) yet, but I’ll get there!

    Off to read blogs. I’ll come back here to comment as needed. ;)

    • Tiffany says:

      Yes it is – tons of support – hope everyone makes it to the finish line!

    • Hi Debi,
      Wow! Loved reading your blog, you are spot on regarding how many treat others and how we judge. Curious if it may have been better to split the one long blog into maybe two posts. Not sure what Tiff would say but just my thought.

      Excellent work!

  • Well I’m in for this but still am setting up my new autoresponder – should have my first post later this morning!

  • Hi Everyone,

    Moved house but waiting for internet to be sorted so have borrowed a wireless stick so I can tell you that I am in and even if I have a delay of a few days I so want to do this challenge.

    I have decided to sign up with TrafficWave for my autoresponder (was just waiting for them to confirm I can take me list if I leave them later.

    Happy for anyone to check out my website and give me feedback, still deciding what freebies to give away as I have a few that just need a bit more tweaking.

    Happy to write a post on soemthing related to my subject if anyone want to make a request.

    Have an awesome day!

    • Tiffany says:

      No problem Lorraine! Wonderful blog!

      2 tips: Add social sharing buttons and I don’t see a place to comment ;)

      • Thanks tiff, made me all watery eyed that you commented on my blog. I did switch off comments, I guess I was too scared to leave it open as I know that I am very controversial and I am expecting that people might want to try and challenge what I am blogging about! Lol

        Have seen such storms in other blogs that share some of the stuff I share. Oh well in for a penny in for a pound!

  • Phew. What a lot of posts with some excellent reading material. I’m looking forward to meeting new people. Thank you Tiff for doing this.

    My post for the day is http://www.kathyrobinsonsblog.com/freaking-fantastic-blog-and-list-building-challenge-day-1. I’d love some critiques please.

  • Hi Tiffany, Ok here is the first one, fingers crossed it won’t be the last. Here’s the link:
    http://home-business-with-gerard-and-kerry.com/?p=934

  • Marsha says:

    Hi Tiff,

    I had planned to start this challenge with another blog (actually am planning on 3 blogs right now)… but yesterday the idea for this particular blog post just hit me and I couldn’t let it go.

    Still need to get the opt-in and sharing buttons on this blog, but would love any thoughts and ideas from anyone on this post.

    Even though it’s placed on a Survival blog – this is a subject close to my heart. Here’s the day 1 blog post http://www.survivethenextdisaster.com/keeping-pets-safe-during-a-disaster

    *swats at the butterflies in my stomach* :)

    Marsha

    • Tiffany says:

      GREAT content – personalized and everything. I would add an image or two to break up the text. Even a pic of your pets?

      • Marsha says:

        Thanks :) It ‘felt’ right ya know? I was concerned it was running long, but it was done when everything was said.

        Yes, breaking up the text is on my mind. Gonna try to upload some cat pics from an iPhone and see if I can get them on the site.

        Thanks for the visit

        • Marsha says:

          I’m so sorry for the double post here but I had to tell someone — and you guys count as important someones :)

          I just had a comment from someone in my niche — on a less than a week old blog. For me that is beyond awesome. (at least I don’t think he’s taking part in the challenge – he might be a lurker… *waves*)

          My point, it was and is an awesome feeling — and if I hadn’t girled up and taken part in this challenge it might not have happened.

          I’m so excited. (sorry)

  • Wow, what a response. It’ll take the entire year to visit everyone’s blogs :)

    We had storms here in Northeast Florida yesterday and today. Wasn’t able to post my link due to the internet being down.

    Here’s mine for day 1: http://thenewinternetmarketer.com/when-is-the-best-time-to-submit-my-website-to-the-search-engines-for-indexing/

  • Ok day one post is done but I guess I didn’t mention it till day two :) and I wish to toss out a little experiment. In my post which you can find here: http://www.workathomemarilyn.com/get-your-articles-read-finding-those-magic-keywords/#more-110
    I ask you to leave a comment for a Keyword experiment I will use in my next post, I hope you stop by.

  • Liz says:

    Wow what a huge response Tiffany but not surprised as you always go the extra mile.
    I am one of those people who cannot walk past a kitchen store, love all those gadgets and love cooking and entertaining. I have decided that I will post 4 articles/recipes/how to’s a week and one review on cooking products.
    Today is my first cookware review and I would love some feedback to see where I can improve it.
    I will be sending out a weekly newsletter until I become comfortable with list building.

    • Tiffany says:

      I would personalize it :) It’s a great review but I don’t see much personalization – in other words, who are yuo and why should they trust your $0.02 on this?

  • Hi Tiff,

    The challenge just started and I’m already late! Classic me! *embarassed* I always take longer to do things than I think I will. I’m going to have to set my goal to one blog post 2 or 3 times a week, otherwise I’m not going to make it.

    I thought I would get my first post for the challenge published tonight, but I’ve run into a problem. I finished writing the next part of my Forever Affiliate review, but looking at it now I think I gave too much away.

    It’s in the SNOS style, so do you have any tips on how I can make it less revealing without making it so generic that it loses all it’s value? I don’t even know if that’s possible when you can’t see it, but I can’t risk posting it if it gives away too much of a paid product.

    This part of the review is about setting up the sites, and I have sub-headings with the names of each of the videos. Just by reading the headings a person could probably do the whole process on their own, though there are a few tips that Andrew gives in the videos that they wouldn’t know about.

    I could remove the headings, but then it would be one big block of text, and people could still work out what to do from reading what is left.

    On the other hand I think most of it is common knowledge anyway for anyone who has had any experience with making blogs before, so I don’t know if it’s such a problem or not.

    Sigh, I have no idea what to do! I’m going to sleep on it and hopefully tomorrow I can come up with a solution.

    Any insight is much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Priscilla

  • Liz says:

    Thanks Tiff I also felt it was impersonal will get onto it.

  • Allegra says:

    Hey Tiff! Loving this new blog challenge. I always work better when there’s a deadline. Here is my first post which is about identifying barriers to reaching your potential. http://allegrativity.com/how-to-become-powerful-woman/ Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share.

  • Ann says:

    Hi everybody! Glad to see that you are all really getting into this. I was going to start this weekend but no time as my family from the UK are arriving today and I had to get the flat sorted out for them.
    But, I am not going to beat myself up about it as as Tiff said we can jump in when we can so I will start once they have gone. I hardly ever see them so I want to be with them as much as possible.
    I have been reading all your comments though and am having self doubts as I have no idea how to use all those buttons on the blog!! But, again, I will love myself and tell myself that since Tiff set up my blog for me, I haven’t had much time to be on it. No excuses though – and I am sure that I am more than capable….. ;)

    Best wishes,
    Ann (in Spain)

  • Dianne says:

    Ok. That wasn’t too painful! I am so out of practice of adding to my blog. This challenge came at exactly the right time.

    Once I get back into the practice of writing again, it will flow much easier. There is just so much stuff floating around up there in my head that I need to remember to break everything down and not try to put it all into one article. I must have a lot to say?!? LOL!

    Anyway, here is my submission for the first day:
    http://www.diannehumphries.com/1584/the-5-deadly-sins-in-a-relationship/

    I am a Relationship Results Life Coach so I will be writing about a variety of topics that all have an anchor surrounding relationships. Our relationships affect every aspect of our life. Enjoy!

    P.S. I am in the middle of changing the look and feel of the blog so the slider window is not set yet. Please excuse the construction! I will figure that slider out if it is the last thing I do ;)

  • Kay collier says:

    I also had no idea what to write about,so I decided to write about what kept from doing much of anything for the past week.Now I;ve got to put my thinking cap on again.

  • Jumping in and catching up! I had to go out of town for a few days. Love all the blogs!!

    Belinda

  • Pat Moon says:

    Here’s the blog I posted on Monday:

    http://bestrealhealth.com/worlds-popular-prescription-drugs/

    I just now figured out where to post it, duh!

    My commitment is to do a blog once a week so this is week #1.

    I am slow about writing my blogs and then getting them posted. Also I have a limited amount of time right now to commit so sticking to one blog a week is a stretch for me.

    Thanks for sponsoring this challenge and being flexible for people like me. I am always up to hearing critiques about my blog & site.

  • Chris Usti says:

    I actually have two blogs set up, one is the “enter to win free traffic” lottery site, on a blog platform and the other is the blog to the lottery site.

    I have an autoresponder 90% ready, my first freebie idea being prepared as of this writing and 6 posts on my blog for the first week of content for this challenge, even though they are predated, the were just done.

    http://www.increasewebtraffictips.com

    off to put my “subscribe” form on the side of the blog now, it is under every post so far.

    still a lot of catching up to do, but getting there. :)

  • Started this blog as a way of tracking my online progress and as a way of motivating myself to get stuff done.

    Has been neglected for past month so am really happy i’ve posted on it again. Hoping to turn it into a habit.

  • Hey Tiff,

    I was planning to just make up on the back end the challenge posts that I missed but I’m thinking it’s less confusing (for me) to just create the posts then tack them on to the Challenge Day posts that I missed.

    So below is my formal entry for Day 1… at that time I’d decided to join the Challenge but not to post the daily entries publicly. That changed by Day 3 though, thanks to your laid-back and very encouraging, supportive attitude. Thank You for leading and drawing us out of our shells, Tiff. ;-)

  • Chris Usti says:

    today I did two posts (dated 1/29 & 2/1)
    Reviewing the YouTube method to increase web traffic
    http://www.increasewebtraffictips.com/203/website-traffic/traffic-generation-methods/reviewing-the-youtube-method-to-increase-web-traffic.html

    Tips to turn any YouTube video viewers into website visitors
    http://www.increasewebtraffictips.com/206/website-traffic/tips-to-turn-any-youtube-video-viewers-into-website-visitors.html

    and now have my “subscribe” optin form all set up on the side and the bottom of each post … I’m going to have posts that started from the first of the year and are posted every three days, as much as I would love to post every day, I know that is an unreasonable goal for me and I would fail

    moving on to day 2

    I have this week coming up from work and plan to get totally caught up on the challenge during that time, wish me luck :)

  • Latha says:

    Tiffany is it too late to join. Was away a bit am back..

  • Latha says:

    Okay great
    Thanks Tiff

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