Welcome & Introduction [Day 0 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

As many of you know I recently picked up blogging again, I figured I’d share my inspiration and just maybe others might get inspired too. This post is geared towards people who blog or might be interested in blogging. 

Become A Problogger with Darren Rowse

Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. These are notes that can be found on iTunes on his Day 0 Welcome and Introduction. I’ll be kicking off this series starting this month August 2015.

In order for readers to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. I hope that together we can learn how to improve our blogs and further reach our respective niches. This will be a great learning experience for me as well as I apply the challenges Darren’s put forth.

So lets do this together! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB

First, if you’re on the site for the first time or looking for the other days I’ve already blogged on check out the schedule and links below.

A. Schedule & Links


Eventually, I’ll link all the posts here on Day 0. I will be going through and sharing my notes on the podcasts twice a week on Tuesdays and some on Thursdays.

Day 0: Welcome & Introduction (This article)
Day 1: Create an Elevator Pitch for your Blog
Day 2: Write and Publish a List Post
Day 3: Promote Your Blog
Day 4: Analyze Another Blog
Day 5: Email a Blog Reader
Day 6: A Mobile-Friendly Blog
Day 7: Write and Publish a Link Post
Day 8: Conduct a Social Media Audit
Day 9: Join a Social Media Forum
Day 10: Create Alerts & Subscriptions
Day 11: Create 10 Post Ideas for your Blog
Day 12: Create an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog
Day 13: Improve your Blog by Visiting the Mall
Day 14: Update a Key Page or Hot Post on Your Blog
Day 15: Find a Blogging Buddy
Day 16: Solve a Reader’s Problem
Day 17: Watch a First Time Rader of Your Blog
Day 18: Create a Sneeze Page
Day 19: Write an Opinion Post
Day 20: Leave Comments on Other Blogs
Day 21: Conduct a Policy Review
Day 22: Pay Special Attention to a Reader
Day 23: Write a Post That Contains a Call to Action
Day 24: Use a Magazine to Improve Your Blog
Day 25: Ask Your Readers a Question 
Day 26: Improve Another Blog
Day 27: Update Posts in Your Archives
Day 28: Write a Review Post
Day 29: Develop a Plan to Grow Your Readership
Day 30: Dig Into Your Google Analytics
Day 31: How to Plan the Next Steps for Your Blog

Day 0: So lets get to it. What do successful bloggers have in common?

B. The Key To Successful Bloggers…

1. They are Active.
2. They are Self-starters.
3. They take Initiative.
4. They keep on moving {forward}.
5. They are Anything BUT Passive.

Do you think this describes you? Perhaps the “you” you’d like to become? Keep reading!

C. Bloggers tend to belong to one of two groups:

1. Bloggers that talk about what they’re going to do. (or Habitual Dreamers)
2. Bloggers that actually do what they say they’ll do. (or Habitual Action Takers)

Which one are you? I know I’ve been in the first category for a long time. I figured about a month ago it was time to get started. 

Darren notes that if you actually do something you have a greater chance of succeeding than if you just dream about it.

Darren says: 

“Inspiration without implementation is empty.”

 Darren goes onto to share the following quote:

“The FUTURE is not some place we are going, but one WE are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made.” – John H. Schaar

John H. Schaar Quote

The key is make your dreams a reality in the future. Action is a big part of that. Most successful bloggers do some small, relatively unremarkable things. What makes these bloggers remarkable is the accumulation of these small actions over time. Put together this builds something quite epic.

The vast majority of their time is spent taking small, relatively unremarkable steps.

Darren says: 

“They do the same things day in and day out.”


D. What makes these bloggers remarkable?

These small actions are habits and routines they’ve developed over time.
1. Habits of creating useful blog content.
2. Finding readers for blog content.
3. Engaging readers and building community.
4. Building a model that helps make what they do sustainable through monetization or other means.

Darren says:

“Choose one small thing a day that will take you closer to your dreams… And do it with the best of your ability.”

Choose One Small Thing

This podcast is about how to inspire action. Take the next step. Take imperfect action. And above all keep moving forward!


E. Three Important Parts of the 31 Days to Build a Blog Podcast

1. Inspiration
2. Information
3. Action


F. The 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge has the purpose of the following

1. Helping you in CREATING Content
2. Finding You MORE Readers
3. DEEPENING Community On Your Blog

Welcome to 31 small things you can do to improve your blog. These podcasts will be 5 to 20 minutes each day. Think of this as 31 Small things you can do to improve your blog.

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Are you ready to start a blog or significantly improve your blog? Comment below and lets take this challenge together!

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.


  1. I read a book from Problogger a few years back and I took a lot of the same things away from the book. It was very helpful.

    • Yes I think the Problogger book is very helpful too. I’m more of an audio learner so these podcasts have been helpful to me. I figure I learn sow thing each time I do this challenge. Thanks for commenting!

    • I think an Elevator Pitch is one of the harder concepts to master for me too 1stopmom… I think it is constantly evolving with our blog or website though so there’s always room for improvement. Hope you check out the podcast!

    • I totally hear you Jelli on struggling to build community. This seems like a good tool to help us with that. Glad to have you along this journey we are all walking together!

    • Part of the challenge is setting a schedule Cathy. I believe that’s day 12. The good thing is that we’ll be going through the challenge more slowly. Two challenges a week. That seems to be as much as I can handle right now too. It’s hard to find that balance for sure.

  2. Hi Jonathan! I’ve read Darren’s 31 days to build a better blog ebook a few years back, but I’ve never actually sat down for 31 days straight to constantly do things to improve the blog. I would say, my goal for this year really is to build community and reach out to people.

    Thanks for sharing your journey! All the best!! And hopefully I can follow along too!
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    • I agree Felecia that Darren has great advice. I plan on going at a slower pace to really get the benefit of the challenge. Posts will only be twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yes, hopefully we can learn a lot together!

    • That’s an awesome dream Becky! One day and one step at a time. Keep moving forward you can do it! How are you staying motivated? What’s your game plan? Thanks for stopping by

  3. These are very helpful tips for both new and old bloggers. Content is king, I agree, so I make sure I research my topics well.

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