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Zero to Hero: Day Thirty!

  1. NOTE: Zero to Hero forum threads will close after five days. If you're just starting out, welcome! Feel free to visit a more recent thread to say hello, ask questions, or seek feedback. Happy blogging!

    It's Day 30! We promised ourselves we wouldn't get emotional, so let's just get to the assignment.

    Today, take the opportunity to reflect and think big-picture: extend your brand, think about how you want to shape your online presence, and set a goal for the next 30 days. As always, details on the main Zero to Hero page.

    We'll be posting a wrap-up on The Daily Post later this afternoon with some resources and next steps for you, so keep an eye out for that.

    Use this space as a place to ask questions and seek feedback from fellow bloggers, or just to talk about blogging, why you're here, and how your month is going.

    Please refrain from posting links to your blog unless you're seeking feedback -- this is a place for discussion. Irrelevant comments and spammy links will be deleted. Instead, give your posts the "zerotohero" tag to enable other participants to find you.

    The Daily Post has a weekly open thread on Sundays called "Community Pool," for peer feedback. If you're looking for general feedback on your blog or feedback unrelated to this challenge, please visit that thread.

  2. Then- should I have two or more blogs?

    One brand which I want associated with my real name- could be scary- and one where I don't filter at all? I want my followers to follow all of me, but that might reach different audiences, and that might be OK too.

  3. @clareflourish, maybe? It depends on what you want out of blogging. Maybe the site associated with your real name is more of a portfolio, and your anonymous blog is where you let it all hang out.

  4. I can't believe we're finishing! I'll miss the challenge a lot! It's good to be gently nudged to do something... I can't wait for the promised wrap-up post(s) and for how fellow bloggers will evaluate the challenge!

    As for today's task, it's already done for me. I have a new Flickr and Twitter accounts and both match my blog, using the same avatar and background/header. I publish different types of content on each of the networks and I think I'm a good way, thanks to this challenge :-)

  5. @clareflourish. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, too. For me, it's important to consider how much time and energy I've got. Building one audience is hard enough. Building two audiences, at once, is daunting to me. Not impossible by any means, but it will then become a major pastime and I need some time away from the computer. I'm pretty sure one blog would eventually sputter out, which is okay too. Maybe that's part of the process.

  6. Hi Michelle,
    Thank you so much for this whole month of blogging challenge. I did go from Zero to Hero. I met a lot of wonderful and beautiful people. My blog: W is for WordPainting will continue with one post every day until the end of this year. This is my online art show. And as you say it is time to look back and see where I am now and where do I want to be in the next 30 days. Thank you for all you help! ♡
    Kathy

  7. luthersjournal
    Member

    @michelleweber
    @timethief
    BIG THANK YOU! Whenever you visit Monaco di Baviera = Munich let me know.
    This challenge encouraged me to stay with the blog and to rework and revitalize it.
    luthersjournal looks better than ever. I synchronized my online presence with the other networks using the same portrait photo. Think all the other online presences should bring traffic to my blog. So luthersjournal is the online headquarter and the others are the branches.
    I will publish every week an article, a poem, a quote or a round up and deepen my knowledge of CSS or html attending codecademy.com which I already started.
    And reading. All the interesting blogs I've found during this challenge. And who knows which ones I will find in the future. Less TV more blogging.

  8. Thank you so much for this challenge. Itwasjust what I needed to finally do a lot of the things on my blogging to-do list--starting Facebook and Twitter for the blog, updating the header and personalizing my theme and adding pages. It finally looks like the blog I had in mind when I started blogging two years ago. Up next...planning my editorial calendar, designing a badge for my new feature (something I never thought of until yesterday's assignment) and growing my following.

    Thanks for the time you've put into this. I can't wait for the next challenge.

  9. Ladies and gentlemen...not getting sappy et all....but it's been fun! Looking fwd to see what the NEXT 30 days bring... Meanwhile lets see how far I'll be able to keep up my 'experiments' of posting every (other??!) day :D

    @michelleweber you've been awesome!

  10. In anticipation of today's D-Day I've posted a sappy note ...couldn't help it ;)

    http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/beacon-of-hope/

  11. No time for a post today, but want to say a big thanks to @michelleweber
    @timethief and others here for helping this to be a great month of blogging and helping me shape the "Trent's World" brand ; )

  12. dragontailsandscales
    Member

    Whew where did January go??? Thanks so much to you folks at Word Press for doing yet another fun and helpful activity. Can we have a reunion????
    I've met wonderful bloggers and gotten great input.
    Will check in to see how you folks are doing.
    Today is the day our dragon tried to fly (on his own.) Would love for you to keep an eye on our 21st century dragon and how he fares in 2014. ~cheers
    http://dragontailsblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/when-dragons-take-wing-fantasy-zerotohero-drawing

  13. psychoticincognito
    Member

    What a great experience this had been. Thank you Michelle Weber for everything!

    I hope we all keep in touch. Who knows, maybe we will see each other in the next challenge?

    Nothing special, but here is my Zero-to-Hero goodbye post.

    Happy Blogging everyone!

  14. @luthersjournal
    Thank you so much for getting me back in touch what it was like to be a new blogger. For me that was long ago and I am feel "newer" since I have visited and read so many zero to hero blogs and helped in forum threads.

    @trentpmcd
    You're welcome. :) I am a sumi-e painter and I'm also into abstract painting now. You are right the 10% can make all the difference. Best wishes with your creative works of all kinds.

    @pkanwar1983
    Ahh ... thanks for your sappiness. :) I try to pretend I'm not so inclined myself but was touched by your kind words. Blog on!

  15. @michelleweber
    @timethief

    I owe a great deal of gratitude for both of you and your hard work! I too have learned so much,and met so many great bloggers! I have already promised to write once a week through the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, now I'mjoinig the Memoirs project! --due to your assignment! LOL I love it! I have also promised to continue the "feel good " posts--a type of behavioral and cognitive therapy posts without calling them that--I am a retired psychologist! I feel like I branded my blog with my "custom feature" you assigned--but I hadn't thought of putting that on my Facebook page. I share my blog on my Facebook page, and get a lot of feedback there from my friends and family--more than here, because they know me of course. Thinking about what else I might want to do in that direction. Lots to think about--but a lot has happened! Thanks for the challenges! Helen

  16. I knew this day would come, yet I can't help like feeling at the end of high school or end of prom-trip (I don't know about other European countries but In Croatia, in your senior high school year it's customary to go on a week long trip with your classmates - I know USA doesn't do such a thing) and I can't help but feel a bit of sadness.
    However, I am super happy and satisfied with the results, (you can find out more about it on my blog) and I know that we started something great here.

    @michelleweber & @timethief, thanks for all the effort you put into this and for all the help you have provided.

  17. humilitycreations
    Member

    Hello michelleweber, what an amazing opportunity to participate in Zero to Hero. I have followed most of your assignment, only posted three blogs (still have many to post in draft), and can now articulate purpose of my blog, not only that, it's looking all professional with the new widgets I've added. This has been a fantastic experience, I've made some connections, even selected to be part of a calibration. Well done, and thank you for providing information and opportunity to improve my blog.
    Always welcome any feedback for improvement… now back to todays assignment and the 'big picture'...

  18. Thank you for all the great advice. During this month I got 39 followers, one award for best new bloggers, made a couple of friends in fellow bloggers, found a lot of support and improved my writing skills. I will miss these daily challenges immensely!

    My goal is to keep going and grow readership.

  19. @michelleweber and @timethief - I too would like to thank you for this challenge, thank you @timethief for all the support and feedback, thank you Michelle for a great learning experience! It's taken me out of my comfort zone but I am glad I took part : )

  20. You're all so welcome! I had a ton of fun learning along with y'all, and I'm thrilled to hear how well your blogs are going.

    Keep an eye out for an email from me soon!

  21. @michelleweber

    What are the right places to find the events (daily, weekly, monthly). Since I like to keep blogging going and going, some interesting events can provide some encouragements.

    Thanks for all helps you have been providing during last 30 days.

  22. luthersjournal
    Member

    @cxianliu
    Go to Zero to Hero main page and look into the right sidebar. There you will find challenges, events, prompts etc.

  23. Yes I'd like to also say thank you for the help this month. It has been really useful. I will miss the challenges.

  24. @cxianliu, what @luthersjournal said! If you want to bookmark it, here's the direct link:

    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/blog-events-listing/

    We just added a bunch of new events this week!

  25. This was such an amazing experience. I feel like I've finally found my true voice regarding my blog. It's actually the same exact one as my regular voice, except it doesn't make any noise and you have to use your eyes to hear it.
    I know.
    Ca-razy.
    Thank you @michelleweber and everyone else who participated here for the feedback, the love and the laughs.

    Now, onto the important news.
    Now that I have the purple sparkle disco pants and the cape, and can legally wear them together because I am a certified super hero after these 30 days, I need help with my super hero name.

    http://theplayground.me/2014/02/01/super-e/

  26. Big shout of thanks to @michelleweber and @timethief for all your fabulous help and time for this challenge. I've had an amazing response with my blog in such a short time and didn't expect to get over 100 followers within a month.
    I'm on the train heading north but had to stop in and say THANK YOU!
    Everyone I've connected with has been amazing!

  27. @michelleweber
    @timethief

    Thank you both (and anyone else behind the scenes) for all the hard work you put in to Zero to Hero. It is very much appreciated. I have learned so much!

    One post-event assignment I would like to suggest is how to do a Gravatar. I figured it out, but I notice a lot of my cohorts along the way don't have their blogs linked. There was one new blog I really, really, really wanted to read, but I had to hunt with the aid of a search engine to find his blog.

  28. @timethief
    @michellewebber
    a hearty thank you from me too. It really has been amazing watching the blogs transform!
    I need to put some more thought into today's assignment and the topic of branding . . . right now I'm just kinda having fun with the blog. I do have the same "brand" name for all my social media connections and then a separate personal fb page. When I have posts that I want to remain private, I just publish them as private . . . but at least I have a record of them. I had a lot of fun with today's post and felt really accomplished . . . including a flipagram video via youtube and a gallery. See you around!

  29. This has been a great learning experience for me & one as a new blogger (only started in Nov & made maybe two three posts before this experience) really enjoyed.

    This has been the best learning tool for me & made me really think what I want from this, what I am trying to achieve & how best to do it.

    I hope that these ideas will be made available to all new bloggers who are not sure what to really do.

    Thanks Zero to Hero

  30. This final assignment was my whole purpose for blogging in the first place, so it is a bit of serendipity that I have come full circle. My next 30 days are going to be about connecting to my other social media sites and marketing my new business.

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