is for April, and it will come as no surprise that the A to Z April Challenge is … a challenge held in April using the letters of the alphabet, from A to Z.
Is it free? Yes.
Is it fun? Yes.
Is it worthwhile? Yes.
Have I ever completed the challenge? Yes.
What is it all about – really?
Essentially, it’s about increasing your presence in the blogosphere. If you have a blog and you feel you don’t have many followers it can be down to several factors.
– You might have an interesting theme in your regular posts, but may not be relating it in an interesting way.
– You may find yourself wondering how to make your topics attract followers.
– You might even be new to the blogging idea and the best way to learn what works is to visit others – and comment.
– Make an effort to become a part of the international blogging scene.
I’ve provided a link if you click on the logo towards the end of this post. Or you can check out the details here: A to Z April Challenge 2016. You might well fancy attempting to complete the challenge this year. If you make the effort to try it, you have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain.
I heard about the A to Z April Challenge from writer, reviewer and prolific blogger, Damyanti Biswas.
I enrolled on the 2014 challenge and I chose to use the topic of writing as my theme for the month. As always, I had several projects on the go simultaneously, so fitting in a daily post and then reading and commenting on at least five other posts became a real challenge.
Okay, having said all of the above regarding my first attempt, I did enjoy my efforts and those of the other bloggers. My followers increased and I still visit some of those bloggers I met in 2014 during the challenge.
I admit, I am a writer who blogs, as opposed to a blogger who writes.
What does that mean?
It means that for me, blogging is a means to an end. It is an author platform.
For many, blogging becomes a social activity and in several years experience of the international community, I’ve found insights into many areas.
Here is the link to my complete challenge profile for the 2014 challenge, which is in my blog Resources for Writers sub-menu:
Do I have any advice for those are considering the challenge for 2016?
Yes. I’d have two pieces of advice, apart from suggesting you try the challenge.
1. Don’t use the first topic / theme that comes to mind. List about five things you’re really interested in, and then choose one.
2. Set up a file with the letters of the alphabet, and build a small catalogue of posts in preparation. It’s even better if you can prepare your entire month (26 posts) in advance. All you have to do then is either edit them or have a quick look before posting.
Why not check it out by clicking on the logo to the left, or if you like, I’ll happily field early questions. Better still is to contact Damyanti directly.
Thank you for reading … and maybe we’ll see each other out there in April.