Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#atozchallenge News Round-up

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     Have you signed up for the A to Z Challenge yet?   If not, the list can be found by clicking the tab at the top of this page.  Now's the time to get on the list.  You still have time to at least get started on preparing posts.  And even if you write as you go you'll still have fun.

       Many of you have been helping to promote the Challenge on your own sites.  Here are a few that we've run across:

Co-host Tina had a new commenter on her blog.  First challenge, 9 followers. Tina was the first to comment on her A-Z promo post.  If you have a chance, show her some love at Tales of the Reborn Crafter

M. J. Joachim has become a ubiquitous presence in the 2013 A to Z Challenge.   You can find one of her guest posts at the equally ubiquitous P. V. Ariel's

When readers run across an A to Z promo post they will sometimes let us know about what they find(since we often don't see all of them on our own).  That's how we found the post from Wayne at Random Stream of Consciousness.  Thanks Wayne!

Ambassador Tim Brannon from The Other Side made a post to try to get more people from his corner of the internet involved.

Beth Lapin talks about her A to Z theme on her special blog set up for the Challenge.  Check it out at Beth Lapin's A to Z Blog.

With her third A to Z Challenge ahead, Michelle tells her A to Z story at Writer-in-Transit.

Here's a good A to Z post from M.M. Pollard at MM's Fundamentals of English.    You may learn a few things from her during April.  

Maria at First Draft Cafe is working away at her posts for April.  

At first she wasn't go to do it, but now Nel Ashley has decided she should.  Read more at Nel Ashley.

Sharon Bayliss did a great interview with co-hosts Tina and Nicole at her blog Write for Your Life.

Julie did a lovely tribute to the Challenge at Empty Nest Insider.  

At her  blog Being Catholic, M.J. Joachim added the A to Z Challenge to the current events of the day.  We are newsworthy!

Be sure to stop by ...The Slightly Eccentric Diary of Rob Z Tobor for a lesson on A to Z blogging.  

JoJo at Tahoma Beadworks & Photography is part of Tina Downey's Terrific Team and started her duties with a Challenge announcement.

Challenge veteran Dale from Smurfin' the Web gave a good word for the Challenge--yes, he's ready to go.

If you're a U2 fan you will definitely want to check out On The Road With U2.  Deena's back for a second go around with the alphabet.

Rosie Amber is looking for you!  Stop by to read about her A to Z intentions at Rosie Amber

And to close this edition out with a bang, take a look at Andi-Roo's epic A to Z promo post at The World 4 Realz.  Yes, Andi-Roo is back for another year and that's for realz. 

         There you have it!  This will probably be the closing edition of  the A to Z Promo news, but don't let that stop you from adding your own promos to your blogs.   Tell everyone you know.  Tweet it.  Announce it on FaceBook.  Let's get some more sign ups.  Can we break last year's record?

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JennaQuentin said...

This is my second time around. I'm not sure my life has time for it right now, but we're gonna do it anyway ;) I'm talking about the challenge on Saturday's post and getting April's post scheduled. Wahoo!

Anonymous said...

Certainly much activity on the canvassing side. Many I have checked have still the verification on also no logo , another thing I;ve come across is people who have signed up haven't written a post in months.
Being in Spain my friends here was quite interested as to what is going on in blogland.

Unknown said...

Thanks for mentioning me on your post today. Excited to start.

Stopped by from Tales Of the Reborn Crafter.

Mary Ann or Tina as you like to call me :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Read several of those - people are getting excited!

Jolie du Pre said...

Looking forward to the challenge!

JoJo said...

I'm looking forward to it!!! I'll have one more promo post on March 29th.

Anonymous said...

A lot of good links to be sure! Thanks for including mine:) Very excited for the A - Z this year and looking forward to the blogging event of the year this April!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lee - so many Challengers out there ... you did such a wonderful job getting this going ... and now thankfully have some lovely co-hosts to help out a little (or a lot!) ..

I shall enjoy the coming Challenge - cheers Hilary

Tina said...

We are grateful for all of you who promote the A-Z. I'm so excited for this year - the enthusiasm and energy seems WAY up, and with our various teams of helpers (check out their tab above to find out who they are and go show them some love and thanks)...they are working REALLY hard to get that list clean so that every link you click on is a participating blog, no ads, no one who's quit, etc. A long and laborious task and we are ever so in their debt for their hard work.

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Unknown said...

just heading to the others' sites!

Rob Z Tobor said...

Many thanks Mr Arlee for the link it is very kind of you to add it. I am now well prepared and working on the letter V.... This means I will be chilled and relaxed this year and have the chance to look at a lot more blogs involved. . . .

Not long to go now folks. so I wish you all the very best of luck and hope everyone enjoys it. Remember it is not a competition, it is the taking part not the winning (I have already bribed the judge so you cant win)

Empty Nest Insider said...

I will definitely visit some of these links! Thanks for including mine Lee, and I really appreciate all you do! It's going to be another great year!


Unknown said...

great to see the a to z button all over town

sdk_2010 said...

2nd appearance for me in the challenge and thanks for the plug. I admire how this tour is run and have enjoyed participating thus far. Hope to be reading some more of the things I'm interested in on other blogs soon. =)

MunirGhiasuddin said...

I am glad that I did not run out of time.

Wayne Assiratti said...

Cheers for the shout out Arlee. Already have a couple of new followers!

Rock on,


Michelle Wallace said...

I already visited some of the links--------

Anonymous said...

So many exciting new blogs to check is my promo blog post on the challenge

Andrea said...

I flew by the seat of my pants last year (as I think I signed up three days before April), and it was so much fun...this year I am getting stressed seeing how prepared people get (ignorance was bliss) hee hee hee!

Susan Kane said...

I am finishing my posts early, so I can visit and enjoy other blogs.

Anonymous said...

It's the first time I'm participating. I thought I'd get the writing done and do the introduction for later; now I'm discovering a lot of bloggers still 'moderate' comments or even have the irritating Captcha thing on. Also, Blogger and Wordpress don't always play nicely together.

Anonymous said...

This is my first time. I went through all my tags to get a universe of possible subjects for each letter. Since I run a real estate blog, place names are the obvious beginning, although I am also bringing in a few of our inside joke phrases.

But X? What the heck do people do with X? Do they cheat to eXcess (like that)? Do they use Roman Numerals or chapter headings? There are no cities that start with X anywhere in the entire Bay area. Heck, there are only two that HAVE an X in them! (Dixon and Fairfax, both quite far from where we concentrate).

What do you do with X?