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.
|Flickr Credit: batmoo|
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.)
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.
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