It's all over the blogosphere. Signups for the A to Z blogfest, coming this April, are now open. I participated last year and made lots of new friends and connections. I thought long and hard before signing up and I was really nervous about my ability to keep up not only with visiting and commenting but with coming up with that many blog post ideas.
I feared I wouldn't be able to think of interesting subjects to write about and still follow the advice of keeping it short and to the point. I prepared my first week of posts and held my breath until the first day of posting. I couldn't access my blog from my day job at that time, so I couldn't get into action until I came home in the late afternoon. Imagine my delight when I logged on and found dozens of comments on my post, a dozen new followers and it was only the first day! I spend all evening visiting all sorts of new blogs. It was wonderful.
It did get tougher near the end of the month when my life got a little busier and I didn't have all my posts ready. But I learned from it and am jumping in with all ten fingers dancing across the keyboard. I feel more secure about my ability to be a blog people will like. I'm not so worried about keeping up and measuring up. There will be more experienced and more interesting bloggers on the A to Z than me, but I feel like part of the community. All because I took the challenge last year.
So if you want to increase your blog readership, make some connections and build your web presence, you have to take some chances. Dive in. Join A to Z Challenge or some other type of blogfest promotion. Like this monthly Insecure Writing Blogfest. Don't worry about being the best or the brightest. We're all in the race together.
Do you feel secure in taking on promotional challenges? Are you secure in your blogging or do you worry over your content and audience?