Accountability By Blogging For 28 Weeks

28 Weeks and 56 posts

Blogging 300x300 Accountability By Blogging For 28 WeeksThis is my first blog post for 2014 and the first post for the blogging challenge group I signed up for. 28 weeks of posting twice a week! Whoa Nellie, what am I thinking?

Blogging is the first thing that gets pushed back on my list of things to do. I have no accountability. Either because I’m swamped that week or I just don’t feel like it. The latter is my excuse most of the time to be honest. Sprinkle in a ‘little bit of I’m no good at it’ and that’s what happens. Nothing!

So here goes. I’m going to write to you like you were my best friend and you live right around the corner from me. I want to share my tips, challenges, successes and funny business with you twice a week. We are going to have fun. We are going to learn. We are going to push out of our comfort zone because that’s where the magic happens!

I actually feel a little less like a phony by taking on this challenge. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to my current or prospective clients and suggested that they amp up their blogging efforts. It’s sad. These people have excellent writing skills, mad business talent and brilliant personalities. I wonder always wonder why they don’t blog more. I’ve asked some and they have the same excuse responses as I do. I hope this inspires you to blog more.

I’m going to need your help. One of my 2014 goals was to create and editorial calendar and I have 3/4 of the weekly topics mapped out. But it’s not about me or what I want to talk about. My purpose is to help you. I’ve listened carefully so I wasn’t picking topics out of thin air but I want to know what’s on your mind right now that you want to see discussed here.

Let me know in the comments what it is YOU want to read more of. Tell me…I want to make this a place where you find value. I want to help you find solutions to your most pressing problems. No matter how small you think they may be. I know there are many others out there that are experiencing the same challenges. If you ask the question, I can write about the solutions and together we will help others.

So let’s go. Let’s find our voice. Let’s BLOG!

10 Responses to Accountability By Blogging For 28 Weeks

  1. I like the honesty.. and the casual way you talk to me, as if I’m your friend round the corner. I lost my blogging mojo before. I had readers waiting to hear from me. This dark phase lasted for more than a year (from blogging daily!) I had a good reason, I thought.

    Still, I had people who were concerned and emailed to say “how are you doing?” Eventually, I forced myself to start. I was accountable to my readers, and I knew they could move on to other blogs. But some of them had grown to become my friends and I didn’t want to lose the relationship.

    So that motivated me to start…. in fits and starts in the beginning, but eventually I hit a groove and I’m posting more regularly and my readers are relieved I’m back. So yeah, regular readers who comment on your blog, who notice when you’re absent and check on you are a great motivator.

    As to what I want to read from your blog. I’m new here, came by way of the VA Blogging Challenge, so I have no preconceived ideas on what you should blog about. But i was thinking that, if I had a VA, this person would potentially gain insight into how I run my business. They are my right hand and left hand and sometimes my left foot too. So instead of them being so business like, I’d like for them to talk about issues that they know keep me awake at nights. You know what they are.. based on your experience working with clients. So address some of these issues… help me address some of these issues that plaque me. I’m hoping this will help you find blogging easier, because instead of being official like in your posts, you’re basically saying, ‘listen up, I know this bugs you and as your VA, this is what i think you should do about it.” It’s free advice, so they are free to ignore you. But if your advice resonates with what keeps them awake at night, you win.

    Sorry, I was typing fast… stream of consciousness thing, and as you know, I have more blogs to visit and no time to shorten this mess. I hope it makes sense:-)

  2. Great article Cheryl! I started a 30-day blog challenge at the first of the month, and had only been used to once a week, or less! So you are not alone in this! I think we will all learn a lot about how to write better but I LOVE that you are going to write like it’s the friend next door!

  3. Hi Cheryl,

    I really enjoyed your post. Very personal and I liked that. I am basically where you are… (love the whoa nellie)… I did my first post and mine was personal too. I think this challenge will be great for me because it will help give me ideas for future posts.

    Cheers ~

    Jen :)

  4. Damaria your comment on what I should blog about just felt right. I’ve been able to come up with 11 new topics using your tip! Thanks so much for giving me another way to approach this :)

  5. Hi Jen! I was almost paralyzed by this first post. The second one will be so much easier. I’m glad I’m in this challenge with you!!!

  6. Natalie, I was having such a hard time writing this post for ‘everyone’ so out of no where I said I’m just going to pretend that I’m writing to my girlfriend who also has trouble blogging. It became so much easier after that.

  7. Cheryl,
    I love this post. I also love the casual tone. My background is in business and technical writing, so I have a hard time toning down the formality of my writing. That is something I need to work on.

    I think many of us are in the same boat and have no problem coming up with excuses not to blog. If only coming up with topics to write about were just as easy…,

    This challenge is certainly going to live up to its name for me. I have been telling myself for months that I need to create an editorial calendar. This forces me to do that. Thanks for reminding me to do it.

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