Sunday, February 12, 2012

#AtoZ : A to Z Challenge Sunday Summary

        Our fellow co-host from Retro-Zombie has been turning out some beautiful blog art for those who want to adorn their sites with A to Z decor.  Check the tab at the top of the page for additional selections.

      We're looking for you to start promoting the A to Z Challenge outside of the blog circle that includes you who have joined already.  There are an untold number of bloggers who would love to do what we're going to do this April, but they don't know about it yet. When it comes to telling others, it starts right at your own blog.   Have you been helping to spread the word about the A to Z April Challenge?   It helps the cause when you tell friends and post publicity articles on your blog.

      Here are a few that I found this week:

      Lucy Adams announced her intentions to return to do the Challenge of 2012.  We're glad to see you back Lucy.  And thanks for that rousing plug for A to Z.  I was surprised to learn that Lucy published a Kindle book based on her posts from last year--the third A to Z inspired book that I'm aware of.  Take a look at ABC Book of Literary Devices.

       Joyce Sully from Small Wonders is also going to be joining us in April.  How do I know?  She announced it in her blog!  Welcome to the April fun.

        At Older Mommy Still Yummy Monica tells about her experience in last year's Challenge and provides words of encourage to those who are considering this year.  Nice job Monica!

          I absolutely adored the alphabetical call to action from Anna Smith at Universal Gibberish.  Go by and say hello after you read this for yourself.

         Passionate Musings did some ruminating about the Challenge as well.

          Ella at Ella's Edge found her topic for the letter Z.  She provides a peek into her April plans.

         Cherie Reich is offering a promotional opportunity for published or soon-to-be published authors on her blog Surrounded By Books.    Don't pass up this one up if you want to get your name out there a bit more.  Free promotion?  What's not to like about that?

        Since we're on the subject of getting yourself promoted, if you missed my discussion of this topic earlier in the week please check it out starting with Tossing It Out and following the link trail from there.  Self-promotion is nothing to be ashamed of nor be intimidated by.  In fact, for authors or anyone with something they want the world to know about, if you don't promote it yourself it may not get done at all.  Helping to promote A to Z will get your feet wet and make it easier for you to promote yourself later.   Stephen Tremp has already stated his intentions on becoming a "publicity hound".

        The A to Z Challenge announcement can also be found at Lady Reader's Bookstuff, The Written Word, and Rebekah Loper,

        Show your support for all of these A to Z Challenge allies by visiting their blogs, leaving a message, and giving them a follow.

         Tracy Jo at Brand New Day dropped a teaser in her blog that she has an A to Z video forthcoming for the A to Z Video Contest.  I'm anxious to see what she'll come up with.
         We're still accepting submissions for the A to Z Video Contest and you can find details in a tab at the top of the page.  To inspire you here's an entry received this week from Dale Smurthwaite from Smurfin' the Web.   Enjoy:

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It's good to see new participants this year.
Good luck to all who are doing the challenge.


MISH said...

Gonna check out some of the links later...
Countdown continues...
48 days to go...

Anonymous said...

I really like the A to Z logo at the top of the blog. I'm going to use that for a while. And I do like the promotional part of being a writer. Awhoooooo!!! (Bad publicity wolf howl). Wlecom aboard Lucy, Joyce, and everyone else! Now I'm off to check out these links.

Anna said...

Oh no 48 days sounds so soon! Thanks for the mention Lee, glad you liked it - I enjoyed doing it. The new buttons are cool, I like the bird one :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll keep looking for other bloggers promoting the Challenge because there have been quite a few.

Hoe said...

True, there is nothing to feel shame about self promotion. If we do not promote our blogs, then nobody going to know about it.

Tina said...

Thanks Lee for your Sunday round-ups. I read them in the Chris Berman (think that's his name...the sports guy who recaps all the weekends games in like two minutes and his catch phrase is: he could go all the way!!!!) Anyway, love it that we're able to give a shout-out to those great bloggers who are out there on the publicity tour with us!

Tina @ Life is Good

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


Arlee Bird said...

It's great to see the support that so many give to the A to Z Challenge. That factor combined with an A-one Team of bloggers co-hosting the event make the Challenge a thing of quality.


Ella said...

Well said Lee! Thanks for adding me to the list~ Dale's submission really rocks, I love it!
Off to check out some newbies~

Shannon Lawrence said...

Great roundup, Lee, and I love the video by Dale! Good song choice and great album selections in there.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z