Thursday, April 26, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 26

(Note: If today's task seems a lot like last week's task on Thursday, there's a reason for that deja vu: It's the same task. One goal of this challenge is to build the basic routine of blogging at least once per week. If you're exceeding that, then good on you!)

For today's task, write a new blog post. Include a call to action (for instance, encourage readers to sign up for your e-mail feed or to share the post with others by using your share buttons) and link to it on your social networks. Also, don't forget to think SEO.


Consistency is still your ticket to success.

One of the top rules of finding success with online tools is applying consistency. While it's definitely a great thing if you share a blog post more than once a week, I think it's imperative that you post AT LEAST once a week. The main reason? It builds trust with your readers that you'll have something to share regularly and gives them a reason to visit regularly.

So today's task is not about making things complicated; it's just about keeping it real.

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68 comments:

Anne Kimball said...

Yawn. Finally something I'm good at. I make blog posts like I make babies and I've got more than I can handle at any time. So glad this challenge wasn't "go set up an account with the new social media site Proroll.com and reach out to at least 10 new contacts with an interview and a gues post and while you're at it tweet them the invite to a BBQ at your place and don't forget to book those dancing girls and unicycle-rdidng capuchin monkeys."

Thanks for the bone, Not-Bob!

Anne Kimball said...

Yawn. Finally a challenge I can handle. I make blog posts like I make babies and I have more than I can handle at any given time.

I was half afraid to click on your blog this morning, trembling at the thought of another "create an account on the newest social media site WritingIsAPainInMeArse.com and make real connections with 10 new friends that you interview and guest post and don't forget to tweet them the invite to the BBQ you'll be hosting and make sure to book those dancing girls and unicycle-rdiing capuchin monkeys."

So yeah, thanks for the bone, Not-Bob!

Joseph Lalonde said...

Done and done. Needed this one especially after yesterdays challenge and the rejection I faced. Oh well, an interview will be forthcoming soon. Just need to find a willing expert!

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Mel Jones said...

Ha! I had JUST finished a post (to go up on Saturday) that does just that! Cool Beans. Thanks for the bone is right! I too was afraid to click.

And thank you Anne Kimball for making me smile!

Erika D. said...

OK--you got me to add a call to action (to the post scheduled to publish tomorrow). Thank you! Done.

Lauren Miller said...

Call to action and blog post, check.

Tomorrow's post, a review of Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island, Canada, will be up tomorrow.

Thanks Robert!

Robert Lee Brewer said...

That's pretty funny, Anne. Have you been looking at my notes for the final four days? ;)

CERN Wife said...

I usually post once a week (did it on Monday) but also posted yesterday (Wednesday) because I just had to get some photos out there about a strange season here in France that I call "sprinter." (check http://cernwife.blogspot.com). Does it count that I have 2 posts in 3 days, even though there's no call to action? I'm about to start on another post about my favorite food store in France (it's a chain and I wish we had them in the US), and I promise that this next post, which will be published on Sunday, will have a call to action.

Anne Kimball said...

Robert Lee Brewer said: Have you been looking at my notes for the final four days? ;)


Ruh-roh. Better hit Google up for dancing girls and unicycle-riding Capuchin monkeys. ;-)

Mary Bauer said...

I like establishing routines. I have been thinking about how I am going to create a schedule for May to maintain what I have learned this month. I will add a call to action to the post scheduled to go out tomorrow.

De said...

Done. Thank you.

Muddy said...

Perfect! On my list to do anyway today!

I did get that last seat in the Pitch Slam...looking forward to it!

Kyle Robinson said...

I will be on this probably late tonight but I gave something to use which is good have a great Thursday everyone

Lynn Daue said...

Done! And before I read today's challenge as well ...

Khara House said...

I've got my post all scheduled for today, so I'm calling this one done! :) Huzzah for editorial calendars (thanks to this challenge) and general preparedness!! Thanks, Robert!

Bonnie Vesely said...

Woohoo! This was already on my agenda. Anne, thanks for the laugh that finally woke me up today. And Not Bob, you're scaring me...

Gerry said...

Working on today's challenge. I should have a post up later today. I'll send it around when I do.

I would love for some of you to pitch a guest piece for my blog! Visit and see the kinds of things I write and what I'm interested in (I think there are enough posts up now for you to get an idea), and let me know if you're interested: http://gerrygwilson.com.

I'm having trouble keeping up with the blossoming of our group on Facebook! It's great to see you all there, since that's still my primary social media contact point.

Anne, you are a hoot this morning, as we say here in the deep South. I laughed out loud.

caryl said...

I posted a new blog entry Tuesday, so I'm counting that. woo-hoo!

On my mind today is my upcoming interview with an American Idol winner. Working on research and a list of questions. I've interviewed him before and was disappointed by my low stats. Only about 800 views.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong with SEO, but I'll revisit your post about that. Actually, all of your challenges may help this time.

Great community you've created (by accident. ha!)! Nice to have a place to come to with writing frustrations.

caryl said...

OH! I skipped yesterday's challenge and went to read it after leaving the above comment. So funny that it's about asking for an interview. My interview was already in the works. Awesome. I get to slide on that one. lol

Dana Dampier said...

Done!

http://dana-mycrazylife.blogspot.com/2012/04/music-is-poetry.html

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

sFriday is post day for me. I'm getting material together now--about giant snails, exotics the size of a man's fist, invading south Florida. They sound like science fiction or horror.

Gerry said...

DONE!

New post--"The King's English Is Dead. Long Live the King's English" at http://gerrygwilson.com.

Please check it out and comment, if relevant! Thanks!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Great news! I missed last Thursday (although I post twice a week, anyway) and now I get a chance to incorporate the specifics you mention.

Nicole said...

Hey, Nicole here. Done.
Until tomorrow

Laura Diane said...

Oh thank God. I did this yesterday. I post twice a week and incorporate a call to action in EVERY post.

Anne, thanks for the smile. Yes, I hope we don't have to join any other sites.

I've been delving into my market on Twitter and hit pay dirt yesterday. I literally cold have spent all day getting valuable info and forging good relationships.

Amazingly, I thought Twitter was going to be the last social media site I needed and it has turned out to be the best of the four I use regularly.

Thanks not-Bob for making me step out of my comfort zone more than a few times this month. It has propelled me forward in remarkable ways!

Lynn said...

Done. And because of your other challenge (can't remember which day) of making an editorial calendar, I'll be posting at least weekly.

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

Done.

the whatnot shop said...

Ha ha ha!!! Anne, thanks for the chuckles!! (And after reading Robert's response, I'm afraid!)

Done . . .
The Hunger Games

Rhonda Parrish said...

Done, done, done, done, done!

Well, sorta. I'm doing a daily blog challenge and today I have a guest blogger on my blog, but I did write the preface and afterward for it ;)

~ Rhonda Parrish

Julia Tomiak said...

Almost done- wrote the draft yesterday, will post tomorrow. May is NOT the time to add more blog posts to my week (if you have school aged children, you understand), so for now will stick with Fridays.

Anne, I'm so glad you're here!

Laura, I really have found Twitter helpful too!

J. B. Everett said...

Done :)

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Will post Monday (my regular day).

Beth Stilborn said...

Anne, I'm going to be giggling and chortling for the rest of the day. That was WONDERFUL! (As long as it doesn't come true...)

I have blog posts coming out my ears these days, because of the A to Z Challenge, and they're all pre-scheduled, but normal blogging three times a week with calls to action, and SEO and bells and whistles will be forthcoming in May.

Melanie Cole said...

Done!

Misky said...

Done!

http://miskcooks.com/2012/04/26/quick-snacks-spicy-noodle-soup-with-egg/

~Misky

imunuri said...

Done! Wow. This is really helpful. I KNOW i need to keep posting, and it's so good to starting getting into a weekly routine of doing so.
Working on my expert interview for next week...

Susan P said...

Done. I compiled a list of the top 5 sites to search for creative writing grants in Canada http://bit.ly/I5q96d

Pat Walsh said...

In the course of getting to know my fellow Platform builders, I've noticed that the question of 'traditional' publishing vs. self-publishing has come up in a bunch of different conversations. So for today's assignment, I've weighed in on the topic with a blog post that I hope will be of some use:

Who Will Publish Your Book?

http://mediaintercept.blogspot.com/2012/04/who-will-publish-your-book.html

I'd love to hear any feedback anyone might have, or 'war stories' from anyone who is pursuing either path.

And another day Done!

Gail Kushner said...

Done (woo-hoo!). I like to post on Thursday. It's when people are bored at work so they check my blog :).

I am doing my first Book Talk this Sunday at a local event. Not-Bob, can you make that count for my Sunday challenge? I'll try to be Social. (But please don't make everyone do a book talk. They will be sooo pissed at me!).

Lara Britt said...

Day is done, gone the sun...for most of y'all, but it is still early afternoon in my world. I was very scared because of the lack of buzz across our social media links re: today's assignment.

Must say, Anne should get some bonus points for being the first brave soul to check in ...and to crush it as well!

I'm reworking some of my content and uploading some pics to my last week's posts. I started this blog on April 6th...really April 9th. So the growth curve is extreme.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Done! Well, sort of... I still have to finish tomorrow's post tomorrow. But I went ahead and wrote Monday's post and scheduled it.

hcfbutton said...

Post was written, but its scheduled to be published tomorrow. :) Now to think about that interview request.

Michelle Reynoso said...

Today's post is "Balancing Social Media and Writing Time":

http://bit.ly/KgIInu

Romelle Broas said...

You are really pushing me, Robert. As I said before, in the past, the most I've been blogging is once a month. Thanks to you, I blogged 4x this month already! WooHoo! That's my ultimate record. Now if only I can keep the momentum going...

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Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... helps that I do this every day anyway.

Kelly Ann Williamson said...

Whoa, I had to work hard for this one, but I did it. Day job is crazy busy this week. I am learning, however, that it is possible to balance...most of the time!

AC Leming said...

Robert,

I keep asking you questions on my blog, but you never answer! Still have one or two tasks to catch up on, but I'm pretty much up to date. On to do tomorrow's task today! ; >

Kirra said...

Forgot to come back yesterday. This is done!

Jennifer said...

I religiously post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It is amazing how that adds up. It's not always easy, but I never miss my deadline.

Diane said...

Done!

Kendra Merritt said...

Done.

Elissa Field said...

I laid down the bones for 3 blogs this past week (and wrote a poem -- I'm blaming you guys for that, since I never write poetry!), but have been reading student work, submissions for a litmag and submissions for a workshop... so did not have time to revise & post yet. Hopefully will get a few lined up in the pipeline this weekend.

Oh, and here's a milestone to celebrate: In January I set a goal to reach 500 followers within the year (at the time I was around 40). Today: clicked my 300th follower -- and the exciting thing is that they are genuine, effective connections(bots purged), particularly made simply by participating in the community. So, yay!

Susan Craig said...

Done.

MaryPf said...

This week's post went up Wednesday. I think I will move my posting day from Monday to Wed, meaning that I won't post the next blog until the 30th.

Denise Stanley said...

done. :)

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! Shared, linked, posted and called to action!! LOL!

CERN Wife said...

Done, BUT my May is weird for a writing/platform schedule. I have friends from the US coming from the 3rd to the 9th, and my mother is visiting from the 9th to the 24th, and then on the 26th we're leaving for a 2-week trip to Italy, and I'm not bringing my computer. I won't be having much down time to do what I'd like to do for platform development in May, which is to get more familiar with all the social media sites that I've signed up for, learn about HootSuite, and write, write, write. I'm not complaining here, not at all. I'll get to this stuff, but a bit later. I've enjoyed this challenge, and wish it would continue. I guess I must be a masochist...

Joy Weese Moll said...

Done. I posted a few times last week, but today's post had some of my SEO terms so this is the one I'm counting: Book Review: Instant Recess by Toni Yancey

Blyth McManus said...

Done!

Janann Giles said...

Done - back on schedule with my blogs

Lauri Meyers said...

woo hoo ! finally caught up!

Brooke Ryter said...

This one I did before I read what it was I need to do. =)

Kerry said...

Going back through the list to see if I missed any. My call to action was just to comment on my blog topic. I need to work on this concept more.

Kasie Whitener said...

Done, call to action: HIRE ME.

hee hee ;-)

Paul Ellis said...

On the grind towards the finish!
http://dsnite.blogspot.com/2012/04/auto-social-networking-part-deux-mninb.html

Monica Miller said...

Done!

I did the lesson from life blog post that made me say, "Eeeeek!" when I put it on my editorial calendar for challenge 20 a few days ago. I said, "Eeeeeek!" all week, but I did it today!

http://monicamiller.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/how-much-does-the-hat-matter-there-is-a-precious-person-underneath/