My 30 Day Blog Challenge

30 Day Blog Challenge

While here we are, the last post of my challenge to complete 30 blogs in 30 days as part of Sarah Arrows 30 Day Blog Challenge. I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed doing it although it has indeed been a challenge at times to come up with both subjects and to get them done and stay on track

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Why Did I do it?

I joined the 30 day blog challenge as although I have been blogging for about two years on my Time Doctor Blog, I felt that I had lost some momentum having only posted 40 articles in 2014, compared to 90 in 2013.

Sarah and Kevin’s Support

During the 30 days you receive daily emails from Sarah which are full of hints, tips and insights, and although I have gone solo for the most part, I have stored all the mails and will be reviewing them with a view to putting the content into practice, so that I can make my blogs better in the future.

It was also nice to get your trophy pictures from Kevin as you went through the process, day 28s came at a good time for me as I was struggling to get over the line. And then there is the support you receive from other group members who started around the same time as you, I came to see them as my cohort and the comments from Lisa Machin, Ruby McGuire Viv Oyolu and Ed Akehurst amongst others were always a good pick me up.

Results

So during the course of this challenge I posted 25 articles to my Time Doctor Site, 4 to my other Blog Callowbrook Training Associates and even managed to post one on LinkedIn which to my surprise received great reviews. All the blogs together amount to about 19,000 words. (There has to be a book now)

More surprising was the impact on the traffic to my site as measured by Google Analytics, comparing Dec 14 to Jan 15, give the following results:

  • Sessions – +169%
  • Users – +137%
  • Page Views – +182%
  • Pages per sessions – +137%
  • Bounce Rate – -36%

But one of the key things for me was that I received 1104 Visitors which is the first time that I have managed to break the magical 1000 barrier, and whilst doing the challenge I posted my 150th article on my site.

Going Forward

Well I have certainly got the momentum back and will make a commitment here and now to blog twice a week for the rest of the year, except for April, when for some mad reason I have agreed to be a Blogging Buddy for another group member as we go through round 2 of a 30 day Blog Challenge.

Well I’m off now to join the rest of my cohort members to celebrate in the 30 day Blog Challenge Graduates Group.

Til Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

 

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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