90 Day Crazy Insane Blog Promotion Challenge – Week 01

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90 Day Crazy Insane Blog Promotion Challenge - Week 01

It’s been a week since I announced My Crazy Insane 90 Day Blog Promotion Challenge, so I thought it would be a good time to give you an update on how it’s going and what I’ve learned from the challenge so far.  I’ll be giving you similar updates each week throughout this challenge.

Week One Recap

Schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were closed Tuesday through Friday of last week.  Having a school teacher, and a 7 year old boy, both with cabin fever in the house made it extremely difficult to do much without constant interruption.

Here’s what I accomplished my first week.

  • I made 74 comments on other people’s blogs last week. This is almost four times the number of comments I would usually make; however, it’s off the pace of the 233 per week I’ll need to make to reach 3,000.  I’ll talk about how I’m tracking these later in the post.
  • I wrote 0 guest posts on other people’s blogs last week. My goal for guest posts for February is only five, and I have opportunities for those already lined up.  I’ve set up an RSS feed in the sidebar to the right that will show all of my guest posts around the blogosphere.
  • I published 7 blog posts on my blogs last week. I published 1 post on this site, 1 post on Marketplace Christianity, and 5 posts on Big Feet Marketing.  I’d like to increase my posting frequency to 10 postings a week between the three blogs by the time this challenge is over.

All-in-all, not a bad start to the challenge considering the interruptions, changes I’m making to this site (did you notice we’re on Thesis now?), and the normal new blog promotion and bugs with Big Feet Marketing.  I’ll have to pick it up some in week two though so I don’t fall too far behind.

How I’m Tracking My Comments Made

I thought that tracking my comments made was going to be a simple process, but it’s ended up being more time consuming than I’d like it to be.  I’ve added a section in the sidebar to the right labeled, “Where I’m Commenting.”  You can see the last five sites where I’ve commented, and the comment itself if you hover your mouse over the website name.

You also have the option to subscribe to all the comments I’ve made (I’m not sure why you’d want to but it’s available if you do), or you can view all the comments I’ve made by clicking on Where I’m Commenting.  Originally, I was planning to use CoComment to track my comments; however, it has some bugs that cause the RSS feed to capture nonsensical items for the blog’s name.

I ended up using Comment Save which is a Chrome extension that saves your comments locally.  It tends to save many things as comments that aren’t, so you’ll need to set up the filters to keep those items out.  Since comments are saved locally, I am cutting and pasting the information into Delicious to create the RSS feed.  It’s a laborious process, but it works well.

Accountability is Key to Conquering this Challenge

Paul Wolfe asked a great question in his response to my announcement of this challenge.

How do you plan to both track your output and hold yourself accountable?

I’ve showed you how I’m tracking my progress, but I need your help to keep me accountable.  I need your encouragement, and I would love for some of you to take this challenge with me.  Choose just one portion of it to do, or even modify it to meet your needs.  It can just be crazy – that’s fine.

Post your results as comments to my weekly updates, or write about it on your own blog and share the link to your post.  Let’s encourage each other.  Any takers?

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Devesh February 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

Some great results Brad. Blog Promotion challenge is awesome mate.

Blog Commenting is one of the best way to build relationship with other bloggers and get some traffic.

Btw. You’ve a great blog mate and one that I found via Blokube.

Keep up the awesome work. Have a great day.
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Brad Harmon February 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Thanks, Devesh. This one is still a work in progress, but it’s starting to recover from all the transitions. I’m having a blast making all of these comments, and meeting some great people. I hope to become more involved with Blokube over the coming weeks. It looks like a great community you’re developing over there.

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nechama February 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

well, patience and practice is the key.
much success to you.

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Brad Harmon February 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

Thanks, nechama. I’ll need much of both.

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nechama February 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

patience and practice?or one of the latter with success?

i would like to thank you for replying.you have a huge blog and get tonz of comments yet you reply to each one.that’s a very admirable virtue.

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Sue Miley February 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I think I could never live up to this challenge. With that said, you offered a mini-participation. I think I am averaging three posts a week; at least between my two sites. But my hard drive crashed and I just got my Mac back 3 hours ago. So this week I could only do 3. But next week I will through out a little support and try to do 5 posts on Christian Business Crossroads. I am glad I just saw this or I might have felt the need to do 5 posts a week for a whole 30 days. The most posts I have done in one week I think is 4, but it is definitely not the average. So five is definitely a stretch goal.

They say the more you write, the better your writing. I hope that is true because I do believe that quality is better than quantity :-) !

Good luck!
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Brad Harmon February 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

Awesome, Sue. That will help me out with my comments too. ;)

Sorry to hear about your Mac. Having a computer die on you is never a fun ordeal. I’m glad you got it back – hopefully recovered.

Thanks for sharing in this challenge with me. I look forward to reading your posts. Every step past our norm stretches us just a little.

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