A Virgin Blogger Takes the 7-Link Challenge

I’m late to the party that grew out of ProBlogger’s 7-Link Challenge, but better late than never. To make up for being such a laggard, I’ve added an eighth link at the bottom of the post.

Here goes:

My First PostWelcome to Virgin Blogger Notes

I had no idea what I was doing when I started this blog. All I knew is that I wanted to blog, I wanted to create a supportive community for others who love but struggle with blogging, and I was tired of letting fear get in my way. My first post is short and sweet, but I’m proud of it because it was a first step towards doing something that mattered so much to me.

The Post I Enjoyed Writing the MostWhat My Father Taught Me About Blogging

I love my Dad, and it was a joy for me to share him with others this past Father’s Day. Writing this post gave me the chance to meditate deeply on Dad and the powerful impact he’s had on my life.

A Post With a Great Discussion6 Things That Get Easier About Blogging if You Just Keep Going

The comments are hard to follow because the order got scrambled when I changed from Disqus to CommentLuv, but there was and continues to be a lot of conversation around this post. We all have moments where we wonder, “Why am I doing this?” This post was a place where people could share their feelings about that, celebrate their progress, and grab on to some hope.

A Post I Wish I Had WrittenThe Mine Game is Stupid

This post is written from the perspective of Loy the Rabbit (aka Chloe Adeline, who designed the header of this blog). It mirrors my feelings exactly about possessions and the priority we give them in our lives.

A Post With a Title I’m Proud Of7 Signs That Granny Hijacked Your Blog

There are two reasons I love this title. One is because it brought in a lot of new readers. The main reason I love it though is because it came straight out of a discussion I was having with some online friends. We were talking about choosing images, and I said that the image that fits so nicely on one blog might make another blogger think that granny hijacked their blog. I immediately thought, “What a great post idea!” I love when ideas drop from the sky like that.

My Most Helpful PostDesigning a Custom Content Strategy

We put so much effort into our blogs. Why not build something that will hold up in the long run? This article shines a light on the importance of putting thought into our blogging goals so we lay down posts that will help us achieve them.

A Post I Wish More People Had Read57 Smokin’ Tips to Thaw Blogging Brain Freeze

Now that I’ve got a few months’ worth of posts under my blogging belt, I know all too well how challenging it is to produce quality content on a regular basis. I stumbled across this post the other day when I was interlinking some older posts and realized I want to implement a lot of these tips myself in the months ahead.

Bonus Link: One More Post I Wish I Had WrittenHow You Can Actually Help With the Gulf Oil Spill (But Probably Won’t)

Everett Bogue touched on an issue that’s near and dear to my heart in this post, which is taking personal responsibility for the role we play in outside events. This article is a great reminder to me to look at my daily choices and consider how my actions impact the world.

Your Turn: Have you taken the 7-Link Challenge? If so, post your link in the comment section.

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51 Responses to A Virgin Blogger Takes the 7-Link Challenge

  1. fianllygettingtoeven.com July 30, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    You are never TOO late to the party, in fact now is the best time…the drinks have been flowing, bellies are full…Time to SHINE!

    I myself keep reading about this challenge and not only am I late arriving at the party- I haven’t even showered! Better get moving!

    Thanks for the post!
    fianllygettingtoeven.com recently posted..Guest Poster- Kate

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 9:21 am #

      Yes, you’d better get moving :) This party’s a lot of fun!

  2. Scott McIntyre July 30, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Jean,

    These are great links- and a cool starting point for new readers.

    I’m sure you’ve learned a lot since the early days of your first post! 😉

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks, Scott. Yes, I’ve learned a couple of things since that day :) I am SO glad I took that first step!

  3. Karen July 30, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Hey Jean,

    I agree, better late than never! :-)

    This was a great way to rediscover some of your earlier posts. I enjoyed reading about your Dad’s teachings and I’m going to re-read your Content Strategy post as that’s something that I need to get serious about.

    Here’s my link:

    I enjoyed Everett’s post as well. It spoke to a lot of people and their values.

    Karen recently posted..Understanding Your Chances In Life – Guest Post

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

      I just headed back over to your post and re-read our comment exchange there. I should have waited a few months and taken your advice :)

  4. Marion Anderson July 30, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Hi Jean

    I am so pleased that you did the 7 link challenge. My favorite is 7 signs that Granny hijacked your blog. Loved the title and loved the content too.

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

      That was such a fun post to write. It might be time for a sequel soon :)

  5. Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm #


    I think you are just on right time to do this. I have actually read most of them, and I thought 7 signs that your granny has hijacked your blog was specially written for me :-) Ha ha.

    I did finally read 57 smoking tips, I too wished I had read it earlier. I am glad you did this as I am getting to read new and re-read my classic posts from you! I liked Chloe’s and Everett’s post too.
    Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..The 7 link challenge

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Well, Preeti, I thought I was being sneaky. How did you know I wrote the granny post about you? Don’t worry, I won’t let granny get your blog if you promise to keep her away from mine too :)

      • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

        You got it! Will do. We can visit her, if we miss her at her place!

  6. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella July 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I admit that the title “7 Signs That Granny Hijacked Your Blog” was absolutely awesome. Great grab your attention headline.

    As for your greatest post…

    I still think that your Newbie Interview Tips From My Virgin Interview was a really stellar price of content.

    But I shall go and check out some of these other posts, since I’m pretty new around here.
    Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella recently posted..Encourage Guest Blog Posts By Providing A Guest Posting Form

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

      Oh, thanks for pointing out that post, Karen. That was another one that was also enjoyable to write because I wrote it when the interview was so fresh in my mind. I’m finding my favorite posts to write are those that stem directly from life experiences.

  7. rob white July 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    The “Granny” blog stuck out in my mind too. I have since spiffed it up… so I am getting there.
    rob white recently posted..Stop Pushing Money Away

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      Glad to hear you’re taking precautionary measures to guard against Granny. Actually, if Granny shows up on your blog I hope she buys a copy of your 180 book. That would get her on the right path!

  8. Betty Jo July 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Super post! Got caught up on the Granny Hijack post, and now will shuffle along, can’t wait to read the others.
    Betty Jo recently posted..lizard diet

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      Thanks, Betty Jo. I have to come over and find out what that lizard diet post is all about :)

      • Betty Jo July 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

        LOL Thanks for coming by Jean. I’ve posted since that one, why does the older one keep showing up here?There is so much I’ve yet to learn about blogging.
        Betty Jo recently posted..lizard diet

  9. Sumon July 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Great Article !@ Thanks @!
    Sumon recently posted..How can you use Style and Gradient Tool in Photoshop

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      You’re welcome, Sumon.

  10. Ricardo Bueno July 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    I haven’t taken the 7-Link Challenge but I really like the format. The closest thing I’ve done to this is a “Subscription Drive” on my company blog: http://www.ribeeziemedia.com/2010/07/subscription-drive

    I basically used it as a way of hi-lighting some of the best content around the site and welcoming folks to subscribe.

    Anyway, great job on the write-up. I think I’ll tackle the challenge on my personal blog :-)
    Ricardo Bueno recently posted..A Short Lesson In Reputation Management

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Ricardo. If you do the challenge, feel free to come back and post your link. Now I’m going to check out your subscription drive post.

  11. Theresa Bradley-Banta July 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    I don’t think I’ve missed any of these! It’s great to see your thoughts and comments. Kind of like a really excellent bonus.

    Keep writing, I love your blog. I’ll also trust that the other articles are worth taking a look at. Will do.

    Thanks for the invite to share our own links to the challenge. Here’s mine. http://bigfishtopdogs.com/2010/07/do-you-wish-you-were-more-creative-productive-and-better-looking-7links/

    Thanks again,
    Theresa Bradley-Banta recently posted..If Your Kid Started a New Business What Would It Be

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

      Thanks, Theresa. It was a good feeling to spend some time in reflection when I put this together so I decided to share some of my thoughts. I seem to get wordy even on a link post :)

      I’m getting a server error when I try to visit your blog via the links or Google, so I’ll check back. Perhaps it’s technoloy’s way of saying I should call it a night??? Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Karen Daniels July 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Jean, I just got back from vacation today – stumbled on this post and it was exactly what I needed to get back in the saddle – http://zencopy.com/2010/07/30/the-its-never-too-late-problogger-7-link-challenge/
    Karen Daniels recently posted..The “It’s Never Too Late” Problogger 7-Link Challenge

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

      I love your post, Karen, and I’m not saying that because you wrote about me :) Hope you had a great vacation. It’s good to have you back!

  13. Loy July 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    It means a lot to me that you would pick my post. Chloe told me that you mentioned it and said I should leave a thank you note. Thank you Jean!

    • Jean Sarauer July 31, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      Hey Loy! I’m so glad you hopped over. You’re an incredibly wise rabbit, and your work is simply too good to keep to myself.

  14. Keith Davis July 31, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    Hi Jean
    I’ve seen the seven link challenge around but you are the first to offer a bonus, so I’m leaving a comment on yours. LOL
    I haven’t taken the challenge but I hope you don’t mind this teeny weeny comment.
    Keith Davis recently posted..A splash of colour

    • Jean Sarauer July 31, 2010 at 10:25 am #

      Keith, you can leave a teeny weeny comment anytime you wish. Now I’m really glad I put in that bonus :)

  15. Dev - Technshare.com July 31, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Hey Jean,

    Awesome links girl.
    Your “7 Signs That Granny Hijacked Your Blog” was one of the super-awesome post i’ve ever read.
    You’re really amazing work everywhere ;).
    Keep up the good work.

    Dev – Technshare.com recently posted..How to Let Your Personality Flow while Blogging

    • Jean Sarauer July 31, 2010 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks, Dev. Hope you’re still keeping a look out for Granny because you never know where she might pop up next.

  16. Donna July 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    I am in the first stages of blogging. I have the want to but, it does not come very easy for me. I thought that if, I learn about it first, then it will be easier. Your page has helped me alot.

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

      Hi Donna. I can relate to that ‘not coming easy’ part. I spent a lot of time learning at the beginning too, and it does help. It’s amazing how much faster you learn things once you wade into the pool and get your feet wet though. Don’t worry – we’ll help you stay above water!

  17. Sandra Lee July 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    I’ve been planning to come on over to see your 7 link post but you beat me to the punch and left a comment on my blog first!

    The blog about your father is my all time favorite. It is just so lovely and beautiful. The granny post really highlighted your terrific humor, which is not in short supply by any means. I look forward to reading the others ones now!

    I haven’t written a 7 link post yet, but probably will in the next week or two.

    All the best to you.
    Sandra Lee recently posted..Eco-friendly shoes

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      I’m looking forward to reading your 7-link post when you get to that. Thanks again for the post about the shoes. I visited the site and bookmarked it.

  18. J.D. Meier August 1, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    That’s quite the roundup. I got to see more of your work.

    If it helps, now I also visited “57 Smokin’ Tips to Thaw Blogging Brain Freeze.”
    J.D. Meier recently posted..30 Days of Getting Results

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi JD. I should do one of these posts every week and keep dragging posts out of the archives :) We all put so much work into our posts that it’s a shame to have them grow mold back there!

  19. Angela Artemis August 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Oh my gosh! How did I miss this one!

    I think I’ve read all your posts except maybe your first one. I loved the one about Granny hijacking your blog…that was hysterical!

    As for cleaning up the oil spill – I think you do enough good already right here!
    Angela Artemis recently posted..For Spiritual Growth – Keep it Simple

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:42 am #

      Hi Angela. You deserve some sort of award for keeping up with reading on this blog on top of everything else you do! I’m glad you do though :) I always appreciate seeing you here.

  20. Sibyl-alternaview August 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Jean: Better late than never is definitely right :) I really liked your 7 link challenge (or 8 :) ) I really enjoy reading your blog and am so glad I came across it. I actually remembered a lot of these posts. I was definitely a fan of the 7 Signs That Granny Hijacked Your Blog. That title was hilarious by the way and it really was a great post. Thanks for always sharing great information.
    Sibyl-alternaview recently posted..5 Different Perspectives alternaviews We Need

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:43 am #

      Hi Sibyl. I’m always going to have a special place in my heart for Granny. I think she’s going to have to come back here one day :)

  21. Aileen August 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    I haven’t taken the 7 link challenge, but I love this post! It’s a tour around Virgin Blogger Notes. I got to re-visit some favorite posts such as “what my father taught me about blogging” LOVED THAT ONE! “7 signs that granny hijacked your blog” fabulous – the “57 tips to for brain freeze” – so thank you for the guided tour!!!!
    Aileen recently posted..Life Lessons to My Younger Self

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Aileen. Glad to give you the tour. I should have provided some snacks though :)

  22. Alex Sysoef August 2, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    Blogging is not for everyone but when you are willing to talk about something that directly interests you – it always pays off! Looks like you are on your way!
    Alex Sysoef recently posted..Beware Of HostICan Hosting Fraud And Consumer Scam

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Alex. You’re right about blogging not being right for everyone. I’m really glad I gave it a try though because I do love it. Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Jeffrey Morgan August 2, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Hi Jean,
    I was looking over some of the above mentioned material, and was trying to gain some insight into when you started your Blog. Your first post has a date in the comments of June 21,2010. You’ve been at it longer than that, right?
    Tomorrow I start to work my way through your chain!
    57 somkin’ tips …….. oh boy!!!!!
    Jeffrey Morgan recently posted..Bloggers Market WordPress Secrets – At Last!

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Jeffrey. I started the blog in late February – the 23rd or thereabouts. My first post was ignored for many months!

      Good luck on the 57 tips. Hope you don’t start smokin’ too much :)

  24. Linda August 3, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Thanks for the nudge I needed, Jean.
    I just did the 7 Link Challenge and posted it today!

    I think the link to the post will appear at the end of this comment.

    I learnt so much about myself by taking the Challenge and I loved reading yours – especially the ones about your dad and your granny.

    Now I just need to be inspired for the next few posts on my ‘To Write’ list…
    Linda recently posted..How To Take a Challenge You Didn’t Know You Could

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

      Sweet! I’m off to check out your post right this minute before anything distracts me.

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