Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fan Month: I Declare (Plus Giveaway)

I got home from school two hours ago (it’s Friday) so I can post this on Sunday and life is switching between the TCWT post I will post on Wednesday, Rafflecopter, InLinkz, Pandora, and so on. I’m also super stressed out because my parents are at parent-teacher conferences right now (I guarantee that my parents will come home feeling validated in regards to my sisters and me) and so the last few hours have been those of self-doubt and second-guessing.

And I have contemplated not doing this, because what kind of investments am I making with my life and what am I doing with this and what if I look bad, because I sound awkward.

But, I have realized: Fan Month isn’t about me.

Audience at Humanities Theatre
Flickr Credit: batmoo
The point of this is actually not about my blog, but about being a good follower to other bloggers. The giveaway is to reward awesome followers (although, admittedly, I cannot give everyone five dollars. Remember how I don’t get paid?). And the Love a Blogger posts (to be continued on Saturday) are meant to find the best in the blogs I follow.

I don’t know if you know how cool it is to have other people read the stuff that I write. If you didn’t know: it’s kind of awesome.

I always get excited when people agree with me, or decide to invest their time by commenting, or sharing my posts on Twitter. I love shout-outs, and conversations, and blog chains and all that good stuff. That’s how a community works.

And the thing about community is that it’s nice if other people give to me, but it works all the better when I give back to them as well.

By them, I mean you.

So, as a reminder, the focus of March is going to be on audience and fanship, and for one week, I am going to be missing because I am going to be focusing on being a good audience member instead of keeping track of my own blog.

This time, you are welcome to join in!

I think it helps to have a little bit of direction, so I have created a little questionnaire so that I (at the very least) know what I’m getting into next month. If you want to join in, you are welcome to (you can steal the picture and add in your url, even), and you can join the linky at the bottom. (Also, the italics are to help me clarify; do not feel obligated to include those.)

No, that is not an upside-down mustache.

1. When do you plan on being a fan?


(The general idea is to make a time solely for being an audience member. I’m going to do it for a week. Maybe you decide to be a fan on Tuesdays. Or between 3–4 PM. Whenever you’re riding the train. When can you give your attention to others?)

2. What goals will you set for yourself?


(Previously I went to ~200 posts and over 50 blogs; this year I think I want to do more than that. How many blogs do you want to visit? How many comments do you want to leave? How many new blogs do you want to find?)

3. Are you going to set any rules for yourself? Exceptions to those rules?


(You can look at my pre- and post- posts from last year for ideas; for example, sharing 5 posts from different blogs on Facebook daily, not posting on your blog but responding to comments, you must comment on every post you read, etcetera.)

4. Where do you plan on sharing the great posts you read?


(Facebook, Twitter, whatever. I actually have a whole Pinterest board where I pinned every post I read last time; I will be using it again.)

5. Where could you be a fan outside the blogosphere?


(This came to me randomly, but why not? My little sister plays piano; maybe for me it means sitting down and listening to her whole piece. Maybe it means sending a letter of appreciation to a teacher, or thanking a family friend for helping you out. Being a fan doesn’t just stop here, people.)







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Yeah, five questions works. I’ll probably post a follow-up question-list later, for after Fan Month, to give you a little time to reflect on what happened. I'm not counting on a lot of people, but it's always good to reflect.

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: the giveaway.

Pretty much I have broken all the rules. Short introductory post? NOOP. Week-long-or-less duration? NOOP. About 3-6 tasks for you to do? NOOP.

But I did want to tell you that stuff, I do want to give people time if they’re interested in filling out that questionnaire (I realize people have blog schedules and stuff), and the more I give you to do the bigger the stakes. I want to watch the world burn.

Come to think of it, I have spent way too long thinking about this post… *shakes head* Here, have a giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


So, who’s up for Fan Month? Or for a giveaway? Either is cool. Stay tuned for the giveaway winner and my own response to the questions on March 1!

42 comments :

  1. Yay for Fan Month! Hopefully I'll be able to participate!

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  2. Fan month sounds super fun! I'm not sure how much I'll be able to participate since my time is limited and my internet is unreliable, but you've inspired me. At least I'll make an effort to read more blogs and maybe follow a few.

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    1. I certainly enjoyed myself last time! I know that we don't all have a ton of time or access, but the main thing is not about whether you really participate or not with me—but about participating in a community. So I think that's a great idea!

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  3. YES. I'm so up for this. I'll link up, and probably post it this Wednesday! This post is WONDERFUL and I'm tired so that is all. (I did read it, I promise. xD)

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    1. YAY! I look forward to seeing your post and I am completely understanding because I am tired as well. Being tired sucks. I should go to bed.

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  4. ME! ME! ME! She says jumping up and down and waving her hand around.

    I will link up some time this week :) Excited!!!

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    1. XD YOU YOU YOU! :D I can't wait to read your post, and I'm so glad you're excited!

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  5. This is a great idea! I can definitely work on being a fan...

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    1. I think so! And I'm sure we all can—you're welcome to join in.

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  6. FAN MONTH SOUNDS AWESOME. I love being a fan. I'm a fan of so many things it almost gets exhausting the amount of feels I have strung out all over the place. xD So excited to see what you have in store as well! ^_^

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    1. I HOPE IT WILL BE. Being a fan can definitely be exhausting, but it's also fun when you get the hang of it. :) Thanks for checking in!

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  7. I am soooo late to this. Mainly because I saw this last night but kept putting off writing a comment until I finished revising my last chapter. And then I sort of forgot. Sorry!

    Anyways, I am SO participating in this. My declaration post is half-written already, so this should be absolutely awesome -- although I'm probably saving the last two weeks of March since I've got something on the blog for the first week or so.

    I think the most important thing I'll be doing is stopping myself from going on Tumblr. And probably I will be discovering as many writers+bloggers on Figment and Wattpad and around the blogosphere, probably by visiting all the sites on readerly/writerly link-ups. Starting with this one, of course!

    P.S.: I have no idea what I'm going to be using that USD5 for, because shipping costs USD5 to my city. However, probably books.

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    1. It's been like, 24 hours. It's not THAT late. XD And revising your chapter is way more important, believe me. :)

      Ooh, I can't wait to see what you write! But hey, your blog your rules. It's just a thing. I am not trying to impose. Because that's just awkward.

      Tumblr: it's addicting. And so is Pinterest. And all the other places people go, but at least we can be discovering and saving them for later, because saving for later is a great thing to do! :D

      P.S.: Well not paying for shipping is better than paying for shipping SO hey, enjoy not paying for shipping.

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  8. I AM PARTICIPATING IN THIS!
    Seriously, this is a great idea. Sometimes I get too involved in /my/ blog and not enough in others or real life situations.
    But quick question... When I write up this post, do you want people to post in February in anticipation of March, or in March to celebrate the beginning?
    I'm super excited!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it!

      And I know just the feeling—but as it turns out, we're not islands, and other people need our attention too.

      I personally would post it in February in anticipation of March, just because then I would be able to add it into my giveaway score mabob—HOWEVER the linky is open until the middle of March, so you're welcome to do as you please if you'd rather wait until just before you take some time as a fan.

      :) Have fun!

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    2. Thank you! I'll try to get it up on the 19th.

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    3. Great! I look forward to reading it!

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  9. This is a really cool idea! I think I might do it :)


    Alexa S. Winters
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by, Alexa!

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    2. And I've joined up! This'll be cool! :D

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    3. Sweet! Thank you so much for joining in!

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  10. I declare I am terribly behind in all my blogging stuff and should have got around to commenting on this post much earlier. I'm so excited for Fan Month and I'll definitely be joining in. I'm actually hoping to post my declaration post next Thursday. It's going to be epic!

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    1. Don't feel bad; I have 75 blog posts to catch up on in Bloglovin' (blah). I can't wait to see your declaration though—and thanks for deciding to help make this epic! :)

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  11. Alright, I'm giving this a shot. I'm really shy and nervous but here we go ;_;

    http://ranger-the-writer.blogspot.com/2015/02/fan-month-linkup.html

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    1. Hey! This is gonna be fun, and if you need help, I actually recently wrote a post on commenting and that can get you started. :)

      Thanks for joining in, Micah!

      (Also, if you want, the linky is up there in the post where it says "Add your link" with the blue frog; or you can stay in the comments; either way is cool.)

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  12. Joined! I think this is a really good idea. Can't wait to check out other bloggers and find different ways to show my support. Thanks for hosting this. :)

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    1. Sweet, and thank you so much for participating! I'm super excited to see who you find and what you share next month! :D *high five*

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  13. The best part of blogging is making friends. I just love this idea. I am going to try to write my response post and officially join the party on Wednesday.

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    1. It's definitely a perk! Be sure to let me know so that I can see it and comment on it! :D

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  14. This is an amazing idea :)
    Taking out time to appreciate your readers really interesting :)
    So you find new blogs post comments there and share their interesting posts?
    Can I join in? :D

    Neal Kind
    Daily Diaries

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    1. Basically yes; the idea is to take a little time away from your own blog and give that attention to someone else's blog—whether it be new blogs or old blogs, or whatever suits you.

      You are MORE than welcome to join in, Neal. :) I hope you do!

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  15. You are such a lovely person! This is a wonderful idea! I will most definitely be participating!
    Mae :)
    superswankified.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy participating! :)

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  16. This is such a great initiative! I don't have time to participate, because I'm doing an internship that's taking literally all my time, but it's so good to see someone come up with such a great and sweet idea :)

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    1. Well, I hope you have a marvelous and productive time with your internship, and maybe someday in the future you'll be able to take a little extra time and spend it as a fan. We'll see!

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  17. Hey! Visiting from the GTW's link-up.
    Wow, I've never heard of fan month before. That's a pretty cool idea. I hope it went well. :)

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    1. Hey!

      Well, it is a new thing... And it only just started, so you're still welcome to join, if it catches your fancy. :)

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  18. This is a cool idea. ^ ^ I've been doing this unofficially for a while. I try to visit a few blogs five days a week and make sure I comment and/or like. I know comments mean a lot to me, so I try to give them to others. ^ ^

    Stori Tori's Blog

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    1. That's a great resolution—and hey, doing it by yourself an unofficially is also a great show of initiative! It's awesome that you're willing to enter the fray and share the love. Good work!

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Check it out, comments and stuff. I love to hear from readers, and I always respond to commenters! Here's the fun part—if you leave a link to your blog I'll show up and comment back. I have just one rule down here: Don't Be a Problem. This spans the entire umbrella of rudeness and crudeness, so I reiterate: Don't Be a Problem. Thanks for stopping by!