A few people have written or tweeted to ask, so I thought I’d make it official:
Yes, there will be a WordCount Blogathon in 2012. As in other years, it will take place in May.
If you’re not familiar with the blogathon, it’s a challenge to blog every day in May. In that respect, it’s similar to other community blogging challenges, such as NaBloPoMo (here’s a list of daily blogging challenges I compiled during the 2011 blogathon).
Bloggers – amateur, professional, whoever – who commit to blogging every day of the month are listed on the blogathon blog roll. If they make it the entire month, their names are entered in a drawing for writing and blogging-related prizes, which in years past have included books, tutoring, web design and other writing and blogging-related services.
The 2012 blogathon will include other features that have made past events so successful, including:
- A guest post exchange, a designated day for bloggers to swap posts with another blogger, preferably but not necessarily, another blogathon participant.
- Theme days, which aren’t mandatory but are helpful if you’re stuck for what to write about that day. Last year’s theme days included posts on favorite books and favorite places to write.
- Haiku days, also not mandatory, though the vast majority of bloggers who took part in previous blogathons did them because they’re short, easy to come up with and a week or two or daily blogging offer a much needed break!
- A members-only Google Group where bloggers can share links to their posts, get technical and other blogging questions answered.
- Live Twitter chats to kick off the blogathon, and to celebrate when it’s over.
- A weekly e-newsletter with blogathon updates.
- A blogathon badge to display on your blog.
Watch this space for registration, which will open some time in March.
Got a suggestion for how to make the 2012 blogathon even more wonderful? Leave it in a comment, or let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.