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Contests & Activities: January 09, 2019 Issue [#9324]




 This week: The Key to Success!
  Edited by: Sara♥Jean
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The Key to Success!

Here are some tips to make your activity or contest successful every time.


If you look around the site on any given month, there are more contests and activities going on than one can count. If you'd like to add your own contest or activity into the bunch, you need to be sure your activity stands out among the crowd. You also want to make sure it's an activity you can manage without too much of a struggle, because... well, we will get to that in a moment.

*Bullet* DON'T DO IT ALONE
Things happen. Life happens. Work happens. Everything happens. And never at a convenient time. The last thing you want to do is have an amazing activity or contest going, and then it all fizzles because something happens and you cannot keep up with the demands. Get as much help as you need for judging, maintenance, etc. Whatever needs to be done, take your excellent idea to your friends, and ask for help - before you get started. (That way you aren't scrambling for volunteers after everything is going and an emergency happens.)

*Bullet* HAVE CLEAR RULES
Have clear and concise rules mapped out before you begin. Have someone read through them and look for loopholes. Do you find something that needs to be changed? If you've already posted and opened the activity or contest, you should not change them for that round. It is not fair for those who are preparing. BUT... you can chalk it up to a learning experience, and for the next round, you can change them.

*Bullet* MAKE THE WORK MANAGEABLE FOR YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
Only you know how much you can handle. Some activities are a lot of work over a long period of time. If you are intending to do an activity that involves daily updating of forums, gobs of emails, offline trackers, etc., make sure ahead of time that you have the necessary time and energy to put in to keep track of everything. If you do not have the sort of time necessary to manage this type of activity, but still want to do something for the community, consider donating to an existing activity or contest, or running a different activity that is not so time intensive.

*Bullet* BE ORGANIZED
Running a contest or activity is the worst time to "wing it". Make sure you have judges, volunteers, rules, spreadsheets, formulas... anything you might need lined up ahead of time. Including back up people, just in case those you had lined up originally have something come up and need to back out.

*Bullet* BE RELIABLE
If you say you're going to do something, do it. If the contest is supposed to be judged within a week of closing, then that needs to happen. Now, if there are reasons this cannot happen, communicating with those that are affected by it is usually sufficient - but the key is communication. (For example, if you are expecting between 5 - 10 entries, and receive 50, you are going to need more time to judge.)

Show that you are reliable, and you will have people entering again and again. Your contest and activity will grow in popularity and you will RULE THE WEBS... yeah, no you won't, but you will do well.

*Bullet* UNDERSTAND THAT NOT EVERY ROUND GOES PERFECTLY

Sometimes, there aren't many entries. Sometimes, everything falls apart. Sometimes you wish you'd never opened the contest or activity at all. Don't let it discourage you - try again. Learn from every experience. There are a million reasons it can go wrong, including being the wrong time of year, a prompt that just didn't grab people's attention, advertising that just didn't get out there - anything could have happened. Just take a deep breath, and try again.


I hope these tips are helpful, and wish you the best of luck!



Here are some currently running contests and activities. Don't forget to join in!

 
FORUM
Show, Don't Tell Contest  (18+)
Show Don't Tell Contest Message Forum
#2162666 by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈


FORUM
Early to Bed, Early to Rise Challenge  (13+)
A challenge to help inspire earlier bed and waking times and other healthy habits
#2165720 by PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace


 
FORUM
Plot Support - Results announced!  (ASR)
Contest. The plot in a supportive role.
#2178046 by Thankful Sonali WDC POWER!


FORUM
Tweet Me a Story  (18+)
Write me a story or poem in the equivalent space of an 'old-school' tweet-140 characters.
#2040737 by Sally


FORUM
The Taboo Words Contest  (13+)
create writing that has wings
#2139468 by DancingPen


FORUM
The Prompt Me Contest  (13+)
The simplest contest ever! Send me a prompt, I pick a winner! Please read all the rules!
#2000519 by Cubby~Back Home!

 
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