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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#atozchallenge -- Stormy the Weather Gnome talks mid-alphabet slump!


If this is your first year doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, or your fifth, it's easy to get bogged down during the middle of the alphabet.

It's not that M, N, O, and P are boring, it's just that you've been looking at letters for about two weeks and there seems no end in sight!

Well, don't bury your head like an ostrich! 

You must embrace the middle!

You must find your inner motivation!

You must push through those 'sucking you down like quicksand' and 'walking through molasses' letters!

Have a laugh!

Have another!

And then, get right back to work!

The end is near!!!!


Anonymous said...

Great tips, this is my 5th and looking forward to it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

When preparing my posts, that durn Q just past the middle gave me the usual headaches.

JoJo said...

Loved the gnome pics!! Too funny!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Halfway is half finished - get excited, people!

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I've only done the challenge once before, but I did fine through the middle. It was around letter S or T that I started to fizzle. I made it, but it was hard at the end. I'm getting all my posts done ahead of time this year so I don't have to worry about that happening again! Love the gnome pics!! Too funny.

Laura S. said...

Post more cute Stormy pictures in the middle of April and that'll boost everyone's spirits!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Swathi Shenoy said...

taking part for the first time! and hoping that I can do it till the end!!

AJ Lauer said...

So excited! I just finally picked a theme and haven't written a single post, so I'm totally not worried about the middle of the alphabet yet. There's plenty of time for that :)

Rob Z Tobor said...

I eat cake and ice cream and shout at folk . . . . . it kind of helps loads.

Rob Z Tobor

Anonymous said...

Stormy is soooo cute! Can he come play with us over at Unconventional Librarian?

Arlee Bird said...

The half-way point is where some bloggers give up on the A to Z. I figure if you've gotten that far then the rest of the way is just coasting to the end.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's sneaking up on us faster all the time, isn't it?

MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Writing Tips
Effectively Human
Lots of Crochet Stitches

Jo said...

Good push for everyone. I'm pleased to say mine are all done so I can sit on my laurels and gloat at those who haven't finished yet.

Frankie Miller said...

I'll have to get moving on this. I've really got to go ...

Anonymous said...

got to love it I can't wait to start the challenge this year!

Andrea said...

L, M, N....the prequels to Q...eeeeeeeeeeek!

Indywrites said...

Yes, the middle is where the flab is, slowing us down. .....The funny gnome will boost our morale and we will re-read this post again.

Ida Thought said...

What, no mention of copious amounts of alcohol? I have pre-written some posts this year, I started with M, and a few other random, middle of the alphabet letters, I forgot about Q - I have no idea where I am up to right, I just hope to get pleasantly surprised during the slump -

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Heather M. Gardner said...

Great comments everyone!
It's good to see some of you have it all figured out!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Dear Heather, this is so funny I am elated that I am back in the challenge as usual this year, If ever I feel uninspired I shall recall your post, HERE! xox jean

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Heather .. it sure is near isn't .. better get writing .. otherwise Mr StormyWeatherGnome will fly over and do something and I'd rather cope myself methinks ...

Here's a happy time to one and all .. cheers Hilary

Tina said...

When we get bogged down, all we have to do is go visit Stormy! He certainly cheered me up and got me going this morning! I haven't gotten any posts up, though I have three hand-written ones (something I never do, but hey, you adapt to your circumstances...). One tip I have is to pre-load your post. Here's what I mean.

1) Download all the letters Jeremy, our digital guru made. They're up there under the banners and badges tab.

2) Go in and start a post, insert the correct letter, pre-schedule it for the right day (he also made a calendar so it's easy to find the right day, and there's a list of the days and letters in the FAQ, also a tab above)

3) Don't know how to pre-schedule? That's in the FAQ, too.

4) If you know your topic for the day, if you've planned that far ahead, go ahead and put the title of your post, if not, just put the letter.

Now when you go to write the post, all you need is the words, and maybe the pictures, if you're using them, and all you have to do is hit publish, because the day and time is already set.

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Elsie Amata said...

This is my first Challenge and I'm really excited about participating and helping out too. I think knowing I have someone relying on me to help them out will deter me from getting to bogged down. I'm in the middle of finishing my posts today. That's my goal into next week. Get them all done so I can sit back and enjoy it.

Great tips - thanks!!

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Michelle Wallace said...

This is my fourth challenge... and I'm EXCITED!!
I LOVE the A to Z Challenge!

Anonymous said...

I have about half mine posted. (as a test hoping this blog takes html)
Homecoming Blog
Stormy's Sidekick
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Heather M. Gardner said...

You guys are the best!
Thanks for all the great comments!