Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A as in Arlee & All
The time has come. Already the first posts of the 2015 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge have been flooding the internet as bloggers from India and other parts of that side of the globe have been publishing their posts for the letter "A". As many of you are reading this now, more bloggers from other time zones have published their blog posts. I've seen some quality work so far which gives me high hopes for this year. As of today I'm giving the bloggers of A to Z at big A+ grade for the work that's being turned in.
Even if you don't have your post up or prepared you can still gear into action and start writing. Listen all you bloggers, you are also writers (even if you don't think of yourself as such) and you can write off the cuff, spur of the moment improvisational pieces. A to Z is a test of your blogging abilities and I have no doubt that you've got what it takes to start and finish this Challenge. Give it all you've got and let's see this thing through!
All of Us!
We are the mighty A to Z Community and we've got unity, comradery, and a spirit of support for each other. Now in it's 6th year, A to Z has shown how we bloggers can help each other out when help is needed. We are all in this together. Visit as many blogs as you can and comment often. This is a good investment of your time and as you continue blogging onward into the future you will see how your actions in April will pay off in the coming months and even years.
All of the co-hosts have been doing their "About Me" posts so here is mine.
With a lifelong interest in writing, I discovered blogging in 2009 and realized it is a great way to get ones writing out before the public without having to submit it all over the place to face numerous rejections and maybe never get published. It's been a wonderful writing adventure for me so far.
After a couple months of being mostly unnoticed on my blog, I started catching on to the social networking game and the not-so-secret secret of getting blog followers. This discovery led to my starting the first Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in 2010. It worked and now here we are with six fantastic years and thousands of adherents, fans, and followers. A to Z has gained an admirable reputation and we've had some of the best bloggers in the world joining us since its inception.
I currently blog at:
Tossing It Out
Wrote By Rote
A Faraway View
A Few Words
I have all of these blogs operational for A to Z in April. I hope you will take time to visit them.
>>Some questions asked by A to Z community members:
Susan Scott from the Garden of Eden Blog asks "Do you remember your dreams?" Much of the time I do remember my dreams. I've been interested in dreams since childhood and have at times kept a dream diary. Now I write about dreams and dreaming at my blog A Faraway View. Be sure to visit Susan's blog as well as she also will be writing about dreams as her A to Z theme for April.
Barbara In Caneyhead asks:
"What is your favorite pastime other than writing/reading/blogging?" For many years I worked in touring theatrical productions as a manager, actor, and juggler. I'm still very interested in show business even though I've stepped away from that life for now. I continue to have a passion for travel and take long road trips whenever I can. I love traveling the roads of the United States.
Loni Townsend asks:
"You are one insane guy... four blogs for the A-to-Z challenge?? Okay, here's my question for you: How do you find time to do it all?" In order to take on the four blogs for the Challenge I plan ahead as much as possible. Short posts are also vital. I highly recommend that everyone keep their posts short for A to Z if they can. In fact, I've grown to be rather a fan of shorter posts all the time. Oh, I still get wordy at times, but don't most of us?
"What I'd like you to blab about is:
How did you propose?" Actually I don't exactly remember the how of it. Since we were both older and had gone through previous marriages I think we just kind of came to a mutual agreement that incorporated logic and, of course, love. My wife and I have now been married for going on 18 years.
"Aside from blogging, what do you do for fun?" I enjoy movies and music. And my wife and I like to dine out.
"If you could only have one condiment for an entire year, what would you pick?" That's so difficult since I'm a condiment crazy guy. One of my absolute favorites though is Tabasco sauce. That could take the place of a lot of other things for me.
"Oh, and a question? What finally made me say yes to the challenge?? I don't know, this is 'ask Arlee' today... right?!!" Well yes, it is "Ask Arlee" day, but I can only guess why you said yes to the Challenge. My guess is that you needed A to Z in order to Challenge your abilities, you wanted to be part of a great community of bloggers, and you find me utterly irresistible. Isn't that why every one does this A to Z Challenge?
And now, my thanks to all of you for stopping by and being a part of A to Z. Also, a magnanimously huge thanks to my great team of co-hosts as listed in the sidebar and all of our individual teams of helpers who you can find listed in the tab at the top of the page. These are the people who really keep A to Z advancing onward and I'd be lost in this Challenge without them by my side. Be sure to visit all of them and express some gratitude.
Now let's get busy wrapping up our blog posts and visiting all the wonderful bloggers out there. Don't forget to leave comments!