Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up, Up, and Away #atozchallenge

English: Hot air balloons, San Diego, California
English: Hot air balloons, San Diego, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


       So you're thinking that it's time to wind down with the blogging?  April has been grueling for some of you.   Some got stuck a ways back and linger on a letter from earlier in the alphabet.  But you who endured are ready to hang it up and give it a rest...

         Not so fast!  The A to Z jig may be up but now it's up, up, and away with better blogging!

          Do you feel like your blogging and writing has gotten better during the month of April?   I hope so because that's partly what the Challenge is all about.   Did your follower numbers go up?   They should have if you were networking like you should have.    Did your comments go up?  Again it's a matter of networking in the proper way.

          Bottom line is did you learn anything new in April?  About yourself or about blogging?   Or how about all of the great information presented in the participant posts?   There was a real wealth of learning experience to be had on all accounts.

          What's up next?   How about the Reflections Post coming up on Monday May 5th.  If you choose to participate in this event--and I encourage you to do so--on May 5th you can sign up your link to your post reflecting on your A to Z Challenge experience.  

           Tell us about how your April went.  Offer your suggestions for making the next Challenge better or just let us know what's so great about the way it is now.   You can link to your favorite posts on your own blog or those on other blogs.  Tell us about blog discoveries you made during the Challenge.  What you say is up to you.  It's your Reflections Post.

           Later you'll want to be watching this blog to hear about the A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip.   The Blogging from A to Z Challenge doesn't have to end at the beginning of May.  You can stay with the community for the rest of the year.   Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

             In fact you'll want to keep coming back to the A to Z Blog throughout the year for more updates, more useful blogging tips, and more fun.   We will be accepting proposals for guest posts as well.  See the contact page for information on how to reach us.

            Don't feel down because the April Challenge is almost over.   Keep looking up!   There's still more to come.

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Susan Scott said...

Looking UP and almost there ... thanks Arlee. It's a trip for sure, exhausting and enlightening. But the end is in sight - though other roads to take afterwards in Reflection..
Garden of Eden Blog

Anonymous said...

That is all very good news. I have enjoyed and am enjoying this month, and shall be sorry to see it end. Now that I know there is more to follow, I'm happy again.

kaykuala said...

Great others are forthcoming. I'm here!


A. Catherine Noon said...

Very inspiring post! I've been having a lot of fun with it, and thank you guys for all your hard work coordinating the bus. Awesome April!

This is A. Catherine Noon, visiting from the Noon and Wilder blog at for the A-Z Challenge, #1554 on the list. Happy blogging!

Tina said...

We love to know what your experience was, and this co-host aims to read all the reflections. I also host the Road Trip with Nicole, which you'll hear about soon, and coordinate the guests, so I'm your go to girl for questions. You can send them to the info@ or to Tina, both addresses in the contact us tab above.
Happy strong finish!
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Anonymous said...

The challenge definitely has had its ups and downs for me, but I did grow as a blogger through the process and its helped me think about how I want my blog to proceed from here (I'm still a fairly new blogger). Great post today :)

Finley Jayne

Sayantini said...

I have tried to write a micro fiction today-

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some of the topics have been fascinating and I have learned a lot.

lyndagrace said...

The variety of types of bloggers and their styles is what amazed me. But, I also noticed how basically similar we all are.

Joanne said...

up, up, and away indeed. I've soared through April and enjoyed the variety of the alphabet.

CA Clark said...

Definitely looking forward. :)

Anonymous said...

I've been having a lot of fun. It's given me the drive to blog more than once a week again. Although I don't know that I can do it daily =P

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Unknown said...

One of the things I enjoyed about the A-Z when I participated in the past was that it didn't end after April. I loved the continued community.
Having not participated this year, it makes me that much more determined to get back on the horse and blog my little heart out!


Chrys Fey said...

We're almost there!!! Way to go everyone! Let's keep on going UP! :D

loverofwords said...

Just want to thank you and the other editors for all the work this Challenge takes--I know most of us realize the time you all have to spend making sure that everything works and reads smoothly.

debi o'neille said...

I'm enjoying it, but I won't be too sad when April ends. I love the hot air balloons, by the way. My sisters have taken right in them, but not me. Got to keep my feet on the ground or keep my eyes closed forever. :-)

Anonymous said...

I scheduled about half of mine and enjoyed the challenge of writing on a one-day deadline, but next time i'll try to be more prepared. I wasted a lot of time searching for a topic (and my pictures) Also I had way too many weekend plans and I was sick for four days so that cut into my participation, to the point where some days i barely had enough time to post my own entry.

I've enjoyed my A to Z experience and I look forward to finishing the challenge. It has motivated me to tackle a major writing project through scheduled blogging.

Paula said...

I pre -planned all my posts and spent all my time visiting others. My followers number went up by around 10, I got more comments (a few) than last year. But it won't stop me from doing more A to Z blogging. I have found some that I will continue to follow throughout the year.

Birgit said...

I think this has been great and very rewarding learning different things and finding new blogger friends and more are following me-wow:)

Unknown said...

I have enjoyed the experience, I am getting some followers, but haven't gotten to visit as many as I had wanted....I have had a full plate since the challenge began...mine is here

Michelle Wallace said...

I LOVE those hot air balloons!!!

Tui Snider said...

I've really enjoyed the Twitter chats this year and then blog-hopping like crazy to visit the people I met there. For some reason, that has really added to the camaraderie for me.

~Tui Snider~ Dropping by from the A to Z challenge! :D
@TuiSnider on Twitter
My blog: Tui Snider's Offbeat & Overlooked Travel
I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

Wendy said...

Looking forward to that Survivor badge!

Anonymous said...

This has been such a wonderful experience! I have made every day, with only Monday to Wednesday to go now.
I am so glad you ran this, and that a friend of mine said she was doing it. I needed to develop some discipline in my writing and this has been just the thing.
My post for tomorrow is ready, and I only have one more to write.
Thanks again. :-)

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