- Figure out what you want to write about and create your posts in advance. For the most part, I was able to do that, getting about half of them done prior to the first day of posting. Even when I didn’t have the post completed ahead, I at least knew what topic I wanted to cover and that saved a ton of time.
- Visit as many blogs as possible, but don’t burn yourself out.I set a goal to stop by at least 2-3 blogs each day. Anything more than that felt like work and I didn’t want my comments to be of the, “God, this is exhausting!” variety.
- Make it easy for people to leave comments. I share the general aversion to spambots. They’re annoying, especially if your blogging host offers little in the way of protection. But I definitely struggled with the blogs that had twenty layers of verification or stubbornly refused to recognize my comments. And if that happens on this blog, please let me know!
- Not every post has to be literary gold. With this challenge, I let myself be silly, goofy and irreverent. It was very true to my personality. It may not change the writing universe but I’ve often had very serious debates about the proper usage of “frak.”
- Be kind to yourself. I built in small rewards along the way: fancy craft beers, ice cream, bonus writing time, stickers. Anything to keep my motivation and enthusiasm high!
This challenge introduced me to the awesome blogging community, built some serious writing muscles and strengthened my organizational skills. Thanks so much to the organizers and everyone who supported my blog!