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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shifting Gears to Locate the Hottest (Blog) Spots on A-Z North #atozchallenge #roadtrip

The daily specials provided at this rest stop for the 2014 A-to-Z Road Trip are aimed at helping you navigate this alphabet highway most efficiently; to keep your tires, engine and gas tank in tip top shape. Any of the new blogs we visit can be likened to roadside attractions, complete with fishing lakes, hiking trails, historic parks, ancient monuments, carnival rides, festive games and little souvenir shops offering novelties that visitors can share with their friends. 

So while each road tripper has his or her own map on navigating the A-Z route, which stretches for miles, here are a few additional ways that you can prevent getting lost in deserted towns where “keep out” signs, “out of order” pay phone machines and an undefined substance dominate the atmosphere.
Random Reflections - Try to visit all (or most) of the blogs located on the 2014 A-to-Z Challenge Reflections list during your road trip escapades, if you haven’t done so already.

Since many of the people who wrote reflections for the challenge, these bloggers are also likely to still be active, displaying new blog posts for you to read and comment on.

Social Strategy - Skip the 2014 A-to-Z Challenge Sign-Up List for a day and instead, visit participating #atozchallenge blogs that have been active on Twitter. 

As previously mentioned in a Co-Host Reflections post, this is one way to almost ensure that the blogs you come across will have completed the challenge and are continually blogging about fun and interesting topics, on a regular basis. Many of the tweets posted by bloggers during the challenge contain links to A-Z blog posts they wrote for specific letters of the alphabet, which could be a great way for you to make-up for blog posts that you missed in April. Either way, you can visit these blogs by following the link trail and or discussions within A-to-Z Challenge tweets. One of the easiest ways to do this is by searching the hashtags #atozchallenge as well as #AZchat and, if you’re venturing out into the off-beaten path… #atozroadtrip.

How Many Blogs have YOU visited as of this 3rd Week in May, during the 2014 A-to-Z Road Trip?

Have an awesome Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

About the Author:
Nicole Ayers makes movies while also writing about independent film directors and their work at The Madlab Post. She is currently celebrating high school proms and graduations of family and friends; thus, may be offline throughout the greater part of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but wish you all well.

9 comments:

  1. What I've been doing is checking out blogs from the sign-up list for the challenge itself, and a few from the Blogs with > 100 followers. Don't know how many I've visited.

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  2. Well I'm still active and have almost finished the second of my back to back A to Z's . . . . . A bit mad but I like the A to Z so why not.

    Rob Z Tobor

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  3. Well, the fact is that I have been only to four or five blogs so far. Since my humble goal is to visit at least one new blog a week, I think I am doing well...

    Thank you for your tips. Visiting a-to-zchallenge.com is always encouraging.

    Romi @ In the Way Everlasting

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  4. I don't know how many blogs I've visited this week. I would usually subscribe to the blogs I visited #a-to-z-ly in April, so most of my visits after have been from email notices of new posts.

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  5. Not sure how many I have visited. I'm back to checking out the reflections after a week's vacation, so I hope to get back to an active road trip through the list. I'm not a twitterer, so that one won't work for me. Enjoy checking the A to Z website to see who has been checking in.

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  6. I haven't counted blogs. I started my road trip by visiting the folks who visited Caneyhead...if they left me some way to return the love, like a comment. Found a couple more I wanted to follow, so that was neat. Next on my trip, I want to swing by and see all the hosts one more time. Happy Travels!

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  7. I've fallen behind, and been struggling to return comments. Tomorrow I go back home and properly online, so things should get better then.

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  8. I've not actually started the Road Trip list yet, but I'm about halfway through the list of Reflections posts. I think it's not too bad going considering most weeks I only get online for a few hours.

    I think within the next couple of weeks I'll be moving on to the proper Road Trip list. In the meanwhile I've had a few visitors via the Road Trip and I've returned their visits and even added on as a new blog to follow. :-)

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  9. I'm still making my way through the Reflections. I plan to read all of those first, as they're a known link - no getting stuck in the mud or getting a flat tire that way. Have found some good ones I'll be featuring here on the A-Z Blog. After that, it's the Road Trip list, and then? The really open road. I figure I'll be in good shape by then, used to the bumps and side trips, and ready to tackle any unforeseen obstacles!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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