I’m Lost…FAQ

Do I have to have a blog?

Short answer: YES

Here’s why:  You have to have a place to write up how you’re doing on your goals that you can link to each week on the Check-in Linky so that your fellow ROWers can come visit and leave you encouragement.  Tweets, Facebook updates, and the like don’t work well for this purpose.

That being said, nobody said you have to have a popular blog or even one that’s going to show up in search engines.  A lot of people resist the notion of having one at all because they don’t want to keep it up.  I’ll leave it to Kristen Lamb and her We Are Not Alone: A Writer’s Guide To Social Media to convince you of why it’s never too early to start your platform and why you, as a writer today need a blog (it’s an awesome instructive book and you should read it).  I’ll just say that for the purposes of ROW80, there is nothing in the world wrong with starting a free blog at WordPress or Blogger for the express purpose of providing your updates.

What is a linky?

At the end of every sign up, goals, or check-in post is a line that says “Click here to enter your link…”  Click it.  This will take you to the linky for that post, where you enter the specific link to your  goals post or check-in post so that everybody can find you.  WordPress does not allow javascript, which is why you must click the link to go to the linky site rather than seeing it embedded directly into the post.   It is also set up as a blog hop–this means that if you are so inclined, you can nab the code from the linky page to add to your own post so that people can hop from one blog to the next without having to go back to the ROW80 blog.

I missed the sign up.

Not a problem.  We’re a friendly bunch.  Just write up your goals and link to them on the most recent check-in linky.  Jump in any time.

When is ROW80?

ROW80 runs 4 times a year, beginning the first Monday in January, April, July, and October.

39 comments

  1. Just a quick comment here – round 4 actually begins the first week in October… Or maybe I am living in the future and have just figured this out?

    This comment may be deleted before it self-destructs, after you investigate which month it actually is now……

  2. Oh, my. I think this is brilliant. I run a contest in the summer, but would love to come and join you all during the year. I’m going to put this on my sidebar. 1k a day is a great goal for me to have, which seems like what you are shooting for during row 80. Thanks so much for this great competitive writing scheme!!

    1. That depends entirely on what kind of blog you have. Each type usually has its own image widget or gadget in which you past the link to the image (right click on image, save image location). Or you can look up basic html image code and use that in a text box.

  3. Um…I’m a little unclear (which might have something to do with the sugar overload from the really scrumptious stuffed French Toast I just consumed, bad, Kathi!) do I need to do the linky thing every time I post an update on my blog? Or did I take care of it when I signed up and don’t need to linky again?

  4. Hate to be dense, but I SOO need this kind of nudge. However, when I follow the link to sign up, it says, “This linky is now closed.” I thought we could jump in whenever? Am I just doing something wrong?
    Thanks!

  5. So, I’m still trying to figure out this linky thing. :) I should start now and then something happens on the Wednesday check -in…right? Ummm…what happens on the Wednesday check in?
    (I’ve already apologized for being dense, right?)

      1. Thanks for being so patient! I did go ahead and write up my intent on my blog. My problem was that the first Linky thing I found, said it was closed. So I found the one just before the comments section in the Sunday Check in page (http://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/tag/check-in/ ) But it’s not up, so I’m not sure I’m right.

        I know I’m probably being ridiculously anal about this, so I will wait and see if it’s all clear when tomorrow’s check in rolls around.

        Or if there’s an open Linky URL that I should upload my Intent blogpost to, please just paste it here?

    1. No. The entire point of blogs is that anyone can visit and comment. We are not tying the challenge to any particular social media platform because some people are on none of them and few are on all of them.

    1. I haven’t posted the sign up linky for Round 4 just yet (it doesn’t start until Monday), but when it goes up, you’ll just link to your goals post on your own blog.

  6. I am going to participate in ROW80. I have a general idea of what my goal is. But I think that i may have to forgo the linky thing.

    I may need to stock up on M&Ms and coffee

  7. Ok, I’ve been doing ROW80 for a year and a half now. I have a dumb question for you. Each Round starts on a Monday, and 80 days later ends on a Thursday. Right? So why are we asked to post out blog and link it on Sundays and Wednesdays? I always miss the the opening and closing of each Round because I just always post on Sundays and Wednesdays. Anybody else have trouble with that?

    1. It’s not, like, a scheduled kind of thing. The check in linkys post on Sunday and Wednesday. You can link to them at any point while they’re open. I picked Sunday because it’s the end of the week when people might think about it and Wednesday because it was the middle.

    1. There’s nothing hard about it. When the new round begins on Monday, you will write up your post with goals and link to it in the linky provided. We are currently between rounds.

    2. There’s no permission needed or some special page. You just jump in if you want to by writing up your goals and linking to them on the most recent linky (unless we are between rounds as now).

  8. I’ve submitted a blog post with my goals in the recent Linky. :) But question, do blogs have to be wordpress or blogger because anyone can comment? My blog accepts anonymous comments, but generally need an account or an openID if you want to be identified.

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