I recently signed up for the A to Z Blogging Challenge starting April 1st. I will be posting on my blog every day (Sundays off) and dedicating each post to a different letter of the alphabet. Sound fun? Check out Tossing it Out for more info.
I don’t post more than once or twice a week now, so how am I going to get through this challenge? I came up with three guidelines to keep in mind when I write.
1. Decide Topics Early and Stick with Them.
More time needs to be devoted to writing rather than weighing the options. Start brainstorming topics now and pinpoint one or two that you like best for each day. Choose broad topics which might be easier to write about.
I tend to dwell on topics for too long, so this is essential to getting started.
2. Keep Posts Brief and Meaningful.
Write something about the topic and keep it simple. Sometimes a quotation and/or photo will help bring ideas together. A good paragraph will get the job done, and then you can move on to other posts. (Poems, lists… just about anything will qualify as a post!)
3. Prepare Posts Ahead of Time.
Getting a few posts done early will keep you feeling confident that you can be successful in the challenge. Waiting until the day the post is due could cause you to write a post you are not happy with or not post at all. Having them ready early also gives you time to check posts later so you can make any last-minute changes rather than trying to beat the clock.
I customized these strategies based on the reasons why I don’t blog often so this challenge may even help me become a better blogger after completing it. I hope this helps you as well.
Let me know if you sign up and if you have any other good tips to survive the challenge!