I was chatting about this with an online writer friend recently. She has decided to cease participation in Blogfests in 2013 as an experiment. She wants to see if her follower count changes dramatically by just her own work.
The reason is because people aren't participating in Blogfests in the manner for which they were designed. Remember Karen Gowan's BBQ from a few years back? It was insane fun. I think I gained forty new followers that day. It was the perfect way to introduce yourself to other writers.
Now there are just so many Blogfests, it's hard to know which, if any, to do. One day last month there were five running consecutively. And some people are registering, but there is no dedicated post on their website, they don't follow and comment back in the spirit of the event, and you just end up thinking why did they bother?
I don't take part in many, just the ones I know I can really dedicate my time to, so I won't withdraw completely, but I do think Blogfests have lost their impetuous.
Do you think there are too many?