Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Want to Join Us for the ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP?

Hi Guys, and welcome to the 2013 Post A-to-Z Road Trip!

Feel free to snag this badge for your own blog!

Despite quite a bit of late snow here in Colorado, including a lovely blizzard on May Day, I'm totally ready to get back on the road. Blue skies, black roads, yellow lines, and the sound of my tires on the pavement. I want to feel the heat, smell the wildflowers and chlorine.

But most of all, I want to visit the rest of the A-to-Z Challenge participants. I definitely didn't have time to visit everyone during the Challenge, so now is the time. 

What are the technicalities? There aren't many. The linky opens today. Sign up if you'd like to come with us on a summer of fun, visiting fellow A-to-Z'ers, discovering new blogs. We'll close the linky in December, meaning you can waffle all the way until then. And though it will be closed in December, that doesn't mean you have to stop. The linkies will still be available for visit up to the 2014 Challenge.

We'll have occasional check-ins, but there's nothing required of you other to make whatever effort you like to visit participants of the 2013 A-to-Z Challenge.

We won't be alone on this road trip. No, Tina will be revising her role as my lovely co-host, and Nicole will be joining us for the first time this year! 

As we get started, Tina has some pointers for you, and Nicole's got something to say, so I'll hand the floor over to them. 

See you on the road!

~Shannon, The Warrior Muse

I'm excited about this 3rd road trip! First of all, did you know that it was because Shannon and I organized the Post-Challenge Challenge in 2011 that we got chosen as co-hosts? Pretty cool. Then in 2012 we renamed it the more apt “road-trip”. History lesson over! We're really glad to have Nicole to take some driving shifts.  The more the merrier the trip!

Tips for the road: you're in charge. Want to visit one new blog a day? Want to visit hundreds of blogs a day? No problem. You're driving. Unless you hitch a ride with a friend, which I think is a good idea. Accountability and all that, not that this is a diet or a competition or anything. It's just some friends hanging out and continuing visiting.

Some strategies you might want to try:
Visit all the blogs with your same category
Visit all the blogs whose names intrigue you
Visit all the even (or odd) blogs
Start from where you left off and keep on truckin'...

Whatever you do, don't forget that this trip is a journey, not a destination. Signing up on the linky doesn't mean you're committing to visiting ALL the blogs. All you're saying is, “I ain't done yet.” We'll have some encouraging rah rah posts along the way, and a chance for you to share your best “finds” along the road. Personally, I like those little Mom and Pop cafes that are off the beaten road, and the food is real and so is the atmosphere – so cool but unknown blogs that need some customers!

Keep track of your finds, give us a holler if you run out of gas or need your tire changed. We're here as your guides – we've journeyed similar roads in the past! Good luck, and drive carefully.

Maps - Check! iTunes – Check! GPS - Check? Water – Check!

I’m ready to hit the road with Shannon and Tina for this Post A-to-Z Road Trip that’s taking us over some commenting highways, down a few tweeting tunnels, up through subscribing/following bridges and back again. One of the most exciting things about this trip are the fellow drivers and carpools accompanying us as we stop in towns all across the country to find out what each and every person in our alphabet network is cooking up on his or her blog.

Want to know a secret? We’re also taking advantage of some uncharted territory – back roads and routes that have little to no traffic signs – which means there are no set rules for how or where you drive your vehicle, no speeding limit for how fast or slow you go and most importantly, zero guidelines for where you choose to park your vehicle throughout our cross-country journey. I’ll be offering up some refreshments at rest stops, accompanied by tips and tricks that you can use to keep you on course – until we’ve racked up enough miles, stories and traveling buddies that will get us through another 26 days of blogging in April or any other month for that matter.

Honk if you’re packed in, gassed up, buckled up and ready to join us on the road for some sing-a-longs, games, rest-stop snacking and much more cruising through lanes of A-to-Z blogs!

~Nicole, The Madlab Post

Sign up here for the Post A-to-Z Road Trip!


Dee @ A Deecoded Life said...

I love the road trip metaphors! Looking forward to a fun road trip ahead. :)

Anonymous said...

I signed up but it don't appear to work.
Where did I go wrong.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon, Tina and Nicole - looking forward to meeting up for a few picnics along the way ... I'll toddle through and I'm sure find a few new friends along the way ..

Yvonne .. you entered the wrong details the web address comes first ... give it another go ..

Cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

I'm in!
There's so many more blogs I want to read :)


Tina said...

Um, I'm in! Duh. Glad for your enthusiasm, all of you early birds!

Linky questions should be addressed to Shannon who will be our list master for this adventure.

Yvonne - looks like you got it figured out! So glad to have THE original A-Zer on board!

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

Rob Z Tobor said...

I am working my way through the A to Z list fairly well, so I will add myself to the list meandering along the road and off into the sunset of cyberspace.

Rob Z Tobor

lyndagrace said...

My goal is to get through the whole list. I especially want to do this because I know there are some precious gems out there that I should not miss.

Arlee Bird said...

I can't think of better trip guides than Shannon, Tina, and Nicole. We're gonna have a great Road Trip.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Unknown said...

Oh I am so pleased that the party isn't over, I'm packed and ready for a road trip, lets roll.
see you all soon:))

maggie at expat brazil

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Hi Hi Shannon, Tina and Nicole,
Glad to join in, Though i do some kind of road trip to different destination, this will be my first trip with a company of wonderful people. lol. I am sure this trip will be fun and will surely add more color and vigor to our blog pages with more comments and more new faces at the followers space.
Ha, I have a small advice, pl take care while you do the trip, and note that speed kills too. LOL
Have a wonderful and joyous time ahead,,,.....
Phil @ Philipscom
An ambassador to A to Z Challenge @ Tina's Life is Good
And My Bio-blog

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great idea, will join when my computer woes are fixed.

The Poet said...

Hello all.
I missed this year's challenge, but I've signed up for the road trip. Hope I'm not breaking any rules. I managed to get about half way on last year's trip, but had to pull off the road due to running out of gas! I'm hoping to finish this one. Happy travels everyone!

Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...

Tina said...

@Andy - the Road Trip is open to anyone! Glad you're joining us!
Tina @ Life is Good

Unknown said...

I just was kindly informed that I mistyped the url in my link. Could you delete #50, "Jaimie @ Living in the Light," please? I'll add a correct link in spot 57. :) Thanks!

Also, I'm really looking forward to this! I didn't visit nearly as many blogs as I wanted to during the Challenge, so this is a great opportunity to meet more people.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! I was feeling sad that I had missed so many blogs, but not anymore. Looking forward to the road trip!

Rinelle Grey

Sandy said...

I've continued to visit from the original linky, and the reflections linky, so pretty excited about a road trip. Forgot to check in yesterday or would have been here sooner. Gassed up and ready to go. Planning to start from the top down for one blog, bottom up for another blog, will come up with something creative for the 3rd blog.

Kim Van Sickler said...

And away we go!

Unknown said...

Sounds like fun. I certainly didn't get to visit as many blogs as I wanted to.

Sandy said...

Getting a virus warning when I try to click on #14 Debra Maulding above. It says this may be a trick you are attempting to signin as ...blah blah blah.

Unknown said...

Hi Shannon, Tina and Nicole,
I've signed up. I have a link to all of my A to Z - posts and I'm ready to start visiting the posts that I missed.
Great idea.
Best wishes,

Sandy said...

Getting a virus warning on #21 Clean Slate

Sandy said...

#23 is not a blog, it's static webpage profile for a writer

Kristen said...

How fun! I've actually been talking about doing this on my blog anyway. I'd like to visit them all over the next year. :)

Unknown said...

This is a great idea. I don't feel like I got to read as much as I wanted to during the challenge. This is nice to be able to take my time...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this opportunity for this road trip. To explore other profiles and see new identities and learn has been so much fun.

Sandy said...

Woot woot, it's official. Between Flat Stanley, Oozing out my Ears, and Traveling Suitcase (my 3 blogs that were in the a-z), I've hit everyone on the road trip...well except those pesky google+ that have their settings such that you can't comment unless you join.

Still blogging after a-z

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hi, I didn't think I was going to do the road trip, but then I said to myself, "Why not?" So, here I go, starting at the end rather than the front of the "line". Since I have no idea who've I've visited, I shall start anew. Thanks for a place to hang out this summer. :-)