As you know I recently revived my blog. I spent two years blogging before going on over a year long hiatus. When I started my blog back in law school it had very little direction and was quite the ugly duckling. Then I won a blog makeover giveaway hosted by the awesome Katy Widrick . I worked with Katy and Rita of Blog Genie to revamp my blog and it was beautiful. Unfortunately life got busy and I still felt like I lacked direction so my blog became a source of stress instead of the outlet I wanted to create for myself and my readers. So I quit temporarily to regroup and focus on getting my life where I wanted/needed it to be. I didn’t think it was fair to my readers or myself to continue with something that felt forced and added to my daily stress.
By no means did I ever intend on giving up on blogging; I just wanted to wait until the right time in my life to return to it. Now that I’m back I really want to work on improving my blog so that it’s a more enjoyable experience for both myself and my readers. This is where Katy comes into play once again with her 28-Day Blog Challenge.
We all make blogging resolutions, to-do lists and wish lists. But how many of us actually commit to putting some of those goals into action? For 28 days, we’re going to spend time reworking, refreshing and rethinking our blogs, social media spaces, community and more.
The changes can be big — go self hosted! create a new header! make some new Twitter lists! — or small — comment on a new blog! update your about page! check your blog for bad links! — and the beauty of the challenge is that you decide what to do.
Every time you make a change, head to the official #28DBC Challenge hub and let everyone know what you did, with a comment, a photo or a video. That’s also the place to go to ask questions, find new blogs and celebrate the great work that we’re all doing.
Katy has listed 28 suggestions on her blog as a template for the challenge. However, the beauty of this challenge is that each blogger gets decide what they want to do over the 28 day period. The 28 prompts offer inspiration and I’m appreciative for them because I’m definitely a template oriented person (thanks to years of creating outlines for IB and law school exams and a nasty Type-A personality trait).
My goals for this challenge:
- clean up and organize my blog including links, pictures and categories
- finish completing my new blog template
- improve my social media reach
- increase my readership
- make new blog friends
To sweeten the deal, there are a ton of awesome prizes available to a selection of bloggers who complete the challenge. So, if you have a blog I challenge you to join me for the next 28 days while we work to improve our blogs!