Monday, 7 March 2011
The Week Ahead: A to Z Challenge, Sh*t My Dad Says, and A Unique Bestseller
In April I will be taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, where participants will be posting 26 times in one month. I've read quite a lot of advice as to how to prepare and take part in this challenge, and this week I'm going into full preparation mode.
I've already brainstormed my 26 blog post topics, and will be writing and scheduling as many of them as possible during March. This should allow me more time to visit the other participants. But the best piece of advice I've read, and would like to pass on, is this: keep your posts short.
There is no way that you will be able to get round every blogger and every post; it is a mathematical impossibility. I've already calculated you'd need 25 hours to visit 300 participants in one day. You are only going to be able to visit a few at a time, but we can all help make it more by keeping the length of each post short. I will be brutally honest, if I visit a blog and the post is paragraph after paragraph of text I'll probably hit the backspace button. I simply won't have the time to read it.
Do you agree with me or do you think I am being unfair?
Now for two unrelated items that you might find interesting:
1. The pilot episode of William Shatner's new series, Sh*t My Dad Says, airs this week in the UK (22.30 on Channel 5, Tuesday 8th March). What interested me about this, other than Shatner, was that the series is based on a Twitter feed. I still haven't got a Twitter account, but I'm beginning to appreciate the power of Twitter to attract readers.
2. Have you heard of the literary phenomenon that is What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex by Sheridan Simove? What is amazing about this book is that apart from the front and back cover it contains 200 blank pages. Yes. You read it correctly. Totally blank. And yesterday it was ranked the 87th bestseller at Amazon.co.uk. If you want to be amused, read the reviews; they are hilarious.
That is it for this week's The Week Ahead. Have a great week.