It’s August, and that means it’s time to start thinking about Sci-Fi Month 2016! This year, Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow is joining me once again, as my lovely co-host.
Now, onto the finer details…
What is Sci-Fi Month?
Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event, that I hosted for the first time in 2013, created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms. It was such a success – and I honestly wasn’t expecting that many people to join in – that people were already asking in December whether it would be held again the next year! It happened again in 2014, co-hosted by Oh, the Books!, and again in 2015, when Lisa came on board.
Sci-Fi Month has a schedule that all participants can add to, meaning everyone can clearly see what is being posted each day. This also encourages participants to comment on and visit other blogs. More information on adding to the schedule below.
When is Sci-Fi Month?
Sci-Fi Month happens all November long, and takes place online – through each participant’s blog, Twitter feed, and other social media websites.
Who can participate?
Anyone! Bloggers, authors, readers, publishers – the first year saw over fifty bloggers, twenty-five authors and three publishers taking part regularly, as well as plenty more commenting, Tweeting, discussing and sharing the love for sci-fi, and this has only increased each year since. Even if you’re not a blogger, you’re taking part just by reading, commenting and Tweeting!
How can I sign up?
- Fill in the Google form
- Follow the official Twitter account, @SciFiMonth, for regular updates
- Get to know your fellow participants by viewing the list at the bottom of the page
- Start preparing for Sci-Fi Month 2016!
As with last year, there is no deadline for signing up – if you only learn about the event halfway through November, you’re more than welcome to join!
What sorts of things should I post for the event?
Let your imagination run wild! If it involves science fiction, then post about it! Last year, we had all kinds of activity, including:
- quizzes and puzzles
- bingo cards
- top ten/favorite lists
And it doesn’t have to be books. We had so many posts on TV shows, films, video games and all different kinds of things last year. You can see more information on post types etc here.
How do I add my posts to the schedule?
We are continuing to use the Google Docs spreadsheet. Everyone adds their own details, which makes it much easier for everyone. There are tabs for different post types, and details entered include post date, title, author, link to post etc – and these can be added at any time, even before the post has gone up, or several days after if you forget.
You can find the schedule spreadsheet here.
Is there a hashtag I can use to promote the event?
Are there any official Sci-Fi Month graphics I can use on my blog?
Yes, please feel free to use the new ones for this year, graphics from previous years, or make your own.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
You can view a list of all participants here. I’m not having much luck with any Linky sites this year, so I’ve resorted to a Google Doc!