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Blog Chain

(NOTE: To participate in the blog chain, you must be twenty years old or younger. This chain is meant to bring teen writers together, so it doesn’t quite work if you’re not in that age range. Sorry!)

So how does the blog chain work? We’ll assign a topic for the next month’s chain in a blog post that usually goes live toward the end of the month (often about the 25th). To sign up for the chain, all you have to do is comment on the announcement post with a link to your blog and any days that don’t work for you, and I’ll assign you a date to post your response on. (Although, if it ends up that you’re away on the only day we have left, you can always write your post in advance and schedule it to publish automatically.) The goal of the chain is to help you meet new teen bloggers/writers from all across the interwebs, so be sure to visit others’ posts so that they can do the same for you.

When does the blog chain start? All of our blog chains begin on the 5th of the month and end on different dates, depending on how many people sign up (but they usually run to about the 22nd). The last day to enter the chain is on the 3rd, the same day that month’s blog chain schedule will be posted at the bottom this page. We’d love it if you could include the schedule at the end of your response to the prompt so that all of us can find each other and cross promote.

For those of you who are interested, here’s a roundup of the topics:

May 2015: “What is your greatest weakness as a writer? What’s your greatest strength?”

April 2015: “Write a letter to a fictional couple.”

March 2015: “What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?”

February 2015: “How does music relate to your writing?”

January 2015: “What is something you feel is generally written well in fiction? What is something you feel is generally written poorly?”

December 2014: “What works of fiction had taught you by example and what have they taught you?”

November 2014: “Use pictures and individual words to show what, to you, is the essence of being a teenager.”

September 2014: “What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?”

August 2014: “What characters are you most like?”

July 2014: “What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started writing?”

June 2014: “What are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptions? Would you one day want your book made into a movie, or probably not?”

May 2014: “What kinds of published books would you like to see more of?”

January 2014: “If you could co-write a book with one author–living or not–who would it be and what would the book be about?”

December 2013: “Which fictional world would you most like to be a part of, and what role do you think you would fulfill within it?”

July 2013: “Take any character from one of your books and put them in a therapy session. Write a short scene about what happens.”

June 2013: “How have both the people in your life and your own personal experiences impacted your writing? Do you ever base characters off of people you know?”

May 2013: “What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?”

April 2013: “What is your ultimate goal as a writer?”

March 2013: “Write a letter to an antagonist.”

February 2013: “Choose one self-published book to read and talk about your experience with it.”

January 2013:  “Is there one particular book that changed your life? If so, why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?”

October 2012: “What are you writing for NaNoWriMo? Briefly explain how this book idea come about. Then write a mock first page for the novel.”

September 2012: “How much does setting affect your novels and stories? What are some of your favorite ways to portray setting?”

August 2012: ““Write a retelling of your favorite fairytale, myth, or legend.”

July 2012: “How has writing affected your perception of the world?”

June 2012: “Let’s face it; we all judge books by their covers. What kind of covers grab you? Why? Be sure to use examples of your favorite book covers.”

May 2012: “Why do you write?”

April 2012: “What are your writers’ habits and eccentricities?”

March 2012: “Choose your favorite of any of your own characters and conduct a ten-question interview with him or her.”

February 2012: “What are your thoughts on romance for your typical genre? Do you tend to have a little, a lot, or none at all?”

January 2012: “What are examples of books you’ve thrown across the room? Why did you throw them?”

December 2011: “How do you develop and relate to your characters?”

November 2011: “What are the wackiest search terms anyone has ever used to find your blog?”

October 2011: “What is the first thing you ever wrote of your own free will?”


47 comments on “Blog Chain

  1. Miriam Joy
    October 11, 2011

    Ah yes, I need not to forget about this! What day of the week am I again? Is that a Friday, or a Saturday?

    • Allegra
      October 11, 2011

      October 15 is a Saturday. Can’t wait to see what you write for the chain!

      • Miriam Joy
        October 12, 2011

        I’ve already written it! And I’m trying to persuade my blog to post it on Saturday without my having to go on the computer, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s worked. It may randomly appear today.

      • Miriam Joy
        October 12, 2011

        Nope, would appear to have worked. Hooray! I kind of went off topic a bit, ha ha ha.

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  9. tomte
    December 3, 2011

    Oooooh, I can’t wait to see what all you bloggers come up with!!! :)

  10. tomte
    December 3, 2011


    There’s a spelling error on one of the blogs for the December Blog Chain!!!!

    Instead of herebefairies.wordpress.com

    It’s herebefaries.wordpress.com.

    Hope ya address this before December 12…….

    Thank you!

    • Allegra
      December 4, 2011

      Thanks for the correction. I’ll get right on that.

      • tomte
        December 5, 2011

        You’re welcome. Just didn’t want loads of people going to the wrong site. :)

  11. tomte
    February 22, 2012

    this is a seemingly random thing, and I should save it for my blog posts, but is there any reason why you start the blog chain on the fifth every month? Just curious :)

  12. Tomorrow's Song
    March 5, 2012

    Wonderful! I’m looking forward to this! Question though- I think you have the prompt from February listed as this month’s (March) prompt.

  13. nevillegirl
    May 10, 2012

    May I join?

    • nevillegirl
      May 10, 2012
    • John Hansen
      May 10, 2012

      Hi! Thanks for your interest, but the chain has already begun and it’s too late to enter for this month. However, if you come back on May 21st you can join the June blog chain.

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  15. dreamsinsong
    June 19, 2012

    I’d just like to say that I’m REALLY sorry for not getting my blog post (realityisimaginary) up until today! It’s up now, if you have 5 minutes to read it. I’d really appreciate it. Again, I’m sorry to anyone who checked my blog yesterday only to find a placeholder post!

  16. Skye/Maggie
    June 19, 2012

    Would it be possible for me to participate in the July chain?


    • Maggie
      June 19, 2012

      UGH. Sorry, WordPress messed up my info. My name is Maggie, not Skye/Maggie.

    • Allegra Davis
      June 22, 2012

      Of course! Sign-up for July’s chain officially opens up tomorrow, June 23rd. Check back then for the announcement of July’s theme. You might also want to comment there to remind me to put you on the schedule.

  17. Reese
    July 7, 2012

    Feel kind of duty-bound to write this. The approaching monsoon in my country is kinda making the internet connection unpredictable in my house, and we don’t usually go out (and school, obviously, does not allow people to edit their blogs on their computers). I’m not sure when it’ll not be unpredictible….I’ll still try to post it up on the eleventh, but I’m not sure if I can. -Reese (Scribbling Beyond the Margins)

    • John Hansen
      July 7, 2012

      Hey! If you write your post now, you know you can set it up so WordPress auto-posts it on your date, right? I’d do that if I were you and if you don’t know how, I can help you out. :) If that doesn’t work for you, don’t worry about it. Just post whenever you can.

      • Reese
        July 7, 2012

        Wow. I didn’t know that. Can you tell me how? I’ll upload it in the brief instances of time I have connection. :)

    • John Hansen
      July 8, 2012

      (It won’t let me reply to your below comment, so I’m replying here instead.) Click on your post so you can edit it. Look to the top right gray box. Go to “Publish” (NOT the blue “publish,” but the one to the left of the blue button that has “immediately” in bold after it). Then go to “Edit” and then choose a time and date for the post to go live. When you’re done click “OK” and then the BLUE “publish” button should change to “Schedule.” Click it. And then you’re good.

      • Reese
        July 8, 2012

        Thanks. :)

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  22. hithere298
    August 13, 2012

    I am sorry, but I am on vacation with barely any Internet connection, so I won’t be able to do the blog chain this month. I hope it won’t cause any problems.

  23. booksarebetterthandiamonds
    August 17, 2012

    Hey guys, is it okay if I post a retelling I made on my blog even though I’m not officially part of the August chain?

    • John Hansen
      October 4, 2012

      Hmm, I never responded to this? Sorry! And yes, it’s totally okay! You’re welcome to link back to us, but you obviously don’t have to. :)

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  25. Hey, I just wrote my post for tomorrow, and I saw that note about the schedule. This is going to sound dumb, but do you really not want us to include it? I just clicked on the links to blogs I’d never been on, and they worked just fine.

    Sorry for asking a dumb question, I just wanted to make sure.

    • John Hansen
      October 4, 2012

      Oh, I meant that the people who commented with broken links aren’t in the schedule; everyone in the schedule has a working link. What do you mean not want to include it? I want you to include the schedule in the post, obviously, just not the last paragraph.

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  27. nevillegirl
    November 4, 2012

    *pokes* We need the list of participants for November!

    • John Hansen
      November 4, 2012

      Eeek! Sorry. I only just got back power. They’re up now!

    • nevillegirl
      November 5, 2012

      *facepalms* I didn’t even think of that, sorry! I don’t live on the East Coast so it slipped my mind…

  28. Fida Islaih
    January 5, 2013

    We need a list of participants for January.

  29. Miriam Joy
    January 6, 2013

    John – you’ve put the participants up but you haven’t changed the prompt intro for January. That may cause confusion!

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