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It’s not too late!

It’s not too late to join us for the Summer Biannual Blogathon Bash!

What is it?

It’s a free online blogging event so anyone around the world can participate! It’s a blogging marathon so you spend the weekend (as much time as you can) doing blogging tasks (writing posts, going through email, taking photos etc). You can also network through social media including our twitter parties, learn new blogging skills and WIN PRIZES!

When?

July 15-18, 2016 8am EST Friday to 8am EST Monday.

How do I sign up?

Just go to the signup page and add yourself to the linky, it’s that simple! Check out this page for what to do after you signup and if you need more information first, check out the about page or the F.A.Q.bbb-logo-2-colour-sq-250

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The Winter Blogathon is Almost Upon Us

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Cross Some Items Off Your Blogging To-Do List – join us for the third Biannual Blogathon Bash Jan 25-28. Work on your blog as much as you can that weekend with support, mini challenges, prizes and twitter parties.

There are lots of ways to participate!

  • Sign up to join the blogathon and work on your blog.
  • Host a mini challenge – If you have knowledge of a blogging topic and you could share what you know in a post and give the readers a small challenge to do this is perfect. Links to posts are technically due but I’d like more so if you can get the post started by Jan 23 (so you can give me the link) and then have it finished and scheduled for Jan 25, you can read more about mini challenges and signup.
  • Sponsor a Prize – Looking for prizes of interest to bloggers as well as generic ones like PayPal cash or amazon gift cards.
  • Can’t commit? Sign up to be a blog booster and offer words of encouragement to those who are participating. Good for those who can only spare a few minutes a day during the weekend.

Our mascot Dazzle wants you to join in!

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10 Signs You Need to Join The Blogathon #blogathon2

If any of these sound like you, you could benefit from joining the next Biannual Blogathon Bash. Blogathon signups are OPEN and we’d love to have you join us to work on your blog with support, mini challenges and prizes.

  1. Your blog still has the default Blogger or WordPress theme because you just haven’t gotten around to customizing it.You’ve been meaning to…
  2. Life keeps getting in the way of your blogging and you wish you had more time to get caught up.
  3. Your TO DO list is longer than Santa’s list.
  4. You want to start a [insert social media profile here] account for your blog but you aren’t sure how or what the best way to do it is.
  5. You have a blogging question but you don’t know who to ask.
  6. You want to connect with other bloggers in all types of niches and in different parts of the world.
  7. You want to attend a blogger’s conference or blogger’s retreat but haven’t been able to because of travel costs.
  8. If only you had time to write more than post at a time you could schedule ahead.
  9. You want an excuse to work on your blog without feeling guilty.
  10. You want to try to win prizes!

Once again Blogathon signups are OPEN. You do NOT need to be able to commit for 72 hours! Aim for 24 but even if you can only give us 5 or 10 hours of your time, you can still join! Signup and just do the best you can.

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Blogathon Prep Series #4–Preparing You and Your Area

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Blogathon Prep Series - Preparing You and Your Area

Having participated in readathons and other blogging marathons plus ran and participated in the last blogathon has given me some ideas on what one could do to prepare for our blogathon. I’ll be sharing those ideas this week.

Preparing You

Knowing what you want to work on and arranging childcare won’t matter if you are not mentally or physically ready to work.

First a question:

What do you wear when you blog at home?

  1. Regular “Street” Clothes
  2. Pyjamas
  3. Work Attire

There isn’t necessarily a correct answer to that but keep in mind that you want to be comfortable enough to sit for a long period of time (so those tight jeans or work skirt and heels might be out) but not so comfortable you just want to sleep or play on Facebook all day (so sweatpants and pyjamas are not a good idea.)

Make sure what you want to wear is clean – the clothes that fit right and are just the right amount of comfortable.

What else you might want to do:

  • Have a nice relaxing and also invigorating shower
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before.

Preparing Your Area

We already covered cutting down on the clutter and if you haven’t cleaned up a bit, make some time, trust me. Other than that though, there are a few others things you should consider. Below are some suggestions, use what’s right for you.

  1. Keep a notepad and pen/pencil and other office supplies nearby.
  2. Keep a water bottle near by to stay hydrated and keep your mind sharp.
  3. Make sure you have adequate lighting. Borrow a lamp if you don’t.
  4. If you will be tackling reviews, have the products or books you are reviewing nearby to reference while you write.
  5. Keep your to do list nearby
  6. Close whatever windows are not needed on your computer.
  7. Close your email program or set certain times to check it.
  8. Commit to only checking facebook for blogging reasons (Biannual Blogathon Bash FB Group or other FB group to exchange comments or ask questions.) Checking FB multiple times is very distracting.
  9. If you don’t have a twitter account, get one. Trust me you should have one and that way you can join in our twitter talk and twitter parties. Need help?
  10. Open up your favourite twitter program to keep track of the #blogathon2 talk (TweetChat, Tweet Grid etc.)
  11. If you work better with music, figure out what you will play and how (MP3, computer, TV, radio etc.) Get it set up.
  12. Turn off distractions (music if it distracts you, TV, cell phone even.)
  13. Speaking of distractions, does your computer desk/place face a window? Close the blinds or curtains or face a different way. An open window or door is very distracting.
  14. Keep checking back on the blog or subscribe to see what’s coming up.

That’s It for the Prep Series But Check Back Today for More Posts

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Blogathon Prep #3 – Key to Productivity and The Worst That Could Happen

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Blogathon Prep Series - Productivity

Having participated in readathons and other blogging marathons plus ran and participated in the last blogathon has given me some ideas on what one could do to prepare for our blogathon. I’ll be sharing those ideas this week.

The Key to Productivity

What’s the best way to up your productivity during the blogathon (or in general) ? A clean workspace. I know, I can hear you groans. However it is TRUE. Look around right now while you are at the computer. How does your desk or table look? What about the room you are in?

I didn’t believe it when I first heard that our surroundings impact our work, I really didn’t. Then I cleaned up the house and desk REALLY well and suddenly I was working twice as fast, and accomplishing important tasks to, not just checking Facebook and Pinterest. (Don’t worry I won’t tell!)

Cluttered Desk Lowers Productivity

(Not my desk but might as well be! – source)

It really does help. I think this is why.

My laptop is currently at the dining room table, it’s where I have it set up. The rest of the table is covered in stuff, always is. So when I sit down to work, my eye catches the Tim Hortons drink tray from earlier and I think, mmm I really want an Iced Cappuccino. Then a little while later my eye catches the stack of DVDs that need to be reviewed beside my computer and I sigh because I still haven’t got to them. Then I see the dinner dishes my kids forgot (again!) to bring to the kitchen and it bugs me so I get up and put those away. Then I sit back down but can’t get comfortable because my wheel is stuck on a toy that was under the table. So I push my chair back and run into the stuff behind me that shouldn’t be there.

I could go on and on but I think you get the point. The thing is you probably don’t even realize you do this. I didn’t for a long time. Not that knowing gets me to keep the room or table clean more, but at least I know why I’m not being productive.

At The Very Least…

Make the time to do a clean of at LEAST your work station of the places you may work (if you have a laptop or tablet, you may move around, working in bed, on the cough, front porch, table etc.) If you can, clean the room too. Make it pleasing to the eye. A fresh smell is nice too.

The Worst That Could Happen

You are planning a weekend of computer work, what are the worst things that could happen to get in the way of that?

  1. Computer Virus
  2. Internet is Down
  3. Power is Out

Let’s go backwards for a moment. There isn’t much you can do to prepare for #3 other than have paper, pens and candles or flashlights ready to do some planning or paperwork. Let’s hope we don’t have a power outage!

You can’t plan for your internet provider being down either but you could check that all cables are attached firmly and dust is cleared out of the area of the modem and/or router box. That’s about it.

You CAN prevent a Computer Virus though. Do you have an up to date virus checker on your computer? If you have more than one computer, you need one on EACH. It needs to not only be installed, but have the settings set correctly, be set to regularly scan AND have it’s virus database up to date. I use Microsoft Security Essentials and I have used AVG before but use whatever you are comfortable with. If you have a Windows computer and are a bit computer illiterate, I suggest Microsoft Security Essentials.

Update Your Virus Program

Take a moment to make sure your program is up to date and run a full virus scan BEFORE the blogathon starts. A participant in the last blogathon spend a lot of time fixing her computer thanks to a virus and she lost a lot of time so it CAN happen.

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