Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Zip thru Autumn - an #AtoZchallenge Event

Zip Thru Autumn #atozchallenge event

The cooler temperatures of Autumn (especially in America) bring about zippered jackets. In some areas, as chlorophyll breaks down, leaves change from green to hues of red, yellow, or brown fall foliage. Bloggers have asked the team for a second, but easier, challenge event during this season. Here it is!

No Masterlist, no forms to fill out, and no special place for links. You might want to share links to your posts using the #AtoZchallenge hashtag, or in the comments of these posts. That's up to you. 

Do as much or as little as you like during this reverse alphabet challenge. 

Here are some SUGGESTED prompts.
We propose doing two posts a week for this event.

Sept 21- 27 ~  Zero excuses, Yearn to
Sept 28- Oct 4 ~ Xenodochy in blogging, Why blog
Oct 5- Oct 11 ~  Variety, Unique to my blog
Oct 12- Oct 18 ~ Ten-year plan, SMART goals
Oct 19- Oct 25 ~ Recommend, Questions for visitors
Oct 26- Nov 1 ~ Priorities, Open
Nov 2- Nov 7 ~ Never blog this, Motivating 
Nov 9- Nov 15 ~ Lesson, Know where I've been
Nov 16- Nov 22 ~ Joy and Job in blogging, Ideas 
Nov 23- Nov 29 ~ Happy Habits, Goal of your blog for remaining 2022 
Nov 30- Dec 6 ~ Fortitude, Easy tips 
Dec 7- Dec  13~ Dare, Chance 
Dec 14- Dec 20 ~ Balance, Achievements in 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

#BlogTip What Other Blogs Do

Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style by Mary-Kate Mackey

This book is full of tips for those struggling to write. It's aimed mostly at non-fiction. But there is a great tip for bloggers on page 35.

Spend some time visiting other blogs. (Need to find some? Check out our master list. Figure out what you like or don't like about each one. What titles draw you in? How do colors and graphics impact your experience? What causes you to click away instead of scrolling for more? How did a blog impact your decision to subscribe or follow the author on social media? What posting schedules most appeal to you, and where do you place the line between "too often" and "not often enough"? Which blogs got you to leave comments, and which blogs are getting the comments you want to see on your blog?

Knowing what you like, and what you don't, will help you determine your blogging goals. Make yourself happy first, make your blog your happy place, and you'll be more likely to find like-minded readers. And if you can't figure out a favorite blog is doing something you wish you were doing, ASK! Most bloggers in the A to Z Community are happy to share their experience and expertise with you. 

(If you're too nervous to ask on your own, shoot me a private message. I interview authors and bloggers all the time. We can keep you anonymous if messaging your "blogging hero" is too intimidating.