Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A to Z Challenge Sign-ups start today! #atozchallenge

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!   Please do not just sign up without reading and then come back to ask us to correct your errors!
       The list is open.  You can now sign up.  Please enter your information carefully with your correct blog URL (address) so that the link goes to your blog main page (and not a specific post).  Before doing this read below about the new category codes we are offering.

       If you still are not familiar with what the A to Z Challenge is then click the tab at the top of this page that says "What Is Blogging From A to Z".

       Also, please stop by the co-hosting blogs to let them know that you have signed up for the Challenge.  Show us your appreciation by becoming a follower of our blogs and introduce yourself to us.  You can find the list of A to Z co-hosts to the right of this page about halfway down the sidebar.  While you're on the sidebar please become a follower of this blog and click that you "Like Us" on FaceBook.

        Once you've signed up, show others that you will be part of the A to Z Challenge by adding the official A to Z badge to your blog site.  Use the code on the sidebar to create a badge that clicks directly to the A to Z Blog site.  Or if you prefer to just add the image, then please add the A to Z Blog URL so your visitors can click on the badge to be directed to this blog site.  Your help is very important in letting others know about the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

       Since the more the merrier for this mega-networking event, help us spread the word: 
  •  Tweet it on the #atozchallenge tag
  •  Blog about it
  •  Connect with us on twitter via @AprilA2Z 
  •  Connect with us on Facebook 
  •  Add us on Google+
  •  Guest post AZ Challenge tips from now till end March on the main blog if you're a challenge veteran 
           For more information and to stay on top of developments, I recommend you follow the  
    A to Z Challenge Blog (@AprilA2Z) and the hosts: (please follow both blogs and twitter for updates!)

           We have Contact Us and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tabs at the top of the A to Z page in case there are things you need to know or problems that you may have concerning the Challenge.   Let us know if you find a link that you think is faulty or directs you to a non-participating site.  We are going to try to keep the list filled only with active A to Z participants, but we will need everybody's help to do this.   After today, the A to Z Linky list will be found at the tab at the top of the page that says "2013 A to Z Challenge Sign Up/List" .    

     This year, per many of your requests, we're introducing Blog Categories for Participants. This is entirely Optional, other than for blogs with Adult Content, which will be taken off the list unless marked (AC). 

    If you'd like to pick a category, please choose One from the list of 22 categories listed below, and add the code after your name/ blog name while signing up on the linky list. e.g. Damyanti Biswas - Amlokiblogs (WR)

    Only the codes from the following list will be admissible, in the format they are presented below, in capital letters enclosed in parentheses:  e.g. (WR)   You may sign up with just your blog name, and include none of the following codes.   But please note that once you have decided on a code, you won't have the option to change it.   Multiple entries of the same blog, and ad sites will be deleted.


    1. WRITING :                          (WR)

    2. BOOKS:                              (BO)

    3. FILM :                                  (FM)

    4. PHOTOGRAPHY:               (PH)

    5. GARDENING:                     (GR)

    6. CRAFT:                               (CR)

    7. ART:                                    (AR)

    8. MUSIC:                               (MU)

    9. CULINARY:                         (CU)

    10. LIFESTYLE:                      (LI )  

    11. FASHION:                          (FA)

    12. PERSONAL:                      (PR)

    13. SOCIAL MEDIA:                (SO)

    14. GAMING:                           (GA)

    15. EDUCATION :                    (ED)

    16. POLITICS:                          (PO)

    17. HISTORY:                           (HI)

    18. SCIENCE:                          (SC)

    19. HUMOR:                             (HU)

    20. TRAVEL:                             (TR)

    21. MISCELLANEOUS:            (MI)

    22. ADULT CONTENT:             (AC)

           There's lots more to come on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Blog so keep checking back on a regular basis so you don't miss any news.  Now get your link on the list if you've decided to be a part of this year's Challenge.  The list will be open for sign-ups until April 1 so if you're not sure whether or not you want to participate you will still have plenty of time to decide.  But get your name on the list as soon as you've made your decision.  There are new blogs to discover, bloggers to meet, and networking to be done!

    Here is the 2013 A to Z List:

    Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined above so you sign onto the list correctly!   Please do not just sign up without reading and then come back to ask us to correct your errors!

    Sign up now or as soon as you've made your decision to join us in the 2013 Challenge. You'll be glad you did!

    Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined above so you sign onto the list correctly!   Please do not just sign up without reading and then come back to ask us to correct your errors!

    If you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comment section below.

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    Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

    Hi Lee . thanks I'll be joining anon - thought I'd have a later entry...

    Thanks for your original idea and all the work you've put into it - and am so glad you've garnered some help.

    Great challenge - helps us all so much .. cheers Hilary

    Edward Hall said...

    Ah crumbs. Apologies for circumventing the system to add a second entry - this time WITH the category. You can delete #164 (Empires 5-star 500).

    Good luck all with the challenge. Look forward to visiting you all soon.

    wizzardSS at Empire's 5-star 500

    Tara Tyler said...

    179?! wow already?!
    and neglected to put (WR) by ny name,

    Michelle Wallace said...

    OMG. This list is filling up QUICKLY!!

    Stephanie said...

    Oops. Signed up before my morning tea, and forgot to put the HU category. Doesn't matter, since I really enjoyed the randomness last year! Anyway, thanks for all of the work that obviously goes into this project! Much appreciated!

    Anonymous said...

    ^this lady is awesome, just so you know!

    I hopped on here as soon as I got up this morning and WOW! Already over 200? This will be fun. Can't wait to read all the great new and returning blogs. If you're still deciding, DO IT! Yes, it's a lot of work, but also tons of fun.

    Miranda Hardy said...

    It's filling up quickly!

    Patricia Stoltey said...

    Yikes, I messed up and put my code with the link instead of the blog name. Obviously haven't had enough coffee. Can you delete the bad link so I can re-enter? Pretty please?

    Julie Flanders said...

    I can't believe there are already more than 260 entries! So exciting, I can't wait for another round of the challenge. :)

    Ciara said...

    Man, I can't believe I was late on the list again this year. My goal was to make the top one hundred. Oh well. I'm looking forward to it!

    Maple Syrup Land said...

    I signed up but forgot to put the HU category in...sorry!

    Al Penwasser said...

    Great Googli Moogli, where does the time go? I've signed up for another go-round. It took me a month to recover last year, but I hope to be better prepared in 2013.
    Maybe I'll wear pants when I type.

    Tracy MacDonald said...

    All signed up and even with a plan, I've got butterflies. I'm up for the challenge (again) and looking forward to this year's blogs to visit.

    Laura Clipson said...

    All signed up, number 14 on the list, beats my number from last year, one thousand and something!

    J said...

    I am excited to be participating this year. I run the blog Sweetbearies Art Tips, and I have already been commenting on other blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge. There is some good stuff here.

    Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...
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    Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

    Hi Arlee,
    Its really good to be here again.
    Last year I left midway, and this
    year I am sure I can reach the finishing line!!!
    We Wish All the members a
    Happy Blogging Time Ahead.
    Good Wishes to All.
    Keep Inform.
    I am @ number 402 :-)

    Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

    Hi Arlee, With in no time this year the number reached 400 up!!!
    Good Going,
    Many to join in
    This is tremendous indeed!!!
    Keep Going!!!
    Good Wishes!

    Julie Jordan Scott said...

    I am one of the ones I see who forgot to add a category. If appropriate to say, my category is WR.

    Last year I loved taking my theme and running with it. It is only early February and I have not only my theme, but many subjects as well.

    THANK YOU for all you do.

    Julie Jordan Scott
    A to Z Participant
    Women in Literary History from A to Z

    Julie Jordan Scott said...

    PS - I am entrant number 503

    Daisy Carter said...

    Oh, no! I read all the directions, entered my web page so that it would send people to my main page, not a specific page, but it seems to be linking to a specific post! What do I do? Can I just delete my name and try again?

    Anonymous said...

    Adding categories is a great idea! I'm still deciding what I will write about, so I will be back soon to add my blog to the list.


    Rebecka Vigus said...

    Where is the sign up button? Why is it always the hardest link to find on this blog?