Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Introducing: The Blog Baton

I've been really excited to share this project with you for a while now, and it's finally time! 

At the beginning of the summer, I was introduced to RDU Baton, an Instagram account for Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas. Every day, a different resident "holds the baton" and Instagrams their life in and around Raleigh via the RDU Baton account. I thought it was the most brilliant idea as well as a fantastic way to learn new things about this ever-changing city. I held the baton two weeks ago, and you can check out my recap here.

Not only have I enjoyed following the Instagram account and learning about how other people spend their time in the city I've called home for almost 25 years, but it also sparked an idea: What if there was a Blog Baton?

So I decided to make one.

Here are the deets:

Every Tuesday, a different blogger will take over the Blog Baton Instagram account just for that day. Instead of this baton being city-specific and a way to learn about places and things in a particular area, this will be a way to learn about YOU and things in YOUR life and on YOUR blog. Take pictures throughout your day, share interests, do an OOTD, show us your morning Starbucks or your fresh manicure, share the Pinterest recipe your cooked for dinner...whatever! The choice is yours. This is a way for you and your blog to reach more people in this community of ours. Edit: Due to the amazing response The Blog Baton has gotten, starting Monday, October 14, it will switch to three days a week and occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Starting in December, it will be every weekday.

Excited yet?


DO follow Mason...Like The Jar via GFC or Bloglovin and @TheBlogBaton on Twitter and Instagram so you can be up to date on everything that's happening and follow along!

DO tell your Blog, Twitter, and Instagram followers you'll be posting there for the day. If the 
word gets out and the Blog Baton following increases, it means more exposure
for YOU and more fun Instagrammers and bloggers to check out!

DO post consistently throughout the day, but please no more than 10 photos.
We don't want to blow anyone up. I think we all know how annoying it is
when one person blows up our Instagram feeds ;)

DO share your life and your interests with us. I would love to make this project
as fun and diverse as we can. Ideally, I would love to have all kinds of bloggers with
all kinds of specialties and styles so there's something for everyone. 

DO be yourself, and let your photos reflect your blog and personal style.

DO play with filters and other editing apps, but please keep multi-photo
 collages and selfies to a minimum (one or two selfies is okay 
though...I mean, we're bloggers).

DO caption and sign your photos. Use as many hashtags as you would like and
describe your photos with as much detail as you feel necessary. And sign your
photos with "Photo by @{yourusername}"

DO share links to your blog!

DO recap your Blog Baton experience on your blog and spread the word!

DON'T post any questionable or inappropriate content. This means no profanity or
nudity. Let's keep this fun and light and PG. {Alcoholic beverage posts, however,
are obviously welcome and encouraged. Who do you think I am??} Blog Baton reserves
the right to remove any photo that does not follow these rules.

DON'T follow or unfollow anyone using the Blog Baton account. But please do follow

DON'T change any of the @TheBlogBaton Instagram account settings.

DON'T post videos. Let's just keep this about photos for now.

DON'T post screenshots. But please post an image from your blog post
for that day if you feel so inclined.

Sign Up!

To sign up, please email me at theblogbaton@gmail.com and include the following:

1. Your name
2. Your blog URL
3. Your Instagram username

I'll set you up with a date on a first come, first served basis.

The day before you hold the baton, I will email you with the Blog Baton account information so you can gain access and start posting!

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over and follow @TheBlogBaton on Instagram and check out all the shenanigans! And come say hi to me at my personal Instagram account @MasonLikeTheJar while you're at it :)

I'm so excited to see how awesome we're going to make this!

P.S. The first two people to sign up get a free month of ad space so...just sayin' ;)

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  1. Emailed you! This sounds like fun!

  2. What a great idea! You're gifs are spot on too!

  3. Ummmm this is a brilliant idea! I would love to join in on the fun. :)

  4. Great idea! Emailing you right now!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  5. What a GREAT idea! I'm emailing you now!


  6. Best blogging idea ever! So excited!


  7. Love this! So awesome that you're bringing the baton to blogging!!

  8. Love this!

  9. Just found this through I Wore Yoga Pants to Work... and this is such a great idea! Following your blog and emailing you right now!

  10. This is so awesome! I am a new follower and definitely going to sign up for this!



  11. This is super cool! I just recently moved to Raleigh so learning about that is really awesome as well.


  12. Just found out about this, and I think it's so creative and brilliant! Awesome!


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