Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 5

For people who supplied their Twitter handles yesterday, I'm in the process of gathering those up and posting the official Tweep follow list. I currently have more than 60 names! Link on the way.


Throw caution to the wind and start blogging--today!

For today's task, create a blog. You can use Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr. In fact, you can use another blogging platform if you wish. To complete today's challenge, do the following:
  • Create a blog. That is, sign up (if you don't already have a blog), pick a design (these can usually be altered later if needed), and complete your profile.
  • Write a post for today. If you're not sure what to cover, you can just introduce yourself and share a brief explanation of how your blog got started. Don't make it too complicated.
  • Share your blog URL in the comments below. I'll go through and create a list of blog URLs, so that we can easily find, follow, and friend each other in the blogosphere.
If you already have a blog, excellent! You don't need to create a new one, but you might want to check out some ways to optimize what you have.

Here are some tips for established bloggers:
Anyway, start blogging!

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Need to catch up or re-visit earlier challenge tasks? Here they are:

221 comments:

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Carolyn Fiechtner said...

Hi Robert!

My blog is at: http://survivinglife.areavoices.com

I need to work at updating it more often, which is why I am working this challenge!

Thanks!

lauren ann k. said...

My blog is Works of Whimsy by Lauren

It is a work in progress but hoepfully fully designed and up and running shortly.

Charmaine Elizabeth said...
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Charmaine Elizabeth said...

Hi Robert and fellow writers,

I created a blog, but still working on it and I am very new at this. My question is how do you create stand-alone pages? When I go to the 'Pages" section, the page configuration part doesn't come up. I am having trouble trying to separate the pages, and everything shows on the same page. I want my poetry on one page, Introduction on another page, etc.

Thanks:-)

Charm Elizabeth

Charmaine Elizabeth said...

Hi Robert and fellow writers,

I created a blog, but still working on it and I am very new at this. My question is how do you create stand-alone pages? When I go to the 'Pages" section, the page configuration part doesn't come up. I am having trouble trying to separate the pages, and everything shows on the same page. I want my poetry on one page, Introduction on another page, etc.

Thanks:-)

Charm Elizabeth

Shirley is not my name said...

My feeble attempt at blogging can be found on blogger at shirleyisnotmyname.blogspot.com

I had no idea what a "blog" (like so much in social media) and I decided to give it a try. Now I am beginning to realize that is can be used as a powerful tool to help me become a successful writer/author.

Denise Stanley said...

Done.

http://www.denise-roomtowrite.blogspot.com

Tel said...

I've had a blog for over five years now; it hosts some of poetry, but most of it is private so that I can work on externally publishing it. Check it out: http://tellymcgaha.com/

margo said...

Oh, Robert. Yes, I am a trifle late. I love the platform challenge, but initially couldn't find it. So, I am catching up. Blog:
http://margoroby.wordpress.com

Charmaine Elizabeth said...

Hi all, Here is my blog:
http://charmainelizabeth.blogspot.ca

I look forward to visiting your blogs too, as they all sound so varied and interesting!

I feature my poetry and other writing, but I would love to hear about the work of other writers. We can discuss the writing process, favourite books, etc.

Charm Elizabeth

Rena J. Traxel said...

Done! I've been on blogger for awhile. www.renajtraxelblog.com

Fi said...

Hi!

I'm a freelance writer and also grappling with my first novel. My blog is cheeky, wry and bold.

It features regular book reviews, writing exercises, Opinion pieces about the writer's life (goal setting, time management) and my journey to publishing my travel memoir about the overland journey from London to Sydney I have just completed.

http://ballpoint-arcade.blogspot.com.au/

Pop by anytime!

Fi

Anonymous said...

Still trying to catch up!
Is it a bad idea to have one blog with different pages or columns or areas (not sure what they're called) for, say, writing, genealogy, teaching? If I had a separate blog for each topic, I don't think I could contribute regularly to each one.
Also, I still don't understand the comment sign-in choices.

Joey Francisco said...

Hey Robert! (or should I say neighbor, because we reside near in John's Creek!)

Love your blog and am so excited to see another local writer reaching out and making a difference helping other writers. I'm a (happily) married mom and medical professional who happens to be a thriller writer with a love for the south.

Here's my blog, called "Soul & Sweet Tea"
www.joeyfrancisco.blogspot.com

Tweet me at:
joeynga

I'm a member of AQC, the Writer's Digest Forums (should get there more often) and the Georgia Writer's Association. You should come to the GA Writer of the Year awards ceremony in June! Email me for details.

And to everyone else, hello and Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there.

Rita Breedlove-Wolf said...

Learn how and why to shop for a writers group: http://ritabreedlovewolf.com/blog.html

ivonne montijo said...

hello, my blog is www.ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com

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TLCastle said...

I blogged for several years and then let it go. Now that I'm trying to get my platform together, I started again:

http://tlcastle.com
Twitter handle: @TLCastle

Hello everyone! Nice to meet you all. Good luck with all of your endeavors!

Sarah Crisman said...

I feel so much more productive already!

http://crismanshow.com

Thanks, Robert.

Monica Miller said...

Hi Robert,

I already had the blogs, but I read through your great tips and made some improvements today, with more improvements on the way. Your suggestions are a terrific help!

monicamiller.wordpress.com
monicamillerliterature.blogspot.com

Pennie said...

Did it! It took me four days to come up with a blog name, write the post and get it up there, but I did it. Thank you so much for this push. I've been wanting to do this for the last five years. It goes live Monday, March 25th at 9:00 AM Central.

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