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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wouldn't You Like to be a Helper, Too?

Wanna help us out? We're seeking administrative assistants to help do some of the behind the scenes grunt work with us. 

Why would I want to do that? Here are some perks to consider:

  1. You'd get a special badge emailed to you to display on your blog showing your prestigious status. Most of the co-hosts have their own, personalized badges displaying their assistants, and we all stick them in our sidebars too, so everyone would know whose slave, er, helper, er, assistant you'd be. Um, you might also be called a minion. In the most kindest of “we loved those movies sort of way.”
  2.  You'd also be listed as an assistant on the A-Z Challenge Blog and that would probably bring you more traffic since a LOT of people read this blog. (You can check out last year's list in the tabs above to know what I'm talking about.)


Are you game? Here's how it works. Each team member wants their own number of volunteers, and will choose their volunteers in their own way. Some co-hosts need many. Some want none. Volunteer in the comments, and each co-host will choose their assistants based on their own criteria, which are actually different for each of us.

Make sure your email shows up when you comment so that the co-host who picks you can contact you. We traditionally (in the whole other year we tried this...) had way more volunteers than open spaces, so please don't be sad if you don't get picked. Get out there, visit a lot of blogs, make connections with the community and try again next year. We are ALL about making connections and friends and building relationships. We just tend to pick the people we already have a connection with. Not a popularity thing, just a product of what we're trying to achieve. COMMUNITY.


Questions? Stick 'em in your comments, or send to the new infoatoz2014@gmail.com. Be aware there you'd get me (Tina) because that's one of my jobs. So you might as well email me directly with general questions.  My email is tndowney (at) gmail (dot) com.  Either one is fine, just I check my own more often.

So if you'd like to work hard, for no money, but lots of recognition and praise, consider volunteering. We're a crazy bunch of folks, but you knew that already. I mean, a blog-hop with 2000 people? That's nuts already. But the best gig in blogland. Don't miss out if you want in!




~ Tina, on behalf of the entire A-Z Team

46 comments:

  1. I'm a nobody but happy to help if anyone ever needs :)

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  2. Hi, happy to be a minion :)
    suzanne.sapsed@gmail.com
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    x

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  3. @Runner 5: I didn't mean to imply that if you were new you didn't stand a chance. Just trying to give new folks "the lay of the land". You were first! That's says a lot. Glad to meet you. I was a distance runner for 20 years. Damn ankle...

    @ Suzanne Sapseed: Thanks for volunteering. I'm wondering if you have Triberr experience...

    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge


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  4. Wonderful post as usual, Tina. Yes, the team needs helpers. I know I could use a few AZTechs to join me.

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  5. Love your spirit, Tina. That was a wonderful post.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  6. Hi Tina - just been reading about Triberr, looks quite easy x

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  7. I am one of the co-hosts who is in need of some good wHooligans to help me out. Comment here or stop by Naturally Sweet to let me know if you're interested!

    AJ @ Naturally Sweet

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  8. I would love to help where needed. Please sign me up! I am currently an E-marketing & E-public Relations Representative for Hierophant Publishing and absolutely love what I do. Thank you!

    Warm Regards, Jamie

    P.S. Message to "Runner 5": everyone is a *somebody* and that includes you! ;)

    http://heavenlyinspiration.wordpress.com/

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  9. I would love to help in any way I can.
    TaMara - peedeemama @ gmail.com

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  10. I'm in for minioning if you need me. Also I screwed up when posting on the Linky and didn't put my blog category. I'd fix it, but Linky won't let me. Anyone know how to delete and start again?

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  11. Hi, I'm Tizzy and I've participated in the A-Z challenge twice now.
    I'm considering being a minion as I enjoy helping out and organising things. I just wondered if you could explain a little more about what responsibilities we would have or how much time we would need to dedicate?

    I'm so up for it but I get married a few days after A-Z finishes so April may be a busy month for me and I just want to see if I could realistically commit to it before I sign up.

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  12. Shelina here, a willing volunteer! Just let me know what you need.

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  13. Oops! Bet an email would help...

    shelinawriterinspired (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I too am among the Co-Hosts who are seeking volunteers to join my team of minions. One of my former minions who ROCKED at the job, became an Official A-to-Z Co-Host this year, so those are some big shoes to fill! It's going to be fun to see who is up for the task.

    ~Nicole

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  15. Now that I'm retired I'm a little out of practice being a minion, but I have time and I'd be happy to help. Last year was my first participating in A to Z and I enjoyed getting out of my usual blog neighborhood and seeing more of the blogosphere. I'm up for a challenge.

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  16. I'll help if you're short, but if you have more volunteers than slots, I am happy to simply join in the challenge.

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  17. Tizzy, that is a great question!
    For the most part, Minions help with two things:

    List maintenance - checking to make sure people are still participating, and that they're legit (i.e. not spammers or just ad sites)
    Cheering squad - encouraging the folks on your section of the list so they feel good about continuing through the Challenge.

    I think I spent about 30 minutes per day doing minion duties last year. We do encourage minions to get as much of their writing for the month done in advance so they aren't overwhelmed but that obviously depends on how you want to structure your time.

    I think if you're worried about it creating stress in your life, you might want to wait till next year. No sense in adding overwhelming'ness before your big day. On the other hand, you might appreciate the distraction :) Up to you!

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  18. ran across you From This Side of The pond would love to be your shipmate.

    gilliannsplace@gmail.com

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  19. Hi Tina
    I'd be happy to help.
    I blog at http://shilpaagarg.com/
    My mail id is : shilpaagarg@gmail.com
    Cheers :)

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  20. Hi .... I'd be happy to help.
    My mail id is sheethalsusan@yahoo.com
    :)


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  21. Very happy to be a slave, of whom extraordinary and wonderful empires are hugely indebted...

    May your community also go down in history! :)

    Box me at james.haydon00@gmail.com

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  22. As many of you know I am a rebellious chap and never quite obey rules . . . . It is just the way I am, I am far to old to change now......

    Anyway I have given it some thought and am happy to put my name in the pot as a possible helper/assistant on the grand A to Z. However you need to remember I am a bit maverick, but on the positive side a great fan of the A to Z.

    If you all think YICKS not him again, well thats OK I will then see you all at the letter A. I am not on the list yet as I plan to be near the bottom of it this year.

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  23. Hi, just updating you on a change to my blog address: http://jamiebarone.wordpress.com/

    I would love to help where needed. Please sign me up! I am currently an E-marketing & E-public Relations Representative for Hierophant Publishing and absolutely love what I do. Thank you!

    Warm Regards, Jamie

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  24. Hi Tina. I was waiting for final confirmation from AJ in accepting me as a minion. It would be great to hear from you or AJ.
    Regards
    Kripali
    @precarious_me
    precari0us.wordpress. com

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  25. Hi Tina (and the rest of the team),

    Would be very happy to volunteer as a minion. :)

    This will be my third year (and fourth blog) doing the Challenge.

    Really looking forward to it already. You can contact me at printedportal[at]gmail[.]com

    Cheers,

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  26. Hey guys I love this time of year. I finally figured out my theme and I am ready to rock and roll. I am down to help if you still need it so just let me know. My blog is Fangirl Next Door.

    Good Luck everyone!

    Teresa

    fangirlnextdoor@gmail.com

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  28. Jamie -- If no one else has asked you, I'd like to have you on my team. Let me know if you're interested. I've left a message on your most recent blog post. I've made note of your link correction and hopefully it will be fixed soon.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  29. Hi Tina, I think I am a bit late here, Anyways, So glad to join in
    Have a wonderful blogging time ahead.
    Best Regards
    Phil

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  30. I am a yes girl. Would love to help out.
    doreenb8 at Verizon dot net

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  31. I'm calling on Doreen to help my team.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  32. I'd love to minion-around. Participated in the A to Z challenge in 2013. I learned a lot...shared a lot...and came away from the event a thrice-a-week-blogging girl. It boosted my writing morale and has set my platform. Blast-off!

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  34. I've never been a minion before. Do they spend us somewhere special to learn? :O)

    luann dot braley at gmail dot come

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  35. If anyone still needs help I will be glad to assist. I'm doing A to Z anyhow majk dot safireblade at gmail dot com is my email.

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  36. I'd be happy to be a minion. I don't work so I have plenty of time to help out. I loved helping with IWSG, it was a ton o' fun.

    Feel free to email me if you still need someone.

    Be well,

    Elsie

    mock.turtle.musings at gmail

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  37. Wait, Pam says there's cake for her team? Yummy!

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    1. YES!! If you're game hit me up Unconventionallibrarian@gmail.com

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  38. Minion me up! I'm all about the encouragement. Here's what helps, I'm an Executive Assistant! Organization of others - super easy. Just don't ask how many baskets of clean laundry are in my room or how many times my kids have gone to school without their lunch. No! They didn't starve. I don't think. ;)

    http://fillingmyprayercloset.com
    fillpraycloset(at)gmail(dot)com
    @fillpraycloset

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  39. I really want to be a minion so command me oh great one..lol,
    Seriously though I have a lot of time on my hands as I am currently disabled and cannot work and going crazy.( Thank God for my wonderful supportive wife Mindy)
    My blog is just getting started though.:(

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  40. Andrew, I would be honored to have you on my Alliance. Zip me an email at Unconventionallibrarian@gmail.com and you're in!


    anyone else who needs a home, please consider yourself welcome to email me as well.

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  41. (waving) Hello everyone! It's not too late to join the my CAKE party. If you want to be wanted I want you! Email me at Unconventionallibrarian@gmail.com and we'll get you the team jersey and...CAKE!

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    1. Hi Pam (waving back)
      Do you have room for one more?
      Luna

      (I'll email as well. lucysdream@gmail.com)

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    2. Luna there is ALWAYS more cake for one more! Can't wait to hear from you.

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