Friday, February 14, 2014

How Important is #Collaboration in the #Blogging Community? #atozchallenge

Composers for Relief: An Album of Collaboration
Arlee Bird started the A to Z April Blogging Challenge to encourage a feeling of community amongst bloggers-- scores of bloggers have benefited through this challenge and will do so again this year. This was made possible through the collaboration of the co-hosts, (Lee, Alex, TinaJeremy, Nicole, Stephen, Heather, AJ, MJ Pam, and yours truly,of course.

Today, one of the members of #TeamDamyanti , +Samantha Geary Jones, is here with a post on collaboration, and how it resulted in an awesome project that might help lives come back to normal in the typhoon-ravaged areas of Philippines. Take it away, +Samantha!
We all have hopes and dreams. Our hope is our strength. It’s what inspires us to be greater. What pushes us to venture beyond what we know and take a chance. A chance to inspire. A chance to be inspired. A chance to make a difference.

Imagine what we can accomplish, together.

When talents and dreams converge--that’s when the real magic begins.

And that’s exactly what happened in December of 2013. In the tragic wake of the worst natural disaster in Philippines history, over 30 compassionate composers and 28 amazing authors from across the globe, collaborated on a compassionate project to support the relief efforts in the most devastated areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The charity event began with the Composers for Relief album--28 tracks embodying a sense of hope and triumph from the brilliant minds of film composers and musicians. Each track inspired an author’s tale, reflecting the soul of the notes with well woven words. These 29 stories transport you Beyond the Binding of the imagination in heart pounding sci fi, enchanting fantasy and gripping slices of realism.

Even now, the collaboration has captured the creative minds of film students at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia, whose GLOBAL VISUAL HARMONIES project, under the direction of Ray Kril, adds a stunning element of hope in the form of short films inspired by the album.
I can’t think of a better way to build a community--one that transcends crafts and continents, cultures and creeds. Consider collaborating with your fellow bloggers and friends, authors and artists, musicians and filmmakers. 

That’s what the A to Z challenge is all about, coming together as a blogging community. In this challenge bloggers from all fields are welcomed, and it can become a cauldron of collaborative creativity.

Let’s take it to the next level-- reach out to one another. Take a chance. YOU can make a difference--you need only try. It’s amazing what we can accomplish, together. 

Begin the journey today by visiting the other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge Sign-up list. Or take part in the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal. By the time the challenge starts, you would have made friends, and who knows, even thought of a project to do together-- which would enrich your life, and that of others.

Beyond the Binding is available NOW on Amazon & Smashwords in all ebook formats . Cover designed by Jennifer Redstreake Geary

Composers for Relief is available NOW on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby & Spotify

 Have you taken part in a creative, collaborative project? Teamed with other bloggers to create something new, hosted a blogging event together? Has the A to Z challenge resulted in creative ideas of collaboration for you?


Vidya Sury said...

So exciting to see you posting here today, Samantha! Truly, one of the best things about the AtoZChallenge is the community. Hey, it is how we connected! Loving the togetherness.

And? So privileged to be part of "Beyond the Binding"


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Jemima Pett said...

This is a great - and inspiring - project. Congratulations and I hope it does really well.

Proud to be on #TeamDamyanti with you.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It was an amazing project. Community is so important.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing idea! The idea of a creative college sounds great too. There is no better collaborative method than the A to Z challenge!

Jessica Marcarelli said...

Love that this is being featured here. It was - and is! - an amazing project that is made all the more impacting through the time and effort shown by the blogger/online community!

SF & Fantasy Writer
Visions of Other Worlds
Twitter: @jmarcarelli

Unknown said...

Many thanks for having me here today, Damyanti, and for joining the Composers for Relief project:)

That's right, Vidya! You're a VIP at many of my parties:)

Thank you, Jemima:) I'm thrilled to have met you!

One of these days, Alex, I shall pull you into my world:)


Arlee Bird said...

Words well written. Community is a great way to get things done effectively.

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Rob Z Tobor said...

Community and Collaboration is a great thing indeed and I am out to do my bit in the A to Z. . . . .

But I am just a bit of a rebel and have always found it much easier to do my own thing out in the hills of the English Welsh borders being grumpy and shouting BAH- HUMBUG at everyone......

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Well said! I enjoy writing for writing's sake, but working with like-minded people always gives a lot of extra motivation, especially if we collaborate across art forms! The A to Z community has been great about opening up connections between pockets of people with similar interests. I'm looking forward to this year's new additions! :)


Shannon Lawrence said...

Well said, Sam! I love the blogging and writing communities, and I've enjoyed being pushed creatively in the brilliant collaborations you've come up with.

Guilie Castillo said...

Excellent post, Sam. Building a community, feeling like part of something, is what I think breathes the winds that can lift humanity--as a whole, as individuals--beyond the commonplace. Blogging is all about community, although sometimes it doesn't feel that way, especially when you're starting out. For the first few months I was blogging, back in 2011, it felt like speaking to the wall. Then I found Damyanti, and she pointed me towards the A-to-Z challenge... And nothing was ever the same again :)

Tina said...

Oh I'm so glad this was featured here after reading about it at both Sam's and Vidya's blogs. This is exactly what we are about here: coming together as a community to help our world. But first we gotta head on out and meet and greet! It's never too early - the list is live!
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge