a-to-z-letters-qQuestionable. That’s my first thought upon reading this opening line in my email from the main page of Blogging from A to Z: “Here we are past the halfway mark and I’m still finding some blogs with a lot less followers than they should have.”

Granted, one of the goals for this project is: “Since a big part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge has to do with networking, building communities, gaining followers (who you hope will become your regular readers), and discovering new blogs to follow, let’s try to give a power boost to everyone we can today.”

But why the knee-jerk reaction to the first line? The impression that the focus seems to be just a numbers racket. When I signed up for this project (doubling my insanity of National Poetry Month goals and Camp NaNoWriMo goals – current score: MAJOR catching up/posting on one, right on target with the other, but I digress), My blogs were 1700 and 1701 on the list, respectively. There are categories to choose (I did not for this one, chose writing for  the other). There are great blogs to read. Some make it harder than hoola hooping and playing hopscotch at the same time with a hand tied behind your back when it comes time to leave a comment or follow, but that’s where bookmarking the page comes in handy (tsk, tsk, guess this means I haven’t followed ‘the numbers game right’).

Some bloggers have multiple entries daily (Mama Bear Musings comes to mind-smile) and others multiple projects (many a Camp NaNo/NaPoMo writer comes to mind here). Others have this thing called ‘life.’ Yes, the numbers have decreased due to various circumstances (I’m now at 1483 and 1484 on the list). Some have not had a chance to add anything new since the first half of the alphabet. Others are participating, abet ‘unofficially’ by choice and/or timing. And others have woven their first steps into blogging just by signing up for this challenge – talk about a great bold step forward!

True, the goal/purpose of the Blogging from A to Z seems sound. I have discovered many, many marvelous readings during this challenge. But to boil it down to just a ‘get the numbers up’ game…

Pardon the quirky questions of this Quasimoto-mood writer. Tonight’s post will return to the Friday Ficlet/Fragment (smile).

Are you participating in the challenge? Enjoying one of your own?

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9 Responses to Questionable

  1. dmauldin53 says:

    Thanks for mentioning me. I am enjoying the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. I can see distinct improvements in my writing already. I haven’t picked up many followers and very little networking, but I am gaining confidence.
    A to Z April Blogging Challenge

    • tommiaw says:

      Thank you for that last line, Mauldin. A great reminder on how we find our voice and project it – that bit of confidence building and fortifying (smile).

  2. Mari Collier says:

    No, I don’t have time. I do have time to do yours.

  3. tommiaw says:

    (smile) Thank you. You’re one my motivators in my attempts to improve the quality of my writing.

  4. Laura Eno says:

    It means different things to different people, especially if it’s their first time in the A to Z. This is my third year and it’s not a numbers game to me, learning long ago it quality of numbers, not quantity. 😉 Most people who check the little follow boxes don’t come back but there’s an excitement of having followers to new bloggers. It encourages and lets you know you’re not alone. Then you strike out and make connections for real. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my cat challenge!

    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

    • tommiaw says:

      I like that take on it, Laura – the encouragement of not being alone, of striking out for real connections (smile) Third time – wow! I wasn’t certain how I’d get through it this first time. Definitely looking forward to returning to your blog.

  5. chancelet says:

    I can understand how the way it was said in the post makes it seem it’s all about the numbers. I didn’t see it that way, however. Of course, by going to each blog and commenting, it’s hoped that their followers numbers will go up. But I see that mainly as a sign of strengthening the blogging community than it being just about building numbers.

    When I read that, I was touched. This challenge takes a lot of effort, and I do feel a little bad for people who don’t have that many, if any, comments. (When I come across some, I try to put a link on my blog so hopefully others will go to them). Some of the blogs I truly enjoy and try to remember to return to them. Others don’t interest me much, but if the blogs are about writing (or Christianity) then I still follow them. Again, to me it’s about building the writing blog community, and not everyone in any community will hangout together, but you’re still a part of each other.

    P.S. Thanks for following me and your comments! 🙂 Writer’s Mark

    • tommiaw says:

      Thank you for the fresh perspective with the challenge. It’s a bit intimidating to see the numbers drop day by day (thankful I have some of the now missing in my bookmark collection). As to building the blog community, especially in writing, it is amazing the various findings out there. Like you, I find a few to glance at (will make an effort to figure out how to leave them comments), and some to follow when the challenge is done. (smile)

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