Revisited: 31 Days to Building A Better Blog

by Miguel Wickert

in 31 Days to Building a Better Blog


Next month (Feb) will make a year that I’ve been blogging with WordPress. If you don’t know my history or story be sure to read it by clicking on Miguel’s Story.

I’ll attempt to apply the principles suggested by Darren at problogger (as an experiment) and of course to better my own blogging experience. Please, tag along if interested.

Remember: I don’t care how long you’ve been blogging or how much money you make or how big you think you are in your own mind, there’s always room for growth.

While reviewing the series, I realized the methods I do and don’t practice- I’m sure the same will apply to you but that’s not the point. Allow this to be an exercise that helps to both develop those neglected blogging areas or to build your strengths as a blogger.

What is the 31 Day Project About?

A month’s long series of posts to help us build a better blog. Since I’m Miguel and not Darren- my thoughts and reactions will reflected my opinions, priorities and interests. Naturally, my flavor will be seen, tasted, smelled and felt.

Day 1

Email a New Reader of Your Blog. That’s right- drop a new reader a thank you expressing your gratitude and delight for having them as a reader to your blog.

  • Take it a step further if able- extend a handing hand.
  • Share a useful resource with them about blogging or writing.
  • Become someone’s mentor

Easy enough, right? Don’t just do it for the sake of doing it- put some thought and time into it. Aim to be more intentional. A blogging buddy did it for me and our relationships turned into a friendship. He’s also my mentor. He’s one of the most selfless bloggers I’ve ever met.

What would it mean to you if people said that about you? Share if you dare!

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1 Ching Ya January 28, 2009 at 11:27 pm

That’s true. You’ll be surprised there are actually quite a few selfless bloggers who are willing to help at all costs. Just be glad when you have a friendship built up from there, and let us not stop the sharing attitude which could brighten up the blogosphere. ^^

Ching Ya’s last blog post..Welcoming Gift for New Subscribers!

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2 dinu February 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

sounds interesting :) will try ..

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3 Miguel February 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hi Ching Ya

You’re right, there are many wonderful people in the blogosphere. :) How’s everything coming along with you and your blog? :) Thanks for visiting and sharing.


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4 Miguel February 3, 2009 at 9:10 am

Hey Dinu

Oh yeah, no hurry… go at your own pace. :) Please keep us posted!


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5 Ching Ya February 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Hi Miguel, just thought I drop in and say hi. Can’t believe it’s Feb already!

So far so good, trying to improve my blogging skills and might be having new categories soon. At the same time, exploring to see what else I could do to keep my writing passion going, while helping others too. ^^ It’s really amazing how a little blog could create such fulfillment and excitement at the same time!

Wish you have a great success in blogging, same goes to other bloggers too. Stay healthy too, k!

Ching Ya’s last blog post..Jumbled Movie Spree ~ Not For The Fainthearted!

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6 Miguel February 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

Hey Ching Ya

I appreciate it, thanks for visiting and sharing. You’re right- both fulfillment and excitement from blogging. Yeah, I’m trying hard… still trying to fence off this sickness! Slowly getting better. :)


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7 Ricardo Bueno February 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I think that welcoming bloggers via email is a great way to follow up and make a connection (you know, let people know that you’ve responded to what they had to say). What I don’t like though is when people automate their email. In my opinion, that’s just very impersonal.

Speaking of personal, check out eyejot(dot)com. It’s a cool web program that let’s you send video email to someone. The free version restricts you to 1 minute recordings (but it’s still pretty damn cool).

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8 Blogging Tips February 5, 2009 at 6:18 am

Wonderful! I’m gonna follow it right at this moment.

Oh, coincidentally I just helped one of my (or OUR) readers to setup his first contest. Apparently, he wasn’t sure on the mechanism of running a contest. I’m glad I could speak in the language he understands…….


Blogging Tips’s last blog post..You’ve Only Got 10 Seconds

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9 Miguel February 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm


I agree bro with you on multiple points here. It’s a turn off to see or read automated email. Now I have seen some folks effectively pull it off. Sweet, thanks for sharing the link, I’ll have to pay them a visit. :)

Have you heard of Miro? you can download youtube videos with it, among other things. Always honored to have you visit- thanks again for your contribution.

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10 Miguel February 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Hey Yan

That’s a good thing! :) It’s been tough for me lately. Battling a cold since Saturday, ice storm the week before that and fighting through my school workload. But no worries, I’m on the comeback trail. =) I actually ran today, something I haven’t done since last Friday. A contest, nice… especially when there are tons of winners.


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11 Blogging Tips February 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Good to hear that you’re back in action, Mig. Planning to contribute to TSB soon?


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12 Miguel February 6, 2009 at 7:57 am


ye yes, I already have something in the works. :) Must finish a paper by mid-night (Friday). You are da man… thanks for dropping by.

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