I volunteer as tribute! That worked out for Katniss, right? Umm… LOL
I’m very excited about the A to Z challenge. This is my forth year taking part, and my first year as an ambassador. Once the list was opened, I signed up (I was at spot 59 last time I looked), and then strolled over to Lee’s page to ask how to “volunteer as tribute.”
I’ve since been scooped up and am now a proud team member! As a volunteer, I still do my own posts, and still visit and comment on other blogs in the challenge. But if I notice anything wrong (a site turned into a spambot, someone not posting for a week during the challenge, or adult content on an unlabeled blog), I let my co-host know. Honestly, that’s something I probably would have done anyway.
Last year, between the theme reveal, April, the reflection, and the roadtrip- I visited close to three hundred blogs. (Mostly those labeled writing and books, but a few others as well.) That sounds like a big number, until you consider just how many more there were to see. I’m looking forward to checking in with old friends and making new ones this year. A to Z is all about building community. It isn’t just a list of people who blog, it’s a list of people who are looking to connect. Through category codes, snappy blog names, or various themes, we’re people proclaiming, “I am interesting enough to devote at least five minutes to, and I’m hoping that we’ll end up having a common interest so we can spend more time getting to know one another.” Really, that’s the point of this blog hop.
With that in mind, I’m going to share a quick recommendation.
First off, it is widely understood among A to Z people that we WANT to get to know each other. Leaving a link to your blog, along with your comment, makes it easier for someone to hunt you down and say hello. That’s why every year there’s a post about how to put a hyperlink in your signature.
Here’s another useful way to encourage comment leavers to provide this: CommentLuv
If you use Blogger, here’s a step by step guide for getting the free version-
I swear that it is easier than you think. Just go one step at a time. It will not mess up what you have. In fact, one instruction actually backs up what you have now before you make the improvement. How cool is that? Very.
The free one is fine. The paid one gives you more choices, especially when commenting on other CommentLuv enabled sites. It also plays well with other plugins, such as Subscribe2.
I cannot speak for other blogging platforms. I would suggest checking with your favorite search engine or web-tech person.
I love that people are more likely to leave me their links. I am inclined to visit my comment leavers. Also, I like that I often get Twitter handles with this, allowing me a second way to connect with guests.