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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's Not Over Until It's Over! Time to Reflect

The "I Survived" Badge Is Ready!
      Thanks to our in-house art guru, Jeremy Hawkins from Retro-Zombie, we have available for all of you who finished this year's A to Z Challenge a badge for you to proudly display on your site to show all the world of your amazing April feat.  Congratulations to all of you!

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Reflections Post 2013

         By now you have probably heard mention of this Reflections Post.  Those who are past A to Z participants are undoubtedly familiar with this Reflections Post and may have done one in previous years.  For those who don't understand what this is all about, I'm here to explain it to you.

          The A to Z Reflections Post is a post presented on your own blog site giving the A to Z Team, the other Challenge participants, and any other readers your thoughts about this year's April Challenge.  The way you present your post is up to you.   Essentially you can take the same approach with this post as you did your other Challenge posts.

          We are looking for feedback about the Challenge.  Tell us what you liked and didn't like, what worked and what didn't.   If you have suggestions about making future A to Z Challenges better, this is a good time to let us know.  You can highlight other bloggers who you felt did an outstanding job or direct us to specific posts that particularly impressed you or that you found to be very helpful.

          In other words, we want to know how the A to Z Team did and how the Challenge worked for you.  If you'd do it again, tell us why.  If you would never consider A to Z again, let us know what would make you feel that way.

         Please put up your Reflections post between now and Thursday May 9th.  After your post has gone online you can add the link to that specific post to the Linky List once it has opened starting Thursday night.  Enter the link that goes directly to your Reflections post and not your general blog address.  The list will remain open for entries for one week and will be accessible for the remainder of this year.

         The list is intended for A to Z Reflections posts only.  Any links to advertising sites or non-relevant posts will be removed from the list.    And remember that these posts will be directed to a diverse audience of varying ages and sensibilities so please respect others by refraining from posting obscene materials or hurtful attacks upon others.  We want a productive interchange of ideas that can lead to positive innovation.

Coming Soon!  The A to Z Road Trip!

       Details for this will be coming on this blog in the next few weeks.  Be watching for more information about this event.

       If you still have questions please let them be known in the comment section.  

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  1. Is there a code for the badge or just save the image.

  2. LOVE IT! I am so happy I could pull this off. Thank you so much for a fab opportunity Arlee. Had a ball writing everyday.


  3. Mine's just about ready for final publishing in a day or so. Will add my link then! :) Thanks again to all the hosts for a successful month!

  4. Thank you so much for organizing the A-Z!

  5. What an amazing ride! And well done to the hosts for all their hard work. I'm going to reflect further over the next couple of days (and sleep) then prepare my post!

  6. Got my posts written, but am curious now about the road trip...will be checking in again.
    Flat Stanley

  7. ROAD TRIP!!!!!!! I'm all in. That means I can leave California and go somewhere else. Yahoo!


    This was an amazing journey through You Tube for Music from A-Z. Can't wait to see what the road trip will be about. Thank you for this opportunity to learn about music.

  9. Question: Where can I send the bottles of wine for you all to celebrate? I appreciate every one of you and your dedication to see us through to the finish line! It's been a great ride!

  10. I'll take a bottle of wine! What a lovely gesture!

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

  11. Thanks for all the teams hard work in making this possible, and so much fun!

  12. Bill -- For now it's save the image or copy and paste. If someone comes up with the code we'll put it up in the side bar and on the page for badges.

    Thank you all of you for your comments and kind words. Be watching for Road Trip information to come.


  13. The A to Z Challenge was a great experience for me and I thank everyone who made it possible and all those who visited my blog during the challenge.

  14. I need a logo that says I BARELY survived. lol Oh man.

  15. Such a positive experience :)

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  16. We all survived. We all survived! Hey! Hey!

    Shirletta @ Shirleyisnotmyname

  17. I shall do my reflections post when I'm ready.

    I want to say how much I admire those of you who subjected yourself to a month long challenge. Although I think it's way too long a challenge, kudos to you all.

    Gary, who ironically promoted this challenge without actually participating!

  18. Hi Arlee,
    Thanks a lot for your relentless service to the blog community and
    and especially for the a to z challenge participants.
    It was a lovely experience to taste LOL. I really enjoyed it and waiting for the rest of the activities
    Keep Going
    Keep inform

  19. Arlee,

    I want to thank you (specifically) for the reminder email about this challenge.

    Though I didn't think that I could catch up getting started five days late, nor did I "keep up" throughout the month, there were days that I was able to tap into some sort of creative energy that I didn't know was possible.

    Thank you for the construct/strategy to get this done. I am so grateful, as you have jump-started something that I must begin in May.

    Thank you again.

    Beyond Life's Challenges

  20. At times I felt hamstrung as I am a blatherer and I digress all over the place and usually get back to the point. Yet, this was a completely, hopelessly, deliriously wonderful experience and one I hope to repeat next year! Plus, it was awesome for the writing chops and forced brevity upon me; well, most of the time.

    I started with a list of words and consistently changed them at the last minute. I've always lived recklessly, dangerously and write the same way, as well. I am the Nic Cage of blogging (sort of.) I'm not afraid to tell people that I've been committed and yes, I do have little "visitors" from time to time. I am not quite right in the head, but my heart is right. That's all that counts. Arlee, Damyanti, and all of the other co-hosts, thank you so much for this opportunity to share and write in a new venue.

    As I start a new journey into the unknown, clinical trials for Young Onsets Parkinson's Disease, I hope to become a tad less elusive and a bit more user-friendly. Life in general makes everything harder right now and your understanding and kindness has been astounding. Thanks again for a newbie.

  21. Yea! Five blogs entered and five blogs a to z'd...woohoo! Onto reflections and looking forward to the road trip...Thanks to all! This has been quite the ride this year!

  22. Great job on the badge, Jeremy! :)

  23. Woot! Congrats to everyone who survived the Challenge. I had a blast this year.

  24. This was plenty of fun. I'll do it again next year. Thanks so much for helping make this possible, Nicole.

  25. This is great, you mean the badge is mine to take? Wow
    Thanks for coming up with the A to Z challenge. This was my third year and it is nice every time. God Bless!

  26. Thanks, you guys! All I can say is that I am glad that I got my posts done ahead of time, because I began working full time teaching a 2/3's preschool class on April 1st. I was zonked out. I didn't get much visiting in, unless is was returning the favor to my commenters, but I made new friends and gained a few followers.

    This is my 3rd year of seeing it through to the end, and I appreciated all of your hard and dedicated work.

    Kathy M.

  27. I need a code for my blog. Do you have one for the survivor badge.

  28. Thanks for another great challenge. If we bloggers thought we had a heavy workload, what of all those organisers! Thank you!

  29. The road was a little different this year and a little rougher...but I vow to make it through each and every time. I also enjoy the reflections opportunity.

    Great work all you co-hosts and minions!!

  30. Yay! Off to put the badge up on my blog. I've had a wonderful time, met so many great people, and have improved my blogging skills. Can't wait to write my reflection post.

    Rinelle Grey

  31. Love the badge! Thanks so much all of you for guiding and cheering us through the 2013 challenge. It was a blast, I loved visiting such a varied group of blogs and meeting so many warm and wonderful bloggers. The reflection post is percolating...

  32. Whooo Hooo! This was my first time in the challenge, and I am so glad I could pull it off :D :D

  33. Thanks for the badge, I enjoyed being a part of this this group, and its a great feeling to have completed this challenge, thanks to the team, that was very supportive and encouraging ! I feel a lot richer ! Thank you !!

  34. Thank you so much for this badge. I look forward to showing off.


  35. I'm not seeing a Linky List, so here is the link to my summary.
    A couple of other teammates also wrote a sum-up. It pretty well reflects what I said in mine.

  36. Yay victory badges! There a few things in this word that make me so happy!

    And I will certianly stayed tuned for more info on the road trip to find out out what it is and how I can be part of it!

  37. Good job, as always, by Arlee and his team.

  38. Thanks to Arkee and all the helpers. Thus. Was an amazing challenge as always

  39. Thanks to the entire team for all your work. It was an inspiring month!

  40. Congrats to all who ran the race and finished. Congrats to Lee for the brilliant A-Z Challenge idea. Congrats to all the helpers which I know makes it move along more smoothly.

  41. The badge is sitting proudly on my blog. Congrats to all who completed, and to those who made a great effort! :)

    #atozchallenge reflections on Kristen's blog: A to Z Reflections


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