Build a Better Blog: Write a Review

Build a Better Blog: Write a Review

This week's task in the Blogger Challenge (task #28) is to write a review.  Yeah!  One of the things I love about blogging is reading and reviewing -- books, curriculum, experiences, you name it!  I have a huge stack on the bookshelf in need of reading and reviewing right now in fact! Ideas for Reviews In his workbook, Darren lists a few ideas for reviews: Books (check out mine for The Tender Years, Making Waves, Who is My Shelter,  Read and Share Bible, and more) Movies (my thoughts on … [Read more...]

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: Improve Another Blog

Build a Better Blog: Improve Another Blog

For this week's task (#26) in the Blogger Challenge, you are to improve someone ELSE's blog.  Not only will you leave a good impression with a fellow blogger, it's just an all around nice thing to do.    I remember when I first started blogging and had signed up with Beacon Ads.  Tony from Ministry to Children was the first one to buy an ad space.  He did it to show support for another ministry blogger.   I have to say, that left me with very positive feelings toward's Tony and his blog, and I … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Ask a Question

Build a Better Blog: Ask a Question

After taking a break last week for TV-Free Activity ideas, we're back with the Blogger Challenge!  This week's task (#25) is to ask a question.  There are many reasons to ask a question in your post.  Here are four big ones: It gives readers a sense of community and participation—there’s nothing like coming to a blog where readers are interacting; it gives the blog a sense of being alive. It increases Blog Stickiness—people are more likely to return to a blog if they've … [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: Call Your Readers to Action

Build a Better Blog: Call Your Readers to Action

This week's task (#23) in the Ministry Blogger Challenge is to write a post that contains some kind of a call to action While this type of post might not be one that you’ll use all of the time, it’s a handy style of post to have in your tool belt of blogging techniques.  There are different types of actions you might be interested in seeing your readers participate in: Implementing an idea that you’ve written about Subscribing to your RSS feed or an email newsletter Buying an affiliate … [Read more...]