Saturday, March 12, 2011
More Challenges: Reaching for the Stars
All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
- Napoleon Hill -
If you can dream it, you can do it.
- Walt Disney -
We are climbing towards the magic 500! Wow! What a job you all are doing. You have been making a great effort to make the A to Z Challenge a success. There have been some really helpful posts that have provided very useful information. I have been enjoying these posts and I thank each of you for these. Now I'm wondering who would like to step this Challenge up a bit?
It's an exciting feeling to be a part of something big. If you've ever run in a big marathon, been part of a big campaign, or just pitched in and helped others accomplish something really big, it can make you feel bigger and better about what you've done after it's over. To look back and be able to tell others that you were a part something that was a major event can give you a sense of accomplishment and historical significance. Wouldn't you like to look back on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2011 and be proud to say that you were a part of it?
That why I'm asking you to help make this challenge a truly momentous event. I am proposing two additional challenges to help Blogging from A to Z become something bigger and more memorable:
1) Tell a friend: I am challenging each of you to invite at least one friend to join us in this upcoming week. I know that many of you have already been doing this and thanks to those efforts many bloggers have added their names to our list of A to Zers. But there are still a lot of you who know other bloggers who haven't joined up yet. You bloggers will have the greatest sway in convincing your friends not to be left out of the fun. If a quarter of you can persuade at least one friend to join up we will be well over the 500 mark by the end of this week. How many more bloggers can you get to join us in the Challenge?
2) Tell the world: I also challenge you to write up a press release to send in to your local paper or other publications. This may be tougher for some of you. Some folks will be "afraid" and think they don't know how to do this. Tomorrow (Sunday 3/13) and Wednesday (3/16) I'm going to offer some suggestions on how to approach this.
I'm sure that many of you A to Z participants know someone connected with a publication who might be able to help you do this or have had some experience in getting press releases published and already know how to go about this.
Any of us who have something to promote will find it advantageous to have our names and products mentioned as being connected with this world encompassing A to Z Challenge. The large publications might be more difficult, but small town newspapers, local newsletters, or specialized websites are definitely can-do. I invite anyone who gets something about the Challenge published to put it up on their blog so they can share it with all of us. If you email me a copy or a link I will also feature it on my blog.
I am putting forth these challenges to every one of you. Since we already know that no one of any of us in the challenge can effectively visit and reach out individually to every participant, I figure it will be better to be a part of something big. Let me know what you think of these challenge ideas.
Having our names attached to a big event that gets a lot of attention will be beneficial to each of us and to whatever it is that we do. This Challenge is a reputation builder for us. It certainly can't hurt to get your products or agendas or your names buzzing around the news, blogs, and search engine pages. There's nothing better than getting others to get the word out for us. I hope this sounds good to you. If so, please push these ideas on your sites as well.
The World Premiere of The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2011 will be happening on April 1st. Our Grand Opening happens in three weeks! I'd like to see a stellar premiere on April 1st.
Why just be contented with telling each other about the Challenge? Let's spread the word to our friends, neighbors, and families. Let's tell the world!
Tomorrow I will be addressing some of the reasons why we might want to be contacting media and how it benefits you personally. Then, this coming Wednesday March 16th, I will be talking about the topic of press releases--what they are and how to work with them. This is information that can help those of you willing to forge ahead with the challenges I've given you today and for your own use in the future.
This coming Monday I will be appearing on Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog to tell the story of how this Challenge all came about in the first place. My blog will be visited by a guest host who lives in Japan. He sent me an email this morning to tell me that he is okay. But let's not forget to keep our wonderful friends in Japan in our prayers as they deal with their current tragedy.