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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Infectiously Interactive Blogging

“Imagine the possibilities, Isaac. I mean, I can write about anything I want, as long as it’s related to a letter of the alphabet. I only have to write during 26 days in April, giving me Sunday’s off for good behavior. It’s such an innovative way to blog, I just know I can do it!” Isabelle sat idly at her computer, remembering this conversation with her husband last January. Here she was, barely finishing up the second week, and she was feeling the pressure.

She stared down at her cell phone, noticing the text her husband just sent. “Ignore the insecurities, dear. Just do it! You know you can, and when you’re all through, you’ll be so proud and incredibly successful! Now get out there and start blog hopping to get some inspiration. I want to hear all about at least 15 new blog friends you’ve made when I get home.”

“Intuitive as usual,” she replied with a smiley face. Then she infectiously interacted with an increasingly large number of bloggers, and ingeniously scheduled three of her remaining posts.

If Isabelle can do it, so can you!

Thanks for taking part in the A – Z 2014 Blogging Challenge this year!

M. J.

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Photo credit: Nick Michael, Sampler by Elizabeth Laidman (1760), Public Domain

48 comments:

  1. A great post and to think my post for today is on insecurities! Tells a lot but yes I can do it - thank you super team!
    myeverydaypersonal.blogspot.be/

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  2. It is definitely an INDUSTRIOUS journey which is incredible, insightful, inspirational and indescribable…
    Happy I-Day!!

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  3. Now that is an inspired post! LOL! It is a "challenge" for sure, but one I really enjoy. Reminds me that I can do this writing thing on a deadline when I have to!

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  4. Ooh very inspirational. Blogging in incredibly infectious isn't it. Loving this challenge so far! I will survive it!

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  5. I love it! A fabulous journey through our imaginative capabilities, and some interesting insight along the way!

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  6. "Insecurities" is a great one for I!

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  7. Mine on Ingenious here:
    http://imagery77.blogspot.com/2014/04/ingenious-and-ingenuous_9.html

    Hank

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  8. It's those challenging letters of the alphabet that grow my dendrites in the brain - uphill climb but the view is great once I've reached the top! Thank you for your inspiring words!

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  9. Aw that's so sweet of her hubby to offer encouragement. This is my 3rd year of working on A-Z and I'm not sure if my guy really gets what I'm doing....I'm not even sure he knows what blogging is despite my attempts to explain it to him. And sometimes he'll get up before me and see that my blog has automatically posted on Facebook and he says, 'OK I've been up for an hour. How did you post this when you're computer is in here and you were still asleep?' lol

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  10. Awwwww. What an awesome post. Sounds like there was an "i infection" in the house!

    My i is all about.... intrepid today. I've really grown to like that word!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z





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  11. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!! I finally caught up and now have the extra time to make some new blog friends!! I have some encouragement from my peers and a full house at home so reading things like this really make me smile and realize the inspiration for doing this all in the first place!

    Kris
    wtfwidow.blogspot.com

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  12. *blush* My theme for A to Z is so easy it's embarrassing. "Guess the movie from the quote"

    I had all the month's posts done by March 25th.

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  13. incredible. Indeed, I've read some very cool writing and clever posts.
    Indupitably

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  14. Going strong this week too. I hope I keep the momentum :)

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  15. Very cute with all the I's. Great post, as usual. Today's post was a little harder than previous ones, which was odd because I had drafted it a week or so ago. I guess it's to be expected at this stage.

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  16. Dear MJ, you are invincibly convincing :) ! jean

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  17. Insecurities is a good one! I wrote mine on Irrelevant. Great post!

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  18. Motivation dose coming exactly at the right moment !!

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  19. Lots and lots of I's - very inspiring :-) My theme for the day http://detoutcoeurlimousin.blogspot.fr/2014/04/inspiration.html

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  20. Ingenious! http://suestrifles.wordpress.com

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  21. Can't believe it's the ninth day!
    Haiku for this week- http://sayantini-bhattacharya.blogspot.in/2014/04/insight.html

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  22. We can do it guys, almost half way there! Always looking for new blogger friends, so I think this will be a great way to find new ones. :-)
    Mr.McLovin at Fuel For The Furnace

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  23. WOW! I can't believe I've been able to do it everyday so far, even with all my work. Okay, so I'm at the computer from 0:30 am until past midnight, but that's okay. If Isabelle can do it, so can I!
    http://marypurpari.blogspot.com

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  24. How inspiring!

    "Ignore the insecurities, dear. Just do it!" I love that! :D

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  25. Great! :)

    Got a few of the later ones done today, for the week I'll be away from a computer . Really enjoying reading the other posts I'm visiting, although I've slackened off a bit since the first week - saving some for this weekend.

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  26. This has definitely been challenging just as it should and interactive... I've met some great new bloggers I'll continue to follow!

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  27. I want to meet the man who sent a text message like that!! :)

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  28. This post came just at the right time for me ... was beginning to flag and have doubts about some of my scheduled posts. Like you say - just do it. I know I will be happy wi my achievement at the end of April. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Http://in-my-playroom.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. The first year I did A to Z I just blogged about what ever came in my mind.
    Last year, however, I struggled because I chose a theme, "resource management". Instead of writing what was taught I wrote what came to my mind.

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  30. Ingenious use of I's... lol. Thank you for reminding me to go visit new blogs! I've had the opposite problem, lots of ideas, writing is easy but not visiting enough. Time to turn that around!

    http://firebonnet.com

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  31. This is a good booster for me, and I like the creative way it is done. Trying to see as many blogs as able. http://www.writer-way.blogspot.com

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  32. So true about the pressure. It's a real challenge, it pushes you beyond comfort and that's how creativity really starts flowing. So good to see all those blogs! Love being part of it in my own little way!

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  33. Inspirational and insightful. What an intimately involved husband.

    What I like about the A to Z is that the letter is decided on already, you have to then finish the story, which makes it more difficult ... which is a good thing!

    Visiting via A to Z from Pass the Sour Cream

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  34. On another note, I had hope that this challenge might talk people into turning their captchas off and forgetting to turn them back on. Captchas are very, very annoying. VERY. I'm amazed how many captchas I'm solving a day just to comment blogs that are participating in this challenge. I'm thinking about starting an anti-captcha campaign! Maybe if we all protest, people will stop making us solve puzzles before we can comment.

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    1. I detest captcha, I didn't know I had it and turned it off as soon as I knew and it wont go back on. I am no longer adding comments on blogs where I have to type 700 numbers and I find it disappointing when it it too difficult to find a comment box. There are a lot of people who wish to force others to sign up rather than leave a comment. It has been an interesting learning activity that is for sure. :)

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    2. Cecilia, I thought about refusing to leave comments if there's a captcha, but I then realize you don't know until you hit "Publish" and by then you've already typed the comment. Frustrating for sure! I get a few Anonymous comments every now and then that are spam--it's about one a week. I just delete it. Blogger catches the rest. WordPress was really good about catching spam, too. I don't think people realize spam filters are so advanced now, whatever problem they're preventing doesn't really exist anymore.

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  35. I am increasingly intrigued by the dwindling numbers. I started out with intent and set off to explore individual musings on blogs galore and every day I diligently visit five more. My numbers soared at first, visitors with enthusiasm bursting through the pixels then the numbers dwindled and dwindled and now just a few trickle by and say hi. If I make two new friends from all this work it will be worth it but I wonder why the task lost its glow for so many?

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    1. High tide, low tide... still flowing. Some days I barely have time to reply to my own comments. Today I have 5 tabs left from the 33 I opened the other day - it's only midday and I have no intention of getting out of bed anytime soon.
      Ida
      Reflex Reactions

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  36. Wonderful that Isabelle has such a supportive husband! :)

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  37. This is truly inspiring at the right time when I am losing hope :(

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  38. this was immensely intelligent - and it was neither illogical nor inconceivable! And to use a few of your INCREDIBLE words…. this post was

    “Intuitive…. infectious… interactive… and it increased ingeniously as IT interestingly flowed…."

    great post and made me smile. :)
    ~yvette

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