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Monday, January 23, 2012

My A to Z Blogging Challenge Secret: How I Survived....


I must confess that this was truly challenging! Like with any huge project, I planned ahead of time. I thought of a theme I'd stick by through out the entire month and created a list per alphabet letter on a spiral bound notebook, writing as many words that started with each letter.


example:


A: anaphora, alphabet, allegory, artist


so on so forth till I reached Z.

(sneak a peek at my posts here!)


Next, I went down my list and circled one idea per letter to post about it. I wrote my entire alphabet post in two days a month ahead of time. Why? Because I wanted to enjoy visiting everyone's fabulous blogs and leave comments on as many as I could per day! 

Since we aren't posting on Sundays (but for April 1st for 2012) it gives us a fabulous opportunity to catch up on the comment love!


And that's my secret. What's yours?

16 comments:

  1. Well, it's a secret, I can't tell. Actually, I have no idea how I'll do this challenge. I'm a pantser, so I'll probably wait each day to be inspired. EEEEEE! Hope I'll be up for it.

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  2. I am also prepared for this year, I did it over Christmas as after spending Chriostmas Day with my daughter I was alone and had plenty of time to do my challenge.
    As you say it gives one plenty of time to read others.

    Yvonne.

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  3. I've already been brainstorming each letter, sticking with my theme for this year. I'll be ready.

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  4. I know what posts will be about, but I need to start jotting down specific ideas.

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  5. Great minds think alike, as they say! I did that last year, and saved the notebook of those brain-stormed words. It sure will come in handy this year. The other decision I've made that I think is key, is to go with a theme. We've heard that all over the place, and that it's in no way a requirement when participating in the challenge, but it narrows your focus a bit so that picking the exact word for the day at least has a frame. Besides, I did find myself, even with the limited visiting time we all had, returning more often to those with a theme. Of course surprises are good, but it's also nice to read more on a subject from a themed-blog.

    Tina @ Life is Good

    Co-Host of the April 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge

    Twitter: #atozchallenge

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  6. I remember some of Elizabeth's refreshing A-Z posts from 2011... and the delightfully colourful font!
    I think that pre-planning is the key to survival.

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  7. Hi Elizabeth .. mine was theme related - but I wrote each day .. seemed to work.

    The challenge was a priority and I visited lots of blogs - got frustrated with the no-shows and the ones I was serious not interested in - though they are part of life and have their many supporters.

    Once I'd found my way I was fine .. and am looking forward to this year - without being too overwhelmed by all the entries!

    Cheers Hilary

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  8. Maybe keeping an A to Z notebook throughout the year is not too bad of an idea for saving plans of all sorts--not just for the A to Z Challenge. I have a number of stored posts in my composition calendar for my blogs--I'll add ideas as they come to me.

    Notebooks are nice though and I'm a big fan. Who knows? Maybe in the Video Challenge or even the April Challenge we'll have some kind of notebooks offered as prizes. It's a rumor I heard.


    Lee

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  9. The closer we get to April the more nervous and excited I feel. Can't wait!

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  10. My secret (well, it hasn't been a secret for a while actually. hehe) is that I'm a pantser, and therefore don't plan anything much ;)

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  11. I'm looking forward to the challenge, well to challenge me to write!

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  12. Very, very nice post…this is what I’m looking for. This has complete details and very useful ideas. Thumbs up to this post.

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  13. Em, that's a fantastic idea! I'm going to pants my way through my posts as I schedule them ahead of time! ;)

    Yvonne, great! I've just thought of the theme for this year's Challenge, thanks to my 9 year-old the ABCs of Utah project! :D

    Alex, cool! I started it out as "Pieces of Me", but thought "Tour de Utah" would be better! ;)

    Wolfe, great! Let's get started--time's flying by! :O

    Tina, yay! It's going to be fun, won't it?

    Mish, I'm planning on that colorful font again this year. Whew! It was a lot of work but lots of fun! :D

    Hilary, that's something I've felt myself as well! I just need to take one at a time and limit my time so that I don't feel overwhelmed as well...

    Lee, sounds fantabulous! I can't seem to remember where I've placed my last A to Z notebook. *sigh*

    Marta, I feel the energy!

    Trisha, I'm a pantser, too--but mostly when it comes to novel-writing. LOL...

    Christian, thank you! I hope it helps to inspire. *grin*

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  14. Flying solo and blindfolded seems to work for me. You can tell me if my clever plan works come April

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  15. Now I am really intimidated! Themes?
    I did have one idea, but then there are so many things to write about. Here is a theme idea: Using only the books in your library, use titles and authors for the a-to-z blog, or just items in your home--the weird statue from one of your trips, favorite picture, etc.

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  16. As usual i am a bit late here anyways joined in to get challenge. This posts is really helpful in getting some ides
    All the Best for the Challenge, I joined in best
    Philip

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