Today we have Mary Wallace talking to us about how A to Z April Blogging Challenge helped her blog, and what an A to Z first timer can do to reap benefits from the challenge!
When I first started blogging, I did so with a very specific purpose in mind, which lasted about five minutes. I started blogging, because at the time, I was homeless and thought that I had GREAT and IMPORTANT things to say about that. It turns out I didn’t; or at least not in any way that was interesting. So, I told stories and the stories turned out to be pretty damned amusing at times. Last year, in 2013, I found the A-to-Z Challenge and really enjoyed it—it helped me focus on my blog.
There are a few things about the A to Z Challenge that sets it apart from others, and I believe they help immensely in “growing” your audience, or at least offering the opportunity to do so:
- The challenge is a month long and requires precisely 28 posts. The posts should be short and punchy (Or not, if your niche audience is happy with long posts). They can be funny, lyrical, whatever.
- You can pick a “theme” (Join the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal if you do), or not.
- By participating, you’ll meet people from all over the world with so many different interests and varied cultures and it will give you a chance to learn and share with your new friends!
- By meeting new people and interacting, they will be sure to spread the word about your blog: Don’t forget to use Twitter, G + and Facebook!
- If you are new to blogging, this is THE PERFECT CHALLENGE because the rules are short and sweet and there are scads and scads of people to help you along the way!
- Here are a few posts that will make it easy for you to do the challenge once you sign up:
- Reading the A to Z Challenge FAQ post by Nicole Ayers
- Oodles of Ideas for Finding Your AZwords by Tina Downey
- Make Commenting Easy by Alex J Cavanaugh
- Pre-schedule Your Posts by Damyanti Biswas
- Ace the Challenge through Social Media by Vidya Sury
- How to get more Followers for your blog by Arlee Bird
- Get your Google Profile Right by MJ Joachim
- Make Lasting Blog Relationships through A to Z Challenge by Guilie Castillo Oriard
- Don't get busted by the Photo police by Pam Margolis
- The Dreaded conversation about CAPTCHA by MJ Joachim
- 10 Tips to Ace the A to Z Challenge by Damyanti Biswas
- How to Hyper Blog like a Pro by Nicole Ayers
So, there you have it! There is no reason NOT to sign up for this challenge. I had so much fun last year and made many new friends. I am a bit different in that I am “retired” which is a polite word for disabled and I do not blog to make money, but I associate myself with the very best in the business, as I did when I worked.
The co-hosts set high standards and this is a chance to prove to yourself that yes, you can blog from A to Z and write wonderful posts and have fun doing so!
Have you joined the A to Z April Blogging Challenge yet?
Have questions? The first ever Twitter chat for Blogging from A to Z April Challenge will happen today, 28 February, at 6PM EST on the hashtag #AZchat. Come chat with us, exchange A to Z challenge tips and tricks, ask questions of A to Z challenge veterans and co-hosts. See you on Twitter this evening!