This week Darren Rowse released the second edition of his book “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” (and if you read this article early enough, he’s offering a 25% discount on it too!)
I purchased the first edition some time ago, and I have to admit that I never did finish all of the challenges in it because other courses came along and it turned into a case of “information overload”.
But today I read the second edition, and this time I am more determined than ever to work through the tasks to improve my sites.
As the name suggests, the book is divided into 31 chapters, with the idea that you work through one each day.
These range from tweats to your blog design, to promoting it actively on-line.
On reading the second edition today, I discovered that I had actually done many of the tasks that I had missed the first time around, even though I may have done so for other reasons or been given a similar tip by someone else.
But some of the other tasks are things that, although I may have come across similar recommendations before, I have never put into action. So I will be working through the new version of the e-book to make sure that I have all 31 completed soon!
The new edition has an improved layout, making the pages look much crisper. Each chapter (or day) now includes examples of people using that day’s tasks and often provides links to further reading on-line about the topic.
An interesting addition are the hashtags. Each task has a hashtag, so that when you have completed it you can tweet about it and other readers of the book can pick up on it. Alternatively, you could search for the hashtag on Twitter to see what other people have done to complete the same task.
Rounding it all off are 7 bonus tasks, some of which were in the first edition and have now been replaced by new ones.
Having read through the new edition in one go, I will now be going back through each day and reviewing how well my sites fare with each task in turn.