That's a Lotta Blogs!
The answer? Truthfully? You won't! Not unless you have some super fast computer and have nothing to do all day but visit blogs. Very few of you have that luxury and even if you did, would you be actually spending much time on each blog and leaving decent comments?
Spending Quality Time
We have often seen it in the other blogfests, challenges, and other events. In one day or two we feel obligated to whiz through a list of blog participants and leave abbreviated stock messages on the level of "that's nice". Of course, I do see many fine and fun comments, but I'm just saying and I think you know what I'm saying.
The beauty of a month long blog event is that you can face the reality that a daily grind of trying to visit every single blog in the challenge and leave your rote response can be a grueling ordeal that would be difficult to sustain for too many days. Diffusing the networking over a month long period allows you to settle into more of a blogging as normal mode except with more choices involved.
Getting to Know You
Since we still have a few weeks ahead of us we can start visiting the blogs on the list and see who's going to be doing this. Get out there and mingle a bit and see what others do. You'll still have your favorites, but now is a great time to get to know some bloggers whom we have heretofore missed--some of these may be the types of blogs that you have been looking for.
Check out a few new bloggers each day and don't forget to follow them. And if someone new stops to visit and follow your blog, be fair and visit and follow them back. It's not like you've made any major commitment. If you find out later that you absolutely can't stand a blog that you have followed, you can always unfollow later, but that's a post for another day.
Try a Blog Workout
Think of the April Challenge as a marathon. You don't want to just wait until April 1st and just dive in. I highly recommend that you start warming up with stretches and calisthenics. Run through the A to Z sign up list and see how many blogs you can realistically visit each day.
One weekly event that I've tried just to see how fast I can go through a number of blogs and leave short reasonably inventive comments is a weekly feature on MizB's Should Be Reading called Teaser Tuesday. Some of you already participate in this one. Participants leave a two line teaser from a book they are reading. If I have absolutely nothing to say about the teaser I just move on, otherwise I try to come up with something clever or unique to say. If the blog looks interesting enough I may linger and I may even follow it.
Super 8 Debut Albums Blog Hop. In fact, I'll let you sign up below. Come on music lovers --how about jumping in on this one!
Here's the list:
You Can Handle the Truth!
The truth is that the April Challenge is going to involve some creative thinking on your behalf. It looks like it may be an impossibility to post six days a week and visit all of the other blogs. And what if there are 300, 500, 1000, or more blogs? How can you possibly do that? Well, that's why it's called a challenge. You can do it if you set your mind to it. Don't let this intimidate you. Meet the challenge head on, and if you start preparing now it will probably be much easier that you thought.
Today Alex J Cavanaugh will be featuring fellow A to Z Team member Jeffrey Beesler with some ideas and encouragement that should be useful to you in the Challenge.
In the coming weeks, the A to Z Team members will be offering posts to help you blog better, write better, and to get you revved up for the April marathon. We want to help you get into shape.
We also want your input on what you recommend. What are you doing ahead of time to prepare? Do you have any favorite types of blog events? Do you feel intimidated by the April Challenge? If so why? Is there anything special you would like help with?