Meeting Living History at the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights MD

As a blogger, anywhere I go and anyone I meet can end up in a post …

20180422_184007078_iosI visited the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, MD a few months ago. The school is an African-American heritage site in Prince George’s County. The school is managed by the Black History Program at Abraham Hall and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

I had a wonderful time at the school! Mae Williams (a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) gave a small group of us a tour of the school. Her enthusiasm was equally matched by her extensive knowledge of the school’s history and renovation.

I also met a woman who actually attended the school as a child. She could point to herself in one of the old photos mounted on the school’s wall. It was a pleasure meeting you Shirley Taylor (Spriggs)!

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A Blogger’s Journey: The Question of Getting More Readers

blogI’m trying to grow as a blogger. I listen to blogging podcasts. I also joined a few blogger groups on Facebook so I could network and learn from other bloggers. I’m glad I did it because I am networking and learning.

A member of a group I joined posted a question. She had just started her blog a few days before. She said she felt her blog would not succeed because of the number of readers. She then asked how does a blog get more readers? I was one of several bloggers that replied to the question. My response was:

“I’m told the average blogger can expect to spend 2 years building up a good following and engagement. Writing talent can speed up the process. Excellent social media skills can speed up the process. Networking and exposure can speed up the process. Guest posting on other blogs can speed up the process. Pay attention to the posts that get you the best response and do more of those posts. Always ask for feedback from successful bloggers on how you can improve your blog. POST CONSISTENTLY!!!

One last thing – focus more on building engagement and not building readers. 200 highly engaged readers are better than 2,000 readers that never like or comment.”

Now I’m no expert. I have 43 followers as of this post. That’s huge for me but still small in the ocean of blogs out there. I come to this advice from podcasts, my study of blogging, and the network of bloggers I’m slowly building. To my fellow bloggers, this is my answer to the question. How would you answer?

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31D2BBC – Day 3 – Promote Your Blog

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31D2BBC = 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. I explain the challenge in my post, “31 Days to Build a Better Blog from ProBlogger.” The third day of the podcast challenge is “Promote Your Blog.”

This episode is 21 minutes of ideas on promoting a blog. Sharing posts on social media I already have covered. Three of the ideas stand out for me:

  1. Guest posting on other blogs
  2. Interview someone
  3. Comment on other blogs

Ok fellow bloggers. Who’s looking for a guest post?

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It’s Not the Kite, It’s the Air

I love the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams! I can’t help dancing every time I hear it! I like it so much, I bought the song for my iPod and the video for my iPad. Once, the song came over the intercom while I was eating dinner with three friends in a restaurant. All four of us started dancing in our chairs. The song just makes you, well … happy.

I watched an interview with Pharrell Williams on CBS Sunday Morning. During the interview, Pharrell said something I’ve been thinking about a lot. He was asked, “Are you afraid if you give yourself too much credit, it would all go away?”

Pharrell’s answer, “For sure. You see people spin out of control like that all the time. I mean, those are the most tragic stories, the most gifted people who start to believe it’s really all them. It’s not all you. It can’t be all you. Just like you need air to fly a kite, it’s not the kite. It’s the air.”

What a perfect?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? metaphor … “It’s not the kite, it’s the air.” Ego check. Happiness and success are rarely achieved alone. Each is produced with the help, support, and patience of the people around you. You should thank them for it from time to time.

I’m posting this the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. A good time for anyone to look at their life and assess. As I look at my life. Let me tell my wife, family, and friends … THANK YOU!!! … for your help, support and bountiful patience! If I’m a kite … they’re the air. Thank you to my readers as well. If this blog is a kite, you’re the air!

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31D2BBC – Day 2 – Write and Publish a List Post

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31D2BBC = 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. I explain the challenge in my post, “31 Days to Build a Better Blog from ProBlogger.” The second day of the podcast challenge is “Write and Publish a List Post.”

Technically, I can put a check in this box. I’ve created a few list posts since starting this blog. I have a few ideas for future posts. The posts I’ve created so far are listed below. (My first sneeze page!):

  1. My Blogging History
  2. You Need Tools to Blog
  3. The Entrepreneur’s Bucket List (American Express Open Forum)
  4. Annual Checklist for Nonprofit Board Members
  5. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from ProBlogger
  6. Do You Know Your VP’s?
  7. Ask Yourself, How Much Time, Money and Energy?
  8. Are You Guilty of “Wishful” Recycling?

The catch is, I have not followed all the suggestions for a list post. That’s my challenge! The podcast episode is 21 minutes of tips, ideas, and wisdom. Listen to the episode to get the complete picture. The core tips I want to apply are:

  1. Create list posts using all 3 of the different styles
  2. Create list posts that serve as “sneeze” pages for my blog
  3. Use images as much as possible
  4. Use bullet points or sub-headings to help break up the formatting of longer posts.

I will keep this in mind with future list posts. Especially using more images in posts.

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31D2BBC – Day 1 – Create an Elevator Pitch for My Blog

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31D2BBC = 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. I explain the challenge in my post, “31 Days to Build a Better Blog from ProBlogger.” The first day of the podcast challenge is “Create an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog.”

I can put a check in this box! My tagline is my elevator pitch. I added, “The Journey to become a Certified Associate in Project Management,” as a tagline when I created the blog. It’s what I usually say when someone asks me what the subject of my blog is.

A funny thing. This is my 33rd post. So far, I have not written about the CAPM or my journey to get it. I started thinking another tagline might be … “I have a lot to say and share. This blog is a great place to say and share it.” But then I realize how silly that sounds and go back to my first tagline.

One down. 30 to go!

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