Not long after I graduated I realized the importance of structure. Structure helps us manage our time, learn better and faster; work toward goals; thread disconnected scraps together with a common theme to make coherence of our past, present, and very selves. Or what feels like a load of bollocks, which, arranged neatly within that institutionalized structure we call a thesis paper, tends to receive an agreeable letter grade.
In this my modest blog I have made several attempt at structure. I first became an active blogger with the Writer’s Relief 30 Day Know Thyself Writing Challenge; I later introduced Forum Fridays, a weekly series of open discussion on various elements of writing; presently I am in the middle of a 30 Day Short Story Challenge in which I read a different short story every day and give a synopsis and what I learned, craft-wise, here.
I like running themes on blogs. Having structure means no (or at least less) head-scratching when it comes to figuring out what to post and personally, I think it has helped me connect more with a target audience. Forum Fridays, for example, have attracted more writers.
I am really enjoying my current series (30 Short Stories), personally– the reading is great, I’m learning loads, I’ve picked up at least a few new followers along the way, and today something rare happened: I was seized by an idea and began penning a new short story! 🙂
Point is, I’m enjoying it so much I think I might want to do another series once I finish this one. I like the 30 days element (or at least having a theme for the month) and am entertaining the idea of a letter theme for my next ongoing series.
Anywho, all that yammer leads me to today’s Forum Friday question: Have you ever run a serial theme on your blog? If so, what was it and what did you learn from it?
If not, are there any themes you would like to do?
Hint: suggestions welcome 😉