OK, I admit it, I like blog challenges.
Well, some anyway.
And if you didn’t know already, I love baseball. Love, love, love. More on that in a bit.
Challenges and linkups are good for personal bloggers because it helps fill some space when you feel you might be struggling to find something to write. Now, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t do challenges every day of the year. Then it would get kind of crazy.
And, let’s be honest, not all challenges/linkups are for everybody. Take for example the A-to-Z Challenge. It’s a great challenge and it happens every April. I’ve thought about doing it for several years, but I don’t think I’d be successful with it the way I blog.
There’s a lot of other linkups out there, too, covering so many interests. Some don’t fit me well and others sometimes cross days when I have other things planned.
But the monthly photo blogging challenge I run each month is fun and it allows me one post per month with photos, and with it being themed, it makes it interesting. The 20 Days of Chill Challenge, which I started last year after a writing challenge I had been involved in decided to not continue. I kept it up this year and it was fun.
I always keep my eye out for smaller challenges that might interest me as it often opens the chance to find new bloggers and different things to write about.
Last year, I stumbled across a baseball challenge that was at the end. I had the chance to write one post, but it unfortunately didn’t seem to have a lot of links (I know that feeling with running these things!)
The idea though got me thinking about baseball challenges. It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of them in regard to blogging. Yes, I’ve seen a few. But they are either no longer running, or hard to tell if they are continuing etc. I just want different ways to write about baseball, outside of the occasional stadium review.
We’ve had a mild winter, too, which makes me think about baseball.
Baseball season is upon us.
In fact, pitchers and catchers started reporting officially around February 18, with position players reporting a few days later.
I’m ready, too.
To watch baseball. And to blog.
So, let’s mix them together. One of the two who co-hosted the one I found last year was interested in joining on with this one, so I’ll be co-hosting this blogging challenge with Kasey of Kasey At The Bat. You’ll enjoy her style of blogging and she’s a full baseball nut (and has interned in the sport and had a blog on MLB.com), though she’s a Braves fan – but don’t hold that against her.
So I’ve tweaked a little and chatted with Kasey on some thoughts and what is happening this summer should be a lot of fun.
Allow me to introduce to you the Can of Corn – a season-long baseball blogging challenge.
This will be an eight-month challenge. I’m sure many won’t do the whole thing, but that’s fine. Come and go as you like. Hopefully a bunch of people will get involved and have fun with it enough to keep with it every month.
The first post will be in March, with the final being in October. I’m sure the World Series will again go into November, but baseball should end in October, so that’s where it will end with the challenge.
How’s it going to work? Simple.
- Write about baseball using the theme (or not) on the dates provided (or thereabout) from March-October. Just make it baseball!
- Use the button in your post somewhere (at the end or whatever) and link back to me and Kasey.
- Go to one of our blogs the day this comes up (or thereafter) and linkup! The linkup will be “live” for a week after the date.
- Visit other blogs, read, comment, and make some new baseball pals!
- Have a cold beer
OK, I can’t lie – I totally stole that from one of Kasey’s posts from last year, who in turn stole it from her co-host last year Allison. But the reality is it’s a pretty good rule, even if you don’t necessarily do it…
OK, it would be totally cool if you followed each of us for updates and such, be it via the blog (P.J. I Kasey), twitter (P.J. I Kasey), Instagram (P.J. I Kasey), Facebook page (P.J. I Kasey) etc., but totally not mandatory!
We’ve come up with some themes and the dates. You can post yours whenever you are up for it, but remember to come back and link up so others can find your posts. We’ll leave the linkup live for about a week after each date, giving people the chance to catch up!
Can of Corn 2016 – Dates
- March 17: Your favorite baseballism (saying, quote, jargon etc.)
- April 14: Best baseball memory
- May 12: Favorite ballpark (minor or major)
- June 16: The best promotion you’ve ever been to
- July 14: Dream baseball road trip
- August 18: A current rule you’d change
- September 15: Favorite player of all time
- October 20: Favorite tradition/superstitions
Will you be joining us for the Can of Corn challenge? We hope to see you and your posts! Please go check out Kasey’s post about the challenge, too!
You can also snag the button below, if you want!
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