I don’t know about you, but I LOVE monthly-wrap up posts! I can’t possibly read every post from every blog that I would like to (trust me, there are hundreds of you out there that I would like to do that for), but I CAN read lots of wrap-up posts and then go and check out posts that specifically interest me that I didn’t originally see. That way I feel like I’m not missing out. It’s perfect!
BUT I often miss people’s wrap-ups, too. Even though I try to keep my eye out for them at the end of the month, I KNOW there are plenty of posts that I miss. And this makes me sad. The solution? A Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, of course! If we have a place to link up all of our month-end posts, then we won’t miss out on what’s been happening on each other’s blogs. To make things even more fun, I thought I’d add in a monthly giveaway, too.
So, here’s the plan. Every month, at the end of the month, I’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your wrap-up summarizes your month in some way.
Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.
Anyone can participate in the giveaway – you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate.
I also plan to turn it into a fun scavenger hunt type game by allowing Random.org to choose some of the posts and creating specific giveaway entries for those posts (for instance, I might ask, “What was so-and-so’s favorite book she read in July?” or something similar). I figure this will be a fun way to engage people in our monthly happenings!
If you don’t already post a monthly wrap-up, I highly recommend it! Here are a few things that you could include (you could choose some/all of these or just use one or two!):
- Books you’ve reviewed over the past month (with a listing of ratings and links to the actual reviews, if you can manage it).
- Your top posts for the month.
- Any other discussions/events posted that month.
- Your favorite discussions/events on other people’s blogs.
- Anything that happened in your life personally that month (this could be anything – events attended, movies you saw, special days, new music you discovered – sky’s the limit).
- Your favorite book of the month.
- Any other fun info you want to include! (Progress on challenges, giveaways won, favorite books received – anything you can think of!)
Want to help?
I’m also looking for bloggers who might be interested in helping out by sponsoring a month of the round-up and helping out with that month’s games and giveaway. I already have a couple of people interested, but I’m not announcing anything until it’s official. If you’re interested in finding out more about joining us, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. The more the merrier!
Another way you can help is by sharing with your friends so they’ll know to join us! You can tweet using #WrapUpRoundUp
The July Link-up
Be sure to link up your July month end posts here! And watch for the giveaway, which will be posted on August 9th!