While I strongly believe and have been participating in “IRL” community building efforts, I am still relatively new to online community building efforts. I tried out NaNoWriMo in 2008, but other than meeting a few people and writing quite a lot, I didn’t really get into the NaNoWriMo community. When the show was live, I was involved with the Fringe fandom, through which I had built a network of friends. But with the end of the show, most of them disappeared.
I was surfing the internet looking for information about improving one’s blog when I fell on the Bloggiesta website and found out about their blogging mini-challenges: every couple of months, a group of bloggers take on certain tasks and complete them “together” – i.e. at the same time during a set number of days. The idea is that by spending four days working on refining one’s blog helps us connect with other bloggers who are doing the same thing. It is an intriguing idea, especially in light of how much fun live tweeting during Fringe episodes was. So I decided to give the next Bloggiesta challenge – which starts this Thursday – a go.
Just like with any new effort, I decided to start small. There are four twitter chats, and I am planning on “attending” two. As for the challenges, I decided again to keep it small. Then my inner ambitious monster kicked in, and after the epic struggle that is sanity versus ambition, the list of what I want to accomplish during Bloggiesta is as follows:
- Organise two book giveaways (using my Facebook page and my Instagram account)
- Tag all posts uploaded in 2014 on Sahar’s Blog
- Categorize all posts uploaded in 2014 on Sahar’s Blog
- Comment on at least five Bloggiesta participants’ blogs a day
- Update Sahar’s Reviews’ About page
- Add all book reviews uploaded on Sahar’s Reviews to Goodreads
I don’t quite know what this effort is going to yield, other than the tangible results completing the above list. But I’m definitely very excited to learn more about efficient online community building efforts!