Friday, March 16, 2012

A to Z Blogging Challenge - What have I done?

I've been monitoring the A to Z Blogging Challenge sign-up list. I was number 375 when I signed on. Today the list is up to number 1064. Oh my!!! I know part of the challenge is reading others blogs and sharing them via the various social media outlets.

With two weeks left for folks to sign up, it looks like there could be 1500 bloggers participating, maybe more. How the heck will I do my part to read blogs? I mean, really....think about it. There will be 26 days of blogging x 1500 people = 39,000 posts. There are 30 days in April, that means reading 1300 posts a day (average).

For grins and giggles, we'll take three minutes to read each blog and navigate to the next post. That's 3900 minutes or, are you ready.....65 hours. Um, I don't know about you, but my day only has 24 hours. And I still need to eat, sleep, write, do household stuff...hmmmm. Gives you something to think about, doesn't it.

Well, my solution is simple. I won't be reading every post or every blog. Sorry, not going to happen. I'm spending some time now, storing up links to blogs that I know are participating and I already read. Then I will add in another 25-50 links, picked at random, from the list. If I find that I don't enjoy the writers style or topic (if themed), they'll be dropped and I'll move on to another. That's the best I can do, I'm being realistic here.

Remember, the purpose of the challenge is several fold:
  • Spur our creativity and get us writing
  • Introduce us to new blogs and writers
  • Spread the word to others and get them reading
  • HAVE FUN!!!
I've already gotten three folks to commit to their first A to Z Challenge along with me. That's a start. I've gotten several others to help me with story prompts. I've passed along a few tips and tricks to the bloggers. Now it's time to start writing!

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