If you’re ready to start a blog (or turbo-charge an existing one) this challenge is for you!You’ll not only give your own blog a boost, you’ll also get to see a whole lot of blogs that will have you brimming with ideas.
One of the most popular things I did last year was create the 10-Week Challenge. I also ran a series of shorter challenges on a range of topics. This year, I was thinking of doing a blog challenge – but then Tiffany Dow announced hers, and I thought: Great! I’ll just shoot on over there and join that one!
I suggest you join in, too. Just by visiting a few blogs today that I heard about on Tiffany’s challenge, I found a couple of additions that will be excellent for my blog. Let me tell you about them. (Aaaand… see my PS at the bottom.)
1. Comment Luv. Comment Luv is a WordPress plugin that automatically adds a link to the last blog post made by anyone who comments on your blog. This is a terrific way to use social networking. It is open to spamming, but I have set my comments so that I have to approve the first comment made by anyone who hasn’t done it before. (After the first one, it’s automatic approval.) If I see that it’s spam just goes straight into the trash.
2. A Printer Friendly button. You’ll see the ‘print-friendly’ option at the bottom of each post now. If you want to print out any post to file or to make instructions easier to follow, you click this button and it goes to the PrintFriendly site for you to edit. You can simply click the box saying ‘no images’ and hey presto! Instead of printing out all the side panels and illustrations, you get just the meat of the article. However, you have the option of deleting images manually – so if it’s a ‘how-to’ post with useful images, you can keep those and delete the side panel stuff.
Here’s an example of the result (from the last post I made). By printing out just the text of the post – and cutting out the comments – it dropped from 9 pages to 2! After all, you don’t want all those comments, do you?
By clicking the “Print Friendly” button, you not only get the option of deleting all images, you can adjust the print size, too – making it smaller, to save paper, or larger to save your eyes!
PS: I said above that you’ll find lots of interesting things on the blogs in the challenge. Well, it’s the next day, and I came back to add this: If you’re not sure about why you should blog (as an author) go and take a look at this post on Sharon Fiberesima’s blog.