Be a Better Blogger in just 30 Days

Recently I began to feel that my blogging has been slipping. By that, I mean that I haven’t been giving it much attention, and have been more prone to letting little things slide. For example, I know that the images in my Twitter badge aren’t showing up right and I haven’t done anything about it. Nor have I added a Plurk badge, which is way overdue. My Blogroll is stale, I’ve gotten lazy about linking to other sites, and so on… SO, it’s time to do a full makeover, top to bottom. With that in mind, I pulled up a link that I had bookmarked about a year ago that I had always intended to try out for myself. It was Pro-Blogger’s, 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. Some of the tips fit me, some of them didn’t. However, I always thought about spinning my own version of it, specifically for teacher/educator bloggers. After mentioning it on both Twitter and Plurk and getting some very positive responses, I decided to move forward with the idea.

I’ve sketched out 30 ideas for Being a Better Blogger. These are not tips like “Make it personal” or “Focus on quality”, these are ideas for doing things to improve your blog and address all the little details people generally forget about, ignore, or never knew to do in the first place. Every day I will post a new tip/challenge for you to try. Whether you’re a new blogger or tenured, I encourage you to join along with me and use the month of November to be a better blogger.

This is a personal challenge, so whether you follow one tip or all thirty is entirely up to you. I’ve created a badge (as seen above) to let people know that you’re participating in the challenge and will provide you a means to embed it in and link it up soon.

If you’d like to join in, leave a comment below so we can follow you back and help support you in your endeavors!

The challenge begins on Saturday November 1st!

By | 2008-10-23T10:59:32+00:00 October 23rd, 2008|Musings|100 Comments

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  1. Paul V8 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 8:44 am

    Can I still do this and teach full-time,take an online class, and be a good husband and have time and energy to be a great dad? I don’t know, but I’ll be trying. I’ll need help with wordpress and badges and everything on the backside of blogging; think you can help with that?
    I’m v8 on twitter.

    Paul V8´s most recent blog post.. Reflection for today, for life

  2. John Evans 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 9:14 am

    Hi Steve,

    Looking forward to the tips and motivation. My blogging has been way too sporadic. Group motivation will be welcome!



    John Evans´s most recent blog post.. It’s Here! It’s Really Here!

  3. klmontgomery 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 9:19 am

    I plan to be a better blogger in 30 days

  4. Chris Prout 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 9:28 am

    I am also going to try and be a better blogger

  5. Susan 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 9:32 am

    Hi Steve – I am in! Looking forward to some inspiration! Thanks – Susan

    Susan´s most recent blog post.. Welcome Back – Why Arts Matter…

  6. wonderwillow 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 10:04 am

    Yay!!! Just what I needed. This’ll be like that old adage that you’ll get more benefits if you go to the gym with a buddy, which is pretty much the only way I go to the gym. Thanks for the kick-start!

    wonderwillow´s most recent blog post.. Paris tweets- Day One

  7. Mindelei Wuori 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 11:38 am

    Alright. I’m in. Life is busy and I’ve seriously been neglecting my blog…but I will give this a try. Here’s to making all of us better bloggers!!

    🙂 Mindelei

  8. N Hill 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 11:53 am

    I need some serious help in the blogging area. I’m in! I hope that I can improve!!

    N Hill´s most recent blog post.. The Teacher From Hell

  9. Brad Fountain 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 12:16 pm

    I am all for it!! I think I need a support group so maybe this will help.

  10. Vinnie Vrotny 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 7:39 pm

    I can use a refresh

    Vinnie Vrotny´s most recent blog post.. K12 Online Conference Starts Today

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  12. Colette Cassinelli 10/30/2008 at Oct 30, 08 | 8:37 am

    Wow Steve – looks like you have motivated a lot of people to become better bloggers!

    Your timing is perfect. I am just about to launch my blogging project with my students in one week. This will get me geared up.

    If anyone needs some creative student ideas – check out my reflection at

    Colette Cassinelli´s most recent blog post.. Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Forms and Spreadsheets

  13. Colette Cassinelli 10/30/2008 at Oct 30, 08 | 9:40 am

    Steve Dembo challenges you to be a better blogger in just 30 days … are you in?

  14. Marie 10/30/2008 at Oct 30, 08 | 2:32 pm

    Great thanks, will eagerly follow …

    Marie´s most recent blog post.. Discover something new to do with Google

  15. Natalie 10/30/2008 at Oct 30, 08 | 6:30 pm

    I’m a new blogger and look forward to learning from you and all the other great blogger who have already responded. How exciting!

    Natalie´s most recent blog post.. What Exactly is Rigor in the 21st Century Classroom?

  16. Ben Grey 10/30/2008 at Oct 30, 08 | 8:29 pm


    I’m throwing my proverbial hat into the virtual ring. Looking forward to the challenge, and I hope all the winners get a nice, big “I Love Steve Dembo” button in the end. It can be an “I (heart) Steve Dembo” button as well, if need be. Thanks for putting this together, and I have my fingers quite literally crossed I’ll make it at least until day 19.

    Ben Grey´s most recent blog post.. Building Better Backchannels

  17. Mamzelle 10/31/2008 at Oct 31, 08 | 3:14 am


    Great! Just what I need!

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  19. Jim McGuire 10/31/2008 at Oct 31, 08 | 11:37 am

    I will give it a try. 31 Days … was a help, so I am anxious to see your ideas. Thanks for your effort!

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    Today is the day…and I’m going to try to keep up…challenges are good for increased focus! 🙂

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  23. Brian C. Smith 11/2/2008 at Nov 02, 08 | 6:02 am

    Steve, thanks for addressing this. The timeliness is right on as I have several groups diving into blogging coming soon. Making over my blog will help me lead by example and help me revisit my site on a daily basis.

    Looking forward to it.

    Brian C. Smith´s most recent blog post.. Students Wanted

  24. Mike Heidelberg 11/2/2008 at Nov 02, 08 | 10:46 am

    I can’t wait to get started!

    Mike Heidelberg´s most recent blog post.. Writing for the Wastepaper Basket

  25. RJ Stangherlin 11/2/2008 at Nov 02, 08 | 5:41 pm

    Hi, Steve,
    Count me in and I’ll catch up. Need to hone skills.

    RJ Stangherlin´s most recent blog post.. What’s in a VoiceThread?

  26. Heidi Van Riper 11/3/2008 at Nov 03, 08 | 6:01 am

    This is perfect timing for me! I have just gotten brave enough to start a blog, so I am up for learning as much as possible!

    Heidi Van Riper´s most recent blog post.. Portfolio Project- Update #2

  27. Jarrett Dooley 11/3/2008 at Nov 03, 08 | 3:54 pm

    A little bit late, but you can count me in! Looking forward to getting things up-to-date and having more traffic.

  28. David LaMorte 11/3/2008 at Nov 03, 08 | 8:49 pm

    As always I am behind the times. I just put up my first post in my 30 days project and I’m excited to take part in it with you and my fellow subscribers!

    David LaMorte´s most recent blog post.. 30 Days To Being a Better Blogger

  29. Gina 11/5/2008 at Nov 05, 08 | 1:20 am

    I am trying to get in touch withMike Maddaloni… talk w him about the summer of ’77 – me and his bro Vinny…lol….found him on this blog…and was talking w Eddie Halpin…i would love to talk w you….This is really about a Reunion of sorts…still have the NAVY ring he gave me of yours too….get intouch w EDDIE H…..He has the info….Peace- GINA/ from 77 –

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    btw, if it’s the right Mike Maddaloni, you will remember – ’77 – the Bungalows……go to, and u can see my profile & recent photos…still look pretty much the same, thankfully….looking to speak with Vinny….if it’s the wrong Mike Maddaloni – my sincere apologies…..

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    I’m in! I’ve been meaning to get going again with my blog and this will be good motivation.

    Abby´s most recent blog post.. Michelle Rhee’s Plan for Teacher Pay and Tenure

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    Steve, Is it too late to hop on board. I have been neglecting my blog as well but it is already day 11. Let me know!

    Lorraine´s most recent blog post.. Transforming Our Classrooms – Reflections

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    Oops, trying again. Just found … 15 days too late. Trying to catch up anyway! 😉

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  43. Kevin 4/13/2009 at Apr 13, 09 | 1:11 pm

    Maybe time for another challenge. I missed the last one. I’m doing the Problogger one now and I like the idea of a teacher specific challenge. It’s the last part of the school year and I’m thinking about next school year and what I’ll do differently.

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