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31 Days to Build a Better Blog – Sign Up Here

31-days-build-better-blog.pngStarting on 1 April (Update: this is now starting on 6th April) I am planning on launching another ‘31 Days to a Better Blog‘ project.

I’ve run this twice previously (once in 2005 and once in 2007) so thought that I should continue the biennial nature of it.

This year I’m going to run it slightly differently so if you’re interested in participating please read on carefully.

Of particular note – this year I’m asking those participating to sign up as registered participants. You don’t have to do it – but to get the full benefits from it I ask that you do. I’ll explain more on why I’m doing this below.

You can register here:

Here are the details of the challenge this year:

The Idea

The idea behind this is simply to have a group of bloggers setting aside a month of their time to work at improving their blogs. While we all want to have better blogs sometimes it becomes one of those things that we’re going to do…. one day.

I personally find that I improve (in all areas of my life) when I’m more intentional and set aside a specific time to make the improvements. That’s what this project is about.

Yesterday on Twitter I mentioned that I was thinking of running this again and had 50 people express interest in 5 minutes. I quickly set up a sign up page just for my Twitter users and within 24 hours had well over 1000 registered participants. I guess people want to do it.

Interested in joining us? If so, read on…

How it Works

Each day from 6th April until early May I will make a post here on ProBlogger that is part of the challenge.

Posts will be designed to each have two aspects to them:

  1. A teaching component (theory)
  2. A practical component (a task/homework)

The idea is that often teaching remains in the realm of theory and doesn’t actually prompt those digesting it to DO something. This project is more about DOING than learning. I hope you will learn, but to be honest if you’ve been blogging for a while some of what we’ll cover many will have heard before – but this project will give you a framework and hopefully some inspiration to put what you know into action.

Some of the tasks will be similar to previous years tasks and some will be new (some things never change so there will always be some overlap). Some tasks will be more relevant to some bloggers than others so you may not choose to do all of them but they will be on a variety of areas of blogging including writing content, interacting with readers, finding new readers, design, tools etc.

This 31 days are designed for beginner and newer bloggers but many of the tasks will be relevant to intermediate and more advanced bloggers also.

To Participate

As mentioned above – this year I’m asking those who want to do the challenge to register their email addresses. You will receive one email per day over the 31 days notifying you that a new post is up, giving you the link to it as well as a little extra information for registered participants.

You don’t have to do this and can follow the posts via our RSS feed – but I’m asking for you to register for a few reasons:

  1. Sometimes signing up for something is important in making us accountable to do what we say we’ll do.
  2. It will enable me to give a little extra information than the posts contain themselves. On the blog the posts will be written in a way that anyone will hopefully benefit whether they do the full challenge or not – but in the emails that I send each day pointing you to the post I will include a little extra information just relevant to those doing the challenge.
  3. My hope this time is to let the 31 Day Challenge live on way beyond the first 31 days. People will be able to signup and do the challenge at any point as the emails will be sent via an auto responder.
  4. It will give me a little more insight into who is doing the challenge which will hopefully means I can tailor it a bit better to peoples needs.
  5. Lastly – there’s a couple of things I’m working on as a bonus for those who register. I’ll write more of these as they firm up.

If you signup for the 31 days you’re more than welcome to unsubscribe at any point if you feel it is not helpful or not quite where you’re at.

At the end of the 31 days I’m not planning on sending too many more emails. I may add a few more tasks over time but the daily emails will stop. If I do keep sending a few emails, again you’re welcome to unsubscribe if it isn’t meeting your needs.

Sign Up to participate in the Challenge Here

I’m looking forward to the 31 Day Challenge this year and hope that you’ll join me.

Lastly – a special thanks to @Mark_MacDonald who put together the logo above and thanks also to the 15 other friends on Twitter who put together logos – I appreciate them all.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to it. Anything that can help make the site better is a great thing. Thanks.

  2. BizMind says:

    I have just sign up your 31 days challenge to better my blog. What a great blogging opportunity. I am looking forward this program will bring my blog to a new level.

  3. Darren

    Thank you so much for doing this,i am at a point where i am taking blogging seriously and this is exactly what i need.

    I’ve signed up and i am ready to learn :)

    THANKS!

  4. GoldSeo says:

    Sounds like a solid plan :) to me

  5. I m in! :)

  6. Ramza says:

    Signed up from Argentina, thanks.

  7. Lenora says:

    Wow, your timing was right on the button for me. I was in the process of rebuilding one of my blogs when I received your email. I am a novice blogger and I know that I will learn much from your challenge. Thanks for the invite and look forward to participate. Lenora

  8. Mish says:

    I am joining this project!

  9. ab0tz orena says:

    yay! can’t wait to see what i can learn from this.
    thanks ^_^

  10. Ly says:

    I heard about it, but never participated. So this year I am and I can’t wait :)

  11. Vilmis says:

    Perfect timing for me too, as I am already couple months postponing release of one blog. Hopefully now everything will start moving forward :)

  12. Bill says:

    I love this.
    thank you for doing this. As a writer and new blogger this is exactly what I need. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and challenging all of us.

    bg

  13. Jeff Brown says:

    Just a heads up:

    Someone may’ve commented about this already, but wanted you to know the sign-up fields don’t show up in my fee reader (Google Reader). Not a big deal, but wanted to pass along the info in case you didn’t know.

  14. Investing says:

    I am all signed up and ready to go. Just heard about this from Tim Ferris. Sounds like a great 31 days course. I can’t wait to participate!

  15. renjith says:

    Notice to all readers:
    The signup form will not be shown if you have turned on the Ad Block addon in Firefox.
    So Please disable the addon for few minutes and then signup.

    Thanks
    Renjith

  16. Luis Andrade says:

    Hi!

    Do we recieve any confirmation e-mail? Because I did not recieve anything.

    Thanks a lot

  17. Rachael says:

    This sounds great, I’m just signed up!

  18. Lara Kulpa says:

    Luis – yes, you’re supposed to receive a confirmation email. If you did not, after a few hours even, please sign up again.

  19. I’m only about one month into becoming a serious blogger. This should help me end up well ahead of the average learning curve!

  20. The Producer says:

    This sounds great! I have signed up, thanks for the opportunity.

  21. I blogged about this tonight — particularly the friend invite.

    Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/cjuosd

    Best wishes to all.

  22. i really look foward to this and at the end of the day, hope to be a better internet guru.

  23. Daryl says:

    @renjith 6:51am: Thanks for that!

  24. Diane says:

    I’ve always been interested in learning how to do a blog. Thank you for this opportunity.

  25. Abby says:

    I didn’t get an invitation to the forums — are those emails going out soon?

  26. Erica says:

    This is very exciting and just the kick in the blogging pants I needed. Thanks for always being the motivation we need.

  27. Jane Blogs says:

    Thanks for doing this again, Darren!

    I’ve signed up but may be late getting to some of it, as school holidays start in just over a week here in NSW.
    Things will be a bit crazy with my 2 at home…

    But I’m very excited to be taking part. :)

  28. Radhika says:

    I set up my blog just last week and am very new to all this..not the most tech savvy person in the world but am proud i’ve got it up and running…will this course be too code heavy and more suitable for somewhat experienced bloggers?

  29. Are Morch says:

    I am up for this challenge. Did see it was delayed one week. So will do some preparations here to make sure I benefit from your tips Darren.

    You are truly rewarding your loyal visitors here with this challenge. This is awesome!

    Cheers…

  30. Heathen Mom says:

    I’m in. My blog started out as just a personal playground. It is now gaining more readers and followers on twitter even, lol. I need to work on the geek side of blogging.

  31. Gina says:

    I am excited to do this, but will you be explaining the tech stuff to us newbies? I am still learning what Twitter and StumbleUpon are, so to make those a daily task (as an example) take longer than some other tasks!

  32. Darren, thank you for creating this challenge and sharing your valuable knowledge with us. Looking forward to it!

  33. Deb says:

    This is where we sign up, right? in the comments? I am so there. After becoming a twitter addict, my blogs have suffered so much. I need this.

  34. Groobers says:

    Thanks for this my blog needs all the help it can get ~ Cheers G

  35. Diane says:

    I am a newbie and I really have a lot to learn. I started my blog last November. I really want to take this seriously…

  36. Jenn says:

    I’m a newbie and need all the help I can get. Thanks for the 31-day challenge! Look forward to it.

  37. Darran says:

    Though I have been seriously blogging for a few years now, this is my first time participating in this challenge and hopefully I could take away some valuable experience when it all ends. Can’t wait!

  38. charles says:

    I am looking forward to this challenge. thank you for this.

  39. Jason says:

    Awesome! Me and my friends have signed for this. Thanks

  40. Thanks you for offering this Darren. Just when I was beginning to feel overwhelmed by how BUSY I’m getting with my blog, you offer a learning experience that may make it easier for me. It’s amazing what can happen in just a few short months and I’m looking forward to the NEXT level.

  41. Tim says:

    Sounds very cool…I am looking forward to building a better blog. Thanks!

  42. Sire says:

    I reckon I will give it a miss, not because I don’t think I can improve my blog so much as I don’t have the time to make that sort of commitment.

  43. Rocque says:

    How do you sign up?

  44. This comes at a great time for me. I am starting a wealth building blog from scratch. I want to see how fast i can make money online from nothing. Along the way I will let people know how things are going. This challenge will be of great benifit to me and those who follow my blog.\

    Thanks
    Jason

  45. Tony says:

    Glad I decided to look on you website today. Trust me I need this…lol…

  46. Susan says:

    I am so excited about getting going with this! :)

  47. Jena Webber says:

    Great idea. I’m on.

  48. Michelle says:

    Thanks for doing this – I love when you post ideas and thoughts to Twitter, so this will be great!

  49. Stephanie says:

    Sounds interesting. I have signed up and will do my best to participate.

  50. Jason says:

    Awesome. I signed up this 2 days ago. I really look forward to this 31 days of lessons to learn. thank you very much!