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"It is day 7 in the 31 Day challenge and today’s task is to write a 'link post' - a post that links up to at least one other blog." - Darren at ProBlogger
Today's task has inspired me to do something new and unique with my blog. I've been trying to dream up something good for some time & today's task made my lightbulb click on.
A lot of people do, for example, Wordless Wednesday, posts... Posts in which they do not write, but simply share photographs of things. Most of the time there is a series of similar photographs like this one and other times bloggers just share funny comics like this one. "You've heard the expression -- A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words. That appears to be the premise behind Wordless Wednesday. One picture that tells a story." - By Barbara Crews, About.com
- My New & Unique Idea - "Monday Must Reads"... Every Monday I'll share a few of my favorite blog posts found while doing my blog reading during previous the week. As my task was link other bloggers, I've linked a few blogs already (see above) and I'm also using my VERY FIRST Monday Must Reads post for my Day Seven task! Check it out here!
For Day Six, Darren "...asked nine bloggers that I know and respect to nominate a few posts from their own blogs archives that they believe would be most helpful for bloggers wanting to improve their blogs."
There are a few blogs out there that I honestly check everyday I'm on the computer. Some are blogs I just find interesting, but a fair amount of them are blogs "in my niche" and I wanna keep tabs on them (: So today's challenge was pretty easy. I visited the craft/handmade/indie blogs I ALWAYS visit and took some notes. I also took Darren's advice and searched for other craft/handmade/indie blogs. I found some really great ones & took more notes. I plan to do this as often as possible for about a week & then compare notes to see what works and what doesn't (:
Darren had a lot of ideas on how to drive traffic to your blog by promoting individual blog posts! He suggested to have a side bar on your blog with recent posts, or change your forum/email signature to have a link to a recent post. He suggested linking with other bloggers or leaving a comment on other blogs/forums (with your post link) that your blog post directly relates too! He also suggested to use all the social network/bookmarking sites out there, like Digg & StumbleUpon!
- How I Promoted My Day 2 Blog Post - I like to use SocialMarker.com! SocialMarker is "Automated Submission to social bookmarking sites. Highest submission speed possible less then five minutes to 160 bookmarking services. Supports multiple user accounts." If I feel submitting to a certain site doesn't fit for any given post, I just skip it (: Try it out! I submitted my Day 2 post to Digg, Twitter and StumbleUpon.
This was a difficult task for me. Asking me to write something describing my blog that lasts only 30 seconds (or 100-150 words) is asking a lot! Back in high school, in my English classes, I had to summarize whole chapters in one sentence. Are you kidding? I had the hardest time doing it. My teacher tried helping me with activities such as telling the story of The Three Little Bears in 25 words are less! I wanna see you try that, hehe!
- My Elevator Pitch - "All about my handmade business and the tools I use to be successful."
13 Words - My lucky number, yay!)
This is will probably turn into an ongoing task, so check back for a better/improved/new one!
I've been a follower of Darren at ProBlogger for quite some time now. His blog is such a powerful tool for any blogger (: When I heard he was doing his "31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge" again, I HAD to get involved!
He has done the "31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge" in the past, and is back again with a new and improved approach. He has changed a few things & also added a forum for participants to communicate & share ideas!
From Darren... "Every day for 31 days I will send you a short email with a link to an post. The post will contain two things: (1) A task for the day (2) Some brief teaching to help you implement the task! The idea is simple. By the end of the 31 days you’ll have learned 31 aspects of blogging and put them into practice. It is designed not only to fill your head with knowledge ABOUT blogging but give you some concrete things to do to actually DO something with the knowledge."
It's NEVER to late to sign up!! As of right now there's already 9200 people involved! Join us?
I can't wait to see my blog evolve & I can't wait to see yours grow either! If you are participating, leave a comment to let me know so we can help each other out!
I just started a new project!! I haven't crocheted in a while and since March is National Crochet Month, I figured I need to make some time for it (:
Above is a picture of my current project, a crochet bikini top! I'm quite excited to start this project, especially since the weather is improving and summer is approaching. I live on the west coast of Florida, so our winter is fairly mild and probably by the end of this month I'll be able to sunbathe every day (:
The pattern I am using is out of my "Crochet On The Go" deck/box & is pretty simple. It uses granny squares for the "triangle" pieces.. nifty idea, huh? I do not have any lace weight yarn, so I imagine I'll have to adjust the pattern a little, oh well! The yarn I am using (pictured above) is pink & white and is 100% cotton (:
I'm also thinking about making up some crocheted jewelry items, so keep your eyes peeled for new listings in my shop!
What are you doing to celebrate National Crochet Month? What is(are) your current project(s)?
FoundHandmade is just one of the many great sites to get handmade movement out there! It's super easy to navigate and well designed.
FoundHandmade is super affordable to "advertise" on! It's just $5 a month for one mini block, $20 a month for five non-touching mini blocks, and $30 for four merged blocks(larger photo)!
"How to Shop: Roll over a picture block to see the item larger, in the center. When you roll over the picture block, you will also see the seller’s profile on the right hand bar. Each seller's profile will include their store name, location, a short bio and a list of all the websites they sell on (if they have more then one). Click on the picture block and you will be directly linked to the seller’s site where you will be able to purchase the item. You can shop for items by using the Categories menu, or our Gift Guide on the left hand bar, or try our search bar that has been efficiently streamlined so that you can search by items, seller, or materials. The sellers here are from all over the websites selling handmade, supplies and vintage goods!" -Quote directly from here
I'm giving up soda. I did it last year, it was tough, but I felt so much better drinking water and juices! Last year I was able to develop the habit, and it stuck long after Lent was over, but I slipped and I need to get back on track.. thanks Lent (: haha!