Questionable. 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?