This is Day 31 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ of us bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers.
A little over six weeks ago we started a journey together in the pursuit of becoming better bloggers. Congratulations to everyone who has made it to this finish line. This has been a worthwhile project for me, not just for the practical advice and wisdom I have received in the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog material, but because of the friendships that I have made along the way. So many of you have spoken truth into my life through your respective blogs and I am grateful to you for your willingness to share your lives with me through blogging.
Today’s lesson deals with developing your “next steps” in blogging. Darren recommends mapping out what you intend to accomplish in your next month of blogging. Basically we are being encouraged to put into practice the different concepts we have learned over the 31 days. Putting together a game plan that includes developing potential blog topics, developing a variety of different types of posts we want to write, and allotting time to participate in forums and commenting on other blogs will definitely help us all become better bloggers.
In short, following a well thought-out plan is one of the essentials for building a better blog.
I am a planner by nature. Working within the confines of a structured plan is very comforting to me. While the task may seem a little daunting to those of you who may have a little more of a “free spirit” when it comes to your blog planning, I want to challenge you to give it a try.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you follow a plan. For example:
Less than a year ago, I had a dream to become a runner. Now, when you see me, I probably would remind you more of an offensive lineman than than your prototypical track team member, but for whatever reason, I had this desire deep down to start running. Smart people would have probably chosen a mile race or a 5K to get started. I chose a half-marathon–that’s 13.1 miles for those of you keeping score at home.
How does a fat boy get ready for a half-marathon? He finds a good plan and sticks with it. Although I knew very little about running, I began following a plan recommended to me by some experienced runners. There were days I wasn’t able to complete a training run for a variety of reasons, but keeping track of my training and following the recommended running strategy as closely as possible helped get me ready for my first half-marathon. Having the discipline to run even when I didn’t “feel” like it prepared me to run well. My plan caused me to log the miles and gain the endurance that I would need make it to the starting line with the courage that I was as ready as I could be to complete the challenge ahead.
I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to finish that race! In fact, I finished my second half-marathon in March and just began training to run a full marathon toward the end of this year.
I am still a fat man, but thanks to good planning, I am now a “fat man on the run!”
Blogging seems to be a lot like distance running to me. Both are challenging and rewarding, and those who work hard and plan ahead tend to finish well.
I look forward to seeing you regularly as we continue to run the blogging trails together!
- What value do you see in setting up a blog calendar a month ahead?
- Do you think planning ahead stifles or increases creativity?
- Which bloggers have impacted you the most over the last 31 days?
The Extra Mile:
- Complete a month of your blog calendar and post a link where we can check it out.
- Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.
- When other bloggers include a link to a new article they’ve posted today, click, read, and comment on it.
- Complete the 31DBBB feedback survey by midnight tonight (Monday)
After 15+ years as a paid pastor, Nolan Bobbitt found out how to do real-world ministry…by getting a job as a barista at Starbucks! He blogs about his journey of faith, family, and leadership at www.nolanbobbitt.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@NolanBobbitt).