The April 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge was a fun way to get my new blog off and running. It also inspired me to organize my own blog hop - I Love Horror/Paranormal Novellas Blog Hop to be held August 6 - 10, 2012. There are a few things I've learned about a blog hop that people new to hops should consider.
Blog every day of a challenge
When I was participating in A to Z, I made sure to blog every day, even if I wasn't going to be around. On days when I was out of town or when I just couldn't blog, I simply wrote a short post indicating that I was out of town or otherwise unable to blog. I know that when I visited A to Z blogs and the blogger was not up to date with the letters, I generally moved on to the next blog.
Set your posts for 12 a.m.
I never blogged on the day of. What I did do is make use of scheduled blogging. (I typically wrote my posts the day before they were set to appear.) It made things easier. I also made sure to schedule my posts to appear at 12 a.m. This way you catch all the readers who are early birds.
For every blog that I visited, I left a comment. Comments show that you've stopped by, and bloggers like to know that you stopped by.
Comment on the blogs of people who visited you
If a person visits my blog, I visit their blog. I believe that's the polite thing to do. Along the way, I was introduced to some blogs that I have continued to visit.
Don't worry about visiting every blog when a hop has over a thousand blogs
The A to Z Challenge encouraged writers to visit every blog. However, there were over 1,000 blogs to see, and that's a lot of pressure. I visited as many as I could without going crazy, and that wasn't even half of them. But I'm okay with that.
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