I’m going to say thank you, to everyone who took anywhere from a few minutes to a week or more this month to work on their own fanship. I loved getting to read where each and every person came from, and I am glad that I didn’t do it alone, either.
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But it is March 31. We read great posts, we did great things, and tomorrow, that ends. We may fall back into bad habits, and we may forget all that we learned and did and see it all fail.
It doesn’t have to. Every day can be a fan day and every month can be a fan month, maybe not to the same extent, but there are never days where there is not an opportunity to encourage and attend to someone else.
It takes practice, and you have to know what you’re doing, but once you know the way, there’s plenty to do. That being said, this month has given me a few ideas to make sure that I do a good job the rest of the year.
Set GoalsI was stupid and crazy to try and read 210 blog posts in a week, and yet I did. I will not be doing the same any time soon, but the point is that if we set a measurable bar, we’ll be more likely to achieve it.
Don’t Kid YourselfIf there are posts you know you aren’t going to read, however much you admire the blogger or the idea, then remove them from your feed. Don’t get bogged down by good intentions.
Pick FavoritesYou can’t be a super-personal friend to every single blogger ever, but you can pick a few to lavish some extra love on. If they are someone you really admire or simply someone who looks like they could use an audience, refuse to let them think their posts go unread. Hunt them down!
Share and SearchSharing too frequently can be annoying and impossible, but taking the extra time to tweet a favorite post or pass it on to a friend can be a big encouragement—and clicking through on posts your friends have shared helps both your friend and the person you visit.
Don’t Sweat ItWe have school. We have work. We have manuscripts, TBR lists, bills, trips to the grocery store, children, siblings, emergencies, spontaneous dates, Netflix, and all the rest to get through. Never sweat the small stuff—the more you share because you can and not because you feel pressured, the happier an experience you’ll have!
So, take a break, rest up, get your favorite TV show out of the way, and when you’re ready—let’s be fans again!
And now for blog-related stuff, because I am in the announcing mood:
- I have added pages! Handy Links, the OFFICIAL Walden-Bond Index page, and Friends and Fingers are now up and you can explore them to explore what I’ve written, villain posts, and the bloggers I love
- Be ready! I have a bunch of tags, follow-up posts, new ideas, and also a new series that may or may not work out (we’ll see) starting up in April. Stay tuned for the stuff that’s coming.
- If you have a couple minutes, I have a checkup survey to parallel the survey you may remember from earlier this year. This is just to make sure I’m staying on track with what I decided to do earlier this year, and see if there are any other changes I should make to keep SIAS awesome.
And if you have anything else to say you can always shoot me a message, because hey, getting mail is fun.
Again, THANKS to everyone who has participated in Fan Month and KUDOS to everyone who has been working so hard on their own blogs and on others’. *high fives and cake all around*