Ready…set…blog! It’s Wordcount Blogathon Time!

Wordcount Blogathon2013 green logoWhere the first spark struck a flame,
The setup, the theme choice, the blog name,
Where BooksYALove got its start – Wordcount Blogathon!!

Yes, the reason that BooksYALove exists is the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon, where a free challenge to blog daily every day of the entire month of May finally gave me the oomph to create a blog so I could share and comment on the young adult books that I recommend on Barb Langridge’s site, where librarians recommend the best books for babies, kids, tweens, and teens.

This year on June 1st, Wordcount Blogathonners will set out to post to their own blogs every single day of the month. The discipline of posting something with regularity helps you build up your “blogging muscles” and explore your blog topic more widely and/or deeply.

Freelance writer Michelle Rafter’s brainchild is now in its 6th year, and the registration, advice and guidance are still free. Sign up here by 11 p.m. EDT/ 8 p.m. Pacific on May 31 to be eligible for a whole slew of prizes in the closing raffle for folks who blog every day of June 2013.

Michelle offers a few suggested theme days (to fill the lull when you just can’t think of another thing to write about) and the opportunity to connect with bloggers to match up for guest posts (you write a post for their blog, they write a post for yours).

The kickoff Twitter chat (use #blog2013) at 1 p.m. Eastern/ 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, May 29th is a great way to scope things out, ask questions about blogging for 30 days straight, and gear yourself up for a great challenge.

New this year is a Wordcount Blogathon Facebook page, where participants can share post summaries and links, request guest post matches, and keep in touch. This FB page replaces the old Google Group which several of us used to share our posts year-round, months and months after Blogathon officially closed (like I said, community!). Blogathonners are generally quite good about visiting one another’s blogs during the challenge, then following favorites over the long haul, so you can get some new followers, too!

Whether you want to start blogging, give your current blog some new spark, or find new bloggers to follow, Wordcount Blogathon 2013 is for you, so sign up for Blogathon and get on out there!

You know that you want that cool Blogathon participant badge, too.

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