The A to Z blogging challenge, April 1 - 30, is a blog hop I participated in last year. Precious Monsters was a new blog, and I figured joining the annual Blogging from A to Z would be good exposure for a new blog.
I was right. The process catapulted my blog to the next level, and today, my blog receives 8,000 hits a month and growing.
I strongly encourage anyone with a new blog to participate in the A to Z fun. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Keep it simple
Make your A to Z topics unique, but not too complicated. I remember last year when I read the blog posts. It's okay to tackle complicated topics, but don't write your posts in a complicated way. A to Z involves a heck of a lot of blogs. A person is not likely to stick with your blog post if it's complicated or if there is too much to read. There's a popular phrase out on the Internet now - "Ain't nobody got time for that."
Don't miss a day
From A to Z blogging involves a blog post for all 26 letters of the alphabet. If you miss a letter, or a day, try not to make it a habit. The hop is a great way for you to increase your readership AFTER A to Z is done. If everyone has come to your blog to read a blog post focused on the letter K, for example, but you haven't updated your blog since E, that sends a message that you're not consistent. People will quickly leave your blog, regardless of your other blog posts, to seek out the next K blog post.
Respond to your readers' comments
You're receiving comments for your A to Z posts, yet, you haven't acknowledged any of them. Even if a person does not come back to your blog to see if you saw the comment, no responses to comments at your blog gives the impression you don't care about the visitors who come to your blog. Unless you're a celebrity blogger with hundreds and hundreds of comments, take the time to acknowledge each and every one of your comments in your comment section. It's a great way to say "thanks." There are blogs I've visited where the owner never acknowledges any of the comments. I've either stopped visiting those blogs, or I don't visit as much. Writers tend to be very ME oriented. So take the focus off yourself and thank your readers.
Let the reader know some personal info about you
I need to work on this, and I'll try to do it more in the 2013 A to Z. Not every blog post has to be a personal one, but sneak in a few along the way so that your readers know you're a real person. My blog posts will focus on monsters, but along the way I'll write a couple of personal posts that correspond with whatever letter I'm using. After all, I'm a monster sometimes too. LOL!
So keep these tips in mind as you enter A to Z. Last year there were over a thousand people who signed-up to participate. This year there will be lots more. To be honest, I can't visit all of the blogs at the hop, but I will be reading as many posts as I can, and I hope to read yours!
The sign-up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2013 is open now. (Precious Monsters is number #127)
Join the Vampire Bite Blog Hop! (Last chance! Sign-up closes tonight!)