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Friday, April 4, 2014

D for Drive and Determination: #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge is on full swing. We love the variety of blogs we're discovering on our journey through the linky list, and hope you do too.

It is initially a little overwhelming to be hit with so much newness, so we hope you're sticking with it. Drive and Determination will see you through.

Start with the blog below yours on the sign-up list.

Try to visit at least 5 new blogs each day.

Make sure the commenting process on your blog is simple.

Comment on those who comment on you, and more. Leave a link in your comment, so the blogger you commented on can return the favor.

Stick to the AZ calendar for your blog this month.

Most importantly, have fun!

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Have you been on the A to Z Challenge rounds? Got new followers? Have You followed any new blogs?

63 comments:

  1. I have visited several new blogs, and found a few that I like very much. I have bookmarked them. This blogging challenge helps me not only to write regularly but also to meet a number of great writers. Thank you for organizing this.

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  2. It's been quite the ride thus far... moving on with drive and determination!!

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  3. New followers and following new bloggers. It is a great way to find others with similar interests and to widen one's horizons. I started out thinking this might be my second and final A to Z, then I woke up on April 1 with an idea for a theme for next year! Off to check the sign up list! http://suestrifles.wordpress.com

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  4. I am learning a lot of new things and finding some amazing people. It felt a little overwhelming to start but I think I can get the swing of it. :)

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  5. Nice tips, right now I'm sticking with my blog roll and those who comment. I have limited time in the early mornings.

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  6. My planned weekend away is messing with my drive and determination to visit as many blogs as possible....visiting the blogs near you is such a sensible and simple way of everyone getting a chance to be discovered Reflex Reactions

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    1. Love your theme Ida but couldn't find a way to follow you. Could be because I was on mobile app. Idaretobehappy.com

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  7. I'm having so much fun. So many lovely people are taking the time to visit, follow and comment. It's great to break out of my comfort zone and learn new things :)
    http://virtuallyallsorts.wordpress.com

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  8. Brilliant Initiative. But how do I be at part of it. Any special instructions for the challenge?
    http://adkaal.blogspot.com

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  9. Between checking out blogs on the master list and then taking a look at the blogs of those who have left comments on my blog, I've been going through 10-15 new blogs a day, and have started following several of them. It's been a lot of fun so far and I look forward to continuing with the challenge next week!

    Finley Jayne/A-Z April Challenge Theme: Books I HATE
    http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com/

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  10. yes, i have done my rounds. yes, i got new followers and i am following new blogs too. yes, i am returning the favours. yes, i am having loads of fun!!

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  11. feels like treading water at times, but still bobbing around and staying afloat!

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  12. This has been a great experience so far and the first week isn't even finished yet. I'm working on commenting and answering and visiting, all though some days will be easier to do that than others but I'll do what I can.

    LittleCely's Blog.

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  13. I am having fun... Lots of it :) so many new readers and followers :)

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  14. Fun . . . . . I hate Fun . . . I am determined not to have any fun

    Bah HUMBUG

    Rob Z Tobor

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  15. I was unable to visit new blogs yesterday (very bad day) but I did hit all the ones I'm following already. I've run into a lot of bad links though.

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  16. I'm so glad you mentioned the link in the comments. It can be difficult to track someone down if they are on a different blogger than me. Of course, I still haven't figured out a quick way to find people's blogs on g+ either….

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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  17. This is becoming amazing each day... Thanks for this fun challenge!!!
    P.S. Friend connect on some of the blogs is not working including mine, difficult to track other writer's post on G+ with so many different shares on their profile.

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  18. Thanks. So far I'm managing to visit at least 5 new and revisit some of those already known each day. Whew! Hope I can keep it up. So much fun to face this challenge. Cheers, Maria

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  19. Yes, I have met several new people and followed their blogs. This is great, albeit exhausting! ☺ Need more hours in the day, because real life gets in the way, too. Wish I could put some of that on hold! LOL
    Debbie @The Doglady's Den

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  20. I try and click on as many random blogs as I have time for. I know it's more than five!

    Rhi
    scruffy-duck.net // Welsh Bloggers

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  21. Thanks for the great post. One thing I'm finding is wonderful to do is keep commenting on those blogs that commented on your own blog since the beginning.

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  22. My first year doing this, and I'm a bit gobsmacked at times, but discovering lots of new blogs and having fun!

    Kat Sheridan with Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  23. My first time, and I love it!
    Sharon
    idaretobehappy.com

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  24. Sure is a great ride this year, Damy! And it's only the first week. It's going to be such a fun month!

    If and when you find bad links, please report them to your co-hosts, so we can address them as quickly as possible. Thank you.

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


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  25. I have gained new followers, had more visitors and have had more comments than usual. Thank you fellow bloggers for your support! I have fun visiting participating blogger's websites and find the posts to be diverse, thoughtful and interesting. This is a lot of fun but also challenging.

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  26. I popped into five new blogs yesterday and loved every one of them. Now I need a new method of following blogs - I've been putting off replacing igoogle - no more. Need another platform that looks kind of like that and not sure if one exists. Anyway, back to A-Z love how this makes blogging so easy, the ideas flow and the blogs I'm discovering are great!

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  27. I am loving the everyday writing idea.
    Today's post- http://sayantini-bhattacharya.blogspot.in/2014/04/dreamer.html

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  28. Great tips! The hard part for me is to keep up on all the great comments and discussions! A bit overwhelming, but fun nonetheless!

    Mr.McLovin at Fuel For The Furnace

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  29. I do not believe anyone before my name is listening to the instructions. :) Oh well.

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    1. Hi Jenn - I eventually found your blog .. but struggled in via G+ to find a post by you .. and then checked in via the list ...

      You could check in on the people before you too - to say hi ... good luck and enjoy - cheers Hilary

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    2. Thanks, Hilary. I have gone up a few and am working my way below my name. Really just hoping people stop by to enter the giveaways. :)

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  30. Hi Damyanti .. thanks for the reminder .. I've been chasing my tail and looking at some minion style blogs .. but I'll hit a few extra this weekend .. and I know I've got a few newbies over at the blog .. and I'll check in on Jennifer above .. cheers Hilary

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  31. I'm having fun! A bit tired from life obligations, but the A to Z is making my days fun for sure! Drive and Determination, I'm on it! ;)

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  32. This is embarrassing, but I haven't been able to find my blog on the list! I know it's there because I've been getting comments from other A-to-Zers, but I've tried umpteen times to locate mine (so that I could hit the five blogs after it, instead of just randomly hopping around) and can't seem to do it. Can someone tell me what number I am?

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    1. Susan, if you hold down the Ctrl key and type f (on PC) or hold down Command and type f (on Mac), a search box comes up in the top right of your screen. Type your name into it, and you'll find yourself. Make sure you're on the page with the list of names when you do it. :)
      I had to do that to find mine.

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  33. Its hard to get comments back after posting on other's, but... I am Doing and it is fun. I have Discovered many. I think I will hit the above list here to start...

    Katy Did

    Life's Ride In Between

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  34. I hope to get to a lot more new blogs this weekend...

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  35. This has given me a new boost and energy with my writing. It's terrific to be part of a community and share our writing. Participating has made me...happy!

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  36. Drive and determination will see you through anything. :)

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  37. Very good idea of blogging that too in thirty-day month.

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  38. I am enjoying it very much. I have the drive and the determination. I am always on the look out for new blogs who share my similar interests

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  39. It sure has been a great week! So much energy in the air, and so much fun at the twitter chats. If you haven't been to one, join us:
    1 pm EST and 8 pm EST. Just log into twitter and follow the #azchat tag. Be sure to include the #azchat tag in all your tweets so everyone chatting can "see" what you're saying!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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  40. It takes both to survive and thrive in the A to Z Challenge! I get up extra early and stay up late just to visit more blogs.

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  41. It is my first time doing this and I'm loving it! I still have to post today's letter, but I'll get to it :D. Thank you for making this possible, and to those who have visited me! :D.

    Love, Ellie
    http://worldruler007.wordpress.com/

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  42. Hi, I'm thoroughly enjoying pushing my creative muscles on this challenge! The thing is I haven't received any visibility on my posts. I can't see the list of participants on this site anymore, so I'm unable to visit the others or check if my blog is still listed.

    My posts on the challenge are here: http://ideasmithy.wordpress.com/tag/atozchallenge

    Thank you and all the best to everyone else who's participating!

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  43. I'm enjoying this challenge so far! I've met a lot of new people, and I can't wait to meet more!

    http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/
    http://warpednerdiversity.blogspot.com/

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  44. So far so good. This is mine:
    http://imagery77.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-good-drive.html

    Hank

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  45. While I haven't gotten to the list, I have found new blogs thanks to comments on mine. This weekend I'm going to browse the list and see what I find.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

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  46. I've already found a bunch of old friends and added some new. Loving getting back into A-Z!!

    D.B. McNicol
    A to Z: Romance & Mystery...writing my life

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  47. i'm loving it and have already made new friends and added to my circles and bookmarks list. Thanks to all concerned.

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  48. new followers, new blogs, new connections and plenty of adventure. :) I have chuckled and wept and had my thinking tweaked. I am very glad I signed up.

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  49. mine is here http://ussminnow1964.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-z-blogging-challenge-day-4-d.html i have went to some new blogs and found to be interesting, new connections, hopefully will get new followers :) I am loving the adventure

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  50. I have to admit Arlie that the suggestions to follow 5 blogs and th eones below mine is working brilliantly. Being so busy, it does not feel as overwhelming as I had feared.
    Oh by the way I'm here looking for your funny post on twitter. you are getting mentioned on my E post today.
    xo Wendy @ Fabulosity Reads Book Promotions

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  51. Having a lot of fun this year! I began in 2011. This year is very different. I have some old friends I have made from before whom I visit, some friends who have just joined this year for the first time who are doing wonderfully, and I have discovered a whole new group of people whom I really love too! :)

    jean

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  52. It is too much fun to be part of the challenge this year. I am all driven and determined :)

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  53. It's definitely fun but you're right: drive and determination are so important. It's a lot of work, but so worth the effort! It makes me a better blogger.

    Thanks Alex!
    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six
    2014 A to Z Challenge Participant

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  54. It's been great meeting other people, following new blogs and getting thoroughly distracted lol It's going to take Drive and Determination to get to the end, and in my head since the start I've been dreading Z!!!! Looking forward to lots more great reading and writing. Thanks Alex -
    Fil at fil-campbell.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. It is so important to stay determined. Especially to accomplish a task like this.

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  56. It is a long list! I hope to make more rounds today. Glad to be a part of this blogging challenge.

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  57. H Damayanti,
    D for Damayanti LOL
    Good one Determination is a good word.
    yes, need of the hour LOL
    Thanks for this alert
    Philip

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