As bloggers we’re in the enviable position of being able to experiment. The smaller the audience the bigger the scope to try new things and learn from them. And hopefully by the time we have a bigger audience we’ve done enough experiments to know what works and what doesn’t. I don’t reckon many editors would give us as much scope with a large publication. Anyway, here’s the experiment …
I once did an impro (improv ?) course in London, and thoroughly enjoyed it, even joined a group for a short while. Impro is seriously fun, terrifying in one way, but hilarious to see what can come out of one’s mouth on the spot. There is a TV show called “Whose line is it anyway ?” which features impro artists, hence the “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”. So the spirit of this experiment is impro. Which means you are given an idea, doesn’t matter whether you like the idea or not, and you just go and create, for fun, not serious, learn something new about ourselves.
I’m giving a few guest bloggers the opportunity to blog to you guys, my audience. I chose the main topic and their individual post titles, a few ground rules. They submit to me their finished posts, and I post.
It was http://navigator1965.wordpress.com/about that indirectly gave me the idea, and has already agreed to take part. In the true spirit of impro, the others don’t know yet.
The guests I would like to invite are :
Don Charisma invites http://navigator1965.wordpress.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
Don Charisma invites http://suzjones.wordpress.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
Don Charisma invites http://sfoxwriting.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
Don Charisma invites http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
Don Charisma invites http://idiotwriter.wordpress.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
Don Charisma invites http://dannyboybroderick.wordpress.com/about to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”
You guys are all welcome to accept or decline, either way please could you let me know as soon as possible, leave a comment here or email me.
Also anyone wishing to act as a reserve, please make yourself known. I’ll be able to refer to this post for any later challenges, so don’t be shy. Obviously be a competent writer, who is serious about taking part and can complete the challenge in a reasonably short time-scale.
Your submission must be civil, light hearted and in keeping with the spirit of the Don Charisma blog. It must be between 500 and 2000 words. It must start with a paragraph of introducing yourself, perhaps a little biography. Then the main body of your post, use headings if it would add value. Then a short closing paragraph. You are allowed to promote your blog/yourself in the closing paragraph, but I won’t allow plugging specific specific products, ebooks etc.
Work must be original, written specifically for this challenge, ie not something you wrote 5 years ago copied and pasted.
I will choose (most likely) an overall theme, and you will be assigned a specific title for your post. You must write as someone who is “for” whatever the title is, that’ll be partly the challenge, for some !
You must include at least one image of at least 497 pixels wide, which will be inserted into the post (please tell me where). Maximum 3 images.
My blog isn’t setup to allow outside access to dashboard, so the post will be posted under my gravatar, with your gravatar name as the author at the end of your post, along with a link back to your blog.
All rules have a little flexibility provided you are not being a moron. The idea is to have fun and provide entertainment for ourselves and those who will read.
My decision is final on any unforeseen issues, complications or disputes.
Apologies, but I can only do this with a small number of people at the moment, if all goes well I will do more challenges later. As I said already do let me know if you’d be interested in the future.
This is new ground for me and for blogging (as far as I know), so dear readers please bear with me if there’s any glitches.
Thank you all in advance
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Image (Creative Commons) – Flickr – Anirudh Koul – www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/2676317820