Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Double Down on the #AtoZChallenge 2021 with these Bonus Challenges

#AtoZChallenge 2021 badge

Take a gamble on yourself and your blog by completing one (or more!) 
bonus 2021 A to Z Challenges!

🎲 Bet on yourself to do more this April.

Here are some ideas:

  • Ask the audience in March to give you prompts/ ideas for April - interaction challenge
  • More comments on your blog - marketing challenge
    • Check how many comments you've previously gotten during the A to Z Challenge
    • Figure out what you can do to increase that number!
      • Use the #AtoZchallenge hashtag in your post titles
      • Share your posts on more social media sites
      • Comment more on the blogs of others
    • Share your results and what you learned in your reflections post!
  • Double your commenting - comment challenge
    • Figure out how many comments you've left in April in the past, double it!
    • Figure out how many blogs you commented on during past challenges, double that number of blogs!
  • Grow a new friendship with a blogger - connection challenge
  • Spread the gratitude - philanthropy challenge
    • Come up with ways to thank the A to Z team
    • Help to Promote the A to Z Challenge
    • Thank those who comment on your blog
    • Include a recommendation (each letter day) of other blogs you follow
  • Take a gamble on lesser-known authors - marketing philanthropy challenge
    • Spend the month leaving reviews for self-published authors
    • Invite indie authors to do "book blog tours" on your blog in April
    • Mention one debut author for each letter day
  • Get more bloggers to sign up for the challenge - philanthropy challenge
  • Mix a second blog hop in during the A to Z Challenge - time management challenge
  • June to January ideas - brainstorm challenge
    • Pitch ideas to the team for possible future posts for this blog
  • Add 5-second to 30-second videos (shorts) to your posts - multimedia challenge
  • Get your daily posts links on two or more social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Insta, Pin, etc) - social media challenge

The amount of dots on a 6-sided die is 21.
According to physician Duncan MacDougal, 21 grams is the weight of a human soul.
21 means time for new beginnings and changes.

Don't feel like you can do a bonus challenge? It's okay! We just wanted to offer a little something more for those who want to gamble on themselves this year.

COMING ON March 8:

The A to Z team is being interviewed and honored! Check it out.

Operation Awesome award

The Theme Reveal will open.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Monday, May 18, 2020

It's #atozchallenge Road Trip Time!

Roadtrip #atozchallenge 2020
So, you've finished the A to Z Challenge for the year. Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations!
"But wait," you say. "I don't feel like I've done the Challenge, because even though I did all the entries and responded to all the comments on my blog, I didn't visit anyone else! I can't say I've finished if I didn't visit anyone!"

You know, I think everyone feels that way. This has been a strange year, what with our little friend Covid-19, self-isolation, social distancing and whatever. And, Real Life™ doesn't stop just because the A to Z Challenge is going on, much as I and the rest of the hosts of this Challenge try and stop it. So, what does a good, conscientious April Abecedarian do?

The A to Z Challenge Road Trip, that's what!

That's right! Now is your chance to visit the blogs that you wanted to visit but didn't, the blogs that you might have stopped at and told yourself, "I'd really like to spend more time reading this person's story" but somehow never got the chance to, the blogs that, when looking at the Master List, you said "Hey, that might be a fun blog to visit" and ended up not doing it, et cetera, et cetera. Sound like something you'd like to do?

I knew it would! So, here's what you do: Grab yourself a copy of the Master List*, if you don't already have one. You don't have to sign up for the Road Trip this year, just get in the car (or the space shuttle) using the Master List as your road map, and Happy Motoring! Be sure and comment at any stop you make, and let them know that you're there from the A to Z Challenge Road Trip. Maybe they'll be encouraged and follow you around. There's no time limit on this, you can make as many rest stops as you'd like. Have a great time!

A note from co-host J:

I clicked every link on the Master List in April. If you'd like a cleaned copy of my Master List, here's the link:

Some notes about mine:

  1. There aren't as many columns. (I don't care to look at how others comment. I was visiting everyone, period.)
  2. I separated my Adult content onto another tab. (With the exception of co-host JR.)
  3. You'll see notes of what errors I encountered and such.
    • If you feel like your site is mislabeled, hit me up. @JLenniDorner on Twitter is fastest.
There are tabs along the bottom of the spreadsheet, separating my copy of the Master List into three parts.

Remember to use FILE, MAKE A COPY so you can note which blogs you've commented on during the road trip! Change the comment column from "no" to YES! 😎