I said I would do it and here it is. The measurable results of my 30 days of continued blogging.
First, I have to say why I did it. It was a fact-finding expedition. I had seen others participate, brag later about their results, and I wasn’t so sure. So, true to my way of doing things, I had to find out for myself if blogging 30 days in a row with a bunch of other people would do anything to increase my biz.
Let’s look at some concrete stats:
Increased Twitter and Facebook followers: 1%
Increased list of subscribers: 6%
Increased visits to my site: 260% (OK, that one’s misleading due to the other bloggers coming to my site. However, I like the way it looks, so I’m leaving it!) Actually, only 43% were new visitors so that does point to my established readers hanging in there too!
Income: A (very) slight increase. (You’ll have to trust me on this one, as I don’t share those stats — yet.)
More difficult data. . . .
When I started the challenge, I was after exact numbers. I got ‘em, but that doesn’t tell the whole story or even begin to! What I received is so much more and can’t be measured in mere numbers.
I connected with a group of bloggers that were unknown to me 30 days ago. They were all pure quality! I “met” focused business people who were on a mission. To promote themselves and others. Can you gauge something like that? Not really. At least, not in the short term.
Unexpected results. . . .
These are opportunities that came my way as a direct result of the blog challenge:
I was featured on Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher‘s blog.
I ended up on several blog rolls. (My blog links on other blogger’s website sidebars)
I am being interviewed (today) by Toni Reece for the Get Inspired Project.
I had the opportunity to do some freelance copywriting. (yes, for $$)
Added benefits. . . . .
There were over 130 people who started the blog challenge and 50 finished. In that short period of time, it would have been difficult to truly connect with 50 people on a personal level.
However, a core group did emerge for me. Seven like-minded women that I now call my “online sisters.” They are all in different, yet compatible niches to my own. They are now familiar faces and tremendous resources for me.
Now, you tell me, how does one measure that?
And the conclusion. . . .
I was asked yesterday if any sales resulted from the 30 day challenge. Because my list increased, my network increased, my opportunities increased, and I planted a lot of seeds, my answer is, “All in due time ”
p.s. In all fairness, there were a couple of men who also became my “online brothers!” LOL
p.s.s. And we couldn’t have done any of it without the creator of the challenge, Connie Green. For a list of the finishers and some GREAT blogging, visit her site: ConnieGreen.com