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?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Great that you look for the silver linings and rainbows. That's a great way to look at life too. Never done A-Z, but your advice is really right on.

emaginette said...

Silver linings and rainbows... Once you've outlived the storm that rainbow is always there. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some bloggers just don't return comments. Their loss.
The Challenge is a great time to learn new things.

Debs Carey said...

Hi Cynthia, good advise. I'm on my fourth year now, but participating on a site I co-host. Hopefully, between us, we'll reach a) more blogs and b) a wider cross-section of subject reflecting our differences. I've always enjoyed it, but agree that if it creates stress, step away!

Crystal Collier said...

I love A to Z. Seriously. It's been a few years since I've had the sanity to attempt it, but I always hope to get back to it. It is frustrating when people don't return comments, but then, look at me! I skipped out on 1/2 of last month for IWSG. LOL. Life definitely takes priority, eh?

The Silver Fox said...

I only participated in the A to Z twice (2014 and 2016), but visited a few from the master list, as well as giving return visits to anyone who found my blog that way. Several people announced that they were following me. Some of them stayed for a while, some are still with me, and there were a few who never contacted me (via comments) again. I only followed the blogs that truly interested me -- like yours, for instance -- and I've kept up with most of them since my initial visits. This year I have my hands full just reading all the A to Z entries from those I follow anyway.

Pat Hatt said...

Can sure learn a bunch with the challenge indeed. Those who don't return comments or the "great post" types, they just get skipped or ignored at our sea.

Liz A. said...

Whilst doing A to Z, I comment on new blogs once. If they comment back, great. We may end up following each other. If they don't, I move on. So many blogs, so little time.

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