Blaugust into Blapril
If your first thought was, “You spelt those month names wrong” followed by, “And you also put them in the wrong order. That’s just simply not how months work.” Well, then perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the grand blogger tradition of throwing themselves into the challenge of posting every day for a month. Or? As a new blogger, to find the kickstart spark required to put thought to action and just get going.
Before last year’s Blaugust? Well, it’s possible I got… a little excited. By the end? Very tired. Posting every day is hard (for me). But! I was still excited enough that I embarked only a few months later on another post everyday challenge. That one about restricting myself to just five games for a month.
Am I just a glutton for punishment? No! Well… probably not. In any case, posting every day isn’t all this is about. You don’t have to do that if that sounds incredibly scary to you or simply doesn’t fit with the type of posts you do (or want to do). Heck, posting every day isn’t even the most important aspect of this.
From the words of Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut — the founder of this event, moving this forward and turning Blaugust to Blapril is about, “the idea … that we can use a dose of internet togetherness to combat the negative effects of social distancing.” And I couldn’t be more behind this idea. Last year was my first Blaugust event, although I had joined the community much earlier in February. The difference in community activity and general camaraderie during the Blaugust event was incredible and heartwarming.
And this is a community that is both incredible and heartwarming even outside of Blaugust. It just took it to a whole new level.
So I’d urge everyone — every one of you — whether you currently have a blog or have simply thought from time to time about creating one, to reach out and get involved.
- You can join the Blaugust community discord here.
- You can read Belghast’s own write-up on the why, how, and when’s of it all here.
- And you can sign-up for the event here.
More and more of the world is going into lockdown, closing their borders and in general becoming more inward-looking. We don’t have to do that. For all the faults the internet and communities on it might have; there is also so much good that can be achieved in connecting with people far outside our usual walks of life.
So I hope you’ll join!
I’m simultaneously looking forward to embarking on the challenge again and terrified of attempting another 31-post month. Mostly the former, but I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge the second. ;)