When I first heard of Dr. Mani’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge I thought it was a good idea but didn’t take action right away because I didn’t think I could find enough things to write about. In addition, I tend to procrastinate and was not sure I could be successful so I looked at my goals to try and decide.
Dr.Mani is a heart surgeon from India, who uses his writing and marketing skills to fund critically needed heart operations for children in India whose families cannot afford such an operation. I am inspired by Dr. Mani’s passion for his mission and writing and marketing skill. Dr. Mani has an excellent reputation and I have purchases his products so I know he is an expert blogger and I trust him. I decided to take the challenge, knowing if I got stuck I could get expert help.
The 30 Day Blogging Challenge requires participants to research their niche, make a post to their blog using their chosen keywords daily, for a period of 30 days, starting January 2, 2012. Paid participants are also urged to include 3-5 links to posts created by the other bloggers who are participating in the challenge.
The challenge helps participants develop the skills necessary to research a niche, setup a blog, write a post, and link it to other blogs as well. I am sure there will be other benefits like time management, content planning and goal setting etc.
Since the challenge requires a daily time commitment, between 15 minutes and 1 hour per day, I had to be sure the exercise would pay off both personally and professionally. Here are my top three reasons I accepted The 30 Day Blogging Challenge:
- To learn the actual steps it takes to blog every day so I can train others how to do it effectively. I am called upon to write about and train people to perform complex tasks. I often learn how to do something so I can effectively train on the subject. How can I expect someone to follow my training if I haven’t done it myself?
- To prove that I can actually do it. Sometimes you are your worst critic. This crops up in a number of ways, my problem is extreme procrastination. Since this in an experiment, there should be no pressure to perform, however I am a perfectionist and that seems to stop me more often before I start something than not.
- To improve my writing skills. I have to write a fair amount in my various roles as at work and at play. I write at least a little each day to perform my job, but, it seems
So far, I a bit behind on day 3 of the challenge, this is my second blog post. I will catch up tonight with another one to catch up.
My biggest obstacle is over thinking the material, I have plenty of ideas but none of them seem to fit exactly into my chosen niche, keyword wise. The topics are related but I would not choose the exact keyword phrase to describe each sub-topic. I will continue to work this out over the next 30 days. The point is to learn how to cope and produce decent blog posts, hopefully improving over time.
I am setting aside time in the morning for the activity but other responsibilities have snuck in, so I will tweak my schedule to accommodate the new activity. I hope to be well adapted to my new schedule by the end of the project. I will post about my progress weekly to let you know how I am doing.
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