April Platform Challenge Day 22 to 29




Day 22


For the challenge today I am to become a guest blogger.  So I have to find someone with a blog (preferably a newbie like me) and convince them to let me rant and rave on their site.


As soon as I find that sucker, I’ll let you know.



Day 23


Manage your time.  In other words, set a schedule for when you will blog and stick to it.  Now that will go well for my ‘heaven’ blog.  I plan on writing fifteen to twenty blogs before going live with it.  I want to have a good collection of topics on hand in case life gets in the way of writing.


Day 24


Another Twitter group fest.  I passed on it this week.  Spring is here and the garden won’t plant itself.


Day 25


Is get an interview.  Yeah, I’ll wrap that one in with the guest blog sometime in the future.


Day 26


This day I am to write another blog and have some call for action with it.  A repeat of last weeks challenge.


Day 27


Brewer is nuts.  For day 27 he wants us to join another social media site like Pinterest, Goodreads or RedRoom.  I can’t do it, at least not now.  I have a site I’m an admin on that I have been neglecting and I belong to another writing group in the Flash Factory on Zoetrope, that I have ignored while doing this challenge.  Okay, I’ll admit I used the challenge to slack off from writing and allow myself to wander the net looking at hundreds of other blogs.


Frankly, none of the other blogs interest me in the least.  Even my own blog sucks.  It’s just me doing what some other shmuck says.  Sure his advice is helpful but I’m not joining another site that I will rarely visit and eventually end up forgetting my user id or password.



Day 28


Another repeat, comment on someone else blog and link it back to you.


Day 29


Now this one is a good challenge.  Plan out May.  Makes sense to me.  After doing all this platform building it would be a shame to let it all lapse into inactivity.  So my main goal is to find two or three blogs to follow and develop some inter-connectivity to it.  It would be great if I can find someone on this challenge to do that with, but I’m not counting on it.



April Platform Challenge Day 21

In the spirit of creating all these social media sites that I have very little chance of keeping tabs on all of them without quitting my job and having a USB cord plugged into the back of my head, along comes the solution.

HootSuite.  A site that helps you manage all the other sites at once.  I’ve heard of this before and planned on utilizing it in the future.  Well the future is now and I can see myself in the HootSuite on a daily basis.

April Platform Challenge Day 20

For today I need to work up a calendar for my social networking.  I can see where this is needed to keep readers…um reading.  I follow a few blogs and it is important to keep the content flowing, or else I stop following.

To be honest, I’m not going to set a calendar up right now.  I’m still getting my feet wet with this blog.  When my heaven blog goes live I plan on having a dozen blogs written (longer than the) and a schedule or calendar to go with it.

April Platform Challenge Day 18

April Platform Challenge Day 18

The challenge for day 18 is a little tougher.  It’s all about SEO (search engine optimization) or “what gets your website to display at or near the top of a search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.”

So I have to come up with keywords to describe my blog.  And there’s the rub, what is this site about really?  Is it just about me and my struggle/dream to be a writer?  Am I here to offer sage advice to other writers?  Is this a diary where everything goes?  Or am I here just to promote myself and my writings?

To be honest, this blog is primarily a tool to promote myself, my stories, my book (in progress) and my other blog.  So I suppose this apdiggs.WordPress.com is really a hub for all the other things I have going on.  The other blog is primarily to talk about heaven, which is what my novel is about.

What I have discovered today is that my tags, titles, headers and all that plays a big part in SEO.  I Googled ‘Platform Challenge’ and a few bloggers came up (after MNIB of course) and I noticed their blog titles were “April Platform Challenge” whereas my titles were ‘Day One’.

So I’m going to edit my headers and see if anything changes.  Of course my blog is brand new with a handful of followers but let’s see what happens.

Meantime, I need to set this blogs’ keywords as APDiggs, writing, blogging, etc…

April Platform Challenge Day 17

Day 17 was fun, to a degree.  I was to join a conversation.  R. brewer got a Twitter chat going on Friday.  I jumped in and it was okay, but it wasn’t a real conversation.  Brewer threw out questions, we answered, but I saw very little back and forth.  The experience was good, my only nit is that I couldn’t see my own tweets in the conversation, so I have no idea when they posted, what kind of delay there was.