Monday, May 14, 2012

Post A-to-Z Road Trip - Join us!

Route dans les Pyrénées françaises(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Post A-to-Z Road Trip, previously known as the Post-Challenge-Challenge, or PCC

I think the dust has settled a bit, and that life (which is Good!) is slowly returning to normal.  I'm not labeling this as good or bad, just that it's a bit weird (see, so tired I can't come up with a unique adjective..) For the last four months, my on-line life has been dedicated to the wonderful challenge we just completed, and now all of a sudden, I'm free to...yeah.  Whatever!  My time is mine, to do with as I please.  I find myself at a loss, trying to decide what to do next.  

And do you know what I want to do now?  Go for a road trip.

This isn't a normal road trip.  There are no roads, no cars, no fast-food, no “next rest-area 54 miles are you SURE you don't have to pee?” signs.  This is a road-trip that is unending when you first look at it.  But as you peer closer, read the signs, and digest the purpose, I think it's a road trip you'll want to be a part of.

I'm talking about the continuing journey of blog-visiting, networking, exploration, spelunking even, if you're willing to stretch a metaphor.  Gone fishing.  For blogs.  For blogs that interest and infuriate and aggravate and make you cry and make you sob with joy.  A journey where around each bend is a new piece of the road to be discovered.  Blogland is a big place, and the 1700+ folks who joined the A-Z are still welcoming visitors.  I intend to be one of them.  Would you consider joining us?  

The Post A-to-Z Road Trip is a new challenge for you, but one with no real time limit, other than before the next A-to-Z Challenge begins in April 2013.  The goal?  To visit all of the blogs who signed up for the A-to-Z, in whatever time frame you find manageable.  We’ll have weekly check-ins and a linky sign-up here at the A-to-Z Challenge Blog.  You will not be required to check-in, but the option is there.  

You can approach this challenge any way you want.  If you’re like Tina, you’re going to want a plan of attack.  Tina has a wonderfully mathematical mind; last year she set herself an end date, figured out how many blogs that would require her to visit each day, and she went for it.

Or maybe you’re a little more like me, Miss ADHD.  One day I’ll hit up 100 blogs, not visit any for a week, then hit twenty a day for three days straight.  You never know when I’ll be hopping around the interwebs, but by golly, I get it done!  Oooo, shiny...

Most likely, you’re somewhere between the two of us.  The beautiful thing is, it doesn’t matter.  Hit that list however you want, whatever gets you through it to the end.  You don’t want to miss all those wonderful blogs out there.  There are so many, with so much to say.  Come along with us and meet some new friends, stress-free!  This is THE road trip for the summer, so put on your favorite station, open the windows and sit back.  It’s time for the Post A-to-Z Road Trip.  Who knows what souvenirs we might bring back.

Sign up on the linky any time the mood strikes you.  We’ll leave it open through the end of December.  That doesn’t mean the Road Trip ends then, but just that no one can put their name on the linky after that.  

There are no rules.  You can find Tina and I here, or on our individual blogs, Life is Good (Tina) and The Warrior Muse (Shannon).  Feel free to come to us with questions, ideas, feedback, etc.  Now, let’s get packed!

P.S. Feel free to take the badge above for your blog!

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Barbara said...

I'm in! The music's blaring, don't forget to put on your sun-hat.... "See you when you get there, if you ever get there"

A-Z 2012 Road Trip
English Speaking Zone

Gossip_Grl said...

What a great idea. :)

Unknown said...

I signed up :)-- great idea, ladies, and this is so much less pressure than April!

Arlee Bird said...

Now we can drive the speed limit and enjoy the scenery.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Lynn Proctor said...

good idea--i just might do, it!

Patricia JL said...

I'm in because it will keep me motivated to check out the blogs I missed.

Journey's End (at the Beach) said...

I'm in! I need some motivation. My windows are open, radio blaring...however, in no rush and taking the back roads through towns and along the water...cooler, camera and dog are packed. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good luck you guys!

In Which We Start Anew said...

I've been doing that anyway (slowly! lol), but I'm all for signing up! :)

Good luck, folks!

In Which We Start Anew

Nicole said...

Yes, I have a question. Do Road Trip participants have to visit the A to Z posts that people wrote or is it just a challenge to visit the blogs, in general? Like, can we just read their recent posts and keep it moving along?

Blog: The Madlab Post
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Tina said...

Great question, Nicole. It's what you want to do. The challenge list links are all to the front page of the participant blogs, so you'll naturally end up at newer content. For me, I'm going through the reflections first, then I plan to pick up where I left off on the big list. I'm down in the 1100's right now, so when I hit bottom I'll wrap around to the top.
This is meant to be fun and unstructured since we all were such good boys and girls in April, here's where we kick off the shoes, roll down the windows, and just go have fun.
Tina @ Life is Good

jp said...

I was ill-prepared for the A-Z Challenge and came in on the starting day. I wasn't expecting anything out of it. It was a journey and quite unexpected.

I'm keen to take part in a challenge with a little preparation this time.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! April is just not long enough to visit everyone!

Sheila Siler said...

I am SO in! We're not planning a big vacation this year, so this will be my road trip!

Heather Murphy said...

I'm in!

Lynn said...

I'm in. :)

Lisa said...

I'll drop by the list from time to time. Great idea, thank you.

Dino said...

I've been doing this since the challenge finished so it's good to know I'm not alone.

Now, let's get the top down and the pedal to the metal.

Retired Knitter said...

I've been road tripping for days. Jump in, the water is fine!

Monica said...

I love a road trip!! I'll also create a post for my blog.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! Count me in! I snagged the badge! I'm heading your way - you've been warned!

Tony Schumacher said...

Wow, this seems such an interesting programme, great to see someone doing something really original with their blog, gutted I missed out on the A-Z project but looking forward to the next one!

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is exactly what I need to keep me plugging away at that list of great bloggers.

But the linky list is overlapping the sidebar so it looks a little strange.

Jarm Del Boccio said...

I'm on it, Shannon! I planned to do this anyway, but it's more enjoyable with others joining me.

The Poet said...

Well, I'm in. I didn't make a list of those whom I've already visited, so I guess I'll just have to start over. If I take weekends off and minus April already passed, then I've calculated that I need to visit 5.47 blogs/day to finish all 1718. It'll be a huge challenge on top of everything else I've got going on, but we'll see how it goes.
BTW, the signup linky list here overlaps into the right sidebar. Best of luck everyone!

Blog - Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...
Twitter - @AndyDavidPoet

Shannon Lawrence said...

Barbara, love it!

Gossip_Grl, thanks!

Damyanti, oh good, that is the plan; glad to have you with us!

Lee, definitely!

Lynn, I hope you do!

Patricia, that's exactly why we wanted to do it!

Pat, sounds divine!

Alex, thanks!

Jo, good luck to you!

Nicole, I see Tina already responded. Just have fun with however you want to do it!

Shannon Lawrence said...

JP, great! I came into the A-to-Z in the same way last year, but ended up loving it.

Word Nerd, it definitely isn't!

Sheila, yay! I hope it's a good one for you!

Heather and Lynn, wonderful!

Ocean Girl, that's great, whatever works best for you!

Dino, agreed, pedal to the metal!

Retired Knitter, fabulous! You're ahead of me, that's for sure.

Monica, thank you, that's much appreciated!

MiMi, looking forward to it, no warning needed!

Tony, I hope to see you doing the A-to-Z next year! It's always in April, with signups starting out before that.

Patricia, grr, I noticed that, so am off to try to fix it. I swear I set it as two column, but apparently boogered that up~!

Jarm, that's precisely how Tina and I felt, too!

Andy, I'm going to go try and fix that now. I noticed that, for me, the A-to-Z linky changes the color of blogs I've visited from that list, but I imagine only if you used the list to get to them. It's only a faint color change, but it's there. Do you have that at all?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sweet! I'm in!

credit letters said...

For a long time I've been starting this road trip with countless blogs already and gone along making new friends along the way. Everybody should do it too. It's fun, easy, and beneficial in ways like obtaining new contacts and connections with people even from the other side of the globe.

boysmum2 said...

It is heading into winter here down under so need something to pass the winter nights away when snuggled in the house with nothing on the tv to watch! Count me in.

Unknown said...

What fun! Count me in :)

Melissa Sugar said...

I am getting a late start, but I am in for the summer road trip. This is a great idea. I did not have nearly enough time to visit all of the blogs. I planned on doing something like this after the blogfest ended, but this will keep me motivated and on the road.

Elizabeth said...

Road Trip!
I'm in. Was planning to continue on anyway, but it's better with company.

Unknown said...

Hi Tina,
Thank you for commenting on my story about Carola and Cedric. Yes, I have written more of this story, but I have been too tired to edit it.
Happy 'Nationaldagen(sjätte juni)'!

It's Sweden's National Holiday today, June 6th

Anonymous said...
Enjoy viewing :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. I'd thought I might - but never got there and in the circumstances glad I didn't commit to that - I'll be freer in the future, so perhaps more interaction anon.

Thanks for visiting re the Olympic Medals and Bouquet posts I recently put up ...

Cheers to you and Lee - the A - Z Challenge is such fun .. Hilary

Mike said...

I'm In! This is a good thing! Now I have an excuse to keep the anonymous comments blocked for longer!

I loved visiting and commenting on peoples blogs! Love it!

Bhavya N said...

Yay!! This is so awesome :)
I'm IN!!!

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