Do I have to have a blog?
Short answer: No BUT still preferred
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 post in our Facebook Group 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. If all you’re reporting is a word count then posting a comment directly in the thread is fine, but the group is NOT the place for a blog post length report. So keep your blog.
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.
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 post in our Facebook Group. Jump in any time.
When is ROW80?
ROW80 runs 4 times a year, beginning the first Monday in January, April, July, and October.