Thursday, April 25, 2013

Very, Very Near to the End... ( #atozchallenge )


   The time is getting closer.  An A to Z Victory is almost yours to claim.  So what's next?

The A to Z Reflections Post!

        This tradition started with the very first Challenge in 2010 and has continued every year since.  Some of you may be wondering what this Reflections post is all about, so I will tell you.

        On Friday May 3rd an A to Z Reflections Linky List will go on line for you add the link to your post of your Challenge reflections.  This is the time when you can share your thoughts about the Challenge.  Tell all of us your likes and dislikes.   Let us know how the Challenge benefited you and what aspects bothered you.

         You can also share highlights such as new blog discoveries you made, certain posts that you enjoyed, or things you learned from other bloggers.  The Reflections post is your time to tell us what's on your mind about A to Z so we know what we did right and what we should change next year.  Also you can feel free to provide any ideas that you think might enhance future Challenges.

          When the list goes online, please wait until your post is up before adding your link to the list.  Unlike the Challenge itself, for the Reflections list we want you to link directly to your post.  This list will remain open for the week following May 3rd so you'll have plenty of time to add your link and you can post your Reflections any time during that week.   You can post your Reflections any time after April 30th, but list will not be available to you until May 3rd.

          We look forward to hearing from you.  And this gives you an added week of doing some more visiting.  We hope you have fun and we all become more informed.  Any questions?  Just ask.

Here are a few more bloggers who could use a last minute boost with followers.  Can you please help by visiting, following, and letting them know you stopped by?:

Tales of the Rock

Ramblings of a Silly Girl

Rabbit Trails


Reflex Reactions

Warped Nerdiversity

Embracing Dawn

Writing Women's Fiction

My Crazy Family Circus

Lyre's Musings

Mainely Write

Flat Stanley and Friends

The Ninja Librarian

Simply Sarah

Bookish Geek

Ordinary Never Sleeps

      Let's ramp up visits, comments, and follows in these last few days.   And don't forget to subscribe to the blogs that you would like to keep following after the Challenge if they are on Wordpress or some other format that doesn't use Google Friend Connect.

      Let's put the Varoom! into the last few days!

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Anonymous said...

I think you have put it very nicely.It has gone quick this year,
Goodness this is the 4th challenge .


Rob Z Tobor said...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, who is the greatest A to Z,er of All

Rob Z Tobor

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saniya said...

This challenge has been a great boost- from the POV of creativity as well as community.
As we near the end, I do feel drained but I'm happy that I took part.
Surely wud be signing for the reflections!

Sania at Embracing Dawn

JoJo said...

Still plugging away! :)

Unknown said...

I have really enjoyed this challenge. It is my first. It's been hard, but it's been a nice change for me. I have met sooo many wonderful writers.

Jolie du Pre said...

Thanks for offering this!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

How does one get on that list of people who need extra love?

Susan Scott said...

Another Clean Slate? Just hit on the people's link - it'll get you there

Anonymous said...

I would also love a few more visitors! :)

I'm looking forward to the Reflections post, because this is the first year I've heard of or participated in the A to Z Challenge (and also the very beginning stages of my blogging journey). It's been fun to follow along with other bloggers through the alphabet!

-Katie at AdventuringAtHome

Anonymous said...

I think I'll be reflecting on this year's a to z for a lot longer than one week...

Arlee Bird said...

Yvonne -- It is amazing!

Rob -- Ego jab. 'e go ha ha.

Sania -- We hope to hear from many.

JoJo-- You've done great this year! Thank you!

Julia -- It's been a Challenge indeed. Glad you were rewarded by it.

Jolie -- Thank you for all of the work you put into it.

Another - It's pretty random. If I saw someone as I was going through the list I'd add them, but the list is really big and I didn't make it through the whole thing. But leaving a comment here with that thought might help get you some visits.

Susan -- Yes! the other point is visit, comment, and follow other blogs and you should get some reciprocated action.

Katie -- We especially are interested in what new participants have to say.


John Wiswell said...

Who wouldn't take more visitors? But I've enjoyed the challenge. I think it's actually been the easiest month of blogging in my year, barring the disease that kicked my butt in the middle of it.

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Jer said...

Lee, thanks for all the work you and the other members of the team have put into making this Challenge a polished, professional showcase to be proud of, and thanks for always sending some extra love out there to folks who need it.

Laura S. said...

I can't believe how quickly April is flying by. You can tell it's the end because comments and visits have drastically declined this week! I'm looking forward to what everyone has in store for these last few letters, especially X. That's usually a tough one!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Kathleen Jennette said...

Thanks for doing this! I am sure it has been hard work for all the heads of A-Z!
KaTy Did at: Life's Ride As I See It

#1Nana said...

This has been my first year of participation, and although I momentarily questioned the decision to participate around letter K, it has been a great experience. I finally started writing on a cople of topics that I needed to write but never managed to start...just because I was desperate for material. Thank you for providing this opportunity. I'll be back next year.

loverofwords said...

Thanks, Lee for the list. I found some terrific bloggers I would have missed. And you are terrific yourself!

Sharon Himsl said...

Thanks for explaining the Reflections post! I have no idea how you keep up with everyone, but you do. Amazing!! I'll check out the blogs you mention.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

We are almost done. What a challenge, so glad I took part.

Anonymous said...

Yep very vitalizing :)


Jo said...

Even though I had posted my blogs in advance so basically didn't have to worry about them, I still found it pretty tiring keeping up with the comments and visiting so many people. Dunno how some of you manage with working as well.


Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Hi Arlee,
Thanks for sharing this,
We are almost at the finishing line,
Good to know that things are going very smoothly, The late comers are still with us, i visited few of them and commented at their posts,
Need to make some arrangements for the The A to Z Reflections Post!
Happy Days are here again!!!
Best Regards

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed the challenge very much and have found some gorgeous new blogs to follow.

I'd already signed up for the reflections post.

Unknown said...

I can't believe it's nearly over, going to miss it.
maggie at expat brazil

Dee @ A Deecoded Life said...

Thank you so much for featuring my blog! I will definitely sign up for reflections and share my thoughts on being a first time joiner.

Kristen said...

I'll definitely sign up for that hop, because I'm loving this hop! :)

#atozchallenge, Kristen's blog:

Empty Nest Insider said...

Thanks for helping sort out the list, and for another great A to Z! Slowly but surely I'll try to visit these highly recommended bloggers.


Tina said...

Nice explanation of the Reflections - and now we have a link to reference!

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

Unknown said...

This plea really worked! I was away most of yesterday, and when I returned I found lots of comments on these blogs! I'm half way through and stopping because the need has been filled and other duties call. Thanks for a Great Challenge! Mary at Mary A to Z

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lee - you started a wonderful challenge .. it's been a huge amount of fun .. and each year we have some really great new bloggers ...

I know I'll be going through the list once the A-Z is over .. just keeping up and giving value is what I'm trying to do ...

All the hosts and you have done a great service to us .. cheers Hilary