Welcome to The Pagan Blog Project 2013!
What is The Pagan Blog Project? (The Short Answer)
This project is a way to spend a full year dedicating time each week very specifically to studying, reflecting, and sharing your spiritual and magickal path. The project consists of a single blog post each week posted on your blog each Friday for the year of 2012 that will involve a topic that relates to Paganism, Witchcraft, magick, spirituality, and so on. You can use your posts to share your views on a topic, to talk about your own personal experiences, or to act as a catalyst to research a subject that you may not know much about and then share what you learn and how you feel about that. Each week there is a specific prompt for you to work with in writing your post, a prompt that will focus on a letter of the alphabet each week providing you a framework for your writing as well as a common thread for all participants to share in.
Now, the details…
When would I be doing these blog posts?
In order to keep a feeling of togetherness and community on this project, we’ll all post our Pagan Blog Project post of the week on the same day, which will be Fridays. Naturally you can write your post when it’s convenient for you, but we’ll all post our writing on Friday’s together. Our first post for 2013 will be on January 4, 2013.
How do I know what to write about?
In order to keep everyone working together and to stay on track with the project there is a structure of prompts with what to post about and when. The Pagan Blog Project is set up in a bit of a unique way. Each week there will be a post to the page that will prompt you in your writing; the key to each post is focus on the topics of Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Goddess spirituality, the occult, metaphysics, and so on.
Rather than giving you a specific topic to write about, and as a way to make these posts more personal to you and your path, we’ll be working with a letter each week. There are 26 letters in the alphabet and 52 weeks in the year. That means we’ll use the same letter for two weeks. We’ll start with the letter A for two weeks, then for two week’s you’ll do posts with topics that start with the letter B, and so on.
Here’s an example of how this will work. The first post will be done on Friday, January 4th. The letter for the week will be A. You could write about things such as:
and so on…
Let’s say you decided to write about altars. You could share pictures of your altar, talk about how and why you arrange your altar like you do, or what it was like when you created your first altar. If you feel called to explore altars in more of an academic way you could do research on the use of altars through history and share what you have learned and how it might have changed your view of your own altar. If you are new to the Craft and you’re still working on figuring out your first altar you can use this post as a way to explore your thoughts and ideas about altars as well as share your questions about them. Through comments on your post you may get helpful information and advice.
Then on the next A week you can pick another topic that starts with an A to write about, or if you feel that you haven’t quite finished your topic from the week before you can keep working on that. Ideally you’ll have the chance to explore 52 different topics over the course of the year but how you do decide to work with this is up to you.
Do I have to follow this structure? Can I write about something else?
There are a few ways that you could work with this to stay with the Project structure while still having some freedom to try other things.
- On the first week of the two weeks you could write on a topic that starts with the letter of the week. On the second week of that same letter you could write about something that maybe doesn’t start with that letter but that relates to your post from the previous week.
- You could also only write once for each letter rather than twice. Some people have found this to be ideal so they can really hone their work in their one post and allows them to use their time better.
What if I run out of ideas?
Ah, not to worry! You can also seek inspiration from two different parts of the Project.
- The community forums
- Weekly prompt posts
The forums can be found here. Join in and get to know your fellow Pagan bloggers and bounce ideas off one another!
Subscribe to the blog by RSS or email so you can receive weekly topic suggestions based on the letter of the week. You can sign up to receive the posts through email in the sidebar to the right or add the feed to your RSS reader.
What if I do a video blog?
You can do it this way too! Post your videos on Friday’s with “Pagan Blog Project” as part of the title and you share your thoughts through video posts!
I’m still really new to Wicca/Paganism/Witchcraft. Can I still do this?
Not only can you, it’s ideal for you! If you’re new to the Craft this project will be a great way for you to study and explore the path with purpose and intention on a regular basis. This can help you not only grow in your practice and understanding of the Craft but also give you a sense of routine with regular practice and study.
Another way that the Pagan Blog Project will be helpful for beginners is by giving you a jump-start at creating a Book of Shadows. Many beginners want to create a BoS straight away but don’t know how or where to start. At the end of the year you’ll have 52 items that you can print out or transfer to another medium to use as either the beginning of or an addition to your BoS!
Great, I love it! How do I sign up?
- Click on the 2013 Pagan Bloggers tab to list your blog for the Project. Follow the simple instructions in the link generator to add yourself to the Project.
- Join the Forums. Introduce yourself and your blog to everyone in the group.
- Grab one of the buttons or banners below and post it to your blog!
Right click and select “Save As” to save the picture to your computer. Then upload it to your own website or blog and link it back to this page (http://www.paganblogproject.com).
- Tag your posts! When you post your weekly post as part of the Pagan Blog Project, be sure to tag it as “Pagan Blog Project”. If you share your posts on Twitter be sure to use the hashtag #PaganBlogProject.
Welcome to the Pagan Blog Project 2013!! May your year be blessed and magickal!