Yesterday I challenged readers to write a post that took a 7 link challenge – linking to 7 posts that fit into 7 themes. I thought I’d take it for myself here on ProBlogger.
- Your first post – the first post I ever wrote on ProBlogger (I’d been posting on other blogs for a couple of years before this) was in September 2004. It was titled – Get to the Point. It was actually a post that I’d written on another blog which I imported onto this one. On the day I published it I imported 40 or so previously written posts into ProBlogger.
- A post you enjoyed writing the most – 5 Things You Don’t Know about My Dad the ProBlogger. This post was a departure from my normal writing style and as a result I had a lot of fun both writing it and reading the feedback on it.
- A post which had a great discussion – Does a Bloggers Age Matter? This was a tough one to choose because there have been a lot of great discussions on ProBlogger in the last 5-6 years. I’ve chosen this one because the discussion is not only rich but it is fresh and has only just slowed.
- A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written – I’m going to share a link here that is one that I refer to constantly in my blogging. It’s Copyblogger’s Magnetic Headlines series of posts. Most specifically I always head to the headline template posts – they’re useful and I wish I had the smarts to come up with them as I’m sure many people keep coming back to them like I do.
- A post with a title that you are proud of – 9 things to do to Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom. It’s a mouthful but it certainly grabbed people’s attention and was something that people retweeted a lot (I find good titles often get that happening).
- A post that you wish more people had read – How to Craft a Blog Post – 10 Crucial Points to Pause. This was actually an 11 part series and while it did get a reasonable amount of traffic it was something that I was a surprised by in terms of lack of reaction as it was something that I put a lot of work into and something that I think is actually very important. Perhaps it was that it was spread out over too long a period for people to take in – but it’s something I’m still proud of and hope people take the time to engage with (I’m even toying with the idea of expanding it and making it into a downloadable resource).
- Your most visited post ever – How to Blog: Blog Tips for Beginners. This post just continues to gather traffic and is a series that I wrote a few years back for beginner bloggers that just seemed to hit the spot with readers.
I hope you’ve found this useful and am looking forward to seeing your 7 links.
Mine will be posted tomorrow. Whew! It was harder than I thought it would be, but a very fun exercise. I’m hoping some of the bloggers who visit my site will take on the challenge as well.
Thanks for the motivation, Darren! This is a swell idea. Here are my 7 links…
Here is mine…
I loved this idea and started the day you sent out the challenge – honest. I’m a few days late I know but hey – better late than never!
So here it is. http://toxinfreefuture.com/healthblog/2010/07/24/the-7-link-challenge-7links/
“a post that just promotes other parts of your own blog”
like most posts in this blog, and many other blogs.
without intrinsic merit yet seemingly useful to the casual reader.
simply telling everyone how u personally blog isnt exactly useful info, its just self engrandisement.
a really long list of cpm sites with a little info on each (ie ad rates etc), or step by step methods for attracting ‘real’ traffic that isnt half arsed social networking trickery etc, would be useful. just posting content for the sake of it isnt.
this is just like a tv station advertising its own programs.
I took the 7 Links Challenge:
I decided to follow-up with a second post for my podcast (with a few changes to the original question).
Thanks again for this great idea!
The great links.
Unfortunately I have not read it earlier.
Hopefully I will learn many things here
Thanks Darren Rowse
I LOVED this exercise! Thanks for putting it out there.
It took me long enough, but I finally got mine posted:
Blogging Milestones – Taking Up Darren Rowse’s Challenge — http://executivecareerbrand.com/blogging-milestones-%e2%80%93-taking-up-darren-rowses-challenge/
Hi Darren, I would love to read your old posts again and again. By the way I’m creating my own 7 links now ;)
What a great exercise. Thanks for the inspiration.
Very informative article, I will certasinly be putting a few of the tips to get more out of my blogs. For many months now they have disappeared into the ether and I look back at them to find only 2 or 3 readers over a blog I have spen several hours working on.
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