Summer is fleeting, so this means it’s time for another, you guessed it, summer blogging challenge! This makes blogging challenge number four. I know, can you believe it? The previous challenges turned out to be so much fun thanks to those who participated, so thank you to those who did!
Are you ready for summer blogging challenge number four?
If so, keep reading!
I was going to set up one of those blog hops, but decided against it. Too confusing. Too limiting. Too many rules. Too much
trouble work. Just too much.
If you want to participate, check out this year’s list of questions below and answer them in a blog post on your blog. Easy-peasy, right?
Not a blogger?
No problem. Check the parentheses and/or pick the questions you want to respond to, and share your answers with a comment. I would never leave Dear Readers out of a blogging challenge, cuz we bloggers love our blog readers!
One more thing, this challenge is open to bloggers in any niche, ‘cuz cancer bloggers’ and blog readers’ lives are not just about cancer. So, spread the word!
2018 Summer Blogging Challenge Questions!
1. How long have you been blogging (or reading blogs)?
I started blogging in September 2010, so guess you could say I’m an old timer in more ways than one.
2. How has your blog changed?
I don’t think mine has changed all that much. I still try to write a variety of posts content-wise. Some are personal. Some are informational. Some are newsy. Some are sciency. Some are about advocacy. I guess you could say, I like to mix it up. Biggest change is somewhere along the line, I evolved into an advocate who refuses to sugarcoat, and of course, I continue to be an ally for those with metastatic breast cancer. Always. Mechanics-wise one change is I’m working on adding more and bigger (Pinterest likes big) images in posts. And I added ads, which I know some readers don’t like. Someday I will write a post about why I did this. Oh, and adding a newsletter was a pretty big (and good) change. Almost forgot that one. I should write about why I did that too. Someday (see #3).
3. What is your biggest blogging challenge/frustration?
4. What is your favorite post that you’ve written (or read)?
When a cancer billboard is offensive. Hands down. It’s that one. I actually got a response from Mayo. They seemed surprised it was offensive and wanted to know how their messaging could be improved. At first I thought to myself, um, no. I’m not on your payroll, am I? They did apologize and eventually took the billboard down. That bad ad still pisses me off though.
5. What are your goals for your blog? (Why do you read blogs?)
Educate. Support. Advocacy. No sugarcoating. Discuss hard topics like death and grief.
6. How many blogs do you read on a regular basis?
No idea. Varies from week to week. (#3 again)
7. How do you determine what to share and what not to share; in other words, do you have blog boundaries? (or comment boundaries)
I’m pretty open when it’s about me. I have to respect privacy of family members, so that limits me somewhat.
8. When things get hard, what keeps you blogging (or reading blogs)?
9. What is your biggest Cancer Land pet peeve today, right now, this minute?
The constant societal expectation to turn everything into a positive. Even cancer. You know, that whole cancer is a gift/made me a better person BS. Argh!
10. What one piece of advice would you offer to a new blogger?
It takes time to get the hang of things. Just start and be you.
11. Share something most people do not know about you. A secret sort of thing.
I am not a face-to-face sort of people person, but I love interacting with others online. Some don’t understand this, and that’s okay.
12. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Besides spending time with my family I enjoy reading, movies, Netflix, walking Sophie, politics, history, road trips, eating and doing nothing at all when I get the chance (Is it okay to admit those last two?) Of course, doing nothing is really thinking time, which is actually something, after all, right?
If you decide to participate in my challenge, yay!
After you write your blog post, come back to this post and leave a link to your post in the comments or message me. When and if you do that, I will add your post to the list below. Otherwise, it’s too hard to keep track, and I don’t want to inadvertently leave someone out. Also, that way you can check back here and follow the links to others who are participating. This will be more fun if participants hop over to other participants’ blogs.
So, I guess this is a blog hop after all! Or it could be.
Not a blogger? Share your response(s) now or come back later and share with a comment. And there are no deadlines. (Another reason I opted out of setting up a blog hop. Who needs deadlines, right?)
Thank you for reading and participating (hopefully)!
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2018 Summer Blogging Challenge Participants – Check them out and be sure to leave a comment too!