Gearing Up for Blogathon 2013!

Last year, I started the WordCount Blogathon off with a bang – I posted every day for about ten days, my visitors automatically increased, and it seemed like people were actually eager to read and interact.

Then, of course, life intervened. It was May, and I was in the thick of wrapping up my thesis, graduating from the New School’s creative writing program and moving on to life post-MFA. Oh yeah, and I was working. And then there was that pesky kid, always eager for fun and adventures.

I know what you’re thinking. Excuses, excuses. There’s always something. But it’s true! There always is. And I could make a million more right this very second.

But instead, I’m going to go ahead and try again. And this time, I’ll have company on my foray into the crazy world of daily blogging. I’ll be joined by my husband, Navdeep Singh Dhillon, AKA the Gentleman Writer, and also by my father-in-law, the blogging poet Pashaura Singh Dhillon. Plus, of course, the more than 100 other writers who’ve already signed up for Michelle Rafter’s ever-uplifting blog experiment.

I’ll be tackling posts for my own blog, on which I’ll be addressing the freelance life and the fiction life, along with some takes on parenting and pop culture for good measure. But I’ll also be one-half of the daily blogging team at the effervescent travel blog IshqInABackpack.com, which Navdeep and I have been growing since our six-month travel adventure in India more than five years ago. That blog is undergoing a revitalization – so we’ll be writing about our travels to Hawaii, New Orleans, Puebla and other amazing places.

Here are some of my goals for the 2013 Blogathon:

-To get in the habit of posting daily

-To hone and refine my essay-drafting skills

-To build an interested audience of fellow writers and readers

-To use the blog as a space to explore fiction craft and practice — and institute an accountability system for myself by checking in here

-To share the knowledge I’ve learned about freelance writing — as a craft and as a business — over the course of the  past five years

And last, but not least, I’ll be working on a secret project that I’m not quite ready to reveal yet. Let’s just say that, when it’s announced, it’s going to be fun and fabulous! Stay tuned here for more!

And if you’re an aspiring writer reading, feel free to ask questions, whether they be about freelancing or fiction!

Are you up for the challenge? What will you be blogging about for Blogathon 2013?

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