Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#IWSG Readers Responses Can Be Funny

ISWG

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!




MAY 5 question -


Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?



It's gone now. But, once upon a time on Goodreads, someone reviewed "Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters" and said it did not educate them on how to write a setting or outline a book. 

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Well... that's true. 
It also doesn't teach you how to clean a fish, change the oil in your car, or do advanced calculus. 
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I mean... was I surprised that someone didn't actually read the title of the book? Well, I guess I didn't expect it. But some people just want to complain. 
Anyway, the review vanished. Maybe someone at Goodreads took it down? Maybe the reviewer realized the book wasn't called "how to write settings and outline books" so they took it down themselves? I don't know. 
I didn't take the review personally. I mean, if you can't even get through reading the title, how useful could anything I wrote actually be to you? 



The A to Z Challenge is done for 2021. The survey is still open for a few days -- 112 people answered so far. 
I'm sending caring thoughts to co-host John Holton because storms and tornados are ripping through his hometown right now. Hope you're staying safe, John! 

Monday, May 3, 2021

#atozchallenge Reflection 2021, Scavenger Hunt results, and Bout of Books

Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge


winner #atozchallenge 2021 Another challenge down. I had visits from 28 countries in April.Map of J's visitors 2021 #atozchallenge
(United States, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Hungary, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Bahrain, Nigeria, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Myanmar, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan.)


I enjoyed the challenge. (I didn't enjoy the days this month where I didn't have power or wifi, thanks to the new neighbors who ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš“๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿš’ shook up the lives of everyone in the area. It's fine, we made do.

I absolutely plan to host again next year. 

Considering that two people tried to sign up Instagram as a blog, yes, I think we need to add Instagram as a social media follow option (like we offer for Twitter and Facebook) on the Master List. 

I feel the option of an email verification on the Master List so people would have the option of fixing their own mistakes or even removing their blogs if they drop out before A. Having the sign-up open closer to April 1 this year meant not as many people dropped out before the first day. (See image below. This year, only 6% of people never posted for the challenge despite signing up.) Also, when the Theme Reveal and Master List were open at the same time, a lot of people didn't understand they had to sign up for both to be on both lists. I saw a reduction in complaints this year by not opening the Master List sign-up until the Theme Reveal closed.

"Are you interested in writing a guest post for the A to Z blog in the next few months (June thru February)? If so, please answer with a way to contact you (such as email or Twitter), the month you are interested in (if applicable), and your alphabet-themed post idea."
If you haven't taken the survey yet, please READ that whole thing. Two people said yes, but left no contact information, month, or idea. Six people left contact info, but no month or idea. ๐Ÿคท

Speaking of the survey, currently 39 people remember being visited by me. ๐Ÿ˜
Actually, if you read onward, you'll see that I visited every blog on the Master List this year.
๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜ Right now, I'm the most visited co-host! Aww, thanks!


๐Ÿ˜ฒ Unexpected! My blog views actually dropped during the challenge. That is the first time I've experienced this. This was my tenth year doing the challenge. My theme reveal was popular. But my February and March IWSG posts both had more views than even my most popular A to Z. ๐Ÿคฏ


Which Double Down on the #AtoZChallenge 2021 with these Bonus Challenges did I do?

  • Ask the audience in March to give you prompts/ ideas for April - interaction challenge
  • More comments on your blog - marketing challenge
    • Check how many comments you've previously gotten during the A to Z Challenge
    • I received 237 comments this year! 191 last year. 
  • Take a gamble on lesser-known authors - marketing philanthropy challenge
    • Mention one debut author for each letter day  -- I did this on my posts at Operation Awesome in April.
  • Mix a second blog hop in during the A to Z Challenge - time management challenge



The A to Z Challenge 2021 Scavenger Hunt! Here's how I did:

No "Eye of the Tiger," or tiger fish, tiger biscuits, tiger fabric, or all these memory posts on the horrors of 2020 but no one mentioned "Tiger King"? 
I saw one T post with Tigger. Did anyone find a Tiger post?

Sometimes the posts I found mention the word, and sometimes it is just visible in a picture that day. And I used a Nutella post for nuts because none of the food bloggers used nuts on N day! (Am I alone in liking Nut Tossies?)



I finished visiting everyone at 6:35 AM · May 2, 2021 -- If you are on the Master List and didn't get a comment from me, please let me know. Be sure to check your spam folder.


***UPDATE***
Thank you to Lisa (scroll to comments). She found a TIGER on T day! And thanks to Tamy for posting a tiger painted on train cars. 
 


"But J, what was wrong with my entry on the Master List? How can I avoid this mistake?"
There were fewer problems this year. But let us take a moment to REFLECT and learn from mistakes. Maybe even find a way to help the team prevent these issues in the future.
#atozchallenge 2021 blog fails

  • The biggest problem is if there are no A to Z blog posts to comment on. (Or no posts from 2021 at all.)
  • In one case, the comment area was closed.
  • Instagram is a social media site, not a blog.
  • 1MvCrorywrites.Wordpress.com —
  • https://wordpress.com/view/olbigjim.com — Blogs do not start with wordpress. "WordPress.com is a platform for self-publishing that is popular for blogging and other works. It is owned and operated by Automattic, Inc." It's a company, not a blog. This is a link to a link that opens a dashboard for the blogger. It isn't the right link.
  • https://awriterdarkly.com — I couldn't comment without having an account on that platform. Nope.



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QUESTIONS:  Bout of Books
  • How far did you get in the challenge?
  • Are you doing Bout of Books 31?
  • Did you do the scavenger hunt? Should I create another for 2022?
  • Did you take the survey?

    

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