I Uncovered 3 Buried Treasures in 30 Days!

Don’t believe me?  It’s true.

What I uncovered during the 30-day blogging challenge was as valuable as a treasure chest filled with riches!

While writing 30 posts in 30 days and meeting some of brightest and most talented online marketers, I uncovered 3 buried treasures.

#1 – I learned to value myself and my expertise.

I realized I have some knowledge, tools, and skills that others sincerely appreciate.  Does that sound odd?  Maybe so.  But I’ve always been under the impression that most marketers know a whole lot more than I do.  What a wonderful treasure to be able to use what I know to help others!

#2 – I learned that my opinion counts and is respectfully heard.

I was absolutely flabbergasted when a few of the blogging challenge participants asked for my opinion on new business-building products and projects they were considering.  Knowing that others value my opinion is a treasure worth more than all the tea in China!

#3 – I learned that there’s a big Return On Engagement.

Most people call it R.O.I. (Return on Investment).  But after completing the 30-day blogging challenge, I’m choosing to call it R.O.E.  Working to build community by engaging with others is priceless!  I received a “guest expert” interview invitation, an opportunity to join an ongoing Blog Talk Radio show,  promos for my business and blog, an invitation to a mastermind group, Re-Tweets out the wazootie, and kudos and kindness galore!  This was the GREATEST treasure of all.

So, now do you believe me? I DID uncover 3 buried treasures in 30 days!


  • Outstanding advice to your “almost” daughter-in-law! (I have an “almost” son-in-law) 🙂

    We here it over and over that we need to be authentic and transparent to have success. I agree with that 110%! I may not write or speak or market my business like all the gurus, but that’s okay.

    Being “ME” is all I need to be!


  • Hi Melanie,

    Absolutely! Connie said we’d develop our “voices” and I think we really did. Personality shining through, in my opinion, is what will set us apart from the crowd.

    My new “almost” daughter-in-law is starting out online and she’s been asking my opinion on some things lately… I advised her yesterday to always be “uniquely you.” Each of us has a knowledge all of our own, especially in the way we present it.

    Shine on, Melanie!
    .-= Deb Augur´s last blog ..Do Follow: Reward Your Blog Commenters! =-.

  • Hey Deb ~

    If the truth be told, I learned SO MUCH from reading your blog during the challenge, I stopped counting all the tips, pointers, and resources! For starters, because of your wealth of knowledge, I made some critical changes to my blog and added some plugins that I wouldn’t have otherwise even heard of. Thank you again!

    As far as having FUN during the challenge …

    I say have as much fun as you can! Maybe we were supposed to do more “serious” blogging, but I don’t agree with that thinking. We all took this opportunity to let our personalities shine through and that helped, immensely, to build relationships with one another!

    Don’t ya think so, too?


  • Hi Melanie,

    I’m with you on everything you said. We got a lot out of the blog challenge, far more than I ever expected! Perhaps we weren’t supposed to have “so much fun” but it was fun… and highly educational, as well.

    Very nice post. I so appreciate you!
    .-= Deb Augur´s last blog ..Do Follow: Reward Your Blog Commenters! =-.

  • “Being our believing mirrors” – I just LOVE that, Bobbye!

    Heard your voice for the first time today on Connie’s teleseminar. I could “feel” the warmth and the genuineness of who you are. And I’m so blessed to have you in my circle of influence. 🙂

    Let’s gather our wits and wisdom and gear up to Blog On!


  • Melanie, Great stuff here. There are probably even more treasures too. This is a great start. It’s a powerful reminder — because so many of us undervalue what we contribute. It’s the fish in water — we just don’t even see it. Takes other people being our believing mirrors. And you’re right — Return on Engagement is really the powerful crux for marketers for whom building the relationships are the heart and soul of their biz.
    Bobbye Middendorf
    The Write Synergies Guru
    .-= Bobbye Middendorf´s last blog ..Blown Away by for about Writing 31 of 30 =-.

  • Thank you, Heather!

    Yes, great opportunities are rolling in. But you know what? I’m finding just as much joy in promoting others (like you!) and showcasing their amazing talents! I’ve always believed that acts of kindness toward others are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.

    I really wanted to get on the phone and speak up during Connie’s teleseminar today. But there was tree trimming with super loud chain saws running going on outside my window and my dogs were barking up a storm! I didn’t want to ruin Connie’s recording.

    Okay, now she’s mapped out our next assignment and challenge. I think it’s a terrific idea and I know Connie wants to see everyone succeed … in a BIG way!

    Glad you liked “R.O.E.” – me, too. 🙂

    Warmest regards,

  • I believe you, I believe you!!
    I love this. Return on Engagement – that’s really lovely. Isn’t it wonderful that we have made so many connections and the opportunities are just rolling in.
    You deserve all the wonderful treasure that’s coming into your life – long may it continue.
    much love
    Heather x
    .-= Heather Bestel´s last blog ..What I have learnt on the 30 day challenge =-.