A little delayed in writing this review blog but, I very much, wanted time to reflect on my 30 days of blogging on The 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I have to say that it was much more of an intensive and growing experience than I had ever expected.
So, I hear you ask, who is Sarah Arrow? Sarah started blogging to save a business and it worked! She created her first blogging challenge back in 2007. She’s been internationally recognised as a top content marketer, Forbes and MSN list her website as top ones, and she’s the author of many quick start marketing guides which you can find on Amazon. When you initially hear about Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge and decide to take it what does one expect? Well, from my perspective, I thought it would just be a case of writing a post every day for 30 days to get content on my website, perhaps, with the odd prompt here or there if I was getting behind with my posts.
I had been intending to start blogging nearly a year ago, but hadn’t applied myself to it as the thought of writing anything to do with myself filled me with a complete sense of dread. However, with lots of encouragement from a close friend and after completing Kevin and Sarah Arrow’s Content Marketing from Scratch Course, together with their encouragement, The Challenge seemed the perfect solution. From the outset, what I wasn’t prepared for was the abundance of information that Sarah provides from day 1 of setting you off on your 30 day blogging journey. All of which is absolutely and completely FREE. Every day you receive an e-mail from Sarah with tips for your blog which you can choose to use or to do your blog in your own way. The daily e-mails are there purely as guidance. At times I felt like my brain was completely overloaded with information and that some of the information was way over my head, but this isn’t anything to worry about as you can always ask for help at any time from Sarah and Kevin Arrow, who are always there to support you. You can also skip parts and go back to them at a later date when you feel more confident with your skill levels.
Once you’ve joined the Challenge you become part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge Facebook Group. Here you find there are members already in the group who have started blogging and members who join the group after you and start to write their blogs. What started off, for me, as blogging purely for my own purposes (which I think is probably the case for most people), you quickly find yourself amongst a community of like-minded individuals supporting and encouraging each other every step along the way of each other’s blogging journeys in a way you would never have expected. After a week or so, I experienced ‘blogger’s block’ for a couple of days which I wasn’t expecting, and found highly frustrating, but got over and didn’t look back afterwards. I really enjoyed it when I found myself waiting, in eager anticipation, of particular bloggers next blog posts and was never disappointed with their content.
As you get nearer to your 30 days of blogging the lure of Kevin Arrow’s virtual 30 Day Blogging Trophy award is appreciated and amusing to all involved on your journey.
So where am I now: I have a website which has gone from having virtually no content at all to one full of content, with lots of blog comments and interaction and now have people asking for details of my product/service. I have made new friends, which has been a pleasant surprise and something I didn’t really expect. I have re-connected with Irene Brankin of The Visible Woman whom I met at a local networking group over a year ago. Irene joined The Challenge after me, and we found ourselves enjoying each other’s blogs, even more, as we knew each other previously. We also really enjoyed getting together recently to celebrate completing our Challenges. Lastly, I have recently become a guest blogger for Birds on the Blog.
It is really great when things turn out differently to what you expect in life, which is completely the case with me and The 30 Day Blogging Challenge. If you are toying with the idea of joining The Challenge be prepared and committed to dedicate the time every day to learn, write your blog, grow and have fun at the same time. You will be really pleased you joined, safe in the knowledge that you are being mentored by one of the top bloggers in the UK.
Are you thinking of starting The Challenge or have completed The Challenge previously? If so I’d love to hear your comments below.