C is for Co-Host
Not only is this the first year I’m taking part in the A toZ Challenge, but I’m also one of the co-hosts. Yes…I know…glutton is my middle name! So, just what does a co-host do?
Believe it or not, there is more involved than attracting a certain demographic of blogger to participate, or serving as eye candy. *cough….gag…cough* Sorry, hairball. I’m sure when Arlee approached me about undertaking such a major roll this year – having no experience at all in the previous two Challenges – he was primarily thinking about the numerous successful blogfests I’ve helped organize in the past. And when I contemplated whether or not I could do this I told myself that at its core that’s what the A to Z Challenge is, a blogfest on steroids!
So what are some of the things crucial to organizing a blogfest? #1 Get The Word Out. Having a lot of loyal followers that are willing to spread the word will help, but you have to go beyond that and hit Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and market the concept. #2. Be Organized. Picking a day on the calendar that will allow you to visit all of the posts, sending out emails and posting numerous reminders, helping first time participants figure out how everything works, editing the Linky Tool to delete dead links. #3 Be Enthusiastic! Without this, everything else will fail.
I knew I could do all of that…so did Arlee. That is why I am here today. I will cherish this experience of not only taking part in the 2012 Challenge, but helping to put it together with twelve other amazing bloggers.
In case you forgot…here’s a list of us all.
Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller)
Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)