Thanks in large part to his tutorial (a great explanation on how things work in the Blogfest-world) and other web-research, I realized what a Blogfest is:
It is when a blogger throws a virtual party and everyone is invited. There could be giveaways at the end of it, it could simply involve promoting certain books, or it could be my favorite: the Blogfest that invites bloggers to write a short piece/excerpt in their blogs and link to the host blogger. All participating bloggers must register through a form on the host blog, and all bloggers then read each other’s submissions and comment, which is completely optional.
From so far as I have seen, comments are mostly kind, even effusive, but you can ask for honest critique and might get that too (in very kind words again, of course!).
A few upcoming blogfests in which I am thinking of taking part in are:
BlogFeast…food blogfest hosted by Angela M. on 23rd September.
Happy Birthday Blogfest hosted by Michele Emrath on 24th September.
They’re People Too Blogfest hosted by Tessa Conte on 2nd October.
Hook Line and Sinker Blogfest hosted by Justin W. Parente on October 11th
Past Blogfests I had fun with:
What I like about Guess that Character is that the initial post will not describe the character’s appearance, just put him/her in a scene, and let you hear his voice or watch his actions.
The next day is the day of the big reveal, where you post a photograph that closely approximates, in your opinion, the character you wrote on the first day. Interesting!
The Rainy Day Blogfest, hosted by Christine H on 25th August. This was my entry.
The Rainy Day Blogfest would give me a chance to indulge in my love of rain, and I’m sure everyone would come up with absolutely rain-drenched posts.
Word Paint Blogfest hosted by Dawn Embers on 27th August. This was my entry.
This is all about description, so I think something from the old writing notebooks should do the trick, because I have tons of those!
Fairy Tale Blogfest hosted by Emily White on 30th August. This was my entry.
This is best described in the host’s own words:
Write in no more than 1000 words a story based on a fairy tale in a genre OTHER than fantasy. You can do horror, suspense, sci-fi, thriller, etc. (romance is okay, but you need to add another genre with it, otherwise you’ll just end up with a fantasy romance), and the plot has to be closely related to the original tale.
This one involves a fight-scene, and since I have not done too many of those, it will be a challenge.
“Write a scene that takes place on a campus. It can be in a classroom, on the football field, in a locker room… (grin – but nothing explicit, please!) – just as long as the setting is on school grounds. That’s it. Keep it short – 999 words is a nice length, but if you go a LITTLE over, I won’t slap your knuckles with a ruler. “
Shh..it’s a Secret Blogfest , hosted by Summer Ross on 17th September
“In 700 words or less give us at least one secret in a story: murder, mystery, funny, romantic, poetry, or story snippet…doesn’t matter but the word “Secret” must be included in the story or poem to count.”
“Choose a blogger you want to give some love and write a post about them. “
I find that some authors are reluctant to post from their WIPs, but since I’m planning to write from scratch for all three, that won’t be a problem. Yes, I can’t use the pieces again for a flash fiction submission or contest, but at least I’ll have some great writing practice, and some good fun doing it.
I’ll keep updating this post as I find new Blogfests, and probably do a re-post on my other blog Daily (w)rite. So mark your calendars and have yourself a feast of Blogfests!