Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Three Fun Blogfests, and One Fun Blog Party

I don't know if it's a result of my summer sluggishness, or just laziness in general, but I've been having a terrible time coming up with post topics lately. So I was glad to come upon some fun blogfests, and a great blog party, to give me some inspiration. I thought I would share in case others have not seen these fests and want to participate.

1) First up, The Spark Blogfest at Christine Tyler's The Writer Coaster.

These are the prompts for the Sparkfest:

What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer? 
What author set off that spark of inspiration for your current Work in Progress?
Or, Is there a book or author that changed your world view?
I love this fest because you only have to answer one of these prompts to participate, and you can post any time over the four day period. In addition, Christine is offering great prizes! So, it sounds perfect to me, and I'm interested in reading the responses of the participants. And in coming up with my own answer, as I'm not even sure at the moment what that will be. 

2) Up next, the Favorite Summer Reads blogfest, hosted by Cherie at Surrounded by Books.

Cherie is hosting the blogfest to celebrate the one year blogoversary of her book review blog Surrounded by Books Reviews.

Here is Cherie's description of the fest:

All you have to do is post on your blog between August 24-27 and tell us what is your favorite summer read. Please post a picture of a book's cover art, a description of the book and why it is your favorite summer read. Then we can hop around and find great books. 
Once again, I love that participants will only have to write one post in a multi-day period, as that is just the right speed for my summer laziness. :D 
And, Cherie is also offering great prize packs to participants! So I'm happy to have the chance to win a great prize, while possibly learning about some great new reads.  
3) To end the summer, Karen Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain is hosting a virtual blog BBQ over the 4-day Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through the 5th. Karen started this tradition last year, and the virtual BBQ was such a success she decided to host another one for 2011. I'm glad, as I wasn't blogging last year and am looking forward to the chance to participate in the fun now. 

This blogfest is very simple, as all you need to do to join in is share a comment with your yummy contribution to the BBQ, and follow at least three other participants. If you want to sign up, stay tuned to Karen's blog for more details. I think it will be fun to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall with my fellow bloggers!

4) Finally, I'm looking forward to Talli Roland's blog party to celebrate the launch of her new book, Watching Willow Watts. Yay, Talli!

Talli is throwing a party on September 14th, the big launch day. To go along with the theme of the book, the party is called "If I Could Be Anyone, I'd Be...."

All you have to do to participate is post a photo of the person you'd choose to be, and your reasons for your choice. Talli is going to share the links to all the participants, so everyone can hop around and party all day with other bloggers. And, Talli is also offering great prizes, so there's nothing to lose and lots to gain by signing up and helping Talli celebrate her book launch!

Thanks to Christine, Cherie, Karen, and Talli for these fun opportunities!


  1. Thanks, Julie, for mentioning my blogfest and telling us about the others!

  2. Blogfests are so fun and such a great way to connect with other bloggers. Thanks for posting these.

  3. Whoop whoop! Thanks load for the shout-out! Those blog-fests look fab. Karen's party last year was fantastic!

  4. @Cherie, you're welcome, thanks again for hosting your fest!

    @Carrie, I totally agree, I always enjoy the fests. I really need some inspiration right now too!

    @Talli, you're welcome, can't wait for the big party. :D

    @Ru, you're welcome!

  5. Looking forward to Talli's new book also her "Party" should be alot of fun.


  6. Those do look fun! I have trouble with blog post topics too, so it's always good to have a blogfest to kick me into gear and get something written. :)

  7. @Yvonne, I agree, I think Talli's party will be great. I just need to decide on my person, I can't pick!

    @LG, that's exactly what I thought, I need these to kick me into gear as well. Hopefully anyway! :)

  8. I think it's definitely summer....I've been lazy or uninspired too. But you seem to have loads of energy today! The blogfests look great.

  9. Thanks for listing them all. I'm doing for sure the BBQ and the party. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. I am having a hard time coming up with posts too, so you are not alone. And I have only heard of the SPARKFEST so I am way excited to hear about these other fun things. I am going to check them out now! Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Hay I just noticed your ticker closing in on 400 miles! Great job there! It's harder now that we don't have a place to go and encourage each other so I wanted to stop by and see how you were doing. Second, thanks for posting so many blogfests. This looks like fun!

  12. Appreciate the update. I've already signed up for Talli's event.

  13. @Melissa, my energy didn't last long LOL. I have just been so lazy, I really need to get caught up on my blog visits.

    @Giggles, yeah, it's hard to make all of them, no doubt.

    @Jules, I think both of those will be great, glad you're participating. :)

    @Abby, you're welcome, I hope you will sign up for more. I'm looking forward to what you come up with for the SPARKFEST!

    @LynnMarie, oh, yeah, almost to 400, thanks so much! I got lazy for a while but I'm getting back on track. I think I will keep using a ticker, it helps with motivation. Thanks again!

    @JL, yay, I think Talli's event will be great, looking forward to your choice! :)

  14. That blog BBQ sounds great! I love barbecues...hehe

  15. I posted a week or two ago about my favorite summer reads. Right now I am reading Maine. It is okay so far.

  16. @Carnie, I'll have to check out your summer reads! I haven't read Maine, not familiar with that one. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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