10 days to a Better Blog – Day 1

//10 days to a Better Blog – Day 1

10 days to a Better Blog – Day 1

Well it would appear that my attempts to get things written down and published has been suffering of late, so I have decided to take up the 10 days to a Better Blog challenge presented by John Saddington of Desk.pm and commit myself over the next 10 days to get my thoughts out there.

I do not consider myself to be a writer, but there is certainly a lot of stuff bouncing around in my head on a daily basis and the prospect of getting those erratic and mixed up thoughts written down and published for all to see is somewhat scary.

In line with the suggestions and processes put forward by John, I would appreciate the help of my readers to keep me focused and accountable, and if necessary push me to get through the next 10 days. I am hoping this will be what I need to kickstart my thought processes and this in turn will lead to some more constructive and creative writing that may be of interest to some of you if not all of you.

I will be publishing the details of my writing and the assignments that I undertake via my Twitter account @mikescheerer, using the hashtag #10daysbetterblog, so feel free to give me a friendly/nagging nudge if you feel that I am not keeping up with my end of this commitment and please, please, give me your criticism, constructive or otherwise to keep me on track to complete the next 10 days and who knows what the future may bring.

I’m already having trouble with the “Don’t SELF EDIT” part, I just can’t help myself, when I see the mistakes as they appear on the page, I just have to go back and correct them.

Well, it looks like my first 15-20 minute assignment is coming to a close, so please check back with me again tomorrow to check out the next assignment.

By | 2016-11-04T16:45:12+00:00 Monday, January 5th, 2015|My Life|4 Comments

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  • Hi Anthony,

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Good to bump into you outside of AIX circles. Yes, you are correct I have 2 twitter handles @ibmaix (used for all my IBM and Power related tweets) and the @mscheerer (used for my personal stuff) I used to use @ibmaix for everything, but I got complaints from people telling me that I was tweeting stuff that was not related to IBM or AIX, but to be fair I have not made a great deal of use of twitter for some time, apart from the odd check…

    Anyway glad you found your way to my personal blog, also been quite stale for some time, a situation that I am trying hard to remedy, hence the 10 Days to a better blog…

    I will be happy to take a look at your sample articles although I am pretty tied up with the “10 days to a better blog” on http://talk.desk.pm at the moment in an effort to kickstart my writing (not that I really think of myself as a writer).

    Good to hear from you Anthony and congrats on your job with IBM, although I have not seen much activity from you in the IBM or AIX arenas of late.

    Please keep in touch and as an established author yourself, I would be interested in your thoughts on my ramblings, so please feel free to give me some criticism…

    All the best, Mike

  • Anthony English

    I thought I was the only person with two Twitter handles: one for AIX @aixdownunder and a more general one for blogging, technical tips for small business and time management: @anthonyenglish My blog is at http://anthonyenglish.com.au and I’m pretty active.

    Great to see your blog, Mike.

    I’m planning something sort of similar: a 10 (or more?) day blog improvement plan with short tips on how to add an SEO plugin, or Google AdWords to start getting some revenue, or how to create an infographic with zero experience, or how to create an Amazon affiliate link, or a “popular posts widget in your WordPress sidebar. All little things that can improve your blog, step by step, following a simple 5 minute video and all using free tools.

    Anyway, since you (and your readers) might like to offer some feedback, here’s a free sample showing how to:

    organise your to-do list,
    create a free email Autoresponder and
    document your IT procedures more easily.

    http://goo.gl/c9LL85

    – Anthony English

  • I think my problem is that I have dyslexic fingers, they just don’t seem to type what my brain is thinking, so it might take more than luck Dan, but really looking forward to the challenge…

  • Dan Langendorf

    “I’m already having trouble with the “Don’t SELF EDIT” part, I just can’t help myself, when I see the mistakes as they appear on the page, I just have to go back and correct them.”

    Don’t sweat the little stuff. I hate misspellings, typos, and such. If I see one, I go back and correct. I hate reading sloppy copy, and you’d be surprised how much shows up in “professional” blogs, from writers who should know better. The No Self Edit part can take a while to get used to. Best of luck with it.