The time has come to close Blaugust 2018 and as such you are all owed a post wrapping up the numbers. Firstly I want to give special thanks to Armagon/Nogmara for chiming in and volunteering to help when I posted on twitter this morning. I went from the top down on the list and they went from the bottom up and we knocked out the official tabulation of posts way faster than would have been the case were I doing it entirely by myself. Things I have come to appreciate… blogs that have a monthly tabulation of posts. Things that I have come to dislike… themes that do not clearly show the date a post was made. Regardless we made short work of the counting and as such I have a bunch of numbers to share. Of course we are fallible human beings and if we failed to count your blog correctly, please let me know and I will remedy this. First some general commentary. This is without a doubt the most successful running of Blaugust to … [Read more...] about Blaugust 2018 Wrap Up
Blaugust… again. But not like the previous ones! As Rakuno pointed out, a mere 5 posts will qualify you to say “I did it!”. That’s not bad at all – not that the previous Blaugusts were bad, but I generally don’t participate when I already know I will fail. So, with the number being officially this low, I decided to participate again this year. In 2016, I gave up after 18 posts. Back in 2015 I actually succeeded and wrote a total of 31 posts. This year, I figured I could maybe aim for a quarter of the month? That would mean about 8 blog posts. We’ll see if that works. But back to this year and “Blaugust Reborn”. Belghast started it and also wrote a comprehensive post explaining what Blaugust Reborn is and what our goals are. I already mentioned that the goal is set low – deliberately – with 5 posts this month. But this is not all! Blaugust is essentially about being part of the game blogging community and as such, he had … [Read more...] about Blaugust 2018 (Post 1)
If you’re a reader of other blogs across our lovely blogosphere, you may have already heard the news on the wind: Next week, Blaugust is returning! Though I haven’t written about it yet (was waiting till it was a bit closer to time… like now), this is an event I’m really pumped for… and that I hope that other bloggers will get excited about, too! I signed on to be a Mentor this year, so it’s probably time I start putting on my Mentor hat. Prep week starts now. You’ll find a ton of great prep-posts ramping up already on the many mentor blogs that are participating — check out a spread sheet of who is who and where you can find them! In the past, Blaugust (started by Belghast at Tales of the Aggronaut) has been focused on challenging folks to reach a certain number of posts within the month of August. This time around, he’s shaking the formula up quite a bit, and tossing in a pinch of Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI) into the … [Read more...] about Hey, Listen! Blaugust is Reborn!
Learn more about (and possibly join) Blaugust Reborn! With the official start of this year’s Blaugust blogger event next week, us participating sites have been asked — demanded at gunpoint, really — to chew on the theme of “preparation” for new bloggers. As I’m sure that many of my contemporaries will be covering blog setup and the like, I’m going to take a different tack and discuss my approach to post preparation. Probably the most difficult and challenging aspect of blogging is keeping the posts coming. It’s a constant, ongoing event, unless you don’t care about building up an audience and want a once-in-a-blue-moon post frequency. Everyone gets excited about writing at first, but consistently churning out posts requires discipline, effort, routine, and — pertinent to this article — strategy. There’s nothing wrong with coming up with a good posting strategy and preparing for your upcoming days. While you can … [Read more...] about Blaugust 2018: The prepper’s guide to survival blogging
What Was Blaugust? Back in April of 2013 I started this thing I referred to as the Grand Experiment, where I attempted to force myself to write something… anything every single day. Prior to that I had been a very infrequent blogger to say the least, having an entire year pass between posts. Any time I lapsed there would be this wall of pressure and anxiety that would build up that kept me from starting posting again, feeling like when I came back I needed to make some spectacular re-entry worthy of the length of time I had been gone. The daily posting things did a lot for me and my confidence and also the level of my life I was willing to share with my readers. For me personally… it was a good transformation and while I only kept with the daily posting for three years I have since settled into a more comfortable routine of only posting during the week days. In 2014 I had already noticed a change in the way I wrote and how I felt about blogging … [Read more...] about Blaugust Reborn