Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for... A to Z Blogfest!

A is for... April's A to Z Blogging Challenge!

Okay, maybe this first post is cheating a little bit, but I feel like I need to introduce this concept and explain what I'm going to be doing this month.

For 26 days in April (not including Sundays) I'll be posting a blog for each letter of the alphabet. It sounded like a simple enough concept when I signed up, but as the month drew closer it became more daunting. 26 posts in a month? Like, every day? Ooohhh....

But I'm in excellent company for this blogfest - there are literally hundreds of people participating by either blogging or stalking those bloggers, which sounds a little creepy as I type it but it really isn't. I don't think. Well, anyway, it's not supposed to be creepy. It's supposed to be fun.

Are you signed up? Are you blogging every day? Are you nervous about making it all the way from A to Z?

Click on the icon above, or in the left column of my blog, to go see the Master List of participants and make sure to see how other bloggers are handling this challenge. Millions of bloggers, or at least almost 700, are signed up for this challenge!!! I even know of a few who are going to try posting poems for each letter - which sounds way harder than just chatting!

So enjoy April's A through Z... hoping to make it all the way!

Oh, and P.S. (neither of which are related to A, but who cares?)...

Did you notice the cool buttons up in the left column under the A to Z box?? I snagged them from Marcus at Writing Investigated - he created and posted to code to share with everyone who's participating. If you click on the "get the code" it'll take you to his page to... get the code. Pretty Cool!

50 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Neat cheat! If my A-Z pant elastic holds out I'll make it to Z: not sure who Z is at the mo!

    best
    F

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  2. The fun begins! Loved the way you cheated a little for today's post.

    Ellie Garratt

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  3. Ha! It's not cheating. Anything goes for the next 26 days! LOL

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  4. Clever! I like it...I think we all have to do what we all have to do to get to the end...which is zed by the way!
    Jan Morrison - clickable signature

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  5. Happy A-Z! That's a good way to start. I'm on it too, and have done A. It's B I'm worried about!

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  6. A good start. Here we go. Let's go hopp'n.
    Manzanita
    Wanna buy a duck

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  7. Katie--I'm blogging A to Z this month, too. Good luck!

    And I'm in New England really annoyed about the delay of school this morning and the over half a foot of snow! If you're interested, we're having a central Mass (if you're close enough) Meet up on April 26. Details are on my blog. Nice to "meet" you!

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  8. Visiting from the challenge...best of luck with the A to Z. I just joined yesterday so am trying to sort out my thoughts. I write on pretty random stuff normally so I think I'll be okay.

    My big 'puppy' turned 9 yesterday. For the record, she thinks she still a kid : )

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  9. hi - not a cheat the post had to be about the letter - it was - so well done - I have z sorted its all the ones in between!!!

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  10. Thanks for the link! I was wondering where I could get one of those buttons.

    Nope, I don't think that that's cheating.

    ;-)

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  11. I'm going to try to hold out too. It's not cheating, I saw many A's in there. :)

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  12. let the fun begin! Its a little cheating, but not too much.. there were a lot of As

    http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

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  13. And we're off......Nice beggining!

    http://clpcs-betterispossible.blogspot.com/2011/04/fourtieth-post.html

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  14. I'm looking forward to the challenge and meeting many new bloggers as well. And I love the link buttons - they work perfectly!

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  15. i like the intro as A... I did the challenge last year.. and it seemed hard.. at first but it got so much easier...

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  16. Nice to meet you Katie. My first time participating in a blogging challenge. It's a bit daunting. I like this first post. Thanks.
    Karen

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  17. Hi! I am all signed up for the challenge, though I'll only be posting on M/T/F. It's wonderful to meet you and looking forward to more posts!

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  18. Cheater! Yes, I'm doing the challenge - all promo tips.

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  19. Hey! I am also "Challenged" LOL! Love the buttons - you were my surprise! I told myself that I would follow all my surprises so I'm your 87 "stalker".

    Grace and Peace

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  20. I look forward to reading mor of your blog- very interesting what I have seen so far

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  21. Very creative "cheating."

    I think I'm cheating a bit, too, on the words I'm doing. But I'm always open to changing course at any point.

    I'm happy to meet you. You and your blog look wonderful.

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  22. Wow, hello to all the new followers! I'm trying to follow you all back - but today is technically a writing day for me, so if I don't make it everywhere, be patient. I will ;-)Procrastination is one of the biggest tools in my tool box...

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  23. Hi!
    Great way to kick this off. And yes I'm signed up, blogging every day and hoping I make it all the way to Z.....Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books
    http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/to-z-blogging-challenge.html

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  24. Clever post! Yes, I'm doing the challenge. It's my first attempt! We'll see how it goes! :)

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  25. Ooh! I just noticed your little button about supporting local farms and food! I love it!

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  26. Welcome to the challenge! I look forward to seeing your posts!

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  27. I'm doing the A to Z Challenge and having fun skipping from blog to blog with Marcus' button. Look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  29. I absolutely love those buttons! *runs off to get them* :)

    have a great A - Z month.

    http://lifeinclarity.blogspot.com/

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  30. Yay! Great start to the challenge. Looking forward to reading more.

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  31. Hi Katie, first time visitor here. Hey, if you're not cheating, you're not trying!

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  32. Came to you today using just that little button off of my webpage. Nice beginning and not a cheat at all. Had I not explained it away yesterday, it would have been my "A" too!

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  33. My favorite thing about the A to Z challenge is the discovery of so many wonderful and creative blogs, and the people behind them.
    I'm excited that I'll be challenged to come up with engaging content, but I am already nervous for the letters Q, X, and Z.

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  34. I also started with an introduction to the challenge, and I love the tidbits you added to yours.

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  35. Yes, I'm nervous about participating in my first A to Z Challenge. I have many of my articles written, but my nervousness is based on wondering how to visit all the wonderful blogs involved!

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  36. April snuck up on me so yes, I'm nervous about this challenge. :-)

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  37. I think the A to Z Challenge is a great way to meet other bloggers and to help those of us (me) commit to blogging more. Nice to meet you!

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  38. I send you good luck during our journey through this blogging challenge. I have set up a topic for each letter. Now, I have to create something for each day!

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  39. Hi Katie!
    Happy April Fool's Day! Fellow A-Zer here. It's going to be a crazy month. Good luck!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  40. Clever post! Definitely blogging every day . . . .somehow.

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  41. It's a great cheat, in my book!

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  42. I'm enjoying reading everyone's Challenge entries so far! The buttons on my blog, thanks to the code, have made it so much easier to check out the other participants' work. This rocks!

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  43. Love your website. Love anyone who loves dogs. I will be following you to get to know you. Best of luck in the A-z Challenge.

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  44. I'm looking forward to the challenge. It at least spurs a prompt out of me for each day. It's very nice to meet you!

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  45. Your post was very creative "cheating". I did the same thing at my blog. Mine was "A" Science Fiction Book Review. :)


    ~~Sheila
    Reviewer & Writer
    Book reviews and Author Interviews at my blog at http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/

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  46. Great A-Z Challenge entry! It’s interesting to see how many different things people have come up with for the letter A (LOL, cleverness not cheating!) :)

    Hugs

    Rach

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  47. Clever woman, easing your way into the challenge like this...wish I'd thought of it...LOL!

    Lynette
    Imagination Lane

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