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The Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge Day 21

Hi everyone! Today is day 21 of our blog and list building challenge! I’m still brainstorming what my freebie will be for this week. Not sure yet. I’ve been working hard on a variety of things – ghostwriting, my 30 Day Vlog Plan course – you name it.

Today’s blog that I did is here: 6 Mistakes I’ve Made as an Online Business Owner

How is your blogging going? I’m enjoying it. But then I always do. What I hope for you are the following:

  • That you start to enjoy the process of blogging every day and having something to say.
  • That you begin to see some increased traffic (even if they’re lurkers).
  • That you start getting some interaction on your blog from human visitors.
  • That you get in a routine habit of blogging, but then Tweeting, FBing, G+ing, and emailing your blog post.
  • That choosing topics to blog about becomes easier – that you realize not everything has to be mind-blowing to be good

If these things start to happen by the end of the 30 days then you’re on the right track.

I’m going to cut it short on this post today because I have a ton more to do before I go pick up my kids.

Tiff ;)






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85 Responses to “The Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge Day 21”

  • Michelle says:

    It is really so much easier to think of blog posts now after 20 days. I have grown so much from this challenge is unfrigin believable!

    Today I posted about, what sells on eBay. The things I look for when I am out at Yard Sales and Thrift shops.

    • Tiffany says:

      I’m SO happy to hear that Michelle! :) Sometimes it’s just DOING IT that helps. One foot in front of the other.

      • Liz says:

        Hi Tiffany

        Today I looked at my Google analytics for the first time and I was blown away, I had visitors from 14 countries but what I was thrilled about was the time they stayed on my site, I should actually say our site because a friend has joined me in this venture, she is the queen of leftovers and we hope to educate people into not throwing away leftover food but how to use it instead.

        Today I am going to try my hand at making a video…should be fun

        • Tiffany says:

          Wonderful Liz! Yes that global thing is a feeling of magic. I’ve made so many friends all over the world – it amazes me.

    • MamaRed says:

      I so hear you Michelle. And I’m finding I actually like blogging after years of fighting it. Egads! Now to make some mula so I can afford to keep bloggin.

  • Yoan says:

    My,My, I can’t keep up with you Tiff! You’re in Frankenstiff mode, aren’t you!!! Got to take the time tonight to read and watch the vlog! I didn’t notice the list of categories on the left hand side, or at least I didn’t notice you had added new ones. Or am I wrong?

    I am writing longhand today! My creativity is close to zero when I watch that blank Word page! I don’t mind writing longhand! Anyone else doing it from time to time? It’s actually quicker for me when I disconnect my brain from the Internet!

    Old-fashioned, I know but it’s refreshing! Anyway, off to finish that ghostwriting piece!

    Maybe a topic on “what methods do people use to write etc” would be great?? Little suggestion here! I want to know if I am the only one doing it longhand or if I have friends out there xxx Yoan

    • Tiffany says:

      LOL FrankenSTIFF :) I switched up categories a little while back – not too long ago.
      Long hand? Ack! I can’t read my own writing now.

      • Yoan says:

        STIFF LOL!! TIFF, then! Longhand is cool! I think Jeni does a bit of longhand too! I talked to her about it once and she said she was a bit old school too! I can’t face the screen all the time, seriously! I go mad! Computer, pad, phone, Tv,….HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!

    • Tamsin says:

      Hi Yoan

      I sometimes write my posts long handed but it is normally when I don’t have a computer handy. I don’t have an ipad or other transportable device that I could do it on.

      I do find that I actually get on with the writing and am less distracted than when I’m on the computer …….. all I then need to do is enter the post and – voila – the job is done :)

      • Yoan says:

        Exactly Tamsin!! I also think that it flows naturally! Actually, there’s been research on the matter (the relation between the handwriting and the brain)! I find that I am much more creative and it’s nice to get off the blank screen! I am not disciplined, so I do need to beat myself if I want to do something! I also use a voice tracer sometimes when I have ideas for articles! It brings back memories from when I was working in a Law firm! It’s good for the memory too! Trying to assemble sentences and picturing a whole paragraph in your head! I don’t mind transcribing and editing it afterwards! I like using several ways to write because typing away all day long can become really tedious! Standing by the window with a voice tracer is really nice! Inspiration flows! Anyone doing it here?

  • Ruth says:

    I am still finding it a challenge to always have something to write about, but I am getting better and I’m glad to have revived my blog a bit!

    I wrote about creating outlines today- link below.

  • Barney says:

    Hi Tiffany with the new do

    Still chugging in the challenge. My biggest mistake is waiting so long :)

  • Ana says:

    I have never written so many blog posts in such a short time so the challenge has been great for me. I plan to keep it up at the end of the 6 weeks :)

  • Alex says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Oh, I’m glad I joined the Challenge, and had chance to communicate with several excellent people here. :)

    So I will continue blogging in my topic every day. I have ideas what to write in the next two months.

    Today post is my Day 10, and is a continuation of a previous one. You can read it here:

    http://www.talkourdogs.com/how-to-breakthrough-our-dogs-car-chasing-habit-ii/

    Cheers, :)

    Alex

  • Sharon says:

    I love blogging…I’ve had a personal blog for several years and find it easy to share my life there. The problem I faced was how to find the balance between business stuff and personal stuff on my business blog and this challenge has done wonders for me. I do believe my personality is creeping out, slowly, and it feels great! :)

  • Marilyn says:

    Took a few days off, so here is an update of my progress to go sugar-free
    http://dietingforwomen.com/sugar-free-diet-update/

  • My post for today was that quirky, wacky post. Mine is titled “30 Super Cool but Slightly Odd Things About Me.”

    It will either scare people away or they will flog around me. LOL

    • Tiffany says:

      Can’t wait!

    • MamaRed says:

      I love that you shared this Patti…and I’m planning one of these too! How fun!

    • Yoan says:

      Patti, your blog post cracked me up! I am laughing so much I am in pain especially about number 15 ( the yappy dogs)! It’s so true! My grand mother could turn a nice little poodle into a tyrannosaurus Rex in less than a week! Your blog post is an absolute gem! Still can’t stop laughing! xxx Yoan

  • Since joining the challenge I’m finding more time to get things done each day. Even on the days I missed blogging I got a lot more work done than normal. I’ve also learned a lot about myself and my blogging habits.

    Today I wrote two short posts on SquidsPro. One was a message about some SquidCrafter templates and the other was this one about how I’m going to use any locked lenses to help everyone figure out what’s up with the filters. http://squidspro.com/blog/using-my-lockedwarning-lenses-to-help-you/

    On Adventures in Online Marketing I wrote about a cool website that is kind of like Google Reader was but a lot cooler! The only issue I’m having is that your blog doesn’t update on it even though every other blog I tried to add did.

    http://adventuresinonlinemarketing.com/im-in-love-with-bloglovin/

  • I’m happy to say that traffic has certainly increased on the site, and that may be partly due to me Tw, FB, G+ on all my blog posts in this challenge.

    Normally I only do that for the main site How-to Guide pages, not the daily info blogs.

    Got another couple of info posts done yesterday including – http://www.learn-how-to-do-it.com/how-to-fight-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-with-nutrition.html

  • I’m behind, but I’m determined to catch up to you guys. I have enjoyed this challenge and finally got a peak at my website stats and WOW wee! I couldn’t believe the change from last year this time to now. Who are all these people? :)

    I don’t have as many sign ups as I’d like or comments. The growth I have had with this challenge is still welcomed and nice!

    I have enjoyed the challenge and look forward to creating posts that are helpful to others. Below is my link for Day 16.

  • Katie S says:

    This makes me laugh because I really had NO idea what to write about today. I was showing someone how to upload files to their webhost and ended up turning that into a blog post.

    Then I started thinking – didn’t someone just post a video about this? Maybe you, Tiff? But by that point, I had a bunch of screencaps and had barely won a knock-down drag-out with Gimp, so there was no way I wasn’t posting it. Someone will find it helpful at some point, I’m sure.

    It’s here: http://www.iminurinternetmarketing.com/how-to-upload-a-file-to-your-webhost/

  • Day 21? Oh no, oh no, please tell me it will never end, I am learning so very much!

    And enjoying it.

    Thanks Tiff.

  • Carol O. says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Behind a few days. Computer was on the outs. Granddaughter thought it needed a bath. I have been having posting withdrawals, so I guess the challenge is working!

    Anyway here is today’s post: http://www.carolowens.com/social-media-etiquette-sharing-or-over-sharing

  • Bonnie Gean says:

    I don’t get this blogging thing. It boggles my mind and I have a hard time coming up with things to make a tutorial about.

    I think I’m in the wrong niche. :)

    And if you believe that one, I have a bridge here for sale. Want it? LOL

    Here’s my latest post, answering a question for Tamsin and anyone else who wants to add a footer menu to their blog.

    How to Add a Footer Menu to Your Blog

    http://www.bonniegean.com/how-to-add-a-footer-menu-to-your-blog/

    Tomorrow, I’m going to WRITE a post instead of recording it. Just to make sure my fingers don’t forget how to TYPE! :)

  • Tamsin says:

    Hi Tiff

    Yes, I’m enjoying it. Hopefully I’m getting better and better. I find I am getting inspiration from the community and also just being more aware of things around me and making notes of something I hear that I could write about!

    Here’s my latest efforts – following in Bonnie’s footsteps and preparing myself for the next challenge …….

    http://www.inspirationalresults.com/30-secrets-about-me/

  • I have found that this challenge motivated me to publish a post each day. At the beginning I didn’t think I would have it in me at all. Before, I was struggling to write one post every two weeks. lol

    People have been so nice and helpful. Sharing their thoughts and opinions. It is nice to think that someone across the water is clicking onto my site and reading what I have to say and then taking the trouble to leave a comment.

    I like that everything doesn’t have to be perfect and that people will give me heads up when I need it, cos I am still learning here.

    I love, love, love it! :)

    Here’s todays post.

  • Michelle says:

    Yes, it is very easy to find topics to blog about. My blog is looking healthier since I’ve beefed up on content. It is really getting more fun and feels more natural. This is just what I needed to get me motivated. Thanks!

  • Marsha says:

    Hi Tiffany & everyone!

    I cannot believe the difference doing this challenge has made to my habits and attitude towards my blogs.

    I certainly still have a long way to go – but I feel that my feet are firmly on the right path to where I intend to end up.

    Learning from not only you but this entire community has been a blessing that will live on long beyond this challenge. I have ideas for blog posts that will last me months. Something you said to Katie really struck a chord with me tonight – I hesitated to do posts that are similar to ones that I’ve read here from our community because I didn’t want to seem to be copying from anyone ever… yet what I have to say is from my perspective and geared towards my audience (whoever they turn out to be :) eventually).. so that is far far different from copying – that is giving my opinion on a similar topic. That I can do.

    As crazy at it may sound – no matter what that next challenge you have for us may be – once the final day of this freaking fantastic challenge is finished — I’m starting again at Day 1 because there is So Much that I’ve missed and I want to learn from everyone here so I’ll do again and be even more blessed.

    Thank you everyone for the lessons you have taught me that will stick with me for a lifetime. On Day 1 I said “I can do this.” scared and timid but I can… by Day 30 I will say “I did this – and who knows what else I can accomplish when I do instead of try.”

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Marsha that’s great! And yes I have people email me months later asking if they can still post on the old blog posts, etc and you can!

  • Shan says:

    Day 14 done and dusted. Nearly halfway through the challenge. Did my version of Nicole Dean’s “Weird and Wacky Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me”.

    Got so much rockin’ confidence now, I’m going to revamp one of my old blogs.

    Shan

  • Carol Amato says:

    Hi Tiff,

    Mapping out my week (or two weeks) of what I want to cover has really been a big help.

    Implementing the question at the end of post has helped my engagement as well. :)

    Thanks for the tips,
    - Carol

  • Debi J says:

    This has been a lot of fun. I’m getting to know a lot more people and like-minded is ALWAYS a good thing!

    I have more ideas for posts than I have time to write and I add a few more every time I comment on someone’s blog (because if I have an opinion about what they posted, I certainly have MORE of an opinion on it that can be expanded… so why not do it on MY blog rather than overrun theirs (and yes, I know after yesterday’s post you got from me that’s a bit ironic). LOL

    My biggest thing at the moment is getting my head wrapped around smaller posts vs freaking fantastic ones! :)

  • Know I am behind but have also been working on a big PLR Niche pack that I will launch in April.

    My two latest posts are:

    http://plronestopshop.com/new-senior-plr-ways-to-use-this-content/

    and with this one I got up close and personal with who I am.

    http://plronestopshop.com/off-topic/

    Have fun dying the eggs! We have unexpected company coming so that will be wonderful.

  • Alex Newell says:

    Hi Tiff

    thanks for the 5 bullet points – helps a lot.

    Today is Part 2 of a series I’m doing on WordPress Security…

    http://www.thesimpleaffiliatesystem.com/simpleaffiliate/security/how-to-make-your-blog-more-secure-part-2

    Shortlink http://is.gd/qpcccw

    Stay Safe!

    :-)

    Alex

  • MamaRed says:

    OK, so I’m seeing a theme “lazy” (in the good way of course!)

    http://mamaredknight.com/wordpress-lazy-typist-global-content-blocks

  • Iris says:

    Blogging is going good!

    Ideas are flowing … themes are changing …. Improvements are being made and I’m getting a much better grip on what blogging is all about. And I’m learning how to put more of “me” in it which is making it more enjoyable.

  • Alex says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Hoping you all of your family is healthy. :)

    This post is my Day 11 in the row of the FFBLB Challenge.

    I’m almost completely well, so I work. Today’s dose is here:

    http://www.talkourdogs.com/by-interpreting-dog-body-language-correctly-you-can-keep-your-dog-healthy/

    Cheers,

    Alex

  • Robert Mason says:

    Hi, I’m not looking to set the world on fire – just to get 30 posts of content up on a brand new blog. Then I’ll feel able to contact my old lists, with something for them to see!!

    http://www.flyingwithoutwings.com/manifesting/allow-yourself-to-have-more/

  • Marilyn says:

    Blogging is getting easier and more of a habit now, however I feel if I am rushed the quality of my blog content goes down :/

    http://dietingforwomen.com/what-kind-of-dieter-are-you/

    • Tiffany says:

      That’s true Marilyn! And when I feel that way, I don’t blog one day. Like today – I’m not blogging. I blogged yesterday and emailed it out today. I’m feeling overwhelmed today so it’s off the docket :) Give yourself permission to be on your schedule.

      • That explains it then. I wondered why your timing was off for the email notification when the blog posts were already up yesterday.

        Hope your day works out better, and you start getting back on top of your workload.

        • Tiffany says:

          Yep I am really being careful to take care of myself right now and not overload myself – this is an odd thing to go through and I need to be 100% for my kids.

  • Hey Tiffany

    Well I did it I finally got my site back up its not perfect but I’m working on it.
    I wrote a post it wasn’t much but I felt I needed to put something up.So check it out let me know what you thank.

    Thanks Tiff for keeping me moving, Sandy

  • Erika says:

    I do enjoy it when I make myself sit down and just do it! Now, if I could get my family to just stay well for longer than 2 days at a time, I might be more successful in writing more!

  • I’m loving this challenge and the new bloggers I’ve met. I’m also looking forward to Easter, not for the holiday but because both kids will be here on Monday. I’m happiest when we’re all together and we’ll have a chance to catch up on Julia’s trip to China.

    Today’s post is http://www.kathyrobinsonsblog.com/a-different-take-on-mindset

    I think the last time I wrote so consistently was for Ezine Articles 100 articles in 100 days.

  • Shan says:

    Day 15 done! I’m halfway through. Wow!

    I’m getting into blogging consistently. Getting to grips with A Weber and broadcast mails. I’ve been uploading freebies onto the server. Now I’m writing my first coaching course. Wow!

    Thanks, Tiff
    Shan

  • Hi Tiff & all, I’ve had some personal issues over the past 2 weeks that are on the way to being sorted out now. So I am back in the saddle & getting on with life again YAY! It’s been a tough road for me recently, with one thing & another. I will do a vlog this week where I will discuss some of it (I hope so long as I don’t get too scared). Here are days 13, 14 & 15 posts.
    http://home-business-with-gerard-and-kerry.com/how-much-time-does-it-take
    http://home-business-with-gerard-and-kerry.com/3-hot-tips-for-building-trust-and-increasing-sales/
    http://home-business-with-gerard-and-kerry.com/learning-to-see-challenges-as-opportunities/

  • Jennifer says:

    I am getting some great interaction with my audience on my blog as a result of my posts. Yesterday I wrote a 2 part blog posts showing the exact 7 steps I took to promote an affiliate product that is earning me now $87/day. See the 7 steps I took that is on track to earn me over $30,000 from promoting one affiliate program.

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