You CAN Build A Remarkable Blog

As bloggers, it is only natural to compare ourselves to other bloggers. And, if you’re anything like me, you strive to make your blog better. Whether it be increasing comments, generating unique page views, creating better content, redesigning your graphics or making money from your site, you can build a remarkable blog.  And, you can do these things without blogging consuming your life.

Are you ready to find out how?

If you have the passion to make your blogging dream happen, then all you need is the knowledge and tools to get there and now you can take advantage of that knowledge with a free, 3 part training series: Build Your Remarkable Blog. The series is part of Blog School, designed by Blog Genie and is all you need to get started building your remarkable blog.

The three-part training series will be delivered over 3 weeks, one lesson & worksheet every Tuesday, starting July 23 – that’s tomorrow.

The topics of the training are:

  1. Are You Blogging In the Right Niche? – Release date July 23 – that’s tomorrow!
  2. The Art of Getting Things Done – Release date July 30
  3. Believe You Can – Release date August 6

The goal of this program is to give you, my readers, something of great value to improve your blog even if you do not attend blog school. I have invested in Blog Genie to build this website and also Blood Clot Recovery Network for me and I am continually impressed by the service I have received. It is definitely worth signing up for the training series, plus it doesn’t cost you anything!

It’s free and it starts tomorrow – sign up HERE. What are you waiting for to build your remarkable blog?

Until the next mile marker,

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It’s a Wrap! #28DBC Days 16-27

Last week concluded the 28-Day Blog Challenge hosted by Katy Widrick. It was a busy month for my blog:

If you don’t know from participating, this challenge was completely free, and I learned so much. Thank you to Katy and everyone who joined in to share knowledge, advice and feedback. I will definitely participate in another blog challenge – which I hope to see (hint, hint)! 🙂 If you weren’t a part of this #28DBC, make sure you get in on the next one.

On the first day, I set some goals for my blog during this challenge and got many of them accomplished:

  • Add an ‘About Me’ box to my sidebar Finally!
  • Update my header Love my new header!
  • Organize my Google Reader (or alternative)
  • Comment more regularly on blogs I follow (and discover some new blogs) I discovered several new blogs thanks to this challenge.
  • Fix the comment link on my blog to make it easier to find It’s now at the bottom.
  • Make it easier to pin images from my site to Pinterest

Plus, some exciting additional changes:

  • I updated my Remember page
  • Had my blog header re-designed by Rita at Blog Genie (love her!) and also changed the columns on my blog
  • Published my blog to Kindle
  • Updated my Facebook Page and cover photo
  • Started replying to every comment left on my blog
  • Transferred my domain name and email to DreamHost (love them!) so all of my blog services are now in one place

And…

  • I am staying up to date with blogs I follow by commenting on a more regular basis

My favorite change? My new header!

I am still struggling with my Google Reader (I don’t really like it and I think it is overwhelming to manage). What do you use?

I am still looking for a Pin-It Plug-In that allows readers to easily pin images to Pinterest. The ones I tried seem to not work on my blog. Have you found one you like and wouldn’t mind sharing?

Did you participate in the #28DBC? What did you learn?

Until the next mile marker,

It’s a Wrap! #28DBC Days 2-7

The second week of the 28-Day Blog Challenge hosted by Katy Widrick is coming to a close and this has been a very productive week on my blog! If you haven’t joined the challenge, you should! I am learning so many things and the support from the community has been wonderful. Everyone is very helpful and willing to share their advice, projects, priase and advice. Sign up today! I am really excited to share what I have accomplished-

  • Started replying to every blog post comment – I’m listening and I want my readers to know!
  • Updated my pages (Including adding run, write, remember)

  • Updated my blog header, which I am most excited about thanks to the help of Rita at Blog Genie.
New Header FEB 2013
  • Also with the help of Rita, I moved the Comments link to the bottom of the post so it is easier to find.
New Comments link
  • Updated my Facebook Page to reflect my new design and new badge.

New FB cover with page FEB 2013

  • Followed a new blog, which I suggest you also check out too: And Her Little Dog Too written by Leslie. Head on over because she is currently conducting a reader survey.

And, that is a wrap!

Are you participating in the #28DBC? If so, what is your favorite accomplishment of the week? Do you have a blog that I must see? Leave your links in the comments, and I will stop by!

Until the next mile marker,

Making Your Blog the Best: The 2013 Blog Improvement Challenge is HERE!

Are you relatively new to the blogging world? Or, have you been blogging for a little while but are feeling stagnant and not seeing the results you want? Do you (like me) love blogging, but feel like you could do better – create better content, gain more readers, make an impact and succeed in the blogging community? If you answered yes to any of these questions the 2013 Blog Improvement Challenge by Rita at Blog Genie may be just what you need! As you know, I chose Blog Genie to redesign my blog, and I for one a, very excited about this new program.

Blog Improvement Challenge Badge

The Blog Improvement Challenge is a 12 month, online training program that combines powerful offline organization tools with online learning to show you, step-by-step how to create the blog, and audience you’ve always wanted. The core of the program are the learning themes (one for each month over the next 12 months) and include things like planning to succeed, creating killer content, blogging information systems & productivity, social media marketing, working with media & PR firms, and search engines demystified. The program immediately grabbed my attention because of the 12-month planning and calendar package you will receive and, there are never more than six tasks in a month that you can access online from wherever you are so you can truly build a better blog around your schedule. You know I love planners and organizing and these are just lovely.

Blog-Planner-20132

You can find more details here.

Also, Rita will be there to support you ever step of the way and if the service I received during my re-design are any indication of the level of service you will receive, then it is second to none! No doubt, this program is partly self-initiated and will only work if you are willing to put in the work to help your blog succeed, but if you are willing to do that, then Rita is willing to help you as much as she can.

And because Rita really wants you to get the most out of this training and your blog, if you sign up for early registration beginning today, you get your pick of two early sign up bonuses until Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:59pm, mountain time. The bonuses included either a transfer to Self-Hosted WordPress or your choice of a Premium StudioPress Theme installed on your blog! While the challenge material is presented in such a way that if you’re on a free blogging platform like blogger.com or wordpress.com you can still benefit immensely from, there are some advanced techniques geared towards self-hosted bloggers so early sign up is definitely something you may want to take advantage of if you are not already self-hosted.

And there’s more! Rita has graciously offered an early sign-up discount of $50 for readers of Words to Run By. Please use the following link to find out more, sign up and save some cash too!

The Words to Run By Reader coupon link is: http://www.bloggenie.ca/coupon/words-to-run-by/product/5102/

Don’t wait! While you can still enroll after the first of the year, you won’t get one of the early bonuses or the Words to Run By Reader coupon. So, if you are interested, be sure to enroll by Dec. 19 at 11:59pm mountain time using the above link.

I’m pretty excited about this program, and I hope you are too.

Until the next mile marker,

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Blog Genie to Design Your Blog

When I started blogging (not that long ago), I opened a Blogger account because 1) it was free and 2) it seemed the simplest to use. Shortly thereafter, I purchased my domain name and was sure I was all set with my very own “website.”  Then, about a year later, I started reading about how WordPress was the only way to go and oh, by the way, Google basically owned my blog that I worked so hard on. Self-hosted, .com, .org, hosting, domains – my brain was overwhelmed with technical stuff I apparently really knew nothing about.

So, naturally, my mind was made up fairly quickly- I wanted WordPress, knew nothing about it and somehow knew even less about how to move my current blog to WordPress. I heard my options were 1) lock myself in a room for 72 hours to do it myself and pray for a good outcome or 2) pay someone else to do it for me. Um, given my luck with technology? Option 2.

I started looking around for a company that could help me not only transfer my blog, but do a little bit of re-designing too. I scoured the Internet for reviews and intently studied other blogs I liked.

I started noticing that a lot of the sites that impressed me were built by Blog Genie so I decided to check them out and found this:

Ah! They were speaking right to me.

I contacted Rita and anxiously waited for a response. (Okay, I may have hit refresh on my email like 29 times in a row waiting for a response).

Rita contacted me and she immediately made me feel welcome and assured me she would be able to help with every step of the Blogger to WordPress conversion and blog redesign.

My Top 5 Reasons to Choose Blog Genie to Design Your Blog

1) Blog Genie offers a unique, customized design, tailored to your specifications.

Before Rita began designing my site, we emailed back and forth a number of times regarding the design I wanted. She was able to take what I explained (I wanted the color scheme to be blue/teal; I wanted a custom header similar to what I had; I wanted a distinctive, but simple layout) and crate a design that exactly matched my ideas!

Old Header

New Header designed by Blog Genie

New Menu designed by Blog Genie

Headline style layout designed by Blog Genie

My very own content thanks to Blog Genie!

2) Blog Genie offers phenomenal one-on-one support and very timely responses. 

Rita answered all of my design and WordPress questions almost immediately. Even after my design was complete, Rita still took the time to answer any WordPress questions I had and even walked me through anything I needed help with. WordPress is very different from Blogger and has taken some time (and practice) to get used to and Rita has been very patient with me in answering any questions that still come up.

3) Blog Genie provides a no hassle, user-friendly transfer to WordPress.

I did not have to do anything in regards to transfer my blog. All but a few links and images transferred (from past posts) and I fixed the issues in some of more popular posts and did not worry about the rest. Rita set up all of the widgets I had on my old blog to work on WordPress and transferred my pages too. Rita set up WordPress and my self-hosted site through Dreamhost All I had to do was log in to WordPress and start blogging!

4) With Blog Genie, you receive ongoing support through the website including freebies, tips and tutorials on how to use WordPress and all of its features.

I have used the Blog Genie tutorials to set up my share buttons, auto-posting and sidebar links. I have found the site to be very helpful in teaching me to use and navigate WordPress. Also, Rita has continued to answer any questions that have come up since she completed my design.

5) Blog Genie fits reasonably within a range of budgets.

I know the first thing I was concerned about when transferring my blog was the cost. I found that Blog Genie offers several different services and prices ranging from $197 for a transfer to WordPress to $999 for a completely custom design. I found the prices reasonable for the services and personal attention I received. Rita gave me several different design options at different price points so I could choose what was within my budget. There is definitely something for everyone at Blog Genie!

Until the next mile marker,