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Monday, January 25, 2016

Sign-Up List Now Open for the Seventh Annual A to Z Challenge!

Welcome to the seventh annual A to Z Blogging Challenge!

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 4 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled. Please make it easy for visitors to comment on your blog.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, blogs showing no activity or those that miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number WILL change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS/ART: (CT)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES)
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET)
GAMING: (GA)
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS )
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

We also have a Facebook Page and Pinterest Site
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!
(When you sign up, you agree to receive A to Z related emails.)



100 comments:

  1. Signed up! But I forgot to append GA to my entry.

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  2. I signed-up (wish me luck). I didn't append a code because my blog flits between history, humor, entertainment, science, crafts... but no adult content, so think I'm good.

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    1. Me neither! It looks like we're not alone. It does say it's optional.

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    3. I'm codeless too; there's no code for "crazy engineers living on historic tall ship". What's your blog I'd like to check it out. (Jaye from Life Afloat)

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    4. Codes are completely options.

      Going codeless is very freeing.

      :)

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  4. This will hopefully give me the push to make my blog more of a priority than I have. Looking forward to the challenge!

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  5. I don't see the button code for this year's button. Am I missing it somewhere? Thanks!

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    1. Are you still having trouble signing up?

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    2. I'm signed up, not problem there. I like to put the button on my sidebar but don't see a code for the 2016 button/badge this year. Normally it's right below the badge?

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  6. I am in this year too, now I am thinking what to write. Have to find a theme.
    So excited since I just love the AtoZChallenge.

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  7. I am in this year too, now I am thinking what to write. Have to find a theme.
    So excited since I just love the AtoZChallenge.

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  8. Excited and signed up too! This is my first time!
    How do we grab the badge and display it on the sidebar of our blog?
    I couldn't find the html code for this year's badge.
    Thanks

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    1. Welcome.
      You can right click and save.
      The html will be available soon.
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  9. yay! joining for the 2nd time!

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  10. Third time for me! ☺ Psyched that I got in earlier this time.

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    1. That's great, Debbie! Looking forward to another year!

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  11. hey where exactly is the link for sign up, am i missing something?:(

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    1. At the end of the list, it reads "You are next... Click here to enter." Just click and enter your info. and you'll be added!

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    2. Sneha - Were you able to sign-up?

      Stephanie - Thank you for helping out!

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  12. I'm excited to participate in A to Z for the 3rd time!
    I accidentally put my website as entry #141. Oops! I reentered the blog (with a code) as entry #142. Could someone please delete entry #141? Sorry for the inconvenience!

    Yvonne V.

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  13. Already entered early this morning but yay to all the entries. Nearly 200 and it's not even noon yet. We are going to have one hell of a time come April.

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  14. I don't see the signup list at the bottom of the post nor a link at the top to the signup list (used to be there. . .) IS this on WordPress or something which I can't access? I do not see it and I know what it looks like from previous years. . .

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  15. This'll be my fifth time, and my third time with two blogs. Looking forward to seeing the alphabet buttons to add to each post!

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  16. My third time and I'm excited. Nice to be back.

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  17. Now the signup link is showing. I signed up on Lee's blog, Tossing it Out. I could see the link there. Why isn't there a link to the signup separately at the top of the blog? That made it easier to access in the past.

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    1. Sorry that you had difficulty, but we're glad you signed up.

      There will be a separate page tab shortly.

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  18. First timer here!!! Looking forward to the challenge and finding new blogs.

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  19. still debating if i want to do it this year. i really have an awesome theme though. if i can get my post preposted before april ...

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    1. We hope you will join us! We love awesome themes!

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  21. Wow! Seven years! Here's to the best challenge yet! I'mlooking forward to the theme reveal hop :)

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    1. Going to be another great year, Jen!

      A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal Blogfest Sign-up
      February 22, 2016

      A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal Blogfest Day
      March 21, 2016

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  22. I'm a little confused. (This is my first time investigating a writing challenge). It says above the board closes on april 4 but the challenge is supposed to run through April? Also, how many words should each post include per letter? THANKS.

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    1. Hi Ellen.

      Participant sign-up does not last through the whole Challenge.

      This is a blog Challenge. You are posting anything you want on your blog. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 4 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

      Hope this answers your questions.

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  23. Each year I want to get my name close to the top of the list and each year I forget about it on the day the list opens! But I'm in again for Year #3. Looking forward to it!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  24. In 24 hours there were already 304 people before me!

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  25. Just posted this question on the FB page but just in case thought I'd ask here: Are the A-Z letters available to put in our posts? If so, how can I access them? Thanks!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. The Art Department is working on them.
      They will be available shortly.
      TY

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  26. This will be my first year participating officially. I saw some blogs doing it last year. It looked like a lot of fun.

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  27. Signed up! My second year. Excited! :)

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  28. I was so going to do this over at The Rock of Pages this year, but of course, you can never see what's coming down the pike, even when what comes down the pike doesn't injure your eye. And I'm sick about missing the fun. A whole month of A-Z Rock Fiction style??? Just too good to pass up. But... we all do things we don't want to do, and in this case, passing is better than losing my eye (or only my vision in the eye), so... I plan now for next year.

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  29. Signed up. Decided to do as always and blog about whatever comes up. Looking forward to it.

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  30. Is it possible to edit an entry? I meant to put (BO) for books after my blog title (no 196 Let Us Talk of Many Things) ... looking forward to the Challenge, I enjoyed it last year

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    1. OMG Helen, me too. I put WR i/o BO.

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    3. Sorry, we have a policy against adding tags to blogs... (see FAQ)

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  31. That was my question too, re: the A - Z Letters. It's my first year participating, and really looking forward to it. My blog title is Welcome to Greenham's Yacht.

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    2. Welcome to the challenge! I hope you'll have fun :)
      What was your question again?

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  32. Here we go again! I signed up, but boy am I ever way down on the list. Let's just hope life doesn't get in the way to where I can't keep up. I feel before too long there will be many transitions in our lives and when I hit that bump it's going to be really, really difficult to do much. That being said, I will give it a try and if I can't then I will let y'all know. Thanks for hosting the fun and here's to another great year to participate in this amazing challenging again!

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! :) We hope you'll have a great time! If it makes it easier for you, don't forget that it is okay to schedule posts for April ahead of time ;)

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  33. After almost 4 months of sabbatical from blogging, I'm in at 423! Came up with my theme yesterday and made refined the name and decided on a hook today. Can't wait!

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    1. Awesome! Welcome back! :) Can't wait to hear about the theme. Don't forget to join us for the Theme Reveal, we'll post about it soon...

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  34. First timer! This whole challenge seems very exciting. Hope to make it through the 26 days.. Looking forward to meet other bloggers too. can't wait!

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! We hope you'll have a lot of fun with it :)

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  35. Where do we get the A - Z Letters?

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    1. You mean the icons for the individual letters? We are working on it, they will be up soon! :)

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  36. How "adult" does my blog have to be for the "AC" to be necessary? Definitely don't want people heading over expecting some spicy spicy when it's just typical droll millenial whinings :-D

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    1. Hi! You can find the more detailed explanation of AC under FAQ (see the link on top of the page)

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  37. Hi, I entered and put a post to my blog. I put in your logo. I hope this is o.k.?!
    http://claowue.blogspot.de/2016/02/blogging-from-to-z.html

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! Thank you for boosting the signal! :)

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  38. I signed up but forgot to put what my blog is about (WR)...is there a way to add that in without signing up twice? My blog is Pushing the Pen #566 on the sign up list. Thanks! I'm looking forward to this year!

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    1. Hi! Sadly, we have a policy against adding tags after you signed up :/ Sorry!

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  39. Signed up! Looking forward to April!

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  40. Signed up again...:)
    Not selected any category as I am still unsure of the theme!

    Any help on how I can get in the team of any of hosts/co-hosts?

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  41. Now that I have signed up what will happen next? Must I wait until the 1st of April? And how will I see other bloggers posts?

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    1. You should begin planning out your April strategy and preparing your posts ahead of time if you want to avoid stress during the Challenge. You see other bloggers posts by clicking links on the list, finding them on the A to Z Facebook page, and following back the links of those who comment on your site. You need to be active with commenting in order to get the optimal traffic at your own site. Starting at the sign-up list is probably the best method and actually you can start visiting blogs on this list now so you can begin establishing some blog relationships. Networking is the main strength of A to Z and each participant needs to take initiative on this.

      Lee

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  42. Signed up,think I might write them all now and schedule them. I know what I am like for this type of thing. Joy

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  43. #1330 Signed up for our first A-Z Challenge. We are a new Blog and feel that this will help us get started!

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  44. Is it too late to sign up? I just found out about this yesterday and would love to participate!

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    1. Go for it Heather! Sign ups stay open for a few more days!

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  45. Oops, a little goof at #1532 for BooksYALove: I posted my A2Z announcement blog post on the Linky, not just my blog address. Hope folks will follow the rabbit trail to my actual A to Z posts if they get that far down this awesome list of bloggers!

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  46. I signed up yesterday. Do we get an email confirmation or do we just start posting on 1st?

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