Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG: Tips for Getting through the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Welcome to Insecure Writers Support Group Day (IWSG Day), or for some of you, Day 4 (a.k.a. D Day) of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm not doing the challenge this year but I've been an avid participant for several years. This month, I might just visit a few A to Z blogs to say hello.

I want to wish those doing the A to Z challenge stamina and the rewards of making new connections. Perhaps these three quick tips might help you through this month:

1. Visit as many blogs as you feel comfortable visiting each day. When I did A to Z, I visited many blogs on some days, and other days, not so much. On days when I didn't visit as many blogs, I was usually busy with other responsibilities in my non-blogging life. Understandably, you want to get the most out of this challenge. But remember to take care of yourself and your non-blogging priorities as well. 

2. Realize when it's time to give up on a blog. I remember visiting certain blogs on multiple days to leave comments without receiving any comments back from the authors of these blogs. Try not to take it personally when this happens. It might be that this blogger is simply overwhelmed by the challenge or that they're inexperienced with the etiquette that accompanies blog hops such as this. But still, I advise moving on to A to Z bloggers who show interest in your blog and what you're about as opposed to investing your energies in those who do not. 

3. Enjoy exploring new subjects. My blog focuses mostly on my creative aspirations, literature, and the kidlit industry. I follow many bloggers who blog in a similar vein. Through the A to Z Challenge, I've also learned from other bloggers who have shared their knowledge on a variety of additional subjects, including but definitely not limited to cooking, food, crafts, arts and culture, history, music, and people, places and things from all around the world. I hope you can learn something new this month too. 

Moving onto this month's IWSG question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? My short answer is that I look for the silver linings and rainbows. 

Are you doing A to Z this month? If so, how is it coming along? How do you carry on when you encounter "clouds" or "storms" in any area of your life?