Yesterday marked the end of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge for August 2016. It didn’t quite go to plan at the end. In fact, today is August 31, so I’m sort of spreading the challenge into an extra day, while I get ready to start the 30 Day Blogging Challenge for September.
You see, the problems over the weekend meant that I developed a new blog post for August 30. I really wanted to do this one yesterday but I needed to get the previous one out.
Today’s is a roundup of how I did with the blogging challenge and how my blog benefitted from it. It’s not a fair view with the problems though. My blog really did benefit in the first few weeks of August. This last week with the slow loading, timing out and inability to post properly for the whole weekend meant that people clicked away. I lost readers and there was nothing I could do about it.
But I’ll share the top five posts from the 30 Day Blogging Challenge anyway.
How Did I Do With Writing in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge?
I did complete it. That’s the great news. Even the days that I couldn’t post, I made sure I wrote the content to post later.
That’s something I shared in yesterday’s post.
I also took action on the web host. But I didn’t meet all my goals. I really wanted to get the email list set up and I failed on that part. I had to put the email list goal to one side at the end of August because of the web host problems. This is something that I will set up properly in September. It has to be put to one side while I fix my other blogs and get them moved across to the new web host.
These top 5 posts aren’t actually the favorites on the blog overall. They’re the posts that I wrote from the challenge. Tomorrow I’ll do a run of the most popular posts from the blog overall in the last 30 days.
Here’s a look at the posts from the challenge.
How Should Writers Pick Their Niche?
This post sparked interest from many bloggers. Over 30 days it got 72 views, and I think some of that is because the whole picking a niche is a popular topic overall. It was only posted on August 23, and it has already become the favorite from the whole challenge.
If you need help in picking your blogging niche, check this post out for more. It goes through the steps that I’ve taken to chose my niches for my separate blogs.
Would You Try a New Writing Site? Why I Decided Not to Try Two New Ones
This is a close second from the blog, and was posted on August 10. The topic has actually dropped off a lot recently, but it’s one that I can grow from over time. After all, there are always new writing sites popping up.
It’s more of a personal post on why I chose not to try out some new writing sites, but spoke volumes to others. What about you?
Not Got a Niche Blog Yet? Why You Need One Right Now
Niche blogging is clearly a popular topic. I know this post sparked some debate on others sites, with writers saying that they prefer to write on multiple niches. It actually led to another—not so popular—blog post. This post gained 61 posts since it was published, and got at least one view a day except over the weekend when the blog was completely down.
Anyway, this post was all about why niche blogging is so important when you’re blogging for business; when you want to make money online, rather than writing for yourself. If you’ve not got a niche blog yet, you’ll want to check out the post from August 22.
Should You Write for Free for Exposure? Why It’s Sometimes Worthwhile
Coming in with 50 views in the last 30 days is a topic that is fairly popular. Businesses are always looking for freebies and cheap content, and that includes the major brands. Is it worth writing for free when you can get exposure? I’ve certainly done it and I know plenty of other writers who have.
Rather than just answering the question, I go into tips on how to make sure your free content on sites will work for you. This is the important part to make sure writing for free is worthwhile. I’ve got to admit this post has lost some momentum since it was published on August 5, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and Plan
This was the first blog post from the August challenge and is sitting in 5th place for the most viewed. It’s had 46 views, with most of them being on the first two days.
When you start a blogging challenge, having a schedule and plan is important. I share why that is in the post. Of course, plans don’t always work out but at least when you have one, you’re more likely to accomplish the challenge!
Remember these are just the most popular blog posts from the challenge. There are so many more on the blog that get views every single day. Tomorrow I’ll share what they are.
It’s time for you to look back over your blog posts. What are your popular posts from the month? Did the 30-Day Blogging Challenge work for you?