The 2013 WordCount Blogathon has officially begun!
For those who haven’t heard, this is an annual blogging event coordinated by professional blogger and technical writer Michelle Rafter. Every year Michelle challenges all kinds of bloggers to post content to their blog(s) every day for a month. Think of it as NaNoWriMo for short attention spans.
Daily blogging can be a challenge. There are days when you just don’t feel like it. Other days your Muse calls in sick. Sometimes technology conspires against you severing your internet connection or throwing other hurdles, from power outages to lost passwords, in your way. Clients, kids, employers, spouses and friends distract you until it’s too late to post on a given day.
The rewards for overcoming the challenges are tremendous. It’s not just the great prizes you could win. It’s what daily deadlines do for you, professionally and personally that make events like the WordCount Blogathon worth doing year after year after year.
- Get into the habit of being productive.
- Become comfortable with short deadlines.
- Learn how to overcome writer’s block, set priorities and multitask more effectively.
- Increase your knowledge of and familiarity with your chosen blogging platform.
- Connect with an amazing and diverse group of creative people who share your passion for writing and blogging.
- Get more comfortable promoting yourself, your writing and your blog.
- Discover some valuable and useful resources, as well as learning to use them.
- Build your audience and your reputation as a blogging expert in your niche.
The most important reward you will take away from the WordCount Blogathon however is self-knowledge. At the end of the month you will know more about yourself, how you write, what kinds of writing you enjoy most and least, when you are most and least productive and what motivates or inspires you, then you did when you began your daily blogging adventure. On top of that, you will have demonstrated to your most important and critical audience, yourself, that you can write content that others will read every day. You will walk away empowered and more confident, whether you are just starting your blogging career or already an established blogger.
Accept the challenge. You can do it. You’ll be glad you did!