I have measurable data that tells me participation in the #challenge is worth the effort. I dedicated the month of April to this project. THE KEY TO SUCCESS: You MUST visit as many blogs as possible. I was #553 on the participation list…never to be found if I hadn’t gone blog hopping. I visited 842 blogs. Some that never got started, dropped out, were unreadable, were too long, had no place to leave a comment, took too long trying to break the code on accessing the current post. Many were of no interest to me, however well presented. That said, there were hundreds of wonderful, readable, uncluttered, well written, focused information that made it well worthwhile to take the time. I am now following 22 new blogs and I bought several books. I have a lot more to say on what works and what doesn’t, but another time perhaps.
My Experience: All my posts were waiting in the queue April 1 to be tweaked just before publication. I spent hours visiting blogs and taking notes. My ‘New follower’ stats increased by Blog/71 Pinterest/92 FB-AP/14. I won’t be able to tell you the exact number of books I sold for another 60 days, but in going over the author graft with Amazon, the spikes were significant!!! on at least three of the days. The young man said, “Whatever you are doing this month, keep doing it.”
I love social media, but I am trying to sell a novel, Greening of a Heart so these stats are important to me and will influence my social media decisions. I write a blog to connect with readers. I hope they like me and enjoy what I write about. If that happens they might decide to download the novel. If they read the good reviews Greening gets, they’ll take a chance. Regardless of book sales, however, I love #atozchallenge. It is a great writing discipline. It lets me share what I am passionate about, it connects me to fascinating people who are making contributions to the blogging world from various viewpoints. The written comments are often charming and generous. If only I could have tea and stroll the garden with these bloggers, that would be great. I admire their work, their love of life, their busy lives, their creativity. I don’t agree with the ‘Survivor’ badge earned at the end. That designation makes it sound like it is a drudge. It is a ‘Privilege’ to have participated. I learned something everyday. Thanks to all!