Content Plus Community Blog Challenge Post 15

In Connie Ragan Green’s 30-day blog challenge, the level of commitment, knowledge, and overall good vibes of all the participants  is simply stunning. So much so that I have created a new category of links on my sidebar. Check out the “Tips from my Colleagues” on the sidebar. You’ll find links to specific articles overflowing with insights and practical tools and tips. It’s an ongoing project, so check back regularly.

To connect with me on Twitter:


From the river of Tweets earlier this week, I came across this message from @iandavidchapman who retweeted from @problogger 140 Characters and the Swing to Longer Form Content
My take on the conversation: Community+Content=Twitter&FB+blog.  The basis for an online business is community plus content. And yes, content may also include products, either our own or affiliates, and ideally both. Actually community plus content isn’t a bad model for non-virtual businesses as well: The “content” is your expertise about the products and services offered.

Darren Rowse @problogger concluded his post saying, “Short Form content is powerful in driving traffic to and building conversation and community around your longer form content.”

The community of us gathered in response to Connie’s 30-day blogging challenge is seeing this principle at work. The challenge is not only about creating 30 days of content, but also about getting in the habit of creating content. What I’ve observed after sporadically posting on my blog for just over a year: It’s deflating to just whistle into the void. And that is the amazing piece of this blogging challenge, because the third part of it is stepping into a flow of making connections, which we are doing via Twitter and also via Facebook and the Facebook Networked Blogs application.

There are just an amazing number of ways and places to connect, so it’s a challenge to keep all the pieces straight. And it’s so delicious to connect into a conversation with real people who are doing high-integrity work online, learning and supporting each other in the 30 day blog challenge. There’s great diversity of expertise, yet each colleague speaks with authenticity and authority. Check it out on Twitter at #blog30.

Author: Bobbye

Bobbye Middendorf, MA, partners with evolutionaries as mystic-catalyst, healer, and poet -- evoking experiences of hope, self-grounding, self-trust, resilience, and joy. Spoken Word Alchemy opens portals for Yin Arising via mentoring; she offers inner wisdom guidance and word altars. With WayMakers, this award-winning wordsmith regenerates their clarity and expansive expression to live life as a work of art.

7 thoughts on “Content Plus Community Blog Challenge Post 15”

  1. Thank you so much for including my blog in your new section! I feel honored to have been considered among all the wonderful people you interact with on your site and am proud to have written something you found worthy enough to include.

    1. Geoff, Thank you for all the great info you share on your blog! I love sharing resources and “people you should know.” This blogging challenge has been a treasure trove of new connections and friends. Thanks for stopping by. Bobbye

  2. Bobbye ~

    Darren Rowse is an incredibly phenomenal human being and a darn good blogger! In the blogosphere, I consider him to be like E.F. Hutton … when Darren speaks, everybody listens. 🙂

    It’s really wonderful that your post talks about the community that’s gathered around Connie’s blogging challenge. And talk about CONTENT! When I think of everyone’s contributions combined, it’s mind boggling!

    The post I have scheduled for tomorrow is also about the challenge. It’s just such a fun, relevant, and newsworthy topic to blog about.

    I’ve said it before, Bobbye, but I really enjoy your writing style.

    I’ll be back again!

    1. Todd, I really think the intersection of online tools for offline biz that you are addressing at is crucial. Taking the online tools and making them easy to use for brick and mortar local businesses is truly a power leverage spot! You are providing great content. I wouldn’t list things that aren’t worthwhile. Thanks for being part of a great community.

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