Oh gosh — L’s back to project planning… this simply can’t end well, can it?
Oi, that’s rude… Do I have split personality disorder, do you think? 😉
So, yes, after all of your tears, desperate cries for a new project and a quiet Saturday afternoon in my life, I’ve decided to invent a new project, to take the Blogosphere by storm. Sure, I could just stick to what arguably some people say I do best: writing blog posts and producing sarcastic and often cringe-worthy late-night tweets (it’s not arguable that I’m the best at this, rather that people other than myself have said so…). Still, life would get boring if we all stuck to what we always do, and besides, I need to expand my fanbase of millions (hush, now) to an audience of billions… Are you with me, Planet Earth?
10 Rules of blogging
Honestly, I’ve had an idea for this project for such a long time now, and in the last 24 hours I’ve finally buckled down and formed it into a concrete plan which I’m genuinely super excited to present to you now, under the title 10 Rules of Blogging, or 10ROB if you’re lazy/for some reason conform to a 140 character word limit on a social network and by the way why are you conforming to that and be a rebel why not it’s fun…
Right, yeah — 10 Rules of Blogging, L: stay on topic dude!
10 Rules of Blogging is a project of my own creation to try and spread positive ideas and ‘rules’ to be a ‘good blogger’. whilst I understand, acknowledge and outright love that every blogger and blog is different, I think that there is a set of foundations by which all ‘good bloggers’ work from, and I think the best people to put those rules into words are bloggers themselves (yes, you guys! I know, how exciting!)
So, what is this project?
Well, here’s the basic idea: I’m going to set out 10 categories, each to do with blogging. For each one, I’d like participants to come up with a rule which they think defines the optimal behaviour or attitude of a ‘good blogger’ in that specific area of blogging. The categories range from the attitudes of bloggers to their blogs, and it’s up to you what rule you decide to make for that category. Once entries are in, I will go through each category, and create a shortlist of 2-4 rules for each category. Regardless of whether you submitted a rule or not, you will be able to vote on which rule in each category is your favourite, and in one of the most simplistic demonstrations of democracy ever, the rule in each category with the most votes is proclaimed … the rule. There will, therefore, be a final total of 10 rules — one for each category –, and these shall be the 10 Rules of Blogging.
Let me summarise the above into a simple timeline, with added dates — you’re welcome:
NOW –Entries start for rule submissions
23:59 GMT 2nd December – Entries close for rule submissions
5th December – Voting opens for final rules
23:59 GMT 9th December – Voting closes for final rules
That was easy, right? I mean you’ve all obvs just put ALL zee dates into your calendrs, right?
How to Submit Rules
Rule submissions can be submitted (ugh using ‘submit’ twice ugh) in three different ways. I have ordered them in no particular order, so as not to upset any social media networks (soz, Twitter: you’re at the bottom of this list).
If you love me loads and want to promote my blog and this project to your readers (you probs have more than me, let’s be honest), then you can submit your rule suggestions in a post of your very own — I know, exciting!
Just ensure that you do all three of the following:
Link back to this post in tour post, so that people can check out the original post and the project details should they wish
Leave a link to your post in the comments of this post, right here…
Tag your post 10ROB, so I don’t miss it by accident
If you are so inclined, you can leave a comment on this post with one or more rule ideas, for me to read. Just ensure that you are specific with which category you are making a rule suggestion for, so I’m absolutely positive (L can be un peu stupid de temps en temps).
Yup, you can tweet your rule suggestions to me @CWarned. Also use the hashtag #10ROB, and ensure to quote the number of the rule you are making a suggestion for.
Checklist for Twitter:
The categories themselves are as follows. Whilst I would like to encourage everybody tho participates to suggest a rule in every category, if you simply cannot do so, that is fine.
1. Discovering new bloggers
2. Publishing content you’re happy with
3. Managing/responding to comments
4. Keeping track of others’ blogs
5. Keeping readers engaged between posts
6. Writing style
7. When/When not to post
8. Deciding what to blog about
9. Staying safe while blogging
10. Finish the sentence: When blogging, always remember that …
And there you go: the 10 Rules of Blogging project is open! I hope you’re as excited as me, and I really hope that as many of you as possible get involved, and share this project around (yes, OK… I’ll pay y’all later).
I can’t wait to see what amazing ideas you come up with … you always put your all into these projects of mine, and I’m so grateful for that: I know I love reading through everything you fabulous people have to say, and I know that others do too!