Working with my blogging clients and building my custom home have left little time for blogging on Win with 1. My list of upcoming blogs has been put on the back burner. Today, however, I read about a simple challenge that was too good to pass up. Darren Rowse just sent out a 7 link blogging challenge that is a good exercise for any blogger.
Rowse suggests creating a sneeze page (a page that sends people in different directions deep within your blog) consisting of a list post, linking to the following pages:
- Your first post
- A post you enjoyed writing the most
- A post which had a great discussion
- A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written
- Your most helpful post
- A post with a title that you are proud of
- A post that you wish more people had read
Below is my version of the 7 Link Challenge. I hope you enjoy reading these posts.
Although I created my first web page in 1994, I didn’t start officially blogging until January 1, 2003. (Yes, go ahead, call me a pioneer.) I have no idea what my first post was. My first post on this blog, however, is easier to identify. It was the post the announced my new blogging service, Win with 1.
I’m a goal setting fanatic. I have a massive goal setting system; I even give workshops on goal setting. So writing up a post about blogging goals was a natural. And because it’s a topic I’m passionate about, writing it was a pleasure.
This blog was followed closely by 10 Better Blogging Tips. I love the form and organization of list posts. And the goal-related topic put it squarely into my favorite niche.
I don’t get a ton of reader commenting on this blog. (I welcome more. Hint, hint!) But I do get a fair amount of private questions. Maybe people are afraid to look uneducated or to get negative feedback publicly. In any case, one of the better discussions was about Pretty Link Pro. I suspect that’s because it’s provides a very useful set of tools for bloggers and lots of people know about it.
What’s odd is that, while this post got one of the higher comment counts, it also got one of the lower vote counts. Feel free to vote it up if you like it. 🙂
Still my all-time favorite SEO post on the web, “The Definitive Guide to Higher Ranking for Your Blog” is a comprehensive treasure trove of information. I wish I had written it. I wish I knew enough to have written it. Yoast is one of my internet idols. Read this. Now.
Maybe this is a copout, but my most helpful post on this blog isn’t really on this blog at all. Last winter I was paid to write a post — a really long post — on the blogging topic of my choosing. Given that my expertise is in setting up WordPress blogs, that’s what I wrote about. The post on my blog, however, is really just an little intro and link to the full blog post. Still, it’s probably the most in-depth single post I’ve ever written.
Most of my post titles are fairly clinical. Rather than be cute and clever, I want to be clear about the information provided. But once in a while the topic lends itself to something a bit snappier. Often as not, it’s when I’ve got my dander up about something.
That was the case when I wrote Fart Blogging. I like the title (even though I don’t let my kids use the word “fart” — yes, it’s true) and — even though I find the post a bit disjointed, I like the post, too. Read it!
Of all the (currently 52) posts published on this blog, this is the post I wish more people had read. Sadly, ethics isn’t the most exciting topic to many, but it’s so needed in our society.
Few seem to step back from demanding to have what they want to think through the logical consequences of the demand. “What if everyone did what I’m doing? What if everyone demanded to have what I think I should have?” But that is the imperative question.
If we all would just move back to our principled center, all would benefit. I wish more people understood that basic truth.