“Jeez! I don’t understand it. Another A to Z, and, once again, her posts are perfect.”
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It’s 2016, and soon we will enter a new Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I’m proud to report that this will be my fifth consecutive A to Z.
Back in 2012, I remember how nervous and apprehensive I was about my first challenge. How in the heck would I blog for 26 days? But even though I had reservations, I knew that the challenge would be the perfect way for me to bring attention to my blog, Precious Monsters, which was new at the time.
I was right. I couldn’t believe how many visitors were coming to my blog, and I had a great time reading and responding to the many comments. If you work A to Z, it works for you. Visit the blogs; leave comments; have fun, and you will be rewarded with bloggers stopping by your blog to see what you have to say.
One thing you will notice during the A to Z Challenge is that every blogger has their style. Some bloggers are extremely organized, put informative content in their posts that are the result of lots of research, and schedule their posts way ahead of time. As a Type-A personality who wants everything perfect, even though it never is, I’m jealous of these bloggers.
I want to be organized. I want to include posts that are researched and filled with information. I want to schedule my posts way ahead of time. But every time I try, I’m good for the first couple of weeks. Then, I'm right back to my frantically attempting to keep up.
It’s always the best-laid plans for me when it comes to the challenge. I always complete the challenge, don’t get me wrong, but never the way I want.
So what do you do if you keep trying but don't make it? Beat yourself up for it?
I'm proposing that you don't. In other words, try to stick to your plans for Blogging from A to Z, but don’t feel bad if you fail. The event is a "challenge", but it's not meant to be stress-inducing.
That said, you would ease most stress if you do schedule your posts. So do give it a try.
My goal is to write one blog post on Saturdays and one blog post on Sundays on up until the event begins. If I stick to my plan, I’ll be done by the beginning of April.
I’ll start on January 9:
1/9 – A
1/10 – B
1/16 – C
1/17 – D
1/23 – E
1/24 – F
1/30 – G
1/31 – H
2/6 – I
2/7 – J
2/13 – K
2/14 – L
2/20 – M
2/21 – N
2/27 – O
2/28 – P
3/5 – Q
3/6 – R
3/12 – S
3/13 - T
3/19 – U
3/20 – V
3/26 – W
3/27 – X
4/2 – Y
4/3 – Z
I’ll have to work hard to stick to my schedule. I’m a busy article writer, and I’m the author of the Pierce vampire books. (They're a mixture of horror and paranormal romance. You can try my series for free because book one is permanently FREE.) Of course, because I write about vampires now, my A to Z theme is vampires!
It’s a new year, and it’s time for me to start again. However, if I don’t follow my plan for scheduling my posts – there will be no negative self-talk about it for this Type-A. If I don’t make it, if I’m scrambling once again to get all my posts up, in 2017, I’ll try again to be more organized.
Sign-ups for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge begins on January 25. So stay tuned!
Our thanks to Jolie Du Pre for this excellent advice. What are some methods you've used to prepare for the Challenge? Do you plan ahead of time?