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Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 A to Z Challenge Badge Debut and Upcoming Schedule

Badge debut

        Our A to Z Challenge technical guru and in-house art department, Jeremy Hawkins, is the creator of this years badge.   His array of A to Z badges for last year's challenge proved popular with many participants.  This year we'll keep things more simple with one primary design.  

        This badge in coded form which will direct clicks to the A to Z sign-up page will soon be available on the "Badges and Banners" page than can be accessed in the tabs below this page's header.  When adding the badge to your page, please use either the coded form or be sure to link your badge image to the A to Z Blog.  After all, displaying the badge not only shows that you are a participant in the Challenge, but also should direct others to the place where they too can sign up.







Banners, etc

         A banner similar to what is seen below will also be available on the "Badges and Banners" page.  Jeremy will be doing some adjustments on this soon and will be doing a post about putting the badges and banners on your own sites.    Animated versions of the badges and banners are also in the works for those that like that sort of thing.


Upcoming A to Z News

         Next Monday January 14th the new A to Z Team will be announced.   There will also be a new opportunity for more of you to participate in helping the A to Z Team.   I think some of you will find this to be very intriguing.

         On Wednesday January 30th the A to Z sign-up list will be made available.  Last year we had over 1700 participants on the list and fully expect more this year.   You will want to be sure to sign up right away if you want to be listed toward the top of the list.  But never fear, if you don't make it to the top we still have accommodations to be sure that your blog won't get overlooked even if you are somewhere in the high thousands.

        There will be later posts about sign ups and pre-challenge activities.   Be watching this blog (as we're sure you always do) to catch up on all the latest A to Z news.

Update!

The badge with code is at top of sidebar.  On Blogger Blogs you can copy the code and add it to the HTML gadget on your layout page.
The banner with code can be found at the bottom of the page.  This can be added to your page in the same manner as the badge using the long spaces at the top or bottom of your page.
More detailed instructions will be coming in a future post.





           

           

30 comments:

  1. Psyched for this!

    I was hoping that today would be the addition of the sign up list, but at least the badges provided the finishing touch to my introductory A to Z post!

    In advance of April - good luck all! Can't wait to visit your blogs.

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  2. Getting excited for this years challenge! Love the badges for this year Jeremy did a nice job on them!

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  3. YAY!! Excited about another A-to-Z, especially since this year I do not intend to be travelling at any point during April. ha. Great badges!!

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  4. Yay, it will be here before we know it!

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  5. I'll be here bright and early!! So ready for this!!

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  6. Love the badges and I'm getting excited for A-Z!

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  7. Here's to the 2013 challenge, Good luck to all.

    Yvonne.

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  8. Yeah, I glad/hope this work out... more changes coming... as April closes in...

    Jeremy [Retro]

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  9. Great badges - Jeremy. Looking forward to the A to Z. I've been plotting which theme to use. Also need to do a few photo-shoots, to use my own pics.

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  10. I love it! I'm so excited for this year. Thanks for all your hard work, Jeremy!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

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  11. I've been wondering when the linky-list would open up! I want to make sure I get a jump on signing up for 2013!
    Some Dark Romantic

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  12. Grabbed my badge - I'm in this year!

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  13. Jeremy's done a lovely job with the badge. Looking forward to hearing about the new team and for the sign-up going live!

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  14. Awesome. I love this years badge. I'm already thinking about my posts too and what theme I want to try.

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  15. Lee: You might do a little review on the guidelines of intellectual property -- for those new to the challenge who scan and copy without thinking. I know I will have to be more creative, so it is an extra challenge, but it's all good.

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  16. Love the badges and banner! Thanks for the hard work, Jeremy.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  17. I love the new look badges! I better start thinking of my theme this year. Can't wait!

    Jamie

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  18. Great badge design. Can't wait for April. I already have plans for thisnyear's challenge!

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  19. Nice badge design. I like the blog header.

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  20. I've been thinking about A to Z since LAST April Can't wait!

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  21. Excitedly looking forward to this year's challenge, Lee. Should be awesome once again!

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  22. I can't believe it's that time again! The new badge looks great, and I look forward to next week's big reveal!
    Julie

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  23. Loving the badges! Must start planning for this year's challenge. :-)

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  24. Last year was so fun, I can't wait to do it again! Looking forward to signing up on the 30th. Save me a spot. :)

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  25. I had fun last year. I'm using a different blog this year and can't wait to get started. Good luck to all and happy writing.

    Stacey

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  26. I participated last year. I'm using a different blog this year. I'm looking forward to stopping by all the blogs and reading everyone's interesting posts. Happy writing and good luck everyone!

    Stacey

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