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Awesome Blogfest Coming - Save the Date!

Have you ever interacted with someone for months on the blogosphere, only to discover you hadn't ever bothered to follow them on social media?

I have. And it makes me feel like a total fool.

That was the inspiration for this blogfest. :)

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by Carrie Butler

To celebrate the launch of Carrie Butler's new business that opens early next month, I planned a blogfest to run the week of September 23rd. You can pick the day that best suits your schedule. :)

What's the theme?
The name says it all.

Follow Fest is about writers making connections with other writers.
  • This bloghop will run for 5 days. 
  • Participants will create and launch a blog post that tells a little about themselves and what they write and lists all their social media follow options in one place.
  • Writers of all kinds are welcome (fiction, nonfiction...).
  • Once Follow Fest begins, you can hop around to as many blogs as you likemeet other writers, find out more about them, and connect with them using the follow options of your choice.
  • There will even be prizes! :D

This fest is not as elaborate as one of Rach's campaigns, but it'll be a great opportunity to widen your circle of friends and build your platform.

For all the details, go to the Follow Fest page on my blog.
You can find it here.

You can follow Follow Fest on Twitter using the hashtag #FollowFest13.

Oh! And consider putting the blog button in your sidebar.
You can link it directly to this post.


 Details of @MelissaMaygrove's mystery #bloghop finally revealed! 
If you're a #writer, check it out! #FollowFest13  (click to tweet)

Writers: Bummed about Rach's platform building campaign being cancelled?
@MelissaMaygrove has a solution. #FollowFest13 (click to tweet)

Know a #blogging #writer who's lonely and needs to meet writer friends?
Send them here: #FollowFest13 Please RT. :)
(click to tweet)


  1. Interesting idea. Should be a good way to get to know people better.

  2. That's a very good idea. I'll click on the link and check it out. :) Dragon hugs!

  3. The week after my book release - I might be able to participate!

  4. What a great idea! I will definitely check it out.

  5. Count me in. This does sound awesome and a nice way to really get to know people more intimately.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

  6. Thanks to all of you for your support and kind words. I hope to see you all on the Linkies! :)

  7. Sounds like a fantastic idea to connect with other writers.

  8. I love this idea! I will keep my eye out for it when I have access to my comp.

  9. What a great idea! I know I'm not connected with a lot of my bloggy friends...

  10. Good idea! I do pretty good at following on FB, but I'm terrible with twitter. I need to get caught up on that! Thanks for the reminder!

  11. I love this idea, and yes this has happened to me often. Mostly in the beginning when I didn't even know you were meant to reciprocate the follows!

  12. An excellent idea!
    I've noticed that while some bloggers like to interact via blog posts, others prefer the FB or Twitter connection.
    Writer In Transit

  13. Sounds like a wonderful idea. I can think of a few people I come across from time to time, but for some reason I don't interact with them much or get around to following.

  14. This is a wonderful idea. I'm definitely in and looking forward to it. :)

  15. Sounds great. Although I had a moment of anxiety when I thought the blogfest was scheduled for AUGUST instead of September. Whew!

  16. Very good idea! And I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one guilty of this! I always feel bad when I suddenly find someone on twitter that I should have been following forever ago! :)

  17. What a fabulous idea, Melissa!! I have to admit, I'm soooo guilty of this. Unintentionally, of course.

  18. What a fun idea. I've totally done this too, mostly with Twitter. And it does make you feel a little dumb. :)

  19. I've just found your blog through Alex Cavanaugh and think this is a great idea. I'll be signing up!

  20. I'm down for Monday :)

    Will write a post Wednesday to help support you in this awesome drive:)

    Cheers, Melissa:)

  21. Hi Melissa! I'd love to participate. Count me in!

  22. Heard about this from Carol Kilgore -- great idea! And I'm in.

  23. This is a great idea and I love it and I'm in and I am also absolutely going to forget by the time we hit September so will you please remind me great thanks all done with my run-on sentence now :)

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  25. Bit late to this party, but I'll be participating. Must attempt to be more social with this blog thing... Gah! @_@

  26. Sounds like fun! Thank you for organizing this!

  27. We sold our house and I don't have time to participate, but I tweeted!

  28. I'll definitely signing up for this. I enjoy meeting new people and this seems like a good way to start forming new friendships! :)


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