Build a Better Blog: Boost Your Blog’s Profile

Build a Better Blog: Boost Your Blog’s Profile

I am constantly amazed at all the great blogs there are on the internet.  Almost every day I discover a new one and add it to my iGoogle page.  What does this mean?  I spend way too much time online! Not only that, I'm not using my time online to boost my blog's profile efficiently.  So, how does one go about boosting a blog?  Darren Rowse of Problogger gives some tips in his 31DBBB workbook: Describe Your Desired Reader What kind of people are you hoping to attract to your blog?  Who would … [Read more...]

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: Pay Attention to a Reader

Build a Better Blog: Pay Attention to a Reader

For this week's task (#22), you are to choose one (or more) of your current readers and do anything out of the blue that acknowledges them, shows them that you value them, and highlights them to your other readers.  Darren Rowse, aka Problogger, shares a few ways to do this: Promote a Comment to a Post—sometimes readers make insightful and wise observations and tips in the comments of your blog. While they’ll be read by a handful of people in the comment thread, why not pull it out and use … [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...]