Between being a mom, having a personal life, trying to organize everything in our new house, writing, cooking, promoting my book, reviewing novels, and keeping my blog... it seems I barely have any energy to see at least one project through the end. Which is all kinds of depressing, but then I remind myself that the most important for me is not missing a thing of my girls childhood. Then, of course, I tell myself those are all pretexts. I sermon myself and I promise to be better organized... then I run to do a hundred more things and end up going to bed without having accomplished A THING.
Ahg. But that wasn't really what I wanted to share with you. (It is a blessing to have a trapped audience to free your soul). Assuming you're still reading this (please, don't go. I promise I'll get to the point now), I'll talk about blog hopping as a mean to promote your blog and, thus, yourself. Is it really worth it?
This humble place I call my blog has existed for a little over a year. Now, there is a difference between existing and being active. No, I'm not trying to go all Nietzsche-esque on you. What I mean is, it requires a certain amount of work to be noticed in the sea of blogs out there and it took me a long time to realize that.
From the rant up there you can see I have a lot on my plate and I'm not very organized. I've always been like that and that was the way I started this blog. I wasn't sure I had any 'talent' to write a real novel and I didn't want to invest the time to write one only to discover I sucked. Cue my wonderful husband. He convinced me to take up a blog as a mean to explore the possibilities. I did and my life changed forever.
Everything happened very fast for me and soon I saw my first novella published. With that came the realization that my blog had but a single follower, a good friend of mine. That was it. But my blog was important now; I needed it to get to know more people and to get others to know me. I started writing more frequently and the first blog hop opportunity came to me. I jumped in without having any idea of what it was or how it worked. Oh, the surprise I got. It is hard work! I failed miserably, only getting like five extra followers.
Since then, I've participated in at least five more hops with varying degrees of success. For me, the hops have become a way to challenge myself to write more, to find interesting subjects and to run original contests. In that sense, I've learned quite a lot and I can say that most of the short stories I'm currently working on, started as flash fiction I posted on my blog.
At the moment, I stand at a hundred and some followers, as you can see =D; I'm happy of where I stand and what I have accomplished but I'm still looking for a way to increase the traffic without becoming a slave.
About a month ago, I got wind of the very famous A to Z blog hop in april. The challenge is to blog about something related to the letter of the day (I know. This is NOT Sesame Street, though) every day of the month. Feeling like a slave already? Fine, sundays are free. What. A. Relief.
I hesitated a lot about getting in but I finally decided to do it. There are more than a thousand participating blogs and previous participants promise you'll see the traffic go through the roof. I had to try it! I'm going with a simple idea: feature a horror book and movie that begins with the corresponding letter. Nothing complicated or I won't make it but it has to be enticing enough that people will come back for more after the hop ends.
I'm already selecting the movies, that's easy, but the books are proving to be hard and I want to run a simple contest but I still don't know what to do. It is a lot of preparation, but I'm really excited to see how this goes. If nothing better, comes may I'll know I can get to my goal no matter how hard it seems to be. And that is a pick-me-up I really need.
I'll let you know how the experiment went. If you're interested, here's a link to the A to Z Challenge; it'd be neat to find some of you there. I also ask for your help. Any ideas of book titles or contests to run will be greatly appreciated.
Well, guys. I'll see you next month for our fond Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. In the mean time, don't forget to visit all the other awesome blogs to get more tips, stories, or simply make friends.
Just a small note. I love to visit the blogs of those who comment on my blog; not that I don't visit other blogs of the hop as well, but these are my first clicks, so please leave a link to your place. See ya there!
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