Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Fan Month Declaration (And Giveaway Winner!)

Okay, I’ll cut to the chase, because winning is exciting, and I have a winner to announce for the Amazon gift card giveaway.

Drumroll, please!

Congrats on winning the gift card, Alyssa, and let's chat so we can divvy the spoils!

Whew. I’m glad that’s over. Now comes the other bit—Fan Month! It is so cool to see the declarations piling up! (By the way, you’re welcome to add your link, if you haven’t already. The linky is open until the middle of March—but you can join whenever you want.)

To the questions!

1. When do you plan on being a fan?

My fan week begins March 14 and ends March 21. Those days in particular because I REALLY want to post more Love a Blogger posts on those days, so the rest of the week will be uninterrupted by posts!

2. What goals will you set for yourself?

*ahem* A short list, by yours truly:
  • get through any and all remaining posts on Bloglovin’ 
  • visit at least 60 blogs
  • leave at least 210 comments
  • go through my blog investigation list
  • remove blogs I’m not interested in or dislike from my Bloglovin’ feed
    • aiming for 10-15, but we’ll see what happens
  • comment back on (all?) my commenters’ posts
  • write three blog posts for WiaB, because that place still needs some love
  • pay more attention to my WIPs

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

  • I must click on every link to another blog post that I find
    • I may make my own decisions about whether or not I read it
  • I must comment on every blog post I read
  • I must share at least 5 posts on Facebook daily
  • I must tweet 3 different posts daily (with the #FanMonth tag)
  • I must pin every post I’ve read on Pinterest

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

Like I said, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter—all of which you are welcome to keep track of.

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

Oh, lots of places. For example, I pre-scheduled all my posts this week because my pen pal is visiting this week and I want to make time for her. I can bring in the groceries without being asked, I can do the dishwasher when it isn’t my turn, I can play with my littlest sister, I can continue to support and encourage the next one up in theater. I can make some mail for my grandmother. I can make some mail for my other friends. I can write reviews on Amazon/Goodreads to help authors I love, I can thank my teachers, I can do lots of things. 

We’ll see how that goes down.

That’s my declaration—I know some of you are getting started on your time as Fans this week: go get ‘em! And, be sure to stay tuned for next week; when I’ll write my own update on Fan Month, and I’ll write some follow-up questions to help you reflect on everything you’ve done!

So, are you ready? Fan Month starts today! 


  1. Ooh yay! *happydances* (This is actually the first giveaway I've ever won, so double yay!)

    "get through any and all remaining posts on Bloglovin’" <-- words of a guilty person. ;P Ooh, and the removing blog thing is a fair point. And the "click every link I see". I shall add that to my list.

    Will be aggressively stalking #FanMonth starting ... tomorrow. :D

    1. :D Congrats on winning! I'll email you later, or you'll email me. Something. I actually talk to you so there's something to be done at that at a later time.

      XD I am very guilty, and removing blogs is definitely something I need to work on, because I need to find a better way to handle my blog-reading.

      :D I hope you have fun!

  2. My week starts tomorrow so excited for this :D

  3. I should really try to do this. How do you discover new blogs?

    1. I hope you do think about joining—and I'm actually going to put up a post about that very, very soon. So, stay tuned! :D

    2. And by soon I mean Tuesday, by the way. So don't hold your breath.

  4. My week started today! So much fun!! Congrats Winner!
    Mae :)

    1. :D Awesome! Be sure to keep us updated! :)

  5. I think my fan month post will either go up tomorrow or the day after. I'm not quite sure yet. Removing blogs from my Bloglovin' feed is a great idea so I can make some more room for blogs that I've been meaning to follow but haven't actually started following yet. Oh, and showering more attention on my WIPs will be good, too. I'm making publication a serious goal to work towards this year, so working on my WIPs more will help.

    1. Ooh, I can't wait to see it! And yes, after a while the blogs do start to add up, and that means that we miss the opportunity to pay attention to the other blogs that are awesome. Also, definitely keep working towards that goal! I know that blogging can sometimes get in the way of writing, so I hope you find time to help reach your goal! :)

  6. I love your goals for your fan week. You're definitely going to be more active than me! I look forward to seeing the blog posts you're going to share on Facebook. You have quite the talent for finding interesting blogs. Also, I really like the idea of removing unwanted blogs during fan week. I keep putting off clutter cleanouts like this for ages. Maybe I'll borrow your idea and clean out my blog list so I can follow a few more blogs.

    1. Haha, thanks. I hope to share some awesomest ones! It makes me happy, certainly. :) Also, yes, I'd highly encourage a spring cleaning when it comes to blog reading—I didn't realize how many blogs were simply cluttering up my feed until I took a good, hard look at how many posts I wasn't reading and wasn't going to. I hope their replacements suit you better!

  7. You're answers are brilliant! You're planning to do so much more than me! I feel bad seeing how much you're going to do compared to my small goals. But every little bit counts and I'm truly inspired by you now!
    Mind if I join you on cleaning out my feed? I've got some blog which come through that I've rather given up on. So getting rid of them would be nice!

    1. Thanks—but remember, I've done this before, so I kind of have an expectation of how it works, and I have a record that I want to beat! I hope that you get to do more than you were expecting, though—because it's awesome and fun to do this with other people. :) I'd highly encourage a purging of the feed, too. It helps you focus on what you really want to read! :)


    And you are meeting your pen pal? Thats awesome!

    1. SO IT DOES.

      :D Yes! She's staying at my house, and we're pretty excited. :)

  9. That's great Heather! Good for you! I have one or two things to say about this. One what is a WIP? (I don't do slang or acronyms. For so long I thought lol was lots of love... which it can be... but this was a bit of a surprise when I stopped homeschooling... I don't have anything against homeschoolers) anyway... That's a lot of sharing! Maybe it's a pet peeve of mine, but for the people who follow your twitter or pint rest it may be a slight overload! (Maybe it's just me though, I mean, nobody's making anyone click on links (except you- you're making yourself) and getting posts shared makes me so happy! (that's not a hint')
    I think it's really nice to think of doing extra helping around the house. Apart from my daily job I don't really (but we don't have a vacuum cleaner or dishwasher so that creates more work. I also should spend more time with my little sister. This is rather inspiring. (And thanks for visiting my blog I appreciate it) :D

    1. WIP means "work in progress." It's writer slang for whatever we're working on right now; if you spend much time on writing blogs you're sure to see it, so it's a good one to remember!

      I realize it also may be a little bit of an overload, but I also try to do it at various times throughout the day, so that it's never all conglomerated in one feed. And, I mean, I don't go through everything on Twitter and don't expect anyone else to, so I think I'll be okay. :)

      Really? Our dishwasher broke a few months ago and it was agony until we got it fixed—I guess that says how reliant I am on conveniences. XD I hope that you do decide to commit to spending time with your sister—I mean, it's always great to be someone's fan, and that includes commenting back! :D

    2. Yeah, that's true. I don't remember ever having a dishwasher even before we moved, and neither do any of my friends. This is a side effect of living in a developing country(if you're wondering where your readers from India are, look no further). Commenting back is really good! I didn't realise this for the first few comments I got and now I always reply. I'll keep that acronym in mind!

    3. Ooooh, I see what you mean. I know that dishwashers aren't as popular in other areas—but hey, India is super cool. :) Blogging is definitely harder without commenting, so it's good that you've learned!


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