Blogging Challenge–Day 3: Search for and join forum’s on your Blog’s Topic

Darren’s Day 3 task is to join forums (read Darren’s post on why you should participate in forums). His rationale is this builds relationships with people who have interests similar to you, builds profile of your blog, increases knowledge gain and increases readership of your blog. Why I participate in forums and online communities I…

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31 Nights, with being smart about how I do my homework, to build a better blog

Darren Rowse, this month, will each day provide homework for willing participants who want to spend 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. So why should I participant if I am not interested in fame or fortune. Well one of my goals is to help others so I should want to be a more effective…

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Becoming A More Effective Blogger:The 31 Day Blogging Project

As Graham Wegner highlighted in his comment on The Edublogger –“it wasn’t all that long ago (well over a year I think!) I had a Skype conversation with Alex Hayes and your good self where you declared that you didn’t really “get blogging.” So true, I didn’t get blogging and was into podcasting! Yep, took…

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Do Busy Readers Dig Deeper Into Our Blogs?

What I like about this week’s challenge at Better Blog community set by Simon Thomas (Oak Innovations Blog) on Mobilize your archives is I have already done it for my Day 4 task of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. The task involves going back through your old posts and looking for opportunities…

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Getting Into Blogging As An Educator!

There are so many reasons why I believe all educators should blog but Darren Draper expresses them better – check out his Reason #1, Reason #2, Reason #3, Reason #4, Reason #5, Reason #6, Reason #7, Reason #8) Blogging is so valuable for your own personal learning. If you plan to use blogs with students,…

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31 Day Blogging Challenge — Day 27 – 31

While some might feel a sense of relief because the tough slog of the blogging challenge is completed with the final ride down that last steep hill across the finish line, I feel immensely sadness because working together as community for this 31 Day Blogging challenge has been extraordinary. 🙁 So this is my last…

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Blogging Challenge – Day 4: Interlinking posts

Darren’s Day 4 task is to Dig back into your old posts and do some interlinking of posts because as you add more content to your blog there will be more and more opportunity to link your posts together so that readers can view more pages of your blog. What I found most interesting about…

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Blogging Challenge — Day 2: Run a First Time Reader Audit

Darren’s Day 2 task is to Run a First Time Reader Audit by watching a friend or family member, who has not read your blog, surf your blog. The reason why is because you learn a lot from watching how a person reads and uses your blog. Early this morning I asked my husband if…

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31 Days Blogging Challenge has become serious!

I decided to take part in 31 days to build a better blog (where Problogger Darren Rowse will give a new assignment each day) as a result of Michele Martin’s (The Bamboo Blog) post 31 Days to a Better Blog–A Personal Learning Experiment and a Blogger Challenge (Michelle will provide alternative homework when Darren gives…

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The Enjoyable Aspects Of Decluttering Sidebars!

First impressions count! Combine poor theme choice with a cluttered sidebar and you have a recipe for convincing first time visitors NOT to subscribe to your blog.  They’re too busy being turned off to notice your great posts! Unfortunately sidebar clutter creeps up on most bloggers.  So I thought it would be helpful to share…

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