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. Mike Maddaloni - The Hot Iron 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:11 am

    Hi Steve – I’m game -looking forward to your first post on it next Saturday.


    Mike Maddaloni – The Hot Iron´s most recent blog post.. Wordless Wednesday – Pumpkin Totem Pole at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen, IL

  2. Neil Winton 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:14 am

    Count me in!

    I too have been lax in keeping things up-to-date, and in posting everything I have been thinking about.

    What I have done is built up a mass of ‘draft’ posts that I should probably delete and start afresh!

    Neil Winton´s most recent blog post.. Blog Action Day 08: Free Rice

  3. Nancy 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:23 am

    WooHoo! This just might be the ‘kicker’ I need to get into the ‘blogging’ frame of mind. I’m one of those, ‘I came, I created, I stopped’ type of bloggers. Mind you, I’m not at a loss for ideas (in fact, the pile of post-its and audio files on posts I want to develop abound), I just needed a ‘challenge’ to do so. I’ve always said that I love my PPLN and stick with them because they ‘push’ me to try new things…and here’s yet another example of that.

    Nancy´s most recent blog post.. THE Best Teeny, Tiny Gadget

  4. Heather Dowd 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:26 am

    I am great at the ‘draft’ posts too Neil! I also had bookmarked the “31 days to a better blog” post, but that’s it. Bookmarked and forgotten. Perhaps this is the time to move beyond the bookmark. Thanks teach42!

  5. Julie Squires 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:35 am

    What a great idea! I need to recapture my passion for writing and maintaining my blog. I look forward to following your tips.

    Julie Squires´s most recent blog post.. In a Flap about my Frappr!

  6. Kate Tabor 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 11:47 am

    Marking my calendar – Things do need a kick start on my blog, too. Thanks.

    Kate Tabor´s most recent blog post.. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  7. Michelle Baldwin 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 12:25 pm

    I’m really excited about this! My blog becomes neglected when I’m busy at work, so this is the motivation I need. Great idea!

    Count me in… assuming my blog is accessible again by November 1. Edublogs is experiencing growing pains and my blog is down now. 🙁

    Michelle Baldwin´s most recent blog post.. A Call for Must Reads

  8. Michael Walker 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 12:32 pm

    I’m very excited about this idea and will be sharing it with blogging students and teachers in Edina.

    Michael Walker´s most recent blog post.. Reading at Edina High School

  9. Heather Hurley 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 12:39 pm

    Hi Steve,

    I’m excited to try a few tips to make my blogs a little better.

  10. New York DEN » Here’s a Challenge for You 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 2:33 pm

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  11. Selena Ward 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 3:04 pm

    I look forward to being a better blogger.

    Selena Ward´s most recent blog post.. Does it matter who is in charge?

  12. Tek Zeno 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 4:12 pm

    I want to be a better blogger! 🙂

    Tek Zeno´s most recent blog post.. Interactive Builds Presentation

  13. Jamie Tubbs 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 4:42 pm

    I’m in! I’ve really let up on the blogging the past couple years so this challenge should help me get back on track.

    Jamie Tubbs´s most recent blog post.. Another Mindtool Resource

  14. Sinclair 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 5:03 pm

    Lazy blogger reporting for the challenge!

    Sinclair´s most recent blog post.. learning through play

  15. Sue Waters 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 5:15 pm

    Good luck Steve. As a survivor of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog I suggest you start getting into training now. Some extra workouts with the Wii should help.

    When we did the 31 Day Project we did it as a team — you can check out what we gained here on my blog and here is a summary of the tasks — may make it easier for you. You might also like to grab some ideas from our Comment Challenge as well.

    PS It’s totally worth the effort and you make lots of great connections.

    Sue Waters´s most recent blog post.. The Love Twitter Meme

  16. Brenda Muench 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 5:28 pm

    I’m game and I’ll see if I can drag a few of my buddies in with me!

    Brenda Muench´s most recent blog post.. Quote of the Day

  17. sylvia martinez 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 5:34 pm

    Do I have to use that pen?

    sylvia martinez´s most recent blog post.. GenYES Students Shine in California

  18. Pam Nielson 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 5:38 pm

    I’d like to give this a try. I’ve been reading blogs for several years, so I know how valuable blogging can be in one’s own professional development.

    Pam Nielson´s most recent blog post.. Creating Your Own Avatar

  19. Michelle Krill 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 6:19 pm

    Count me in.

    Michelle Krill´s most recent blog post.. Sites to See 10/23/2008

  20. Martha Thornburgh 10/23/2008 at Oct 23, 08 | 6:53 pm

    I’ll give it a go. Have two blogs I need to work on.

    Martha Thornburgh´s most recent blog post.. End Hunger… Pass it On

  21. computer problems 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 2:44 am

    me too waiting for some new awesome tips

    computer problems´s most recent blog post.. How to Direct Connect Two Computers

  22. Melissa Rollosson 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 5:29 am

    Just what I need – I am the occasional, infrequent poster. Not only that, I am adding “Be a Better Blogger” to the Web 2.0 class I am currently teaching. Maybe there will be some ideas to help my beginning bloggers.

    Melissa Rollosson´s most recent blog post.. Maybe?

  23. Lee Kolbert 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 6:26 am

    Glad to see this idea come around again. I attempted to participate in Sue Waters’ challenge (which was awesome) but the procrastinator in me never did keep up. And, so my blog suffers…

    I’m in!


    Lee Kolbert´s most recent blog post.. Who Needs An Opinion?

  24. Aaron Smith 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 8:24 am

    Sounds like fun – I’m in.

  25. Mike Curtin 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 6:21 pm

    Sounds great. I’ve been lax lately and just getting back into it. This sounds like just what I need right now. Thanks!

    Mike Curtin´s most recent blog post.. Professional Development: Act II

  26. Joe Oliphant 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 7:02 pm

    This sounds like a great idea. I am excited about this opportunity.


  27. Jeanne Gross 10/24/2008 at Oct 24, 08 | 7:36 pm

    I’d like to give it a try… I’ve been lurking for an awfully long time…


  28. Christine Southard 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 2:06 pm

    Hi Steve! You rock! I will attempt to be a better blogger on my personal blog and the NY DEN blog. However, everyone should remember that commenting is an important part of being a better blogger. So I hope you remind your readers to get out there on the www and leave a comment on the bloggers that they connect with. Leaving a comment and your blog URL helps to broaden your online PLN (public learning network). I’m always looking for tech savvy sped teachers who are trying new ways to differentiate instruction. If those educators don’t blog, they can always leave a comment on my blog so I know that they’re out there. Happy blogging.

    Christine Southard´s most recent blog post.. Freedom Machines Assignment

  29. Lisa Thumann 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 3:48 pm

    I always love a good challenge. I’m in.

    Lisa Thumann´s most recent blog post.. What’s Your “P” in PLN Stand For?

  30. Linda704 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 3:58 pm

    Love this idea! I’ve been feeling the same about my blog and protopage!

  31. Heather Bailie 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 4:27 pm

    Always up for a challenge and keen to find inspiration. Thanks for this, looking forward to starting.

    Heather Bailie´s most recent blog post.. Utterli…brilliant!

  32. Jen Dorman (Cliotech) 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 5:53 pm

    I’m in. I have been letting Diigo do a lot of my blogging recently . . . am ready for something to challenge my blogging skills. Thanks for initiating this, Steve.

    Jen Dorman (Cliotech)´s most recent blog post.. Websites I Found Interesting – Diigo 10/26/2008

  33. TJ Shay 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 5:54 pm


    Count me in! I have bursts of inspiration, but have trouble blogging often. This will be just the challenge I need.

    TJ Shay´s most recent blog post.. The Story on the ‘Doggy Box’

  34. Jenny 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 5:59 pm

    I’m in. We’ll see if I can keep it up, but it’s a worthy challenge.

    Jenny´s most recent blog post.. Thoughts on being Back in First Grade

  35. Chris Wherley 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 6:05 pm

    Steve, Thanks for setting this up. It should be a great experience for all of us. I appreciate you and others that go above and beyond in helping others.

    Chris Wherley´s most recent blog post.. Using for podcast

  36. Jeff Smith 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 6:10 pm

    OK, I’m in. I really need to do something about my last few blog posts which were just a lot of “coming soon, check back later” and no real reason to actually check back. Thanks for the (virtual) kick in the pants.

  37. Nedra 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 6:11 pm

    I’ll give the challenge a try. I’ve been guilty of neglecting my blog since school started.

    Nedra´s most recent blog post.. Staying Focused

  38. Lynne H 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 6:40 pm

    Mahalo for doing this Steve. It’s exactly what I need.

  39. Samantha M 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 7:43 pm

    I am new to blogging and I was going to look for a lot of support from my PLN. This will be great for me. Thanks so much for doing this!

  40. Carol Daunt Skyring 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 8:37 pm

    Yep – I need this too Steve. Thx for getting it together.

    Carol Daunt Skyring´s most recent blog post.. Megaconference Jr 2009

  41. Borborigmus (Vyt) 10/26/2008 at Oct 26, 08 | 8:50 pm

    I was going to procrastinate but I put it off.

    Borborigmus (Vyt)´s most recent blog post.. Web 2.0 Attention Deficit Disorder Epidemic Strikes Educators!

  42. Suzi Dafnnis 10/27/2008 at Oct 27, 08 | 3:53 am

    Hi there, Starting a blog this week. Have been a ‘witness’ for a while and finally ‘biting the bullet’. Count me in. I’ll have two posts up by 2 November.

  43. Josh 10/27/2008 at Oct 27, 08 | 11:37 am

    Well, it can’t make me any worse, can it? 🙂 I’m in.

    Josh´s most recent blog post.. K-12 Online Conference

  44. Larry 10/27/2008 at Oct 27, 08 | 3:10 pm

    I look forward to reading the suggestions. I already know that I need to add focus to my 3 month old blog, but there are other ideas on the 31 Days site that would help as well. I look forward to reading your suggestions as well, since I have enjoyed my first 90 days of blogging.

    Larry´s most recent blog post.. From An Abomination To An Obama Nation

  45. kmulford 10/27/2008 at Oct 27, 08 | 6:20 pm

    Steve! Thank you! I need this so badly! In my new job, I recently created 60 new 5th/6th grade student bloggers (maybe about 20 of which will continue once they leave me this week) but really rather pathetically left my own professional blog to rot on the vine. What should have been a marvelous “teach by example opportunity” was neglected as I tended to the tiny details of my new position (which encompasses lab teaching, tech integration in others’ rooms, and library management). Nonetheless, I am determined to make my blog, Onionskin, rise out of the ashes and soar again. I have so many thoughts and reflections after this first quarter with students. Perhaps now that I am doing this with a second (much larger) group, I will have the ability to reflect well on the process. At any rate, your challenge is EXACTLY what I need to get going on this. Structure, support, and friendly faces. Count me in, and thanks for being there “just in time”!!!!

    kmulford´s most recent blog post.. Testing a Voki

  46. Chasunci 10/28/2008 at Oct 28, 08 | 2:16 am

    What a great idea! I’m in for 30. 🙂

    Chasunci´s most recent blog post.. Uploading Your .swf (flash) Files

  47. Karen Montgomery 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 8:00 am

    Count me in! I can’t wait!

    Karen Montgomery´s most recent blog post.. Professional Development Workshops and Trainings

  48. Karen Montgomery 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 8:03 am

    Count me in!

    Karen Montgomery´s most recent blog post.. It’s A Web 2.0 Evolution

  49. Chris Prout 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 8:11 am

    This challenge may make blogging more of a habit than it is now. Plus November is a lot less busy than September or October have been.

    Chris Prout´s most recent blog post.. Shhhhh…. There’s a Ninja in the Classroom

  50. Jen Turney 10/29/2008 at Oct 29, 08 | 8:19 am

    Okay, I’m all about it. Maybe this will inspire me to actually post on my work blog!

    Jen Turney´s most recent blog post.. Cool stuff I learned about today

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