Last week, I restarted My Crazy Insane 90 Day Blog Promotion Challenge picking it back up at the end of week three where I had stopped it. I’ve received some great feedback in the form of comments, posts, and private communications which have been on my mind since then.
Steady as She Goes or Full Speed Ahead?
In her comment to the week three update, Sue Miley suggested that I ease back into blogging since I had been away for a little over two months.
I would say one or two posts per week for the first 3-4 weeks until it is working easily. Then stair step to 3-4 posts per week. (Total, not per blog) Then reassess and determine if it makes sense to post more often or if that is creating the improvements you were looking for.
Then begin to work on commenting and guest posting in the same manner. Or do them simultaneously but in a realistic stair step manner.
This is very sound advice. I’m not sure I appreciated the depth of wisdom in her suggestion when I responded to her comment last week. I even admitted I would give someone in my shoes this same advice, but then focused on my frustration at not giving 100% when I started this challenge.
She’s right that my ultimate purpose is to reach my goal not just make it through a challenge. I have many goals I want to reach through this challenge. None of them will suffer if I take her advice.
Is This a God Idea or Just a Good Idea?
My faith is important to me. It’s a large part of who I am, shaping the way I think and act. In his comment to my post last week, Amos Johnson wrote:
I think the challenge is a good one, but my question would be is this a God Idea or a Good Idea. When we go after God ideas there is an anointing that goes with it. Even if it’s hard, we are able to move forward with joy and Faith knowing that we doing exactly what God called us to do.
This question has been on my mind all week. Sue Miley even wrote a post in response to this comment where she reminds us that even good ideas have opportunity costs when we pursue them.
My response to his question hasn’t changed, but while commenting on blogs I questioned whether I was doing it for the challenge or the purpose behind it. I’ll continue to ponder this question because it determines whether I’m actually making progress towards my intended purpose.
Week Four Recap
It wasn’t the best week to restart this challenge as I was out of town for three days including traveling over 500 miles by car. It did force me to ease my way back into the challenge by limiting my availability to be online. Maybe it was a little bit of providence at work?
Here are my results from my fourth week.
- I made 92 comments on other people’s blogs last week. This brings me up to a total of 327 for the challenge leaving 2,673 to go. You can see my latest comments made on other blogs in the sidebar to the right, and all of my comments are bookmarked at Delicious.
- I wrote 0 guest posts on other people’s blogs last week. This leaves me with 28 more to go for the challenge. I won’t be concentrating on these again until week six. The RSS feed in the sidebar to the right shows all of my guest posts published around the blogosphere.
- I published 2 blog posts on my blogs last week. I published 1 post on this site, 0 post onMarketplace Christianity, and 1 posts on Big Feet Marketing. I’ve chosen to follow Sue’s advice and ease back into the posting portion of the challenge. This brings the total posts for the challenge up to 22 leaving 68 more posts to be published on my 3 blogs.
As I go forward with this challenge, do you think I’ll be able to find 3,000 blog posts where leaving a comment will result in a good opportunity to build a relationship with that blogger? Or, do you think the challenge forces me to comment wherever I can?