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Monday, April 16, 2012

Blog Me MAYbe


Sooooooo, yeah. Blogging motivation?

What the heck is that?

As in . . . this is my *pauses to count* . . . yep, TWELFTH post of the year. It's the middle of April. I mean, seriously? And I've pretty much been talking a big game about getting back into blogging since January. Again, it's April.

*crickets chirping*

Office Space FOR THE WIN!!

But that caption's wrong, I DO care. I used to love blogging--it's how I met most of my favorite writing friends and all of you wonderful people. So finally, I'm doing something about it. I'm getting back on track--and if you've been having trouble finding blogging motivation, I invite you to join me (and Katy, Cambria, Jessica, Tracey, Alexandra, Lola, and Alison) in two weeks for Blog Me MAYbe.

Here's the deal:
Banner created by the ├╝ber-talented Tracey Neithercott!
Feel free to snag it for your own blog, if you want! (Or the button below!)

The purpose: To get back in the habit of blogging by following a weekly schedule for the month of May. (Or if you already post regularly, to have an easy schedule to follow without having to struggle with deciding what to blog about.)

(And if posting every day sounds like too much, or if you miss a few days, or only do a couple posts a week, who cares, yanno?)

What you DON'T have to do: Follow every blog that participates and comment on everyone's posts every day. This isn't a blogfest to gain followers--although maybe that will happen. And of course if you WANT to comment on everyone's posts, feel free. :) 

But really the point of this is to focus mostly on our own blogs and to write posts about things we're interested in that our followers will want to read about. 

The schedule: 

Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all! 

Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
Pretty self-explanatory :) Share something about yourself that your followers might not know. Or maybe they do. It doesn't matter--this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better. 

Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
Ask your followers something about themselves. 

Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who's fascinating. A character from a book. Anyone you want. :) Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative! Just let the spotlight shine on someone else. 

Fridays: May I share something funny?
Fridays = the starts of weekends! BOOYA. Reason to celebrate and laugh on it's own--plus, who doesn't want to see something amusing after a long week?

Two quick side notes: 
1) I don't think I'm going to title my posts "May I tell you something about . . . " I'll just title them whatever fits with what I've written, while following that schedule. And, 
2) I'm definitely not planning to blog every single day after May. No way, dude. I want to get back on that two or three times a week rotation. This is just the jumpstart! 

And while you don't have to follow every blog or comment or anything, in case you're interested in who's participating--or want to let the blogosphere know that you're going to participate, you can sign up below.

Blogs participating in Blog Me MAYbe:


I think that's all. Enjoy the rest of April--I'll see you in May!

PS I prescheduled this post, so if for some reason the link sign up isn't working, check back later--I'll fix it after I've woken up for the day.

Button also created by Tracey Neithercott! 

50 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if I can get involved with anything organized this soon after A to Z. I'll be catching up all month! But I will be reading yours, and checking out the other blogs participating.

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    1. Oh yeah, I was so bummed not to get in on the A-Z blogfest. Timing just didn't work out for me, but you are definitely entitled to a break ;)

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  2. :D You ladies had a wonderful idea...! I already follow Katy, Jessica and Tracey (not in a stalking way I promise) and I'm looking forward to your May posts!

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    1. hehehe! SUCH a stalker, don't deny it ;)

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  3. Great idea! I've noticed that lots of bloggers have cut back their blogging - and that's okay!

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    1. Oh yeah, it's totally okay to cut back... but in MY case? It became basically nonexistent, ha! I'm excited to get the blog rolling again :)

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  4. I'm with Matthew...the A to Z has taken it out of me...before this, I was in blogger slackerville. :)

    BUT, I will definitely be coming back to see what you have to say. Sounds like TONS of fun.

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    1. Aw, yeah, after a month of blogging every day, I think you're entitled to take a break ;)

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  5. Yay! Can't wait. I'm going to go back and fix my post so I can direct people here to the linky. :) Thanks for this super awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks, lovey! I'm glad you liked the idea! <3 <3

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  6. This is just what I need. Great idea! I found out about this via the Awesome Jessica Love. Thanks!

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  7. What a fabulous idea. I just might go for it!

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  8. This is a great idea - and something to hopefully keep me on the blogging bandwagon from the April A-Z challenge (cause I've been a little absent as well!).
    Thanks for putting this together!

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    1. Aw, thank you Erin! Yay for staying on the blogwagon ;)

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  9. Wonderful idea! Looking forward to participating in May. :)

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  10. Good luck with this, Sara. Looks like a good way to jump start your interest.

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  11. I'm so looking forward to May! This is such an awesome idea, Sara, and I can't wait to start putting my posts together. Thanks so much for including me. <3

    (Oh, and I'm directing interested participants from my blog over here to sign up!)

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    1. I'm looking forward to it too! I LOVE finally being excited for blogging again :)

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  12. So excited to participate! Thank you so much for this :) I tried signing up my blog, but still haven't had any luck? I'm at http://temrebeltz.blogspot.com/.

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    1. Yay! It's working for me now :) Can't wait for May and all the blogging fun.

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    2. Yeah, sorry it didn't work at first! Glad you're in for the blogfest :)

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  13. Oh my goodness. This is perfect. It's exactly what I need! Thanks, Sara! :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in needing some motivation! Welcome :)

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  14. I'm looking forward to May, Boo. <3 Thanks for getting us off our asses.

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  15. I'm a new follower and I've just signed up! Sounds like fun. :)

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  16. This should be fun. I need some inspiration to blog!

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  17. Ohhh, what a fantastic idea, Sara! Can't wait to read all of the posts and I'm hoping to write a few myself. :)

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  18. Look at you, Missy! Getting all motivatey! Love it. And great layout, too. May is absolutely nuts in my house with the end of the school year and volunteering amping up to BOOM levels. But I'll do my best to shoot out a post or two. If I sign up, don't shoot me if I don't manage it, though, k?? I'm only half a person twice the time. Great button, Tracey!

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  19. This is awesome! Not only do I need a motivation, your weekly titles are great prompts. Thank you so much for doing this. You've always been such a clever girl.

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  20. Im in! I am currently in the A to Z Challenge and did so to encourage my blogging and am loving it! This is perfect to keep me going! I shall be pasting your lovely button on my blog and shall be participating! Clever!

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  21. I am going to try this! I would really like to be more consistent about blogging, and I'd love to meet some new people. Sounds fun!

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  22. Ok, I'm in! I missed the A-Z challenge so this sounds good. NOT going to promise to be able to do it every day but I will try very hard! But I can't wait to read everyone else's!

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  23. I've been looking for a way to get motivated. Thanks for helping out!

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  24. I am doing this too! Thanks for the cool idea!

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  25. Sounds fun. I just signed up and followed. :)

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  26. I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing for fellow bloggers. Great idea.

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  27. This is a brilliant idea! I've signed up, yay! Lol. Vix @ http://ttoria.blogspot.com

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  28. Just came across this challenge and love it ... I'm all linked up!

    http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. I'm participating a bit late but yay - love this idea!

    http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com

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  30. Another latecomer here!

    http://thatpalegirl.wordpress.com/

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  31. Aw crap... I'm TOO late... but I still wanted to say that I think this is an awesome idea. I cannot tell you HOW many times in the last two years I posted a "No, really, I'm going to start blogging regularly again" blog... oh wait, yes I can... on one hand. And it was every post, months apart. What happened? Between 2005 and 2009 I posted several times a week without fail... and then... I don't know. Anyway, my point is that even though I didn't find your blog fest until the end of May, I still found it to be very inspirational... so thank you!

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Yay! I love when you have things to add :)