I’ve been blogging on Cheeseslave for 5 1/2 years now. I started in November of 2007. When I first started this blog, I just did it for myself, and to seek out other like-minded folks out on the internet. I had transitioned our fam...
I’ve been blogging on Cheeseslave for 5 1/2 years now. I started in November of 2007. When I first started this blog, I just did it for myself, and to seek out other like-minded folks out on the internet. I had transitioned our family to “real food,” I felt pretty alone. Kate was a baby and most of the other moms I knew (from the moms group I started) were feeding their babies Cheerios and powdered infant formula.
I knew their had to be lots of other people out there who were into this way of eating, and I wanted to connect with them. And connect with you I did! Cheeseslave now has a readership of over 120,000 unique visitors per month.
A year after I started the blog, I started Village Green Network (formerly Real Food Media,) a blog network for blogs about healthy living. Our little blog network has grown to over 500 blogs and it supports our family. I feel blessed to be able to make a living spreading the word about real food and healthy living.
I’ll be honest, it’s been a lot of work to get VGN off the ground. A LOT of work! So much work, that I haven’t had the time I wanted to devote to my blog. I am always wishing I could blog more.
60 Posts in 60 Day Challenge
Yesterday on our VGN private forum, a couple of bloggers who are just starting out, Simple Paleo Life and Real Fit Mama, were chatting about how to get more traffic to their blogs. I told them they should blog more often (ideally 5-7 times per week) and somehow a crazy challenge was instigated: we all committed to writing 60 blog posts in 60 days. Since then we’ve had about 10 or 15 others commit to the challenge.
I initially said I’d do it just to show solidarity, but then I realized I really do want to get my blog traffic up. I want to get my message out to more people. My goal: over 200,000 unique visitors.
I also realized that I really want to get back to the freedom I had in the early days of blogging. If you go back and read my old posts, they were just about what I was doing, what I was eating, and yeah there were more formal posts — recipes and “how to” posts — but mostly it was just slices of my life.
I want to get back to that because (a) it’s a lot more fun and (b) does there has to be a b? If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing, and I want this blog to be fun! (Yes, educational, too, but FUN FIRST!)
Want to Join Us?
If you are a blogger, join our challenge! It starts today and ends July 17th. 60 posts in 60 days. And yes, you can start late and double up on some days. Guest posts, carnival posts, and giveaways are all A-OK.
If you are a healthy living blogger, click here to join VGN so you can chat with us on the forum and get encouragement.
Want to Help Me Meet My Goal?
Help me spread the word about Cheeseslave.
I need over 200,000 UNIQUE visitors per month — which means it doesn’t matter how often you read the blog — but how many people you tell about the blog.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
Follow me on Facebook.
Sign up for my weekly or daily newsletters (or both) to get email updates.
Share my posts on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest (click the links at the top or bottom of the posts).
The more you share, the faster we’ll get there. My pledge to you: to post awesome content that you will want to share.
This is post number one — check! 59 more to go.
Thank you for reading! I love you guys!
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