Creating Community and Getting Inspired with Blog Hops and Events
As Donkey sings in Shrek 2: One…is the loneliest number that you ever saw…. Writing a blog need not be a lonely or isolating experience. Doing a blog hop, participating in a blogging event or creating and running an event or a challenge (like the photo and writing challenges we run here at The Daily Post), are great ways to meet others who share your interests, discover new writers and sites you can add to your Reader, and find inspiration for new posts.
Participate, then Create
If creating and running your own blogging event feels a bit overwhelming, you might want to start by finding a blogging event to join. We keep an updated list of blogging events here at The Daily Post. Into photography? We’ve got you covered. Into food blogging, fashion, or other creative hobbies? We’ve got your back.
If you have a posting frequency you’re shooting for, participating in an event can help you stay on track and help you meet that goal. In fact, it can help you fill your blog’s editorial calendar with new post ideas.
Start and/or Participate in a Blog Hop
What’s a blog hop, you ask? A blog hop can be run in any number of ways, but here’s what it generally involves:
- A group of bloggers agree to post about a given topic by a deadline they agree on.
- The blog hop usually has a central page that participating bloggers can send a link to.
- Readers can then visit each link, “hopping” from blog to blog reading each author’s take on the subject.
Emily at The Waiting started a weekly nostalgic hop called the Remember the Time Blog Hop along with co-founder Ashley. Emily, who runs the hop with Kelly of areyoufinishedyet.com, says that the blog hop has resulted in some pleasant surprises.
“Remember the Time started out as a way for me and Ashley (my co-founder) to just luxuriate in some of the memories we had of growing up, but it has grown into a place where bloggers who would otherwise never have known each other can share some of their most special stories,” says Emily. “We are all a little amazed at how much we remember! I love how our participants are cross-generational; we all learn from each other and realize how much we have in common.”
Hosting Your Own Blogging Event
Once you’ve participated in an event or two and made a few blogging friends who are now frequenting your corner of the internet, you might consider starting and running your own blogging event. Now that you’re in charge, you get to decide what topic(s) and genres your event will focus on, as well as the duration. Into poetry? Why not create a blogging event that encourages participants to write a poem a week, or on the schedule that meets your blogging goals? Into fiction? Photography? Design your event around the topics and genres you’re most interested in.
To help you get started, we’ve got a Blogging Event Survival Guide you’re welcome to use and share with your participants. Be sure to submit your blogging event to us — we’ll add it to our list to help you generate interest and participation.
* This post was edited post-publication to note Kelly’s involvement in the Remember the Time Blog Hop. –Krista