The 7 Day Blog Challenge

We love blogs and the 7 day blog challenge

Here’s a little experiment I’d love for you to join me in. Let’s call it the 7 Day Blog Challenge.

Instead of sharing the usual suspects when it comes to bloggers and their latest posts, let’s widen our arc. Instead of staying within our normal boundaries, let’s push the ejector seat button and clear the space next to us for some new voices.

Let’s face it, as blog readers we can all be guilty of sticking to what and who we know, as opposed to finding new blood. So let’s encourage each other to diversify a bit, and really help other bloggers get the recognition they deserve.

Interested? Here’s how the 7 Day Blog Challenge will work.

Blog Readers

Sure, it’s great to read the latest from Seth Godin, Darren Rowse or copyblogger, but while they might have a great post that you want to share, do they really need that one extra push? Could their blog survive one less social share, and have it go to one of their commenters instead?

So.

  • Find a comment that interests you, and click through to their blog.
  • Take the time to read through the last 4-5 posts.
  • Comment on their post(s), and let them know you’ve found a new blog to enjoy.
  • Share the post with your network(s).
  • Subscribe to the new blog.
  • Rinse and repeat for another 6 new bloggers (so one a day).

Bloggers

We are who we are because of our readers. And many of these readers turn into commenters, some very regularly. And many of these commenters have blogs. So why not highlight them more?

  • Choose one of your commenters each day, and drop by their blog to read, comment and/or subscribe.
  • Share with your own readers – either highlight them in a post of yours, or via Twitter, your Facebook Page, or similar.
  • Add their blog to your blogroll (if you have one) or post a round-up at the end of the week of the great new bloggers you’ve found.
  • If you’re on Twitter, create a list (maybe Blogs I Read, for example), and tweet a link out to one of the blogger’s posts.
  • When replying to a comment of theirs, tell other commenters this is an example of the great mindset they’ll find over at that person’s blog.

Blogging takes time, commitment, and most of all love. If a blogger doesn’t love what they’re doing, that can soon come across and make the blog less enjoyable.

It can be hard for bloggers, especially newer ones, to keep going when they feel no-one is reading. Let’s take 7 days out of our normal blogging routine and share the love with more than just the usual suspects.

I’ll be sharing my 7 new blogs starting on Friday. Care to join me?

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  1. JohnAguiar says

    Nice idea.. bloggers helping blogger unknowns. I try not to stay to much in a pack, but sometime sit is hard when you have great bloggers that support you on a regular basis, and you want to return the favor.

  2. krenee76 says

    Hi Danny,
    This is a wonderful idea – the fact that you encourage just one a day removes the excuse of lack of time. Just one a day? Who can refuse that. I love it when I stumble across a new blogger who has awesome and inspiring content. This is definitely a great way to build a solid community around a blog.

    • says

      @krenee76 Thanks Keisha. Agreed – hopefully the low “buy-in” will encourage sharing and like you say, finding a new piece of gold in the blogosphere is pretty damn cool. :)

  3. CatsEyeWriter says

    I love this idea, Danny. I tried to get it going with the Biznik Savvy Bloggers group I manage. It didn’t quite take off, but now I can just point people to your post in my weekly update (next one goes out tomorrow). Beginning bloggers (heck even those of us who have been doing it for a while) can use that kind of encouragement. I did this in a more informal way a couple of weeks ago and posted “5 blogs I love” :

    http://bit.ly/cilTlJ

    It was very gratifying hearing from bloggers who picked up a few new readers in their comments. My 7-day challenge will be interrupted with a WordCamp conference starting Friday, but I will finish it when I get back. Will be interested in who you discover!

    • says

      @CatsEyeWriter What a cool way to highlight the bloggers you enjoy, Judy – bookmarking the five you mention to look at properly over the weekend.

      Enjoy WordCamp – they’re usually pretty cool affairs!

  4. Robin_Bridson says

    Great idea! I’m in. It’s easy to stick with who you know, but then you miss out on those you haven’t had the great opportunity to meet yet!

  5. says

    One way to begin is to read the usual spaces you read but take time to go to their sites and dig around a bit. You will probably find a list of people they read which you can check out and expand widen your arc.

  6. says

    One way to begin is to read the usual spaces you read but take time to go to their sites and dig around a bit. You will probably find a list of people they read which you can check out and widen your arc.

  7. says

    What a great idea! I’m on the bandwagon for sure.

    If it’s successful (which I’m sure it will be) it could be the #FollowFriday for blogs! Imagine getting bloggers/readers to do this once a week, sharing blogs throughout each persons’ network. Any ideas for a clever name?

    • says

      @jennalanger Ha, that would be pretty cool Jenna :)

      I did try something similar a while back called #FridayFive, that highlighted five different things (not necessarily blogs/bloggers) for folks to enjoy over the weekend. Music, blogs, news stories, bizarre links, etc.

      Maybe an option to revisit.

  8. 3HatsComm says

    Danny, You changed your login since I was here last. Cool. Anyway… great idea, will link back to this one for sure.

    When I do a #FollowFriday, I try to find a few different characters to recommend, and blog why I’ve picked them. After catching your #sbt10 blog chat a few weeks ago, I met several other bloggers to follow and share. Love your idea of expanding the blogroll, making it a point to diversify, find more bloggers “outside” social media. Look forward to seeing who you share, as well as sharing my own. Thanks for the added inspiration.

    • says

      @3HatsComm Hi Davina,

      Yep, moved over to the Livefyre comment system. See the post after this one for my take. :)

      Love the way you expand on the #FollowFriday option, that’s a great way to help highlight folks. At the end of the day, we can’t ask much more than finding new folks from the people we trust.

      Cheers!

    • 3HatsComm says

      @DannyBrown Last week @AdamVincenzini tweeted a request, wanting recommendations for a non-social media or communications blogger to follow, to pass on the usual suspects. I introduced him to @RedheadWriting aka Erika Napoletano; both appreciated the gesture. I liked Adam’s idea so much I used it on my last #FF post. Win-win.

    • says

      @3HatsComm Agreed, awesome idea and great to see folks wanting to get outside their niche. That @AdamVincenzini is a smart cookie, as are you for introducing him to @RedheadWriting – I need to read more of her blog, more often.

  9. kapilapshankar says

    Love the concept, Danny. I’m game.

    One of the biggest payoff from this challenge (like all other challenges) is to continue on the path beyond the 7 day period. I’d love all of us to stay set on this course – for life – making course corrections that we think might work for us.

  10. SusieBlackmon says

    Another great suggestion and a definite ‘do’ for me. I can’t get enough of horse, horse farm, and Western lifestyle blogs anyway. Thank you.

  11. says

    Great post Danny – it’s one of the most thought-provoking blog posts I’ve ever seen in fact..

    I love the idea of supporting less known/newer bloggers – partly because I am one of them.

    If you are interested in SEO, online marketing, or leadership and management then you should find something of interest:

    http://blog.benacheson.com

    • says

      @benacheson Hey there Ben,

      Cheers fella, much appreciated. Here’s hoping we can all share some new voices we’d never have heard of, since we all know how that feels. :)

  12. thekimschneider says

    Great idea. I try to do this on my own blog every Friday, but this is a great challenge as well. Looking forward to it!

  13. ReidPeterson says

    Fun and smart experiment. Thank you for original thought, creativity, and innovation. FYI, Judy Dunn included your blog in a message sent to her Biznik group (how I found your blog.)

  14. says

    What a great idea (especially in regards to adding a Twitter list). I visited all three you have listed here. I will do your challenge but in my case instead of one a day I may do one a week.

  15. Articulate_Blogger says

    I think this is a great idea, probably because I’m a newer blogger and I’m totally jealous of the millions of visits those big sites get every month. I look forward to finding some of the other ‘little guys’ like myself.

  16. says

    As an early entrant to blogging I have such a long way to go – every time I look around there’s more to learn and more to assimilate into my thinking. I’m fascinated that people find enough time to actually do this stuff. Anyway, I’ll try to find time to update my blog, commit to it regularly and then consider a blogging challenge.

  17. says

    I agree with Articulate Blogger.  I am not new to the internet but I am new to blogging (for real…I dabbled a few years ago but never got serious about it).  This is a very nice blog you have.  I found you through another blog…can’t remember which but it may have been copyblogger. So, I’ve been visiting quite a bit in the past couple of weeks.  Your suggestions are great it’s a nice way to share…community and empowerment.  Although I’m new I’ve been mentioning others on my site if I’ve found something useful.  Funny thing is I just did a post where I mentioned you and that was before I read this…great minds and all that…lol.

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