What is Blaugust? 2023 Edition
I jumped right into the previous post without actually explaining Blaugust. So... what is it? Blaugust is an excuse to get people blogging... in August. Hence, Blaugust!
I'm not the best person to pitch it, but Blaugust is put on by a long time friend of mine, Belghast. Here's what he had to say about Blaugust for the 2023 kickoff:
Blaugust is a month-long event that takes place in August each year that focused on blogging and other serialized content. The goal is to stoke the fires of creativity and allow bloggers and other content creators to mingle in a shared community while pushing each other to post more regularly. For years blogging has been dwindling, and in part, Blaugust was my attempt and reversing that course by compiling a bunch of veteran bloggers in one place and making it super easy to ask questions and get answers. The idea is that this festival of blogging can help reignite dwindling fires for the next year and give folks a sense of kinship as a result. Each year has taken slightly different forms and shifted to include more than just blogs, but the core mission is always the same. In this year of corporate internet staples seeming a little less sturdy, it is all the more important that each of us carve our own homes that we can call our own… that gives us a sense of permanence.
Honestly, the most appealing thing to me about Blaugust is the sense of community. When I started blogging (almost 15 years ago) there was a vibrant blogging community that had all sorts of interactions. Google Reader helped foster the sense of community and gave a common platform to grow on. But, Google Reader was killed off and Social Media has been on the rise ever since.
This event gives a once-per-year boost to the community aspect of blogging, and I love that about it.
It's not too late to join! Feel free to sign up over at Belghast's site!