Today is my first full day back in the States after a 10-day trip to Africa (including hours and hours of travel time). I will be blogging a “Fun Friday” post later today, but since today is the last day of the month, I wanted to ask for your help in increasing and improving the readership of My Pleasant Places.
I will be starting a new 30-day challenge tomorrow, September 1. That makes this a great time to invite your friends to begin to follow My Pleasant Places and to join along with those of us who are already experiencing the benefits of committing to one simple, but strategic, goal every month. When I started the first 30-day challenge in July, I was just giving myself a kick in the pants to get the blog off the ground. I didn’t realize how helpful the challenge could be to others, as well, and I didn’t realize that it was a wonderful way to build small–but effective–incremental changes a into life that could actually be “measured.” Just think, at the end of the year, if you commit to a different challenge each month–and you stick to each one–you will be able to look back at the end of the year and see personal improvements in who you are, how you feel, how you look, how productive you are, etc.
I hope you are planning on joining me in a new challenge starting tomorrow. But I hope you will also recommend My Pleasant Places to your friends and colleagues, too. How to do that? You will see at the end of each post there are a series of buttons that you can click and help share the message in that particular post. If you click either of the Facebook “share” buttons, the link to that particular article will be posted in your own news feed on Facebook and you can make a comment about it to encourage others to read the article. The same principle applies with the Twitter and Google+ buttons. There is also a generic “Share” button. If you hover over that one, you will be given numerous other avenues for sharing that particular post, including Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, etc. And if you want to share the article with one person in particular, you can email the article to them personally by clicking the “Email” button. Please DO NOT share this post in any of the ways just mentioned, but share any other of the posts that you have found helpful or encouraging (past or future posts). This specific post is more about how you can help me, and I don’t think your friends would appreciate reading this as their introduction to My Pleasant Places.
Actually, I am hoping you will consider sharing tomorrow’s post in which I introduce a new 30-day challenge. Click any (or all!) of the share links and invite your friends to join you in a 30-day challenge to ____. You fill in the blank. Do you want to build commitment to an exercise regimen, read a few pages or a certain number of minutes a day, start each day with a particular routine, get up earlier, eat more healthily, cook more meals at home, walk X number of miles a day, watch less TV, go to bed earlier, read to your children, journal daily, practice a musical instrument, etc? All of these are great ideas for a 30-day challenge that will make a difference in your life. Ask your friends to join you! You can all work on the same challenge, or you can hold each other accountable for different challenges. The magic is in the public declaration. My job will be to help keep you and your friends motivated in your journey by writing about things that will make you want to be a better person in general.
Also, if you have not “liked” the Facebook page for My Pleasant Places, you can do so by visiting MyPleasantPlaces on Facebook and clicking the “Like” (thumbs up) button. This is small, painless way you can help get the word out about the blog. Any time I post a message regarding the blog, a new blog post, or a helpful hint regarding the current topic on the blog, you will automatically be notified via your Facebook news feed. Your friends will see the item in your news feed and it could generate interest in the actual blog.
Thanks for reading this post about how you can help me. I will post again later today, and hopefully bring a little cheer to your Friday.