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Would you Like Forums With that? [31 Days to Build a Better Blog]

31-days-build-better-blog.pngI’m starting to get really excited about the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge that starts next week here on ProBlogger.

I’ve been busily writing a lot of the teaching and assignments for it already and am excited to see that well over 4300 people have signed up as registered participants (I suspect we’ll get well over 5000 before it launches next week).

I’m also pretty excited to announce that those who register will be given access to a special forum discussion area just for those participating. We’re still setting it up and it will be a no frills area (light on design and features) – but it will enable those participating in the challenge to interact with others on the journey.

While it’s been a lot of work to pull together I’m pretty pumped about the forum element of the 31 Day Challenge because it means that the project becomes less individual and more communal.

When I started blogging the main reason that I improved both in terms of skills, knowledge, traffic and quality of posts was due to the interactions I had with other bloggers. While blogging is still a very relational medium – back then the blogosphere was a lot smaller and there was a real vibe of cooperation, generosity, working together and helping each other grow.

While those things still exist in the blogosphere of 2009, sometimes it can be a little difficult to find. My hope is that the forum area of the 31 Day Challenge will recapture some of that spirit as 3000 bloggers, all with a commitment to grow their blogs, discover the power of working together.

Anyway – just wanted to update you on my preparations for the challenge next week.

It isn’t too late to join up – you can learn more about what’s involved with it here or just pop your name and email address in the field below and you’ll be included in both the emails of new teaching and assignments as well as get an invitation to the forum.

Looking forward to sharing a few more updates on what we’re planning in the days ahead.

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. Thank you so much for offering this!

  2. Oh this is hot! I’m going to sign up and share it with the Simply Fearless Blogging Team!

  3. muri Online says:

    I am In Daren,and as very fresh blogger with new cash $1.56 at the last 24 hours ,hope I can really take benefit from this family ship -of goal plan become successful blogger for “free”

  4. dawiecool says:

    i dont feel the forum gets better..
    just be like this..
    its alright…
    i think

  5. Lisa says:

    The forum is a great idea. I cannot wait to get started with this challenge. Something like this is exactly what I need to get my new blog going. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for everyone.

  6. alwaysLovely says:

    Darren , thanks for organizing this. I’m looking forward to april fool day this yr :) I’m certain the committed ones will experience a phenomenal change. Let’s match forward together , the blogging community. I’m excited to make more new friends!

  7. Tony says:

    I’m super excited for this. Come to think of it, I was never this excited about school as a kid…hmm…
    Maybe it’s because after years out in the working world, I feel like I’ve finally found something to be truly passionate about. Looking forward to the lessons…and school. :)

  8. Drezz says:

    I’m looking forward to this month. I started my blog in January and watched the readership grow slowly – and at first I was disappointed, but then I realized I had to be more patient and smarter with the way I developed content and attracted readers.

    I realize that success doesn’t come overnight – its through hard work and patience. I’m hoping Darren can shed some light on making things progress for the future of my blog!

  9. Rehuel says:

    The blogosphere keeps pulling me back every time, but for some reasons (kinda explained in your Advise for part-time bloggers post) I kept dropping my blogs again.

    Past Friday a friend approached me, saying that he’s disappointed that I discontinued my my “Writings of a webdeveloper” blog (rehuel.com), because he learned a lot from me, especially because of my style of writing.

    Contemplating ways to get started again, I was greeted this morning by your invitation to join this challenge. Maybe this is what I need to get things rolling for real.

    I love writing, since I noticed that it helps me to expand my vocabulary, my knowledge and my way of expressing myself, both written and verbally. I’m confident that blogging will impact the way I do business in the future, so I signed up without hesitation.

    Of course, that, and the fact that it’s free. Money is usually an issue for me (WANT to spend it to gain knowledge, but am usually bound by bills and such).

    Thanks for the opportunity, Darren.

  10. Laurie says:

    WOW…Thank you! I am excited to learn! ;)

  11. Thanks for this opportunity. I have 2 blogs and this is a first for me. I think this is really going to help me achieve what I need – solid and consistent blogs that show my passions and help me to provide good service.

    I can’t wait!

  12. Really looking forward to this, Darren! :D

  13. Paul Morales says:

    Yeah, I think a forums would be a great idea for all of us to network and help each other. Please add some forums!

  14. hi Darren, yes, a forum would be really nice so we can interact with each other easily.

  15. Certainly from the time I heard that you are going to start 31 days blog improvement I was really excited and I know I will be beneficial by this and there is no doubt about this.

  16. Anna says:

    Looking forward to the start tomorrow!

  17. Hi Darren,

    I have a query on this course. I don’t suppose the forum is up yet, so I’m asking this here. Does this course apply to
    1) making an existing blog better
    2) Create a new blog the better way
    3) Works on both above (in which case will there be mentions in each step of each of the 31days as to how to adapt that step to existing and new blogs, should there be a different way of implementing that step)

    Thanks for the program,
    Prashu.

    • Darren Rowse says:

      Prashanth – this is particularly designed for people who already have blogs. While some might help those just starting it is more for those who have already started on their journey of blogging.

  18. Look forward to your articles.
    Thanks for the great post!