Sunday, April 12, 2015
Here is the updated sunflower photo taken on Saturday April 11th. It's looking a bit raggedly perhaps, but still standing strong. Hopefully I'll have a good harvest of seeds from this flower. For those who might be wondering what the heck this sunflower photo is all about you can find the story at A Special A to Z Tribute.
We are approaching the halfway point of the 2015 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and it appears that the majority of those who originally signed on to the list are still going strong. To date we've lost maybe 150 of those who originally added their links to the list. Most of those either backed out and asked to be removed or were Link List opportunists who had no intention of participating.
The A to Z Team of co-hosts and their assistance teams have been busy scouring the list for bloggers who have fallen by the wayside and stopped posting or never started. We are trying to keep a clean list so you don't have to waste your time on the non-participants. I think overall we are doing a better job than any previous year of keeping the list cleaned up. Still a few get missed. Some of you have been reporting problem sites to us and that has been a great help to us. Feel free to let us know if you run across a site that you don't think should be on the Linky List and we'll check it out.
Just a notice to those of you who have fallen behind but don't wish to be removed from the list quite yet. At least update your blog with an A to Z post and if there is a problem note that in your most recent posts so we'll know what's going on with you. We don't like to have to remove links, but in fairness to everyone else if you aren't keeping up with the Challenge then you shouldn't expect the rest of us to be reading old posts.
Also, there are some blogs that can be a bit confusing to the new visitor. Make sure it is clear on the landing page that you are participating in the A to Z Challenge and be sure that each A to Z post is clearly identified with tags, a badge image, or a mention that your post is A to Z related. This is especially true if you do multiple daily postings and your A to Z posts get covered up by other posts.
I applaud this year's team and helpers and all of you bloggers for helping us maintain the list. And a big acknowledgement goes to Alex J. Cavanaugh for maintaining the list so well along with all of the other things he's got going with his blogging and book release.
Interested in an Official A to Z 2015 T-Shirt?
This week be watching co-host blogs and this site for a special announcement about an A to Z souvenir that will be offered to show your support and participation in the 2015 A to Z Challenge. We've been asked about T-shirts in the past and this year we're going to run a marketing test to see what kind of interest there would be in this. Be watching this week for the official announcements. I believe we'll start seeing something on Wednesday April 15th.
Have you been keeping up okay with A to Z this year? Have you found many sites that need to be removed from the list? Is an A to Z Tee-Shirt something that might interest you?