The Big Question
I'm sure many bloggers look at the A to Z Challenge and ask themselves, "Why would I want to do that?" In fact, some of you who have signed up already may be having second thoughts and asking the same question. You might as well be asking yourself the question, "Why do I want to blog?" or perhaps even, "Why do I want to write?"
The last two questions I have seen frequently asked in the blog posts of others. It's easy to question our actions when we are tired or frustrated or just unsure what our efforts bring us. And yet we persist from whatever inner motive drives us onward. So in answer to the "Why" question about the A to Z Challenge we might just as well ask, "Why not?".
Another Take On It
Jeffrey Beesler's World of the Scribe addressed some very genuine concerns about participating in a blog event like the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. It's interesting to see the varied reasons why people don't want to participate or do want to participate. I left a reply to Jeffrey's post.
My reply to Jeffery's post:
This is a great post, Jeffrey.
You, Summer, and Bryan have all made excellent points that illustrate the way I see the Challenge. The comparison to NaNo is a good one. Blogging from A to Z is a personal challenge--it has different meaning and purpose to each participant. The best thing about a Challenge of this nature is that it allows us to make whatever connections we want--with ourselves and our own abilities, bloggers with similar interests, the blogging community in general, etc. The reasons for doing it are as varied as the bloggers participating.--------------------------------------
The main thing is to have a good time and get what you need from it. Stressing or self-deprecation is not a good thing for anyone to do, so I hope the Challenge doesn't have this affect on anyone.
I know a lot of other bloggers have reservations about participating because of some of the things you mention.
Love posts like these that stimulate thought. That's what blogging should be in my world.
Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011
February 2, 2011 9:03 AM
Some Additional Points Of View
The Words Crafter from The Rainy Day Wanderer has a post which reviews some things we should remember during April and offers some new suggestions that I do not recall having seen before. Her post is worth checking out.
Be sure to also check out the post by Nicki Elson where she will be delving a bit more into the subject of self-promotion through the press in her whimsically titled blog bit called Self-Promotion Sucks. I think it will be worth your time since it comes from the voice of experience.
Marcus from Writing Investigated has an interesting A to Z navigation badge that some of you may want to check out. See his post about it and you can direct any questions to him about this.
How About You?
Is there any news from any of you? Anybody get press coverage yet besides Nicki? Any major werewolf events after this past week-end's Supermoon?