Today’s Five on Friday list will be short and sweet because, honestly, I have a lot to do today. In addition to my usual Friday tasks–writing, running errands, driving my kid to and from school, etc.–I’m preparing to take part in the A to Z Blog Challenge. Last I checked, there were 1,400 bloggers signed up to participate! I’ve never done a blog challenge, but I’m looking forward to this one. If you haven’t considered participating in a writing challenge, consider signing up. You have until Monday to add your blog to the list.
You can follow the two of us (Lynn and me) as we blog separately. Lynn will be blogging on behalf of A Common Sea and I’m posting over at my personal blog. You’re welcome to follow along with both of us.
Still not convinced to sign up for the blog challenge? Here are five great reasons:
- Practice practice practice. My number one goal is to improve my writing (and blogging, specifically) in a way that engages readers and hopefully, entertains them along the way. Being responsible for one post a day ensures that I won’t have any excuses to procrastinate.
- A blogging challenge can help you think outside the box. My second goal is to get more creative with my writing. I have a lot of experience writing articles and doing academic research, so creative writing can potentially help me loosen up a bit.
- You have a lot of freedom regarding what you blog about, as long as it corresponds to the letter of the day. It could be a journal entry, a poem, a recipe, anything. It doesn’t even have to be the written word. If you’re a photographer, post a different picture each day.
- With so many participants, you’re bound to make a few new connections, maybe even friends. You’ll find people writing about topics that you love to read about, and you’ll probably find a few wacky blogs that make you shake your head, but that are fun to read nonetheless. For example, I had never heard of ninja kittens until I took a peek at one of the other blogs. It takes all kinds….
- Traffic! If you’re trying to get more visitors to your blog, this is one surefire way to do it. The Challenge guidelines ask everyone to try to visit at least five blogs every day, more if possible. Just be sure to update your blog every day–or schedule the posts ahead of time–and make sure your site is user friendly, with your contact information prominently displayed.