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Did You Complete The 100 Blog Comments Challenge?


100 Blog Comment Challenge

Hello All,


Just thought I would write a very quick post to keep you up to date on this lovely little 100 blog comment challenge! 😯

Little challenge I say? NOT!

This has been the most amazing ride I have had in a long time! It has been hard work, time consuming and very tiring!

My fingers are sore, my brain is completely drained and my eyes feel like they are hanging out of my head! 😐

Who knew what a little bimbo idea of mine could turn into! (Note to self: Let bimbo brain go to sleep for a week! I need a rest! :lol:)

This has been awesome, amazing, incredible and inspiring all at the same time!

The blogs that joined the challenge have been incredible, some of them full of content I got myself lost for hours!!

First I would like to say a very big THANK YOU so much to all of you that joined me in this challenge.

THANK YOU for believing in the challenge,

THANK YOU for promoting the challenge &

THANK YOU for honouring your commitment to the challenge.

I have been around to everyone’s blogs a couple of times over the last few days, taking a tally of the blog comments as I go. Some are missing comments, whether they have ended up in people’s spam folders or they haven’t checked their blogs yet I am not sure.

I do know it is holidays in the Northern Hemisphere right now so I am pretty sure some people are still on holidays too!

I also get the feeling a few people will still be blog commenting over the next few days to catch up. As long as everyone honours the challenge that is more my concern right now.

Getting people inspired to join the challenge was the easy part so to speak (Actually it was still hard and I thank everyone for promoting it to get everyone on board!).

Keeping people inspired to complete the challenge has been the hard part. 😉

It is actually up to the challengers the level of success this is in the end.

There has also been a couple of blogs playing up as well. We lost Craig Breeze (Was 95)  due to his blog going down so we replaced him with Ashwandra Michelle (101).

And as far as I can tell we are having problems with John Edward’s blog post (45), Jeremiah Carstephan’s blog post (59) and Shameka P’s blog post (50). Hopefully those blogs will be sorted out shortly.

I do plan on going around to everyone’s blogs again at the end of the week to do another tally of comments and do another round of social book marking for everyone.

(I have twittered everyone, however I would like to do some facebooking, digging and stumbling too! Just to share the challenge love a little more! :D)

Plus I also plan on writing a blog post in about 2 weeks time summarising the challenge overall honouring all those that completed the challenge and letting everyone know the final results.

For those of you that have completed the challenge I would love your feedback.

Should we do this again?

If so when do you think we should run it knowing the commitment that this challenge REALLY is and the time we need to honour it?

What would you change about it?

For example the length of the challenge, the amount of blogs, the type of blog post to contribute? Should the blog post be a new one?

I actually think everyone should submit a new blog post next time and one dedicated to their niche. What do you think?

What would you improve about it?

Have a dedicated website? Given more notice before joining? What rules would you introduce such as a commitment to visit 25 blogs each week or something like that?

What suggestions would you have to make it fun and inspiring?

Motivation type stuff? Regular posting etc etc


THANK YOU so much for an amazing yet very tiring month!

Hubby and bubba think I have glued myself to the computer. I think they need some cuddle time too! 😳

See you back here soon! 😎

Until next time……..

Happy Blog Hopping!


My Sig 😀


P.S If you are a current challenger I would love your feedback on the questions above. :)

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77 Responses to “Did You Complete The 100 Blog Comments Challenge?”

  1. […] of the 100 comment challenge that just ended up.  Jacinta had a brilliant idea to network and get people to comment on each other’s blog post until each posts comments reached 100.  Replies didn’t count.  It […]

  2. ElizOFNo Gravatar
    Twitter: ElizObihFrank
    on September 13th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Dear Jacinta,
    First off, Thank You for the enormous effort you put into organizing the 100 Comment Challenge and seeing it through to completion. When I signed up for the challenge, I made a commitment to learn and grow from the experience and to honor the rule of commenting on all the listed blogs. I am not an internet marketer yet but knew that I could learn something, albeit one nugget of value, from every contributor.
    I visited every blog and, yes, I read every single post (except the ones you mentioned we couldn’t access) because I wanted to understand what each blogger was sharing with the reader before commenting… Call it my Catholic Schoolgirl upbringing or my stiff upper lip British/Nigerian sensibility… that’s just my way. If I missed anyone, although I don’t think I did, it was not intentional and I offer sincere apologies.
    The entire experience was yet another reminder of why it is best to focus on your goal, honor it and move on. I was reminded again that it is pointless to insist on having others comply to a set of rules when they don’t want to … even if they initially agreed to those rules. There will always be dissenters in any group project and I am not surprised by some of the feedback you received because that is human nature; One man’s feast is another man’s poison.
    I’ve always liked the idea of maintaining what in Yoga is known as a “Beginner’s Mind” because it helps keep the ego in check and that is where true learning and growth occurs. We all make mistakes and hopefully we learn from them. I learned a lot from this experience and will continue to learn; I have no regrets. A great teacher once said, “The minute you think you know everything and what everyone else should be thinking/doing is the moment you’ve stopped learning…”
    Should we do this again? It is now up to you to decide if you wish to have another go at it. If yes, I would suggest fewer, niche specific bloggers might be helpful.
    What would you change about it? The number of participants and have all contributors offer a new post.
    What would you improve about it? I’m tempted to say have a code of honor for participants where all agree that — your word is your bond — Simply honor what you signed up for or back out early. There, I said it.
    What suggestions would you have to make it fun and inspiring? Have all participants take turns sending everyone a reminder about the purpose of the challenge; this was meant to be a supportive, positive endeavor and a way to help each other grow… feedback was meant to be given in the spirit of uplifting each other.
    As I write this from my home in New York, I am reminded again about the events of 9/11 and how people rallied in the face of violence to comfort and help each other. The nature of the help was not questioned. What mattered was that people offered help in different ways they knew how… This is my prayer for us all.
    Bloggers have an important role to play in the blogosphere and we must remember to wield our words with compassion. Ultimately, we all have the power of the human spirit to heal and to hurt one another. The latter is a dangerous option.
    Thank you again Jacinta for letting me through the Challenge door. I wish you continued and abundant success … and I know you wish all of us, newbies and experienced bloggers, mega success.
    Blessings,
    Elizabeth
    ElizOF last wrote about..Defining Freedom- Five Key Ways We Express &amp Abuse It…My Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Eliz,

    Wow! What beautiful words. Thank you so much! 😉

    Your feedback is amazing and so genuine and true.

    I completely agree on the code of honour, however as we know not everyone can do that. Life sometimes gets in the way for some people, or often things get sidetracked and some get over whelmed. I think that is what happened with some people in the challenge.

    even though the challenge is technically over I have noticed quite a few people still going around to people’s blogs, so even though they didn’t finish in the allotted time they are still getting there. Which is awesome.

    I do like the community spirit that was generated from the challenge and I do hope that I can keep that spirit alive.

    I hope to have a few little announcements I am working on shortly.

    I agree on new posts, and the time factor and smaller contributors. Nothing like starting the whole process with a bang!

    I am so glad you enjoyed the challenge and you have met some amazing people. I guess that was the whole concept in a nut shell. People meeting new people and really getting out there and networking and building a community.

    It became a lot more that just a comments challenge. It has been a very challenging, humbling as well as growing experience for me.

    Looking forward to communicating with you soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  3. Hi Jacinta,

    I have completed the challenge with some shortcomings like not tweeting every post and missing a few bookmarks.

    I was disappointed with some participants who didn’t bother commenting on my blog in spite of my giving them a comment of value.

    It could be that some of my comments were put into spam folder by Akismet. I had to retrieve some comments from my spam folder.

    Overall it was a good experience which I wouldn’t want to repeat soon but at a later date perhaps.

    I’m sorry that the participants of the challenge were attacked by an insider, Alex Whalley.

    What he wrote in his post is simply unacceptable and wrong.

    He is not holier than any of us and his paternalistic and arrogant article is a farce.

    You did a magnificent job defending the newbies in your comments on his drivel.

    Here is what I commented on his blog:

    Hi Jacinta, Alex, Sire,

    I have participated in the challenge and have to side with Jacinta here.

    It’s not true that most comments were spammy. In the beginning most comments were pretty good. I was giving my best comments for the most part but admittedly not as good towards the end as the time was running out. But I have never spam commented.

    Perhaps I gave 25% of comments that were not up to the standard. I think most people did the same.

    For Alex to attack the whole challenge in his post it was probably a link bait.

    Aside from that he does put himself on a pedestal and sounds very arrogant.

    A lot of the challenge participants are complete newbies and to be so harsh with them as Alex is is not fair. He acts like someone who is trying to get a following by sounding like he knows it all and sees through everything.

    Part of the rules, which were by the way outlined very well but not adhered to by some participants including Alex was the commitment to comment on each blog in the challenge.

    This is obviously what Alex has gotten himself out of by taking the few spam comments as an excuse and the reason for his wholesale attack on the whole thing.

    Vance
    Vance@Get More Readers last wrote about..How To Get More Readers- 10 Tips To Make Your Blog More PopularMy Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Vance,

    Sorry for the delay on reply, I have been having a well earned rest! 😀 Moderating the challenge did take a lot out of me.

    I agree not something I will be doing again in a hurry!! 😆

    Overall it has been an awesome experience, I have learned so much, and met some amazing people I would not change what we did.

    Yes it had it’s downfalls, however overall 60% completed the challenge, so as far as I am concerned that is a success.

    I would worry about what the negative people have said. I was upset at first because I thought it was an attack on the newbies, however what it did show me was the true values of people as marketers, so that I am grateful.

    Some people genuinely want to help people and others don’t. We can not please everyone.

    I agree with you in that I was a little disappointed that not everyone completed the challenge. I do think most people did genuinely want to complete the challenge, however some had life circumstances get in the way. I think some may have gotten overwhelmed at the workload.

    I must admit I was a little overwhelmed there and I was the organiser! 😯

    Currently I am enjoying a little break and seriously thinking about where I want to go online. The challenge has definitely given me something to think about! 😉

    See you on your blog soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

    Barry
    Twitter: barry_wells
    Reply:

    Hi Vance, i couldn’t have put it better myself mate.

    What i found ridiculous was Alex basing his view on the 25 blogs he visited. That’s 25% which isn’t enough (i think) to give a 100% overview.

    I’m playing catch up Vance but will be visiting your blog very soon.

    Respect and Regards to you Vance, Barry
    Barry@The Newbies Guide last wrote about..The Newbies Guide Part 11- Plus A Gift- A Guide and A VideoMy Profile

  4. Jacinta – I hold up my hand as one who hasn’t finished the challenge yet – I could name excuses – very valid ones, I might add – but all I will say is that I promise to get around to all the blogs and leave a comment.

    It was MUCH harder and time consuming than I thought it would be – what with reading the blog post and the comments then leaving a worthwhile comment.

    I’d say do it again but maybe in batches of 30 – maybe we could have a race of 5 teams of 30 bloggers and see which team all get round their teams blogs first! A huge administration nightmare – so the forum idea is better:P

    Thank you for the challenge – sorry I didn’t complete it in time – I claim too many senior moments 😀

    Jennifer
    Jennifer @JTInternetMarketing.com last wrote about..New! How To Become A Successful AffiliateMy Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Jennifer,

    At least you gave it your best shot!! There were quite a few people that didn’t complete the challenge. At least you are still making the effort to get to everyone over time.

    I think quite a few people were overwhelmed with the time factor. The challenge was a lot bigger than every initially thought.

    I know I have been a little overwhelmed from it and I was the organiser! 😯

    Re the forum idea, I have an idea there so I will keep everyone posted just got to iron out some details first.

    Thank you for being a valued contributor to the challenge. I will see you on your blog very soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  5. 100 articles is a lot to read – what I would like to know is…

    what were the best and the worst posts you read? I’ll bet that there were some really good ones and some really funny ones (even if it was just because they were so bad!). Did any posts make you happy or angry or sad? Clue us in – we would love to hear!
    Susan Kennedy last wrote about..Is Bigger BetterMy Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for popping by! :mrgreen:

    I liked the whole process of the challenge. Yes 100 articles were definitely a lot to read, plus on average about 100 comments on each blog as well!!

    I have enjoyed the whole process and have learned a heap!

    Nice To Meet You!

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  6. Hey Jacinta,
    First I would like to say a big Thank you for all the work you have put in, it has been amazing.
    I really enjoyed my blog hopping, all 101 of them.
    To the people that signed up, but didn’t take part, shame on you.You missed out on 101 backlinks. Ah well if you don’t want backlinks.

    Yes, I think this should be done again.
    Like Sally said, I think it should be more specific. Niches could be seperated, make it more interesting for people in those niches.
    Another idea I had, (might regret this) Video post. Everyone could make a video, upload to you tube then we could all comment on the video. Comment on you tube this time not the blog itself.
    I would even consider setting up a blog just for the videos. Every video would get its own page, with comments below.
    Just an idea.
    Like I said, might regret this.

    Pete

    Ps. I have fixed the comment problem on my blog, had it set to 50 in settings. Doh!!!
    Pete Carr last wrote about..Your Blogging Toolbox Part 1My Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Pete,

    Oooooh I like the idea of the video post! That would get everyone out of their comfort zone, even me!! 😯

    I did manage to get back to your blog for the comments. It allowed me to see them once I had submitted my new comment to you. It was weird, it happened to me on about 6 blogs. I had to make a new comment just to see the old comments! 😆

    I agree on more niche specific, that has been suggested a couple of times and seems to be a theme here.

    Thank you so much for being an awesome contributor. This has been one amazing ride! Right now I am having a very well earned break!

    See you on your blog soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  7. Hi Jacinta,

    Well, you created a monster alright – albeit a nice one 😉

    As a very late starter I didn’t finish visiting by the due date, which in some ways was sad, as I had come across some really interesting blogs/people, many of which I will be visiting again.

    The comment about everyone starting at the same time obviously gets my vote.

    It was very time consuming but I thought a good post deserved a considered and thoughtful reply, so I like to think I managed that at least.

    Interestingly, Mark Terrell sent his new coaching students off blog hopping at the same time!

    After receiving a few comments, and going up and down your list looking for them, I realised what was happening and gave a comment in return, frequently the first comment ever on their blogs.

    These were real newbies, and we all need a little help especially in the beginning.

    This is a long comment so very well done Jacinta and yes I am up for the next one.Forum – yes.

    Dave
    PS your traffic rank is looking very healthy! Congrats.
    Dave Whittle last wrote about..Excellent WordPress Training To Help You Become A WordPress Expert!My Profile

    JacintaNo Gravatar
    Twitter: JacintaDean
    Reply:

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for popping by! Your feedback is very welcome I really appreciate it! 😀

    I agree on everyone starting at the same time. I do think that was a downfall and in hind sight it should have been different as the deadline did cause anxiety for some.

    There were some amazing blogs and people that contributed and the biggest thing I have found is the community spirit that has developed from it.

    I did see Mark’s students going around at the same time. They probably got caught up in the travels as well, although I think Mark gave them a specific list to head to, I am not sure on that one.

    I like the fact that he followed them. That was cool!
    And yes completely agree on helping the newbies. I remember when I was first writing on my first blog. I had no idea what to do say or anything. It is such a learning process that is never ending! 😉

    Re the forum: I am having a chat to Randy about that one. I am a member of his ‘More Monthly’ forum and rather than create a new forum all together I have approached Randy about allowing the challengers to join his and create a section in there where we can all challenge each other and do other types of challenges such as product creation ones etc etc etc.

    I really like Randy’s forum and there are already a few of us in there so it is perfect.

    Re the traffic ranking: Everyone’s traffic has gone down bar a couple of websites. Some of them have plummeted!! Now the trick for everyone is to keep them down and keep the momentum going with what they are doing.

    A good 40% didn’t complete the challenge in time, however I have noticed they are still going around which is really cool. Next time we do the challenge I think it should last a little longer as well. 100 blogs is a lot of blogs to visit and read! 😯

    Thank you for being an awesome contributor, see you on your blog very soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  8. Hi Allan,

    Nice to meet you! :mrgreen:

    Yes hubby and bubba have needed me the last 2 weeks to make up for the 6 weeks I went beserk with the challenge! Oops on that one!

    I agree on creating a time limit. I have a schedule now that I am trying to keep so that everything is balanced.

    Slowly but surely.

    Thank you for popping by!

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  9. Hi John,

    Yes I created a monster!! 😆

    A bit like a pebble in the ocean that created a storm! 😆

    I agree on the yearly concept for a challenge so big! A few people have suggested smaller versions of challenges which I think is an excellent idea. And yes I agree on no posts about the challenge as the entry for the challenge! 😆

    I have been chatting to Randy about the concept of creating an area in his forum so we can have a section for challenges and a place to communicate.

    Thank you for being an awesome contributor. I finally tallied the results the last couple of days and your effort was amazing!

    See you on your blog very soon!

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  10. Hi Sandy,

    Thank you for popping by! :mrgreen:

    I agree on the challenge being a lot of work. I had no idea the workload it was going to generate. I literally lived and breathed the challenge for 6 weeks.

    I have finally tallied up the results and will be posting a summary post in a few days.

    I don’t think I will do a challenge this big again for a while, maybe make this kind of event and annual one! 😯

    Re doing it all over again. I am thinking more of smaller content orientated challenges, such as article writing, producing video content, web 2.0 website stuff such squidoo, hubpages etc etc.

    I do agree on the length of posts for next time. I often found I was getting lost in people’s blogs for hours.

    See you on your blog soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  11. Hi Miss Sally,

    Sorry for the delay in reply. I have been having a little rest! 😆

    Oooh I love your feedback.

    I like the prizes idea of the paid memberships. That is a good one!

    Re doing the challenge again. Hmmm the jury is out on that one! Only kidding! Yes I will do this again, but on a much smaller scale, plus maybe once a year unless someone else wants to moderate it.

    Hmm food for thought people could take in turns on moderating!

    See you on skype very soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  12. I had been out of the country for weeks. Great To visit you again.:)

    My overall experience ….Simply Amazing!

    The challenge had really made me “stretched out” my potential quite a bit, making me went out of my comfort zone and do things in a scale I never thought I could.

    For me, I had kept my heart and mind open throughout the challenge so I have little problems with any of the “hiccups” during the challenge; I am talking about those not-so-ideal scenarios some may take it too serious in my own opinion.

    To start with, it is always easier for the rest of us to criticize the very 1st person who stared something new, right? Just think of the very 1st car ever created in this world, it wouldn’t be as comfort and safe as what we all are driving now.

    This is the very 1st time you organized such event and I believe it is also the very 1st time a lot of the bloggers had blog hop in such a scale. Yes, the rules can always be better defined but someone needs to start something to begin with. It is a learning experience to all of us. so please, take it easy for a while, guys!

    I also wonder, perhaps it is the not so well defined rules and regulations that makes this challenge success, at least it was a very interesting experience for me. Although I do feel we need to better define some game rule (The next time round :)), but will not want the whole thing to be filled with “over dogmatic restrictions” and looses all the fun and energy it should have

    One example is the length of post and comment; I think MODERATION instead of limiting is a better approach. We need to respect the blog owner’s right to express their thoughts in whatever way they want and whether to approve a comment or not. In return they also need to respect the right of their reader whether to comment.

    The fact is some of most valuable info and inspirations I received during this challenge came from post and comment in both long and short passage.

    I love what ElizOF suggested:”…a code of honor for participants where all agree that — your word is your bond — Simply honor what you signed up for or back out early.

    There is nothing to win here, but if one would do “foolish things”, he will loose his online credibility to start with. So I really believe things will pretty much take care by itself. That’s the beauty of Freedom In Internet.

    The principle to withhold at all time will be…self-respect & sound moderation.

    Here’ are a few more of my other brainstorm ideas and thoughts for the next time round…

    – Smaller Scale Mini Challenge
    We can definitely organizes in sets of mini challenge (smaller scale with more focus theme) periodically, perhaps once every 1-3 months with perhaps 30-50 post

    – More Focus Theme or Subject
    I know there are some participants who find it hard to comment on some of the blogs simply because they are not involved or simply have no idea at all about the subject of the post. A more focus subject will at help as we can decide whether we can provide real value or to learn something for that particular subject.

    For each mini challenge, we can focus on a main theme subject, not too narrow, not too wide.

    Example for the internet marketing niche: We can organize a challenge about

    [The 3 most effective traffic generation technique you used, where, when what and the actual result?] Or
    [How you earn your 1st USD500, how long you took, what technique you used…etc.]

    – Going Beyond the IM niche
    I really would not want to focus only the internet marketing niche. I would miss some very valuable blogs if we did that for our 1st challenge. If it is possible, we could expand a bit to other general niche like Team Building, Personal Development, Health…etc. Perhaps we could categorize them in the forum so we can invite more people from more diverse back grounds to join.

    -Selected Niche Organizer and Moderators
    We can have different people with different niche expertise to volunteer to be the organizer plus 2-3 moderators to provide assistance and better organized for each particular challenge

    – Start & End Time
    I think is more practical to set a joined and complete time frame instead of everybody starting together. Example for a 30/30 comments days challenge, we can open the date to join between 1st til 15th of the month, each bloggers will have to complete their challenge 30 days from the time they joined with their new blog post.

    – Motivation
    Having prizes for the challenge is the obvious idea but could become “tricky” if there is something of real value to be won. We may need to come out with a voting system to make it as fair as possible (example 3 vote per person and they cannot vote for their own post or comment.)

    2 ideas on where to get the free prizes:

    Limited Sponsored Prize
    We can open limited space for sponsored prize but will need some kind of qualification on the type of prize people can sponsor (example, no rehash outdated…PLR)

    Feature Top 3 Most Valuable Posts/Comments…etc
    We can set a special blog page that features the winning bloggers with their photos and story as a free publicity.

    -Anniversary?!
    I know I suggested the mini challenge approach. But I do feel that the success of this 100 blog challenge is due one very important factor….the good will & fun nature of you Jacinta ( I think you called it “Bimbo”).

    My really hope we can hold the 100post challenge as an annual event as it is, flexible, open minded to celebrate and keep the spirit of good will of the original idea. While the rest more focus mini challenge as a monthly, bi-monthly event.

    Just some of my “2cents” thoughts. Thanks for reading. ?

    Cheers
    Jason Ser

  13. WalterNo Gravatar
    Twitter: lionslinger
    on September 17th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I admire your courage in bringing up this challenge. You have given me an inspiration in a way that anything can be done once we put our mind unto it. :-)

  14. Hi Jacinta

    Firstly, thanks for your efforts with organising the 100 Blog Post Challenge. It was a very worthwhile exercise for me for 2 reasons:

    Firstly, I had neglected my blog for a while because I wasn’t sure what direction to take it in and I was working on other sites. Taking part in this challenge gave me an incentive to start blogging again.

    Secondly, because I had neglected my blog, its Alexa ranking was 23,585,236 on 10 August, the day I joined the challenge and made my “sticky” post (a survey). My Alexa ranking today is 980,709! That improvement is 100% due to the challenge as the only activity I engaged in since 10 August is commenting on all the blogs and replying to the 57 comments on my blog (until yesterday when I posted the results of the survey on my blog).

    Regarding improvements, the biggest problem I had was that I found it difficult to comment on some blogs. This could be made easier in 2 ways:

    Firstly, it would be better if all the blogs involved were in the same niche. It would then be easier to comment and this would improve SEO. I guess it would be down to people in different niches to organise their own challenges.

    Secondly, it would be a lot easier to add comments if people wrote a post that encouraged debate in some way, perhaps by asking a question. That’s why I made my post a survey.

    Once again, though, thanks Jacinta. Taking part in your Challenge has helped me a great deal.

    Regards

    Martyn
    Martyn Boaden last wrote about..The Biggest Challenge Most New Internet Marketers Face – And How You Can Overcome It …My Profile

  15. Barry
    Twitter: barry_wells
    on October 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hi Jacinta, here at last.

    I found the challenge an excellent adventure and a huge learning curve. I learnt loads of tips that will help me progress with my blog as well as other aspects of my business. The fact that there was a mix of established and newbie bloggers was fantastic and i felt that most offered value.

    Terry Conti for example; a new blogger that asked a very good, interesting question on a subject that most of us have an opinion on but not an outright answer. By asking the question that he did we were all able to learn from the experienced people that have been there and done it. Not only was Terry able to get a better view but we all were, and that’ll help us in the future.

    In reply to your qustions:
    Should we do it again? Without a doubt, yes we should. For the reasons stated above.

    What would I change about it? Not a lot really, however i do agree that we should submit a new post with relevence to our chosen niches. The amount of blogs was spot on and i would keep it at 101 as well as keeping it to one month.

    What would I improve about it? I would give more notice, maybe a month, so as to allow people to decide if it really is for them or not. It was a commitment that most of us saw through but with many not fulfilling the challenge maybe it was to time consuming for them with their existing commitments. By giving them notice of a month they can reshuffle and work around those commitments. I would also make a rule that while we can mention the challenge within our post, the post itself must be original and not just saying about the challenge.

    Jacinta this is not a reflection of your post, we all needed your post to explain the rules and details of the plugins that were needed to help us in our quest. It’s the ones that basically copied your post, (maybe re-wording it slightly) onto their blogs that we need to do away with.

    I would also agree with ElizOF and Jason …”a code of honor for participants where we all agree that — your word is your bond — Simply honor what you signed up for or back out early.”

    What suggestions for making it more fun and inspiring? If learning from experienced people, gaining knowledge, bringing traffic to our blogs and meeting new people doesn’t give people inspiration then i don’t know what else would.

    Motivation type stuff Maybe Thu could make another image of a golden badge for those that complete the challenge to display on their blogs. If it could be made secure so others couldn’t just copy it as some did with the previous images that Thu kindly put together for us.

    In addition: As you know Jacinta I also put a page on my blog to help promote the challenge and inform people of the plugins needed. What i’m thinking of doing with the page is dividing the page into 2 sections: Top section for those that completed the challenge, where i’ll amend their links to their home pages so as to keep them current at all times. The bottom section would be the people that didn’t complete the challenge, with all links removed. I realise that there may be some that couldn’t complete the challenge for a very good reason so may include a mid section for them.

    Just a thought!

    All in all Jacinta it was great and i would do it all again without hesitation.

    Take good care,
    R&R Barry
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    Hi Barry,

    Absolutely awesome feedback!

    I think we might have this particular challenge on a yearly event and then have little challenges in between.

    Will keep you posted!

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

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    Hi Barry,

    Re the page to the contributors. At the moment I have left it as is. I have tallied up all the results. There were @60 people in total that commented on over 50 blogs. 45 of them commented on 70 blogs or more. Only 20 people actually commented on 90 blogs or more.

    I think people dropped off for numerous reasons, some didn’t realise the commitment involved, some had family and life issues occur, others chose to drop off.

    The other problem was not everyone’s comments went through. Some went to spam, some people weren’t even updating their blog.

    So from a results point of view it is hard to pin point the exact figures. so instead I have averages eg How many commented between 1-10, How many between 11-20, etc etc. If you want those results let me know.

    I am writing them in a spread sheet. I am about halfway through.

    Hope all is good.

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

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    Just to add,

    Re the averages, these are the comments that have appeared. as you go around you will see that not everyone has updated.

    I did the last tally of results around the 15th of September so any comments from people that have appeared on people’s blog posts after that I have not tallied.

    I do know that some of those that didn’t complete the challenge in time were still going around and visiting.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀

  16. Hey Jacinta
    Sorry for the delayed feedback. Thank you to you and everyone else that put the challenge together you did an amazing job!
    I did my best to make sure that I commented on everyone’s blog however when I came across a problem I would only make a few atempts then move to the next. One thing that I found that it was sometimes difficult to keep track of which number I was up to when leaving comments, probably should have just kept a written record. No doubt my comments have already been covered I think you should limit the number of words,reading 3,000 words on one blog is hard going. I think selling should not be allowed.Some people didnt have any content so it was difficult to comment. On the other hand some posts were very informative. People in the group were very friendly to outsiders like me as most people seemed to know each other through the masterclass. Over all a fantastic result and I really appreciate all the work that you put into it.

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    Hi Stan,

    Thank you for popping by! :mrgreen:

    You were one of the 20 that actually commented on just about all of the posts!! 😀 Give or take one or 2 that may have not been updated.

    Thank you so much for the feedback I really really appreciate it. It was actually around 30% masterclass and the rest were from outside, which was awesome.

    I completely agree on the 3,000 word posts. I got lost quite a few times when I was doing my rounds, however overall I think everything went well and hopefully we will do this again next year!

    Hope all is going well for you. See you on your blog soon! 😎

    Cheers

    Jacinta 😀