What is a blog hop? Keep reading and find out!
Post : Creating Community and Getting Inspired with Blog Hops and Events
URL : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/doing-blogging-events/
As Donkey sings in Shrek 2: One…is the loneliest number that you ever saw…. Writing a blog need not be a lonely or isolating experience. Doing a blog hop, participating in a blogging event or creating and running an event or a challenge (like the photo ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/photo-challenges/ ) and writing ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/writing-challenges/ ) challenges we run here at The Daily Post), are great ways to meet others who share your interests, discover new writers and sites you can add to your Reader ( http://en.support.wordpress.com/reader/ ) , and find inspiration for new posts ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nothing-to-write/ ) .
Participate, then Create
If creating and running your own blogging event feels a bit overwhelming, you might want to start by finding a blogging event to join. We keep an updated list of blogging events ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/blog-events-listing/ ) here at The Daily Post. Into photography? We’ve got you covered ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/blog-events-listing/#photo ) . Into food blogging, fashion, or other creative hobbies? We’ve got your back ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/blog-events-listing/#niche ) .
If you have a fill your blog’s editorial calendar ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/about-editorial-calendars/ ) with new post ideas.
Start and/or Participate in a Blog Hop
What’s a blog hop, you ask? A blog hop can be run in any number of ways, but here’s what it generally involves:
* A group of bloggers agree to post about a given topic by a deadline they agree on.
* The blog hop usually has a central page that participating bloggers can send a link to.
* Readers can then visit each link, “hopping” from blog to blog reading each author’s take on the subject.
Emily ( http://notthehardestpart.com/about/ ) at The Waiting ( http://notthehardestpart.com/ ) runs a weekly nostalgic hop called the Remember the Time Blog Hop ( http://notthehardestpart.com/remember-the-time-blog-hop/ ) along with co-founder Ashley ( https://twitter.com/ashleyaustrew ) . Emily says that the blog hop has resulted in some pleasant surprises.
“Remember the Time ( http://notthehardestpart.com/remember-the-time-blog-hop/ ) started out as a way for me and Ashley (my co-founder) to just luxuriate in some of the memories we had of growing up, but it has grown into a place where bloggers who would otherwise never have known each other can share some of their most special stories,” says Emily. “We are all a little amazed at how much we remember! I love how our participants are cross-generational; we all learn from each other and realize how much we have in common.”
Here’s another sample blog hop ( http://mybrownnewfies.com/2013/12/18/meet-bloggers-hop-hello-name-jen/ ) that recently took place for bloggers who like to write about their pets. These were the guidelines ( http://mybrownnewfies.com/2013/12/09/santa-claus-visit/ ) .
Hosting Your Own Blogging Event
Once you’ve participated in an event or two and made a few blogging friends who are now frequenting your corner of the internet, you might consider starting and running your own blogging event ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/organizing-blogging-events/ ) . Now that you’re in charge, you get to decide what topic(s) and genres your event will focus on, as well as the duration. Into poetry? Why not create a blogging event that encourages participants to write a poem a week, or on the schedule that meets your blogging goals? Into fiction? Photography? Design your event around the topics and genres you’re most interested in.
To help you get started, we’ve got a Blogging Event Survival Guide ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/blog-event-survival-guide/ ) you’re welcome to use and share with your participants. Be sure to submit your blogging event ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/submit-blogging-event/ ) to us — we’ll add it to our list to help you generate interest and participation.
Mil gracias to the Daily Writing Post for the above information!