To steal a phrase from Ian over at Adventure Rules: “Blogger Blitz is just around the corner and our competitors are all itching to get their fingers onto the keyboard.” This annual event will see a group of amazing bloggers go head-to-head in a series of wacky writing challenges to find out who’ll be crowned the this year’s champion and earn themselves some sweet, sweet bragging rights.
I took part as a competitor in last year’s event and this time around, I’ll be one of the judges along with the awesome Pix from Shoot the Rookie and Destiny. Read on to find out more about my 2017 experience and advice for the new challengers…
My experience last year
You know those moments when you make a decision and then wonder what the hell you were thinking two minutes later? Well that was how last year’s Blogger Blitz started out for me! I found myself sitting in front of my laptop asking whether I really had just entered my name as a competitor – and then freaking out when I realised I had indeed. You see, my brain deals in logic which means I’m not a creative writer at all, so participating in a creative writing event was a shock to the system.
Little did I realise it would turn out to be one of the best blogging decisions I’ve ever made. After considering several format ideas ranging from ‘formal’ to ‘ludicrous’ and getting some sage advice from Tim from GeekOut South-West, I decided to go with the riskiest option. I ended up presenting a sea-shanty to the theme tune of SpongeBob SquarePants, about how Guybrush Threepwood from the Monkey Island series would make a better postman than Claire Redfield from Resident Evil.
Unfortunately it didn’t pay off and I was knocked out by Luke from Hundstrasse (damn him!) in the first round; but the experience taught me so much. I’ve learnt to be braver with my writing and that although it doesn’t come easy, I can be creative when I really try. I’ve since mixed things up on Later Levels and have created all sorts of posts, including a dodgy advert, a press release and a job description. Last year’s Blogger Blitz opened my eyes as a writer and encouraged me to push myself harder.
I’m not going to lie though: the event may have been beneficial in the long-run but I found it tough at the time (and that was just the first round). I think it was partly because it was the first competition of its kind and nobody involved knew what to expect, including Ian himself. The only guidance we’d been given as competitors was to write our answer in 500 words or less and although that freedom gave us a lot of room to manoeuvre, it also allowed doubt to creep in.
These are things Ian has addressed this year however and a bit of structure is never a bad thing! So my advice to those taking part this time around is to make sure you read his wise words. I’d also say it’s important to consider all aspects of your entry in equal measure: the format style, creating a good argument for why your character would come out on top, pre-empting what your opponent may come up with for their own character and thinking of creative ways to trump them!
Most importantly though, have fun. Blogger Blitz only happens once a year and it’s one of the best ways to get to know those around you in the WordPress community. And don’t play it safe with your answer – go at it with all the fireworks you’ve got because now is your chance! Use your imagination to submit an entry we’ll never forget. Aim to have us all looking back during future events saying: “Hey, do you remember that creative / crazy / ingenious / awesome post from 2018’s Blogger Blitz?”
Thank you to Adventure Rules!
This whole thing wouldn’t be possible without Ian and all of his hard work. If you thought last year’s event was great, with the huge amount of effort he has devoted to Blogger Blitz this one is sure to be even more amazing. If you’re not already following Adventure Rules, head over there right now and click that button; and make sure you give him a follow on Twitter too to stay up-to-date on all things Blogger Blitz (including a bit of fighting talk from the competitors!).
The first match will take place on 30 July 2018 and the winner will be revealed on 02 August 2018. Will Marjolaine (sponsored by Athena from AmbiGaming) or Bowser (sponsored by LightningEllen from Livid Lightning) crack the Totalitarian Teatime? Find out more about the setting for this and other matches, along dates and information on the bloggers taking part, in this post on the Adventure Rules site.
I’m looking forward to experiencing the event from the other side of the table this time, although I must say I’m a little nervous about being a judge for so many amazing writers. If any of last year’s judges have some words of wisdom, they’d be very gratefully received!