90 Day Crazy Insane Blog Promotion Challenge – Week 04

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90 Day Crazy Insane Blog Promotion Challenge - Week 04

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?

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Tho Huynh May 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Hi Brad,
I you have faith in your blog and you love what you are doing now. I believe that you will be able to achieve your goal :) If you are doing something will all your heart, you’ll be successful sooner or later.

I have my 30 days challenge too (shorter than you). My goals are also smaller. But I strongly belive that I’ll try my best and achieve them.

Good luck to you (and to me)
Regards
Tho Huynh
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Brad Harmon May 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thanks, Tho. Eventually, I will accomplish everything in this challenge. It may not be within the 90 days, but it will happen. Let me wish you luck in your 30 day challenge. What are you trying to accomplish?

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Hajra May 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

My, this sounds an pretty tough challenge. I have joined a 90 day challenege but we have to post twice a week (you could do more, but share it with the group twice a week) works really well. The guest post thing sounds really awesome, 28 more to go….hmmm…sounds like a challenge but you have an awesome way with words, I am sure you will love up to it. Good Luck!
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Brad Harmon May 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I like the built-in support and accountability with your challenge, Hajra. It’s very motivating when you’re in a group like that. Good luck with your challenge. Thank you for the kind words too.

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Sue Miley May 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hey Brad,

I am glad you are not over-pushing yourself! I will say that the last two posts on bigfeetmarketing.com are great…quality over quantity is still the best thing!

Overall though, I do agree with challenging ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones. Research proves that people with goals achieve more than without. I just know from personal experience I stay motivated longer if I am directional going in the right direction and making progress. As long as I see improvement, I try to give myself grace.

I think with this approach you will look back at the end of 90 days and feel like the underlying goals were met, whether or not the metrics were, and that you made significant strides.

I will be praying for you and looking forward to reading your awesome posts.
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Brad Harmon May 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

Thanks, Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed the posts. What I’m realizing as I go about this challenge is that achieving my metrics may actually cause me to fail at my underlying goals. Ironic, isn’t it?

Maybe this challenge was the equivalent of going from playing peewee football to trying to compete in the NFL? It’s definitely stretched me, and it’s resulted in more commenting activity these past four weeks than I’ve probably done over the previous year and a half.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

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Marc May 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I think your 90 day challenge is absolutely nuts… in a good way, of course! Something about seemingly impossible plans are irresistible. I wish you luck!

Marc

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Brad Harmon May 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Yes they are, Marc. ;) Thanks for the well wishes.

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Hajra May 28, 2011 at 5:54 am

You are doing pretty well. Except for the guest post thing…hmm. You know what you could submit a guest post at Carol’s blog. She is paying for guest posts too, that might keep you motivated and it might bump up the progress! Also finding good blog, type in #tlcclub; that’s a club I am a part of, you will find some amazing bloggers there! Any particular you are looking at to comment on?
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Stuart May 31, 2011 at 4:19 am

Hey Brad, thought I’d stop by your blog and see what was happening, seeing as I’ve seen your name around the blog-o-sphere a few times!

Very interesting challenge you’ve set yourself up, do you think you can achieve it? I appreciate it’s still in it’s infancy stages, so I will wish you the best of luck with it and hope that you continue to find enjoyment in every single day.

Sue’s advice to come back in slowly is a good point; if someone has recently come through after a life-threatening illness, we won’t want to force full meals on them again as if everything’s normal. We’ll feed them little things to build their strength up, then increase the portions and size bit by bit, until they feel well again. This is the same with blogging, as well as anything that involves having a long ‘off-period’.

Take care Brad :-)

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Maggie June 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I’m going to have to say that 3000 is quite an incredible number to hit and with three weeks already gone by it only gets tougher. You’ll have to keep up the pace for a few weeks longer if you plan to hit that, otherwise it may be comment-crazy time! At any rate, good luck with your challenge Brad.
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Lyka Ricks July 23, 2011 at 3:08 am

Oh! This is another challenge that i know you could get through. All the Best!
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chechetz October 24, 2011 at 4:01 am

Not to brag, I can do 50 comments a day and it just make me happy when I am being replied at by the blogger. Just love this work much! I learn so many things! Very informative, every time I read articles!
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