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Day 10-15: 31 Days to a Better Blog

August 5, 2010 By · 2 Comments

Wow, I was very busy getting caught up this weekend since no one ever comes outside where I live due to the heat. Kids were watching movies or playing video games all day. So lets discuss what I learned over the past week from Days 10-15.

10: Get Alerts- This wasn’t hard for me as I have used Google Alerts for several years now for celebrity blogging. But since I am focusing on this blog I set up alerts for: Homemom, home moms, kids, product reviews, mommy, mommy blogger and Life of a Home Mom. Do you have any alerts?

11:  Come up with post ideas- This was a fun one for me. As a freelance writer we tend to use those bubble games and brainstorming techniques. But I had never thought of using my last 5 posts to create 5 more ideas with a positive and a negative side of things. I have a lot of different posts coming up using this technique.  What are some ways you come up with ideas? Another fun thing I do is use one word and tell the kids and see what things they come up with…hey it works.

12: Design an editorial calendar- I couldn’t get the wordpress plugin to work the way I wanted. However I’m writing down my ideas on paper and then will write them up, send out press release requests and post my editorial calendar on my blog in order to help others and keep as a reminder. I also use the pre-post scheduling on wordpress to help out. Have you made an editorial calendar?

13: Take a trip to the mall and easedrop- I haven’t been to the mall yet, as I’m doing that this weekend. (had to wait until I got paid because why else go to the mall with kids) But I have been to a gas station, walmart and signing kids up at school. By going I listened to others discuss issues, ideas, etc which of course gave me plenty of material for Back to school articles. Fun, fun. What have you heard lately?

14: Update a Key Page on Your Blog- I updated my About and Contact page for readers to get in touch with me or learn more about the site. I’m always open to suggestions. Got any?

15:  Get a blog buddy- I do have one blog buddy, her blog is  “Mrs.Day.”  I do want to reach out and say I’d love to have a few more. Looking for at least 1 mommy blogger, 1 product review blogger and 2 of any other type.  Want to be my buddy?

My idea on blog buddies. We would comment on each others posts, encourage each other to continue to post. If one doesn’t post, email and find out if everything is okay or if they need a bit of brainstorming to get through writer’s block. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook and help promote their site by posting links every now and then.

Now to catch up to the rest of the #31DBBBers. How are you doing?

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  1. Congrats on being 31DBBB blog of the day! I am your newest follower. I really enjoyed reading your breakdown of the last few assignments. I have 2 blog buddies but would definitely be interested in adding you to my little group and joining yours. I am a single mom of 2 and a teacher. My blog is just 6 weeks old so I’m still learning a ton!

  2. homemom3 says:

    @Barb If you can please email me (homemom3@gmail.com) and I’ll head over to your blogs. Let me know what you’d like in a blog buddy or if what I said above works for you. Oh and a list of your blogs please. 🙂

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