Improve your blog in 31 days

A few times over the past couple years, some friends and I took part in a few 30 day blog challenges. The challenge was to write a blog post every day for 30 days. The goal was to train ourselves to getting in the habit of writing on a regular basis. The result was less than perfect. I ended up with at least half a dozen posts written at 11:45 PM that were hardly worth my time to write. I've sworn to myself that I won't subject myself (or my readers) to that mess ever again. That doesn't mean I'm not up for a good blogging challenge!

Darren Rowse from is putting together the “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” challenge. Each day he'll send out an email that will have a 10-15 minute task for you to do in the interest of improving your blog.

Now this is the type of challenge I can get excited about!

If you aren't familiar with Darren, his blog at has over 80K readers and his blog at has over 160K readers. It's not a stretch to say the guy knows what he's talking about when it comes to building a blog. If he's willing to share some of his insight, you'd be silly not to listen.

The challenge appears is set to start on April 6th. Register now and get ready to take your blog to the next level!

Leave a message in the comments if you plan on taking part in the challenge. We'll compare notes when it's all over.

[photo credit: James C. Mattison]

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  1. Jake Ludens on March 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I signed up this morning. I have taken a break from blogging and this is going to be a great way to get back up to speed.

  2. JasonMurphy on March 31, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    You are right on the money. Blogging at 11:45 pm every night just to meet a challenge's quota isn't effective. Occasionally I produced my best stuff due to the deadline push, but mostly it was crap.

    I respect Darren (although that respect was compromised when he sported a suit and tie in a video on his homepage), and will sign up for this challenge, but I'm going to admit upfront that I'm going to skip a few days. Still, completing 80 to 90% of his suggestions will improve my blog more than NOT implementing them.

    I'm excited to see what he's going to suggest.

  3. james on March 31, 2009 at 10:59 am

    hahha i love that patented Murphy wit: "i produced my best stuff due to the deadline [sic] but mostly it was crap"

    my blog is, however, a shining example of English at its finest. Also, i'm very good looking.

  4. vegasgeek on March 31, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Well fantastic! I knew I'd get the 3 J's involved.

    I'm looking forward to this. Even if all the steps don't apply, When done it'll be a nice list of steps to make sure you go through on any blog you work on.

  5. JasonMurphy on March 31, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    LOL – I blame the Tylenol Sinus meds. Apparently keyboards should be on the list of "heavy machinery" that you should not operate. You not only risk being inconclusive, but you are also more inclined to conduct drive-by run-on-sentencings.

    Oh, btw, I'm now a left-handed mouser. Next level: God. (I almost said John, but he can't Qwerty, can he?)

  6. ahockley on March 31, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I just signed up. Even if I don't implement all 31 tips/tasks, getting the exposure and considering them certainly can't hurt.

  7. vegasgeek on March 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Exactly right, Aaron. You don't have to do every suggestion, but you can pick and choose the ones that work best for you.