Welcome to the “big announcement”. I’m about to take a little leap here, and I hope you come along for the ride.
As most of you know, a lot of mom/dad/chick bloggers took ProBlogger’s 31 Days To Build a Better Blog challenge this summer. Some of you probably did it. I REALLY wanted to do it, only I couldn’t.
I have school age kids who are at home with me all summer long, screaming and fighting and wanting to be entertained every second of the day. There was just no way I could do a task every single day.
Between BlogHer and not doing the 31 days challenge, I was feeling a little left out.
I hate feeling left out. But I thought, “Maybe there are other bloggers out there who couldn’t do a summer challenge. Why can’t we do our OWN thing?
Well, we can! I’m launching a blog improvement program and I’m looking for some peeps to join me. So I proudly introduce:
What Is It? It’s called Back to School, Back to Blogging (or, B2S/B2B) It’s for anyone who wants to improve their blog. Kids go back to school, we go back to blogging. I hope to make this program:
FUN – because blogging should be!
EASY – because I don’t have time to do a blog task EVERY day. And you might not, either.
FREE – because money is tight and most of us aren’t making a red cent blogging.
INCLUSIVE – because everyone can improve their blog!
How Will It Work? B2S/B2B is a mini-course. It runs for 6 weeks – but don’t worry! There is not an obligation every day. Each week has a different topic, and within that week, we’ll be using the concept of Read ~ Write ~ Share to help each other along. It works like this:
Read: at the start of each week, there’ll be a couple of short reading assignments – blog posts here on KludgyMom, including some FAB guest posters. The reading will prep you for the Write/Share tasks later in the week. You’ll have 2-3 days to do the reading.
Write: based on the reading, you’ll have a topic to write about – only once per week.
Share: after everyone writes on the weekly topic, we’ll share our ideas and best practices in either my KludgyMom BlogFrog community or via social media tools like Facebook, StumbleUpon or Twitter.
If you’re a real overachiever, I’ll also have “extra credit” reading and resources each week.
Some of the topics we’ll cover are:
Week 1: Site Improvement
Week 2: Writing
Week 3: Networking
Week 4: Working with Followers
Week 5: Stats and Tools
Week 6: Optional Bonus Week – a week where we explore one of the other topics in more depth
Back to School, Back to Blogging will start the week of September 12 and run through October 22. There will be a couple of prep tasks to do the week before we start, but they’ll be easy.
Are You A Professional Blogger, KludgyMom? No. I can’t claim a million followers and I am not an expert, but I’ve been around this Internet block a time or two. I read a ton. I love figuring out how to do things myself and sharing that knowledge. Think of me as a facilitator – nothing more, nothing less. The real learning should be community-driven. I hope you can be part of that community!
How Do I Participate? It’s easy to take part. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
2. Register for the event here, so I can keep track of who’s participating and add you to an email/Twitter list (no spam!).
3. Wait for the pre-work to be posted and/or emailed to you!
I’m really excited about this challenge, and I hope that you’ll join me for one or more weeks! It’s totally flexible! I’d also love for you to tell your bloggyfriends about this challenge via your blog, Twitter or Facebook.
Thank you again, readers, for all of your lovely support and comments every day of the week. I hope you find this helpful and fun!