Blog Battle

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Blog Battle is a terrific thing I discovered on Twitter (using #BlogBattle), but it really takes place on blogs. Rachael Ritchey started it over a year ago, and it’s quite fun. I’ve participated many times now, and it’s always been productive. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have an extra boost to get me to write.

The rules:

  1. 1500 words max
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. State the Genre of your story at the top of your post.
  7. Post your story on Tuesday, by 11:59 PM PST
  8. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post)
  9. Have fun!

Each winner will receive this awesome #BlogBattle Winner Badge to display with their winning story on their webpage:

BlogBattle award 1

Entries are posted on Tuesdays, voting is from Wednesday though Sunday, and winners are announced on Monday.

You don’t have to enter to vote–you just have to read all the stories. Its a great way to meet other writers and read their work. And in turn, they read yours.

In my case, I was struggling with the question: How on earth do I get people to come to my blog to read my writing? Other than a few shorts, I didn’t have anything out there. I didn’t have a published novel that I could post art about, or deleted scenes, or any of the other things published authors seem to talk about on their blogs.

But I now had something else to blog–stories. And really, the whole point of my blog was trying to find the people who want to read the tales I have to share. Blog Battle’s great for that. Everyone has something in common, a story we wrote to this week’s prompt.

So give it a try and join us. 🙂

Avid writer and reader, especially of fantasy. Learning about social networking and always interested in honing my writing skills. Contact me at cathleentownsend.com.

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5 comments on “Blog Battle
  1. JAKA says:

    Good luck — and get writing!

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  2. Beaton says:

    They are a wonderful thing indeed hey.
    I don’t remember how I found them probably a link from someone’s blog and I thought hey let me try looks like fun.
    And here I am
    ~B

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  3. I found out about it because someone tweeted about winning. Pretty much the same thing–thought I’d give it a whirl. 🙂

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  4. I really enjoy the weekly blogbattles. I’ve started a story I love because of them, and they constantly challenge me. Good luck, and I look forward to reading your entry next week. 🙂

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  5. Yes! It started out small, but it is slowly growing and has been a perfect way to make friends, develop our writing skills and story ideas, as well as share our stories. I should just mention it’s quite fun. 🙂

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