I have been trying to come up with a side project for weeks. One thing I have noticed over the years is that as time goes by I am having a harder and harder time with coming up with blog posts. Sometimes I go weeks, months or even years. Yes… years without posting. I don’t want to get rid of the domain or blog ever. It’s part of who I am. It’s something I have enjoyed doing for about 20 years. I started blogging during a very dark time in my life which I am not going to get into because that is not what this post is about but it has helped me tremendously during the years and then more recently just as a way to unwind and try to show some of my creativity and express my thoughts.
Anyways, back to the subject, sorry got a bit sidetracked there. So I was having trouble coming up with an idea and while doing some thinking I came to the conclusion that maybe I was thinking too hard. Maybe I should just do something that has already been done but revamp it and give it a unique twist. Something along the lines of BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo if anyone even remembers or knows what that is. So I decided to create The BloggerHop.
I wanted a way for myself and other bloggers like myself to be able to discover new blogs, find new interests, and maybe even connect with some past bloggers they’ve maybe lost track of. There are a ton of self-hosted blog directories out there and there is always the links pages on the blogs that you love but I thought why not make it more fun, interactive and interesting.
Basically, The BloggerHop is a project designed to help bloggers find new blogs and bloggers that they share interests with as well as prompts to help get conversations going. The concept is not new and has been around for years where bloggers post what some call memes or prompts with a question, a topic or something similar on their blog to get others thinking and posting and then the members of the blogger hop go around reading the other bloggers blogs and leaving comments and discovering new blogs and maybe reconnecting with bloggers they’ve lost track of or newcomers to blogging.
By registering at The BloggerHop you can participate even further by leaving a comment on the prompt post with a link to your own blog for other bloggers to discover as well as you can be a contributor to the weekly prompts via guest bloggers who can do the prompt for the week for further exposure to their own blog. All prompts will be added to a master list of prompts by week, year and month so that you can also look through them to use them as ideas and prompts for further posts if you’d like. Each person who participates will link The BloggerHop inviting their readers to join.
I’m really excited to get this project up and running and hope that everyone who reads my blog will join! I will post the prompts here on my blog each week as well under The Bloggerhop category. I will post tomorrow about the first prompt as I am too tired tonight and really need to go to bed