Friday, May 20, 2016

Getting Back in the Game...the Summer 2016 Comment Challenge

Folks, I've been a bad blogger lately.  I haven't been following up on Saturday Snapshats posts from others, I've dropped out of both the It's Monday....What are You Reading? and #FitReaders Meme.  I've cut back my post promotion to the bare minimum.  The only reason why posts are still showing up here is that I have scheduled them.  And why?

Because I still haven't figured out how to successfully navigate the end of the school year.

I'm serious....I'm not sure which way is up and I feel like I'm failing at treading water.  The good news is that I'm almost to the end of this season.  My son graduates from Preschool next Wednesday (and I totally expect to be sobbing through the entire ceremony) and my daughter's last day of school is in early June.  And then a whole other kind of craziness descends upon us...but it is one that I'm better equipped to handle.

Today, I came across Kathryn's post about her intention to join the Summer 2016 Comment Challenge.  I read it and thought, you know I could do that!  So, here I am...announcing my intention to join up.

If you'd like to join, you'd better hurry.  Like, do it now.  Sign ups close on 5/21 (you know, TOMORROW!) .  But it sounds like a great time, so why not?

Below are the details (dutifully copied and pasted!) and I welcome you to check it out if you are interested!

IF YOU LOVE comments and are looking for a fun blogging challenge to participate in this summer, then the Comment Challenge is for you. Hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense, the Comment Challenge was created as a way to increase comment activity on your blog and help you forge new connections with other book bloggers. For every month this summer (June through August), we will be pairing different bloggers together and asking them to engage and encourage one another through comments on each other’s blogs. And you are formally invited to join us!

The Details

  • This challenge will run June through August.
  • You are welcome to sign up for one, two, or all three months (a sign-up post will go up a month in advance for each month and will be open for three weeks).
  • Bloggers will be paired up for one month and will be required to comment on each other’s blog posts.
  • If you sign up for more than one month, you will have a different comment partner each month.
  • To allow a bit of freedom, you will be able to choose how often you would like to comment on your partner’s blog (options include 5-10 or 11-20 posts).
  • Social Media Option: If you’d like to give your partner further encouragement through social media, we will do our best to connect you with bloggers who are active on the same platforms.
  • Giveaway: at the end of August, we will be giving away two bookish prizes. Please note: this giveaway will only be open to participants.

What You Must Do

  • Sign Up: Starting today through the 21st, you can sign up for this challenge for June. Just answer a few questions on the Google Doc on the sign up post. We will be emailing you a couple of days before June 1st to inform you of your partner.
  • Create a Sign-Up Post: We will be posting a link-up as sign-ups are closing for participants to share their posts. What you should include:
  • Announce your intention to participate and what you’re looking forward to for this challenge
  • Let us know how often you intend to comment on your partner’s blog
  • Link back to your hosts: Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
  • Include the Comment Challenge banner
  • Spread the Word: We’d love to see this challenge take off, so let other bloggers know about it. We’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #commentchallenge2016
  • Comment: When June 1st rolls around, get to commenting on your partner’s blog!

Important Dates

  • May 1st: June Sign-up Post 

  • May 15th: June Link-up + Giveaway Post

  • June 1st: July Sign-up Post

  • June 15th: July Link-up + Giveaway Post

  • July 1st: August Sign-up Post

  • July 15th: August Link-up + Giveaway Post

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