Benefits of Blogging A-to-Z Blogging Challenge


It’s day two of the A-to-Z Blogging challenge, and I am already Be-hind. This was a spur of the moment thing for me, so I  don’t have any posts stockpiled on the scheduler, the way some people might. (I have a Sunday coming up, so I hope to change that, soon.)

So, today, the best I can do on short notice is a post on the Benefits of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, and of Blogging and the internet in general.

I’m an impulsive little creature. I try new things at the drop of a hat, and without much more justification than “why not?” But I work best from habit. I’m on a thousand word a day writing routine, and when I fall out of my routine, it takes time for me to get back to it. And starting a new habit…

Well, that’s really tough.

The A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is a solid start to the habit I want to start. It gives me some kind of accountability, and a nice external motivation for blogging regularly. Up until now, my blogging has been a little sporadic. I hope that the challenge will set my feet firmly on the path to glory.

The next benefit to blogging and the internet is that it gives me a chance to meet people I wouldn’t typically run into in my small town. The Challenge is a good chance to meet other writers,  and better than that, it’s a chance to meet novelists. Other novelists in my genres.

The other benefit that’s almost always in the back of my mind is stirring up some readership for my blog. The A-to-Z challenge is great for that, at least in part because it doesn’t limit itself to fiction writers. (Hello, Readers!) So there’s a lot of nice, cross-arts interaction. I’ve been seeing a lot of great arts and crafts, and even cooking blogs. All these great people are expanding my horizons.


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    I’m trying to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even that’s tough, let alone 26 in one month. But you’re right about all the benefits, especially when writing can be a really lonely thing. I mean not that that’s bad because ew social interaction but at least online we can interact whilst in our pyjamas, picking our noses.

    Not that I do that… obviously…

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      I’ll probably settle down into a more reasonable schedule after the challenge is over. I’m hoping for just a schedule of any kind.
      I’m rooting for social interaction with people I WANT to be social with. IRL, it often seems to be more an obligation than a joy. Online, I get to find people with the same rare and elegant hobbies I have. (Did I manage to say that with a straight face?)

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    Blogging a post sometimes helps to get me writing when the computer screen remains blank. Nice post. Also trying to decide what I want my brand to say about me and writing is something I consider when posting too. Blogging is a great way to make new writing friends too.

    Happy A to Z

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      Thanks for coming back! Blogging does have a way of getting you writing, doesn’t it? I’ve been working on putting out that dang novel for so long, I’d almost forgotten that wind at your back feeling.
      You’re a lot more advanced than I am on the personal brand thing. I still haven’t thought much about it, honestly.

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      I’m the opposite. I absolutely believe blogging serves a purpose, but I keep not doing it. Between the two of us, we might just average out to sane.

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    Don’t listen to Gareth. He knows nothing!!!! (He’s a good friend, so I can say that about him.)

    And you’ve got the right idea about #AtoZChallenge. Good luck this month!

    @dSavannahCreate from
    #AtoZChallenge2016 theme: dSavannah Defects

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    Don’t listen to Gareth. He doesn’t know nothing. 🙂 (I can say that because we’re great friends.)

    Welcome to the #AtoZChallenge – hope you have fun! You’ve got the right idea as to why you should keep going!

    @dSavannahCreate from
    #AtoZChallenge2016 theme: dSavannah Defects

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      Oh, I mostly don’t listen to anyone. Could be the company I keep, but it always seems to get me in trouble. BTW, I love the phrase “Readable Art” from your website. It makes me feel really connected to the rest of the arts community.

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        Thanks! It came about because I grew up considering myself a “writer”, but not an “artist”, so when I began to create in more and different mediums, I had to change my personal semantics. Words strung together is just as much an art form as paint flung on a canvas. 🙂

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    It’s a great idea to write something everyday. Even if you only write 250 words a day you are making progress.

    I try to write 3 blog and Facebook posts everyday. Each one I aim for at least 250 words. Many times they are more than 400. Between the three I can write more than 1000 words per day.

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