Build a Better Blog: Hunt for Dead Links

Build a Better Blog: Hunt for Dead Links

I'll admit it.  I love links.  I'm a connector by nature (some personality test told me that in college), so the idea of links fits great into this pattern of thinking.  I once read a book about the beginning of blogging.  The book highlighted some guy's site that was one big tangled web of links (this was before you could post by days).  If I could find that blog, I might end up wasting half a week checking out all the links.  I often wish I could somehow build links into the pages of my … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Grab a Magazine

Build a Better Blog: Grab a Magazine

For this week's task (#24 in the Blogger Challenge), you'll be doing an offline activity. All you need to complete it is a pack of sticky notes, a notebook, a pen, a magazine (or a newspaper), and an hour of time. You can do this at home, at the library, or even at a Barnes and Nobles (or a Borders if yours hasn't closed yet!).   If you head to Borders, I recommend the Raspberry Mocha Kiss (yum!).    Any magazine will work, but for our type of writing, those focused on the ministry might be … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Create a Sneeze Page

Build a Better Blog: Create a Sneeze Page

Today's task is to build a sneeze page highlighting some of your older posts that no longer show up on the front page of your blog.  Darren Rowse of Problogger describes the benefits of a sneeze page on his site: Benefits of Sneeze Pages There are a variety of reasons that a sneeze page can be powerful: 1. It shows off your archives - I don’t know about you but when I spend hours (if not days) crafting a blog post, I want people to read it! Sneeze pages lengthen the time that people … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Watch a First Time Reader

Build a Better Blog: Watch a First Time Reader

Welcome back to the Build a Better Blog Challenge!   This week's task is to interact with someone who has never seen your blog before.  I have an unexpected advantage since my blog is newly redesigned and so even my regular readers are more like "first time readers".   So friends, what do you think?    Darren provides a list of questions, and I'd love to hear your thoughts! What were your first impressions? Did you find it easy to read/navigate/understand? What did you feel when you … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Solve a Problem

Build a Better Blog: Solve a Problem

This week's task (#16) in our Blogger Challenge is to identify and solve a potential problem for your readers.  Be sure to read the day's entry in the workbook.  It's full of great ideas to help you understand your readers more. Darren suggests checking out the search words people use in order to land on your site.  I'm pretty sure you can do this on Google adsense.  I'd have to play around a bit to figure out exactly how.  He also suggests installing an internal search box called Lijit.  It … [Read more...]

Blog of the Week: A Different Way

Blog of the Week: A Different Way

The Reviews! Get ready for the blog reviews to begin!  This week, we'll be focusing on Joey's blog, A Different Way.  So, shoot on over and browse a bit.  Then answer a few (or all) of these questions for our friend: What do you think of the lay-out?  Is is easy to navigate?  Does it draw you in? What is one post you especially liked? What do you think of the posts in general?  Too long, too short?  Interesting? Engaging? Topical? What would you like to see on the blog? What would … [Read more...]