Hello Uganda Blogging Community.
We come with good tidings of the second blog week of 2019. And because the FOMO is that much, we are just going to blurt it out…we are doing another chain story challenge…woot-woot!! We last did one in 2017 and those that participated had so much fun with it. So much fun that we are giving this one has a little remix due to feedback from that time. We shall stretch it out to a month! Wulululul!! The July 2019 #UgBlogMonth #ChainStoryChallenge – these are our working hashtags. This one shall, therefore, start on Monday 1st July and go all the way to 31st July. We shall then have the July Bloggers Happy Hour on Thursday 1st August to review the stories we have managed to come up with. Issa plan, yes?! Time to bring out those dusty story drafts and let the community help you give them a new lease at life.
For those that have never heard of/participated in chain stories, the way they work is; one blogger begins a part 1 of a story and then bloggers that might be interested continue with part 2 from where the original blogger stopped and also stop somewhere. From there other interested bloggers can continue it from where Part 2 stopped with Part 3. The chain continues until the Blog Month is over. If anyone is interested, they can continue with the chain after the blog week but for curating purposes, we’ll consider posts within the 30-day duration. If any of you watched the special Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch, it’s pretty much like that.
An example is this story that was started by Nevender (RIP)and spread out as shown below:
- Part 1: Ssida Ntinda
- Part 2: Ntinda Nzibu
Example 2 is this story that came out of the 2017 Challenge
- Part 1: The 10th Snatch
- Part 2: The 10th Snatch Part 2
- Part 3: The 10th Snatch Part 3
- Part 4: Mama Gundi, Hold Your Child
These are a few guidelines to consider to make it easier for readers to follow the chain of the various stories that will be created:
- You can continue as many stories as you want from whatever part they are on. You are also free to begin a new story at any point of the month.
- Before proceeding with your continuation, introduce the chain from where it started by providing links to the previous parts so a reader can start from the beginning and get the flow of the story.
- Leave a comment on the post with the part you are continuing so people reading that part knows you have a continuation on your blog.
- In your blog title, add what part of the story you are on (Part 2/3/4)
For those that might not be interested in the chain stories theme, feel free to do your own thing or choose a theme from our ever-expanding blog theme pool over here. The alternative blog week theme we were considering is mental health so we would especially like to see posts about that. You can add to the pool by commenting on that post or mentioning us on twitter with your theme using the hashtag #UgBlogThemePool.
How to share your blog posts during #UgBlogWeek
We will be curating and sharing all posts that come out of this #UgBlogWeek. So here are the three (3) ways you can make sure we find and include your post.
- Pingback to this post. A pingback is a special type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post, as long as the other blog is set to accept pingbacks. To create a pingback, just create a link to this post you are currently reading and we’ll be notified. Something like, This blog post is part of the July 2019 #ChainStoryChallenge #UgBlogMonth (feel free to copy and paste this in your post.)
- Twitter: You can share your post by using the official hashtags #ChainStoryChallenge and #UgBlogMonth also you can notify us on Twitter.
- Facebook: Post your blog link on your timeline, on our Facebook Page – Uganda Blogging Community– or in the Uganda Bloggers and Blog Lovers Facebook Group and use the hashtags #ChainStoryChallenge #UgBlogWeek.
If possible and when possible, please categorize your posts or leave helpful tags.
Happy Reading. Happy Blogging. Happy #UgBlogMonth