Exercises 5, 6 and 7 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Today, I find that I’m able to whizz through the next three exercises for various reasons.

For Exercise 5, I am, in fact, going to skip the exercise completely until I have grown a readership and can return to complete the exercise.

Onward to Exercise 6 where the challenge was “less about ‘doing’ and more about ‘learning’ and increasing your knowledge of blogging”. However, this exercise only required reading through a collection of helpful articles presented by ten successful  bloggers. This turned out to be a great exercise and one where I found some very useful and pertinent ideas that could easily be incorporated into my own blog writing.

And finally, Exercise 7 which was about writing a link post.  While there are many ways to write a link post, doing so should only be undertaken if linking to something of value. In his overview of the exercise, Darren Rowse, offers six types of link posts to consider:

  • Build upon the points of others
  • Take the opposite point of view
  • Build a resource on a topic
  • Speed linking
  • One question interviews
  • Suggest further reading and give examples

I’ve chosen to build a resource on a topic for this exercise and presently there is no better topic for me than RootsTech. I’m keen to read up on blogs relating to past RootsTech events that will prepare me for my upcoming role as an official ambassador at RootsTech 2017.

Among the wonderful assortment of posts returned by Dr Google for previous RootsTech conferences were some great reads by well-known genie bloggers including Thomas MacEntee writing for Geneabloggers, Kirsty Gray from Family Wise and Australia’s very own Jill Ball of GeniAus. However, the crème de la crème had to be Randy Seaver’s RootsTech 2016 Conference Blog Compendium. I know I am going to be very busy over the next few days reading through all of the articles posted by 73 separate bloggers that Randy was able to source.