Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest


Banner by Cody Underwood

Ahoy mateys! Okay, I've got that out of my system, I promise to keep my pirate lingo to a minimum. I have an exciting announcement. Court Young and I will be hosting the Buccaneer Blogfest, an event designed to help bloggers build their platform and create connections. Together we will sail the blogging seas! Arrrgggh!


This blogfest is open to all bloggers and want-to-be-bloggers who post about writing, books, publishing, and everything related. Bloggers at all levels of experience are welcome, and Courtney and I are happy to advise and support new bloggers on all things bloggy. Participants are strongly encouraged to follow each other and comment on posts. The idea is to build new connections and a larger blog audience.

The blogfest will run from 7/9-8/3 with three prompts per week. If you have to miss posts, don't make that a reason not to sign up, a few missed posts are fine. If you're not a writer or don't have a current novel or WIP, alternate prompts will be available for week #2. This is an outline, more detailed instructions for the prompts for each day will be made available the weekend before each week. Also, you are welcome to adjust the dates +/- a day or so if you have other commitments.

Please put any questions in comments!


How do I participate? 



1) Add your blog link to the linky below

2) Throughout the fest, visit the other blogs as much as you can and comment.

3) Post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with the prompt of the day

4) Re-post the Linky & Buccaneer banner on your own blog to show your pirate pride and promote the blog fest

5) Finally…Have Fun!


1. Intro Week (July 9 – 13)

a. (July 9) Introduction: Tell us a little bit about you and your blog. Post the sign up linky for this blogfest in your post. Include your other social media links so we can follow.

b. (July 11) Why you did you start blogging? What are your goals for your blog?

c. (July 13) Interview the person signed up below you on the linky and post that interview. 

*During this first week, you are strongly encouraged to go around and follow the other participants in the blogfest - both their blogs and other social media.


2. Work in Progress (July 16 – 20)

a. (July 16) First paragraph of novel or WIP

b. (July 18) Character interview

c. (July 20) Share your light bulb moment with us. How did you come up with the idea for your WIP?


3. Reading (July 23 – 27)

a. (July 23) What are you reading? What books are on your shelf?

b. (July 25) Favorite authors and why?

c. (July 27) Recommend or review a book of choice. Tell the interwebz why you love it!


4. Final Countdown (July 30 – August 3)

a. (July 30) Social Media: Share your feelings and opinions about social media and it's relation to writing and reading.

b. (Aug 1) Host a giveaway using Rafflecopter or a similar tool. If you don't have anything you'd like to giveaway, we'd be happy to let you post the Rafflecopter form for a CQ sponsored giveaway.

c. (Aug 3) Reflection post: Share your experience from this blogfest. What are the next steps you want to take with your blog?

*Courtney and I will also be hosting a treasure hunt in this last week where you can win prizes by visiting each other's blogs.


Why Should I Participate in the Blog Fest?


To sail the seven seas of the internet and make new friends. We plan to have tons of fun over the next few weeks and we hope to inspire you to write!


Make the most of this blog fest by visiting and commenting on other people’s posts. Leave comments and let the blogger know you visited. Don’t be a stranger. If you like the blogs that you sailed upon make sure to follow them so when the fest is over you can keep in touch.


I was inspired by Courtney's photo of her as a pirate, so I decided to add my own. Of course, mine is pretty lame compared to hers. I do think my husband and son make a pretty good Captain Hook and Peter Pan.


42 comments:

  1. I have been excited about this since the moment I heard about it! How exciting to be an aspiring author right now. If you are looking to increase your online presence while learning the ropes of writing, blogging and how to be a social media guru, this is your chance! Count me in:)

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  2. This is a fantastic idea! My only regret is I'll be off at summer camp during week one! I'll still schedule my posts before I leave, but I won't be able to follow anyone else's introductions until I get home. The camp I work at, unless anything drastic happened since last summer, is so far off the grid we barely have landline service, let alone cell phone or wifi signals!

    On the up side, I won't be lacking in great new reading material when I get home! :)

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    1. Awesome Laura! Scheduling your posts is a great idea! Glad you are joining us!

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  3. Is anyone else unable to see the banner?

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  4. This sounds like it's going to be a blast. I've signed up.

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  5. So glad to see so many jumping on board! Yeah, something is wrong with the banner. I'll try to fix it as soon as I can.

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  6. Yippee! My first blog hop. I hope I do this right. Haha.

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    1. So glad you're joining in the fun, Marisa! Can't wait to interview you:):)

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  7. I am like Jessa: I cannot see the banner. I will participate, Sharon, but I have prior committments for Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's 1st Wednesday blogfest and for every other Friday for the Romantic Challenge.

    I will try to be a good buccaneer ... but you know us pirate types! :-)

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  8. I tried again with the banner. Let me know if you still can't see it.

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    1. I can see it! I grabbed it along with the badge. Thanks Sharon!

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  9. Love those pictures!

    I left something on my blog for you! :D

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  10. This is going to be so much fun! Following you now, too. :)

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  11. Yes, another blogfest! funfunfun

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  12. This sounds like an excellent idea for a blogfest, I've just signed up.

    And those pictures are adorable! ^_^

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    1. Also, just wondering, for 1c. (July 13): "Interview the person signed up below you on the linky and post that interview" - what should the last person on the sign up list do? Interview the first person who signed up?

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    2. Hi Clare, thanks for signing up! Yep, the last person will interview the first person.

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    3. How will the interviewing work? Doi we post the questions on our blog first and get answers later, or do we email them prior to posting and put up both answers and questions?

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    4. Hi Alrea,

      You'll contact them at the beginning of the week with questions and then post them at the end.

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  13. I'm in. http://houseofpixie.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Fair warning! That blog occasionally has distinctly not-PG-13 content. Not usually, but some Ellora's Cave books I got handed at the London Book Fair recently started discussions about the C-word, so it all got a bit... crass.

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  14. Question: if I'm currently the last person on the list, should I interview Jessa, then?

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    1. Well, shoot. Apparently I should read through the comments before commenting. Whoops. Looking forward to the blogfest!

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  15. Oh my gosh. This sounds SOOO MUCH FUN! I think I'll get in here right now—so I can get the first post up! Wooo!!

    BUT. I might need to do some exploring for the final week due to the Rafflecopter post. Because, though I've used it for other contests I've entered, I have no idea how it works. LOL.

    Here's to blogging...! *Signs up*

    For those who've just signed up, would that screw up the Friday interview for whoever was planning to interview the first person...? :/

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    1. Hi Kendra, so glad you signed up! Yesterday I said that anyone who signed up after 7/8 wouldn't participate in the interview portion because it might be confusing as to who was interviewing who. But enough of you have signed up today, I'd like to work something out. I'll figure out who is interviewing #1 and then everyone after that I'll match up.

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    2. Ahh, I did just go see that blogpost. I should've looked before I asked. ): Sounds good though (: Thanks for replying so quickly!

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  16. yay! it started really look forward to all that will happen here :D

    I just found out that I made an error in the blog address for my entry. My blog, Playful Creative, is over at http://sylviavanbruggen.blogspot.nl/

    Can you please change it for me (through the dashboard thingie in linkytools)? Thank you!

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  17. Ten thousand thundering typhoons! Me too!

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  18. I just signed up. I am late to the party, but looking forward to participating. I will have to post my post for Monday on Wednesday, and either post twice that day or play catch up all week. I have been a sporadic blogger this summer and this is just what I need to kick my butt back into a regular schedule. I am the last to sign up so I don't have anyone's name below mine to interview . If anyone wants to volunteer to be interviewed twice, let me know. I am using my daughter's mac (we are traveling-going cliff diving) and I cannot figure out how to add photos to my blog, but I will get the pirate badge up when we return home on Thursday, if I don't figure out how before then,

    This sounds like lots of fun and a good way to get to know others and overcome my hesitancy to blog too much about myself.

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  19. OH NO! This blog hop looks like the most awesome blogfest ever hosted and I only just now stumbled across it... Having missed the entire week one, is it fair for me to jump in at week two?

    Melissa Sugar... if you haven't interviewed someone already for yesterday's deadline, let's get in touch! I'm going to attempt to sign up and post all of week one's requirements today/tomorrow and hope I get to know ALL of the participants soon :-)

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    1. Hello T - You're more than welcome to join now! Welcome aboard matey.

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  20. Hi Sharon, just looked at future posts, and I noticed the giveaway. I tried to put a Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog previously (wordpress) but couldn't. Do you happen to know why? Or if it's possible and I'm just being dumb? I'm still going to have a giveaway, and I'd like to use Rafflecopter because that site is seriously awesome, so that's why I'm wondering if you or anyone else knows if it's possible... :D

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    1. Rafflecopter uses Javascript which Wordpress blocks. I have a Wordpress site and a Rafflecopter event going on right now, but I put the app on my Facebook page and put a link on my blog so that people could go to either Facebook or the Rafflecopter page to enter.

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    2. Fel - Thank you so much for your reply! Neither Court or I use Wordpress so I'm a little lost on Wordpress questions. Embedding it on the FB page is a great idea. I also noticed that Rafflecopter gives you a link you can use. Have you tried using that?

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    3. Thanks so much! I "Like"d your FB page. :)

      Sharon, thanks for the reply, and yes, I tried the link but it didn't work. I'll figure out something. :)

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  21. I hope you do another one of these! I just found out about this now, and I'm getting married next week, so yeah...not gonna do this. I'd like to get in on a future one though!

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    1. I'm sure I'll do something similar in the future. Have a great wedding!

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    2. Thanks! I guess that means I'll just have to keep up with your blog. Oh darn.

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