The very last Round of ROW80 for 2012 started yesterday. I had the pleasure of being a sponsor, and a participant, for the last round and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. ROW80 was quite an education for me on how to write update posts which are readable. After writing my own second progress post, I realised I was boring myself silly! It was so dull! “I did this, this and this.” *yawn* So today I am sharing a few suggestions on spicing up posts, which I hope to use myself.
I’ve also listed misdemeanours which became my pet peeves as a sponsor and that may also turn your blog readers off! I am hoping these ideas will make checking in more enjoyable as a writer and reader. (The lessons I learnt could also apply to NaNoWriMo and whatever other writing initiative you’ve joined.)
Things I Love to See:
- I love reading about writers rewarding themselves! If you hit your goal for the week, or as close to it as the havoc of life has let you, give yourself a reward. Then please, tell me about it. It makes me smile and leave your post feeling good.
- Quickly share a lesson, blog post link or a quote that has inspired you in your writing that week. As well as the sponsors, I know there are other participants who like to visit others’ progress reports and leave some love. It would be great to give them back something small for their visit.
- I love catchy titles that interest me, not just, “October 16 check-in.” They will attract readers scanning through the Linky list.
- Throw in a picture, if you have one. Humour, quotes, anything to make your post more readable and lively.
- If you read a great book worth sharing, write a very brief review so we can all get enthusiastic about reading it too. (Don’t take much time over it, just say why you liked it.) Just mentioning the title gives it no relevance.
- If you’ve had a bad week, don’t go into massive guilt-trip overload. It is totally unnecessary and bad for your mental health and motivation! I was delighted to see Kait Nolan address this subject as the first post for this round. http://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/failing-small-and-state-your-round-4-goals/ I don’t mind people venting frustration, but remember, distractions or needing time-out aren’t criminal acts. So be kind to yourself! As long as you’re planning and writing something, you are on the move!
- I love it when people share plot and character issues they are trying to work through. They make me really think and get me enthused about the whole business of writing! In that situation, what would I do?
- If twice a week posting is too much for you, then, post once a week and declare that in your goals. Don’t let your involvement become another heavy have-to.
- Don’t stress yourself by trying to adopt my ideas! These are just my views. Each to their own!
Things to Resist!
- Don’t leave comments on participants posts purely to ensure that your blog gets promoted, particularly if you are not a participant! Readers know what you’re not there to genuinely support them, when you leave your latest post link in the actual comment itself. When you leave a blog comments, the systems allow you to leave a URL with your name and email address. It enables the blog owner to find and follow you.
- Don’t put up a progress post which is just a regular blog post and fails to mention your goals, or any writing goals at all. It can be seen as inappropriate self promotion.