It is same time of the year again, mid of march. When the wind of Blogchatter’s A2Z is getting stronger and it’s almost the time when theme reveal posts would start coming up. So, I think this is the right time to share my experiences about A2Z Challenge with all of you.What helped me in this challenge and how I learnt to fight a blogger burnout post the challenge. And why not, this year is going to be my Hat trick.
What is Blogchatter’s A2Z Challenge?
As the name suggests, it revolves around English alphabets in an order from A to Z. This is a month- long challenge. There are 26 letters from A to Z, it means you have to post one blog post every day. Sunday is a rest day or day where you can cope up with more reading.
In my first A2Z challenge in 2019, I wrote from Z to A. The alphabet of the day must be part of the title of your same day post.
Like on Day 1, alphabet A so if you plan to write about delicacies of India the tile can be ‘Amritsari choley’ on day 2, with alphabet B the title cane be ‘Bengali sweets’ so an and so forth.
The tricky titles come when you hit the alphabets like Q, W, X not just because its tough to find the title rather because you are already in the middle of the challenge and the energy is weaning too.
Tips that can save you from Blogger Burnout
A2Z is the most rigorous challenge that every blogger must participate at least once. Little stress can bring the best out of you. Writing, reading and sharing for the entire month not only improves your blog stats but surely teaches so many new things. Our thinking horizon and knowledge improves a lot.
In 2019, I took a challenging theme of writing a love story in reverse manner. You can check it here!!
Although it was much appreciated by friends, family and many in blogging community, but all that put me into a blogger burnout phase. I had a writer’s block and didn’t publish a single post in the following month.
If you follow these tips, blogger burnout can be put at bay:
Plan, Plan and Plan
As they say, a battle prepared well is battle half won. There is no escape from planning. No matter how blessed writer you are, but having a plan for 26 days can help you sail smoothly.
Make a excel sheet or just a pen-paper chart, include all the activities right from editing, getting relevant images, scheduling the posts, writing or researching for the next post as well as reading. Just do not keep everything in mind, bring it into black and white, believe me it will help you a lot while executing.
Have a Theme
It is not mandatory as per the rules of the challenge however it is very highly recommended. Having a theme, will streamline your thoughts. The posts will be an array of a same topic so even your readers will be happy to ready more relevant things.
Say you are a mom blogger, take a theme ‘mother and infant challenges’ or ‘books for early readers from new born to tweens’ 26 elaborated posts on such topics will help you, your readers ad well as stats of your blog.
If say you do not decide on a theme you will have to think fresh for every post. That can be draining and stressful. Unless you do not plan to write short stories or something like that.
Network More/ Make Friends
I have made quite a few, thanks to the community that I can dare to participate in this nerve wrecking challenge for the third time in a row.
The friends you make will not just help you coping with this one but also in many more challenges related to blogging as well as personal. They will safe gaurd you againts the thoughts of leaving the challenge in between, with writers block as well as with blogger burnout.
Remember to respond to the comments received on your post and reciprocate the same by paying back a visit, that’s general courtesy.
Reading is not a chore
Do not take it as a task or rule to complete the challenge, rather take is as a learning. The more you read the more knowledge you will gain. You might learn a new style of writing, new things about a place, new recipes and so much.
If you take reading as a chore, you will do it half-heartedly. And you will leave irrelevant comments on others posts, I can assure you that you will receive same dryness on your hard work. Everyone puts a lot of effort in writing and publishing, there might be conflict of opinion but being rude or insulting is not sign of good community. Task conflict is okay, relationship conflict is a No-No.
You can check out my A2Z 2020 posts or in fact you can check my book Dreams decoded which is a collation of all my posts in BlogchatterebookLibrary. This book is not about ‘goals and dreams’ rather its about the ‘night dreams’, meaning of dreams that you see when you are asleep.
Do share your review, once you read it. Good Luck with #A2ZChallenge 2021