“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
– George S. Patton
There were two blogging challenges last year, The April A-Z Challenge, and the Blog You Lazy Bastard (the real name was slightly different, but equally inane) challenge in November. I actually participated in (unofficially) and completed both of them. I have also taken the opportunity after each to express my opinions concerning the aforementioned challenges… oh, go find them yourself – the first will be somewhere just after April, and the second just after November, genius.
Basically those challenges proved, once again, the premise that anything that’s fun can be made not fun by turning it into an obligation.
Well, here we are 8 days into this year’s April A-Z Blogging Challenge, and I well and truly am not falling for it this time (you don’t deserve 30 days of this). However, having put myself through that special little, month-long hell a couple of times already, I feel I should give a nod to those who are attacking the challenge with all the creativity and dedication they can. This nod is most decidedly not for the many bloggers who will blithely dash through the month, flinging shit up onto the blogosphere’s walls, not even caring whether it sticks or not. You see, that’s the real challenge – not just to see if you can open your editor and press repeatedly on your keyboard for 30 days but, rather, to see if you are creative, knowledgeable, and/or entertaining enough to create quality content, that people other than your mom would want to read… and I’ll let you in on something, Sparky, if you are a shit slinger, your mom is not proud of you either.
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby
One example, from the many available, of how to create a great blog for a month-long challenge is the Little Fox Tarot blog.
I did not pick that particular blog because I owe her anything, but for the far more legit reason that she is a first-time blogging challenge participant who has already nailed the secret formula for successful long-haul blogging:
Expert Knowledge of a Topic + Snark + Brevity = Awesome With Legs that means it’s long-lasting. you need to read more
Her blog is worth reading even if you have no interest at all in the dark arts or Satanic rituals…
Not Really, Idiot!
It is worth reading even if you are not into so-called “New Age” stuff, it’s pretty entertaining. Go to the page, don’t be lazy; scroll to the bottom and start at “A”. In fact, if you’ve decided at this point to Google the 2014 April A-Z Blogging Challenge, I’m so good to you and sample some of the wares, have some respect and start at “A” for all of them.
So, today being the eighth day of April, the letter du jour now resides at the letter, “H”. Accordingly my blog post today is a big
You go, you gaggle of crazy-mad, ingenious, workaholic, blogging fanatics!
Welcome to a fairly new Week – and Blogging Challenge, Bitches!
did any of that stick to the wall?