Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Are YOU Ready to Go on the 5th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip? #AtoZChallenge

Are YOU ready to cruise through the 2015 A-Z Challenge list? I sure am looking forward to visiting a number of blogs I missed in April. 

Thanks to the late great Tina Downey at Life is Good and Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse who started the Road Trip (formerly known as the Post-Challenge Challenge) -- by calling on each other to visit all of the blogs on the list before the next A-Z Challenge rolled around -- we now have this year-round event to stay active in the blogosphere during the "off-season."

I've had the pleasure of co-hosting this with the founding ladies and then continued with Tina after Shannon hitched a ride at a rest stop to embark on other adventures. Soon, Heather Gardner at The Waiting is the Hardest Part joined us as a travel guide and brought Stormy the Weather Gnome along to swap shifts taking the wheel on this open road of A-Z blogs. After racking up lots of mileage out here in blogland, Heather and Stormy parked their car in the garage for a tuneup earlier this year. Luckily, I gained another driving partner in C. Lee McKenzie at The Write Game who will be helping with refreshments, maps and other necessities to keep everyone's engine running and going in the right direction (i.e. forward) on the highway.

Starting today, C. Lee McKenzie and I invite you to join us on the 5th annual Post-Challenge Road Trip, a meandering journey through the 2015 list of A-Z participants, at your own pace, with your own rules, and very few expectations.

The most important thing to keep in mind is you're the boss of you're own schedule and approach to visiting blogs. Whether you want to visit one new blog on a daily basis or hundreds of blogs per day, you're the one at the wheel. The Road Trip is really just some buddies in the blogging community hanging out and visiting new voices in the A-Z world.

A few strateties that may have worked for Road Trippers include...
  • Visiting all the blogs with similar topics or categories as yours
  • Visiting all the blogs whose names make you curious
  • Visiting all the blogs at even (or odd) numbers on the list
  • Start from where you left off and keep on truckin'...
  • Visiting blogs that are low (or high, or in the middle) on the list
  • Visiting blogs randomly by just clicking on titles located in different areas of the list
Whatever you do, remember that signing up on the linky doesn't mean you're committed to visiting ALL of the blogs on the list. Coming along with us on this Road Trip just indicates that you're not done yet and would like to show your fellow A-Z participants some visiting and commenting love. These are among the things that keep a blogging community strong.  

Who's with us for the 2015 Post-Challenge Road Trip?

~ Nicole @ The Madlab Post

SIGNUP to Be Our (A to Z) Post-Challenge Road Trip Traveling Companions HERE:


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ready for the journey!

Marian Allen said...

I always meet so many wonderful people and find so many wonderful blogs! I may clone myself so i can read more.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Stephen Tremp said...

I just signed up. And I'll be cruising at a leisurely pace.

betty said...

Signed up; first time doing the road trip so looking forward to taking my time as I travel through the list :)


Debbie D. said...

Nice to know there's time to visit more over the coming months. Thanks for doing this!

Sarah Foster said...

Awesome! I didn't get to visit as many blogs as I would have liked during the Challenge, so looking forward to doing this!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

There's are so many I want to visit. Road trip, here we come.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Yay!! Loved the Road Trip last year so revving my motor and all ready to journey to those blogs I didn't make it too this April :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Anonymous said...

I'm going to attempt it this year. I tried it a couple years back and then completely forgot about it. This time it's going in my toolbar where I will see it daily.

Romi said...

This year, I'm going to visit more blogs than last year.

Letters from the Land of Cherry Blossoms

B~Natrelle said...

Hello there.
Seems I have a problem...I can't stay away from anything AtoZ so in spite of my reservations, I just joined the Road Trip...see you along the way!

Entrepreneurial Goddess

cleemckenzie said...

Had to buy some petrol, check the oil and clean the windshield, but I did that, and now I'm ready to roll. I'm looking for dashboard buddy at the moment. I'll let you know if I find one. Yay! And off we go.

Arlee Bird said...

Looks like we'll have plenty of fellow travelers on this A to Z journey!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

~Brandy~ said...

I've done a few real life epic road trips, but none quite like this! Wagons ho!
Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Gotta get a tune up, oil change and check under the hood, and then I'm hitting the road!
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Parul said...

All set to take up this road trip! :)

Anonymous said...

Joys of a full time job! Love the road trip! Looking forward to reading some more blogs :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Oopsie! Can you edit my link (#70 Curious as a Cathy)? I forgot to include (MU) after my blog name. *smack forehead* Yeah, I'm crazy sometimes...correction, I'm crazy all the time. *sigh* Oh well, here I am traveling the not-so-lonesome highway with a few others on the post challenge A2Z Road Trip crossing my fingers that I don't run out of gas before I have the chance to visit everyone on the list at least once. Thanks to y'all for every single thing that you do to make our blog lives a little richer! ;)

Dani said...

Me, too, starting next week when I get back from a working holiday. Can't wait to visit!

Random Musings said...

Looking forward to starting this. Think it will be tomorrow :)

Elizabeth said...

I love road trips! I'm excited to get to know some more bloggers along the way :)
Elizabeth @ Liz's Random Ponderings

Heather M. Gardner said...

I know you guys will have the best time!
Stormy and I loved the road and we will get back on it soon after a break!
C.Lee and Nicole! Have a blast!


Anonymous said...

So I'm curious...I added my blog to the list, so am I to go through the alphabet naming things I like with each letter the way you all did in April, or do I just read/write as normal? I really could use some motivation to write and meet other people! I'm at

Arlee Bird said...

Prozac, you can certainly use the alphabet prompts on your posts, but the Road Trip is not about posting, it's about visiting. The Road Trip is essentially an extension of April from the networking standpoint. Now at your leisure you can visit all or as many blogs on the original A to Z sign up list as you'd like. Let them know you're on the Road Trip in order to provide them with a connection. You can visit their current posts or you can go back to visit all or some of their A to Z posts. No rules really. You just travel at your own pace and go where you want to go. The A to Z identity is for the purposely of establishing greater feelings of community.

Have fun with it!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Road trippin' with A to Z
Tossing It Out

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nicole and Lee - enjoy the annual tour around .. great friends out there and I'm sure new bloggers you will find .. enjoy - I shall be waiting in the laybye ... and watching you all go by .. and enjoying a snack with Lee at one of your break off points .. cheers Hilary

nashvillecats2 said...

Just joined the journey, hope to see many on the way.

Click said...

I almost forgot about signing up this year, luckily Pempi at Pempi's Palace reminded me. I'm on the list but computer problems slowed me down during the challenge so I'm behind on the Reflections list. Once I've made it through that list I'll make a start on this one. ;-)

Cait @ Click's Clan

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Jolie du Pre said...

Mary Burris visited my blog as part of the Road Trip, which reminded me to sign-up for this. It will be nice to visit ALL of the blogs throughout 2015 and part of 2016. It's impossible for me to do it during the actual A to Z.

Precious Monsters

Arlee Bird said...

Jolie, thanks for supporting A to Z and joining in our yearly post-Challenge blog tour. Not many of us can hit all of the participating blogs during the month of April, but over the course of the year we can relax and enjoy the scenery.

Happy blog exploring!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Road trippin' with A to Z
Tossing It Out

BooksChatter said...

A post is now live on our blog :-)

Random Musings said...

Phew, just completed the Road Trip. Everyone linked up should now have at least one comment off me! If you don't please let me know in case I accidentally missed someone out!

Arlee Bird said...

Yeah, so now you have to go finish the entire big A to Z list! That's the real Road Trip.

Good job getting through the list here.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Road trippin' with A to Z
Tossing It Out

Random Musings said...

Oh, Ok, I'll get onto that - good job there's almost a year to complete it! :)