Sunday, April 29, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 29

Tomorrow is the last day of this challenge. Yay! We're nearly to the finish line.


Almost there.

For today's task, make a task list of things you are going to do on each day of May. That's right, I want you to break down 31 days with 31 tasks for each day--similar to what we've done through April.

You see, I don't want you to quit challenging yourself once April is over. Of course, you get to decide what the tasks will be. So if you aren't into new social media sites, don't put them on your list. Instead, focus on blog posts, commenting on other sites, linking to articles, contacting experts, or whatever it is that you are going to do in May to keep momentum building toward an incredible author platform.

Somewhere near the end of May, you should have a day set aside with one task: Make a task list of things to do on each day of June. And so on and so forth. Keep it going, keep it rolling, and your efforts will continue to gain momentum and speed. I promise.

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Need to catch up or re-visit earlier challenge tasks? Here are the most recent:

65 comments:

Khara House said...

I'm already done with this! After creating my editorial calendar I got a bit "overzealous" and came up with a list of posts and things to do each day from May to the beginning of June. Weekdays are taken up with the posts for days on my editorial calendar, plus the occasional questionnaire, video post, etc. Weekends are dedicated to small bits of advice, catching up on networking (commenting on blogs, updating some of my other social media pages, etc.). And I'm challenging myself quite frequently to reach out to poets I admire, submit poems, etc.

Misky said...

I am visiting my son, daughter-in-law, and my two grandchildren in Hawaii for 2-weeks from mid-May. I haven't seen them, except for highly pixelated Skype conversations, for 18-months. I am not bringing a laptop, couldn't care what's happening on Facebook or Twitter or Google. My entire focus will be on family, which is where it should be. I will however bring my notebook and pen, and I'll be taking notes to accompany the jillions of photos I'll take. That's my May scheduling! :D

AC Leming said...

Hi Robert. I was quaking before I read your post, believing that "setup your website if you don't have one" would be today's assignment & I was all set to have a major tantrum.

But, I'll just put that on my to-do list for May's calendar.

Along with print & fill out an application for a residency for ...

I think you've created a monster! Bwahahaha!

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. Done.
Until tomorrow, the final day.

Jennifer said...

This is an excellent idea, possibly the best task yet. Also, the sort of thing I can possibly due with my head exploding from this flu I've got..

GoingVeggie said...

Done! I am vacationing to Ireland and the UK in May and was concerned about losing momentum so I did this already! Now to catch up on the couple items yet to do! Onward!

AC Leming said...

Fini

Elizabeth Saunders said...

What a great task! I was wondering what we're going to do without you telling us what to do each morning, Robert!

Anne Kimball said...

Elizabeth, I feel the same way. I feel like we're all getting ready to go off to college, only we didn't get our Ikea shopping trip. Maybe that's what he's giving us tomorrow.

Michelle Reynoso said...

Right there with you Khara House, I did the same thing, so my May calendar is all set. Yay!

De said...

Yay! I've been doing this all along, as things unfolded this month. (Once I fall into a task it's easy to stay there, extend it.) Plus, I am calling next month "Submission a Day in May." Wish me luck. ;)

bolton carley said...

My schedule scheduled in the ending of my school year. Realistically, some of my days in May have to be about handling the day job so I can spend the summer doing this gig! All handled (lol)!

Jennifer said...

I love making lists, but I am not good at completing them. I made a detailed list for May and I am going to post it right by my computer. Hopefully I won't neglect this list. Great idea.

Gerry said...

This one hits me where it hurts: it's called organization! Some of the earlier tasks have taken care of a few days . . . writing guest posts, working through the interview (my subject isn't available until mid-May), create a writer's page on Facebook, and since this is really all about the writing, I LOVE De's suggestion: "Submission a Day in May." Great goal. So it's not done yet, but it will be by the end of the day, I hope. Thanks for this push.

@Khara--you must be a superwoman, or you live in an alternate universe where you get more hours in the day! : )

Mary Bauer said...

As a habitual list maker, I read this morning's challenge with a cheer. I know if I am going to keep up with this, I need to put it in writing.
Like Khara, I have been adding tasks to my editorial calendar. Like Bolton, I am wrapping up a school year, so I need to schedule around those tasks.

Kelly Ann Williamson said...

Love this idea, and that it occured on a Sunday...time to think! One of my hopes is to create a website, and I am wondering what you all might recommend. Is Blogger, with multiple pages, what you use or is something more preferred, with an actual domain name?

John Morris Benson said...

Calendars/to do lists are priority interruptible: Most of things on mine can be interrupted by family needs/wants. Then there is the weather – I have a veggie garden and yard that…
I am an early riser so I get some writing done nearly each day. But there is more to writing a book than just writing a book. In prior posts, I mentioned having, yea getting, to do a line-by-line for my book to be published next month. Then there was the cover artwork. Then there was the focused press release drafting. Then…
Keeping up with all of the MNINB challenges and a few non family things got moved to the ‘maybe next week’ category.
Did I mention the weather control over gardening?
Many of the “challenges” have already been met but I just did not take time to report.
I am appreciative of the challenge program because I did make several contacts and found new ideas I would not have had without the suggestions and being allowed to participate.

Susan Craig said...

I made the list, and was interested to realize some things..checking in on social media... which were totally foreign have become habitual and don't need to be listed. Hope that happens with my blogs next. Speaking of which, I have a column to write! Cheers.

Jane Ann McLachlan said...

Yes, I, too, have already made a list of things to do each week--but that's a bit different from what NB wants. I didn't put any NEW CHALLENGES on it. Sure, writing new posts and keeping up with the social media sites I already have is a challenge already, but that's not learning something new. I don't want to try to so a new challenge every day in future - it's too time-consuming- and I do need to consolidate all the learning I've done so quickly this month by simple using what we've done - but I want to add at least a couple of NEW challenges as well to keep learning.
Maybe a focus to what we've been doing - like I want to learn more about self-publishing, so maybe my next challenge is to use social media to learn about s-p, make connections with people who have s-p'd, join new chat groups that discuss s-p, and explore social media that helps promote self-published books. AS WELL AS continuing to blog and twitter about the subjects I write about.
Sound okay, NB?
Oh, and I have to learn to better read these weird words that prove I'm not a robot. (Maybe I am?)

Melanie Cole said...

I'm done! Great challenge for today!

the whatnot shop said...

Great assignment! I have gotten so much out of this challenge (mainly time management skills that were lacking before). Thank you, thank you! Looking forward to running my own personal daily challenge.
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Sarah Turnbull said...

I love lists :) Thanks so much for this experience, Robert. It has really been fun, influential, and informative.

Pat Walsh said...

Done. I've now got a day-by-day plan for May! In evaluating what parts of the Challenge have been most useful for me, I've tried to focus on those items that have brought me into contact with other writers and their work, and on those tasks that have put my work in front of those who are most likely to want to read it. Those were my priorities in establishing my list for May, and then I've also slotted in regularly scheduled opportunities for the other tasks we did — things that don't seem as important right now, but which could become more central as I move forward.

Romelle Broas said...

Done! I love planning things ahead of time, especially when I have a lot to do. It sure takes a lot of work to build a platform. Thanks, Robert, for your guidance. It's going to be tough without you holding my hand in these next few days.

Gosh, I'm going to miss you. I feel like graduation is tomorrow. Do we get some kind of diploma...or better yet, a badge? :o)

Erika D. said...

Well, I already publish blog posts M-F, and I'm on Twitter and FB virtually every day. So I'm going to give myself an out on this one. Thanks to this challenge, I'm confident that every day I'll be using something that we covered (or reminding myself to), even without the benefit of a list.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Done, except 3 - wait, now 1 - day open for the things I'll think up later. For those still working on this, I put a list of Robert's April challenges on our facebook page.

I'm going to try to add some in-person social networking, eg. go out to breakfast one morning (place where local folks hang out).

Anne: LOL!
De: Good luck!

caryl said...

aw..you mean you're not gonna continue to tell us what to do everyday? It seems to work for me. lol

Joy Weese Moll said...

Done! Thanks! Thanks for this amazing challenge and this task that keeps the wonder and productivity going.

sopphey said...

Sort of done. I'm going to try to create a "weekly calendar" starting May with the help of the editorial calendar I started for this challenge.

Lara Britt said...

I'm going to take my time today tweaking this calendar. Thanks to Beth...no really, REALLY, REALLY, thanks to Beth for creating a list of NB's April Lists on FB. This is tremendously helpful. There are easier days and harder days and repeat days. It is much easier for me to replicate a calendar that will be actionable with this template. I already have a list of things I was going to tackle when this is done. I just need to put them into bite-sized pieces and fill in the days. Thx to NB and to all who have enriched my life this month. That would be all of you. And Robert, have fun camping.

Susan P said...

Done - with the exception of a short vacation in Florida during which no computers are allowed!

Joe O. said...

I haven't checked in but have done the tasks with the exception of the guest post request. I figured I'd write something that struck my fancy and see if I can't shop it around. Coincidentally, if anyone wants to fulfill that particular task, my site is open for submissions. :) At any rate, thanks a bunch for all the work in putting this challenge together. Despite my kicking and screaming about additional social networks, I can't decide between the RedRoom and GoodReads so will probably join both. How's that for irony?

Kirra said...

Done. One thing I specifically want to do is to start writing some guests posts. I want to be able to submit 30 guests posts in a month, but I have to work up to it to accomplish that.

Muddy said...

Done! One more day..

J. B. Everett said...

It's a good reminder that building a platform is a process that's never really complete. I feel like I've got a much better base to work from, however, based on this challenge!

Lauren Miller said...

Done.

I'm still going to fine-tune my editorial calendar and some other tasks but I've got a little direction now.

Cerece Rennie Murphy said...

Not done. But thank you thank you thank you. The first 10 days in May will be spent catching up on the April challenge. You've given me the courage to make some pretty big decisions in my writing career :-)

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

Done.

hcfbutton said...

My plan for the month of May is to focus on the professional side of my platform building. I will be attending the Ontario Association of Architects annual conference in Ottawa, and hope to build some face to face time with potential people to interview.

Aside from that, and my weekly posting schedule (wednesdays for circadian design and fridays for my quirky city) and to comment and post something daily on my social networking sites, hopefully getting better at using Hootsuite.

So my month will end up with:
May 1 - Write Wed post, comment on another
May 2 - Post to Circadian Design
May 3 - Write Fri post, comment on another
May 4 - Post to My Quirky City
May 5 - Comment on another site
May 6 - Comment on another site
May 7 - Comment on another site, work out posts for the week.

Lynn said...

Done.

Laura Diane said...

Perfect way to segue into a new month without someone holding our hand.

DONE!!!

Thanks for all the sparks of encouragement and making us stretch this month.

Beth Stilborn said...

Done (although I reserve the right to tweak -- some of my tasks seem pretty wimpy. I may beef them up a bit as I go along.)

One thing I hope to do is build more contacts in the theatre and film world, so if anyone knows any good blogs in those areas (especially theatre for kids) please let me know!

I also want to build in some more active advocacy for the arts, like a spur of the moment blogpost I did today (that had a call to action! How 'bout that?)

Thanks NB!

Lauri Meyers said...

I brought this task upon myself earlier in the week by thinking " what will I do when MNINB challenge is over?". This one was work, but important work. It energized me and gave me focus for the week.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That's such a great idea! I love today's challenge. Now if only I didn't see it at 9:30 at night! I have a loose idea in my head of what I'll do for May, including familiarize myself with Goodreads and Linked in a little more. This has been a great month. I'm sad tomorrow is the last day!

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... because I am continuing my creativity project and will be interacting with social media during May.

Kyle Robinson said...

This is all done.. I never would have thought to do this but it works well and that is awesome.. Hopefully it continues to help me build steam. Thanks robert.

Blyth McManus said...

I don't think I can count this one as "Done" but I can definitely count it as "Started." I have a list of tasks to accomplish, so I just need to take a few quiet moments and think about the most effective order in which to do them.

Diane said...

I am on to it. I do weekly lists and sometimes they are rewritten by mid week. I also do a 3 month plan. If I did not work at being so organized, I would be a basket case!

Misky said...

I'm including a link to my task for Day 29. I will be offline for the last 2-weeks of May but if I'm able to keep to the planned tasks, I'll will.

Here's the link:
Misky's Platform Calender for May

Sarah Negovetich said...

Instead of scheduling tasks for specific days, I made a list of extra stuff that I know will push me (like hosting a blog tour and offering a give away). These will be in addition to regular posts and sharing the writerly love on twitter and blogs.

Joanna said...

Robert, I just want to let you know that Virginia McKenna has agreed to do an interview on my blog as I wrote about endangered species. I never thought she would say yes, so thank you so much for encouraging us to reach out!!!

Janann Giles said...

I normally do this weekly but am expanding my to do list for May to see how that works with my schedule. Thanks for the push.

Skipper Hammond said...

I've been making notes all month on the things I want to push myself to do. And thanks to one of the comments to the challenge on organizing our work life, I've installed Evernote and started setting up The Secret Weapon system, which I am using to keep these notes now. Yesterday, Sunday, is my day for evaluations and setting of priorities. So the timing was perfect for doing this challenge. Only I never opened the blog and saw that's what I was supposed to be doing for the April Challenge. Sweet coincidence.

Kendra Merritt said...

Done. It's all up on my google calendar.

Julia Tomiak said...

I've been in the process of doing this! I've made an Excel spreadsheet for my "Writing Schedule" and have tried to set realistic goals for what I can do in May. The challenge will be continuing what we've started here and forming sustainable habits. I will try to throw in at least one or two "bigger" challenges, but like many others who have commented, I could not keep up the "April Platform Challenge" pace for long. :)

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

i've been trying to do this along the way.
done!

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Left a little wriggle room for things that come up.

Denise Stanley said...

Done!
I really like this task. A good way to stay focused. But I must add 'writing' to the list--making that two tasks per day.

Kerry said...

I had completed my calendar for June, but will go back and add more details to MY Marketing section.
I feel a great deal more confident now than I did 30 days ago. Thanks Robert for this genius idea.

Brooke Ryter said...

This one was easy...that is part of my management plan!

E. B. Pike said...

Done! I started marking up my day planner with a list of goals and objectives for May. :) Now if I can only stick to them...

Kasie Whitener said...

Done!

Paul Ellis said...

Done. http://dsnite.blogspot.com/2012/04/scheduling-mninb-29.html

Monica Miller said...

31 platform tasks have been listed in a place where I can get the rewarding "click" of a check mark upon accomplishment of each task. I chose not to assign each task to a specific day, so that I have a little more freedom with what works on what day, depending on other events of the day. Since my first day after "graduation" from the April platform challenge is going to be November 21, my 31 platform tasks will, God willing, be completed on or before December 21.

Pennie De Witt said...

Done! Now this is the way to make social media work! By the time my book is done I'll have a perfect platform. Thank you!