IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge sign ups OPEN on March 1, 2019.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Away We Go! #atozchallenge



     
         Are we ready!  

         Can you keep up the enthusiasm throughout the entire month?

          The opening day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is always the biggest one.  There's lots of blog action and optimism heading out of the starting gate.   It's important to pace yourself over the next few weeks.   As the cliche goes, this is not a sprint it's a marathon.

          Those who have prepared posts ahead of time will be in pretty good shape for the month, but if you don't have your posts finished the race is not lost.  Now what you have on your hands is the essence of what a Challenge is all about.

          No matter how you've approached the A to Z Challenge, it can be done and done with great success.  Personally my first time around I started without posts prepared ahead of the game as well as in later Challenges with the entire month's posts completed before starting day.  It's a matter of willingness to finish and the fortitude to get it done.

         Do you have what it takes to succeed this April?   I think you do, but the bottom line is that you have to believe that you've got it and then show the rest of us that you can do it.

         Forget about discouragement and fear of failure.  This is a Challenge.  Overcoming the negatives of your thinking is the point of staying in the game to the very end.   Not getting the visits and comments that you'd like to have means that you need to get out to visit and comment on other sites.   Like any job, if you don't do the necessary work, you don't get your payday.

          This April the A to Z Challenge is your second job and for some maybe even your full time job.  If you're working to make your blog great then you should work as hard as you can to be successful.  If you're here to have fun then that's fine as well--we emphasize the fun factor of A to Z.

          However you approach this Challenge, in the end you get as much as you put into it.  You can finish and you can finish big if you set your mind to that aim.

          The A to Z Team is rooting for you and we're here to help you.   Stay focused on that finish line.  You'll be glad you met the Challenge and you'll be a better blogger in doing it.

          Let's go A to Z Bloggers!


73 comments:

shortybear said...

awesome

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Our post is up.

Michelle Wallace said...

...and away we go!!
Yes, pacing is SO important.
The best approach is pre-written posts.

Writer In Transit

Aaliya Thahseen said...

This is my first time and I have to admit that I am nervous. I am definitely looking forward to having fun l though! :)

LuAnn Braley said...

And then there's option C, where I change my theme on March 30th. Oh, well, we had to switch sites and officiants the day before our wedding 19 years ago, and that worked out so maybe ... *lol*

LuAnn (approx #374 on the list) @ Back Porchervations.
(and one of co-host AJ Lauer's #wHooligans)

Stacey Schneller said...

Ya. I was awaiting for this day to come. Post is up and looking forward to reading others today. Happy Friday.

Andrea said...

Away we go!

Monika said...

YAY. The post is up http://www.sinamontales.com/alcohol-in-baking-boozy-bread-pudding-recipe

But don't we have a linky?

Deepti Agarwal said...

This is my 2nd year with this challenge. I returned because I loved it the first time..
http://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.in/2016/03/almighty

Rob Z Tobor said...

I plan to sneak through the A to Z this year unnoticed as part of a cunning plan.

OK I'm still not of the list yet but I will be very soon.

Rob Z Tobor

Joyce said...

Excited for another year of A-Zzzzz's. This is my sixth year, and I tend to only write a day or two ahead. I feel stressed if I'm not one day ahead, but more than a couple and I feel like my writing isn't as fresh. Good luck everyone!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Everything is spinning... I am sort of ready, ready or not here I come!

Welcome in the letter "A"... thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

Em-Musing said...

I'm ready! And waiting to see everyone's theme and posts. I'm excited to share mine as I'm using book covers from the Pulp Fiction era. Such fun titles and graphics.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Congrats on another successful start, Lee!
HMG

Donna H said...

This is the first year for team Girl Who Reads. We already blog daily so I challenged the team to think differently about the content they usually write and encouraged them to try something new.

Kalpanaa M said...

So glad to get started. Loving reading people's posts.
Kalpanaawrites

Nilanjana Bose said...

Ready, up and reading. It's going to be the funnest A-Z this April!

Nilanjana.
Madly-in-Verse

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And we are off and rolling!

djinnia said...

I only got 12 preposted. I will prevail and finish the rest.

Popping in to all the ones in my email before work.

Having fun and enjoying them already!

cflathers said...

I am ready with my first post. Do we need to link it somewhere?
https://cflathers.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/all-washed-up-by-joanna-campbell-slan/

betty said...

Let the games begin!

betty

Anonymous said...

I am new, but excited to join. Thank you!

sage said...

Thanks, this is my first time at attempting this--I have written a few posts in advance

Jen Chandler said...

This is the perfect pep talk for day one of the challenge! I have half of my posts prewritten and I'm excited to meet new bloggers and learn new things! That's my favorite part of the challenge: discovering new writers and learning about their interests. Best of luck to everyone! ~ Jen (oh, and sorry about the "Jon" comment above. I forgot to log out of my husband's account! :D)

Stephanie Bird said...

I'm writing my posts a week ahead of time. Last year I wrote each post on the day of the letter (I did this the years before too). I hope it's as fun this way as the other more spontaneous way. Time will tell.

Juli Hoffman said...

First time joining this challenge. It should be fun!

http://julihoffman.com/2016/04/01/a-is-for-advice-books-blogging-from-a-to-z/

Pam Margolis said...

FORTITUDE!!! You can do this!

The Flynnigans said...

"get 'er done!" Thanks for the motivation. Let's do this!

It's my first year doing this challenge and I'm quite excited about it!

Have a great day all! :)

http://theflynnigans.com/2016/04/01/april-blogging-from-a-to-z/

glenda funk said...

I have no posts prepared and just finished the #SOL16 blogging challence at Two Writing Teachers. I didn't prepare in advance for that one either, and I blogged all 31 days, even while on vacation in Hawaii. Glenda from
Evolving English Teacher

Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... said...

And, as they say in horse racing, they're off! Well, we're off... LOL!

Susan Scott said...

Thanks for the encouragement! Let the madness begin!
www.gardenofedenblog.com

Nicola said...

Thanks for the encouragement and inspirational post! I'm going to re-read this when the going gets tough :) Have a great weekend.

kaykuala said...

Right on, we're off! Hank is here!

http://imagery77.blogspot.my/2016/04/slicing-cool-air-and-plummets-down.html

Hank

Traci Nathaniel Walker said...

A if for ALL YOU BLOGGERS ROCK! Sometimes the hardest part is just to start. Look at all of us starting today. If you still have those couple words or more to post, go do it now and then come back for the reads. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in here this month and getting to know as many of you and your internet homes as possible. Go have a great Friday! - Traci

Brenda Gladden said...

Thanks for the visit!

Susan Scott said...

Thanks Arlee! It's a huge challenge and thanks for being there!

Sheila Good said...

I'm up an running. Look forward to reading the posts. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

Linda Jo Martin said...

I'm happy to be participating this year.

My first post is about Affiliate Network Marketing for bloggers.

I'm doing this challenge with my first blog ever, created originally 16 years ago.

Claire Annette said...

Wheee! Here we go....

Mary Burris said...

It's going to take a lot of caffeine and patience, but I'm going to do my best to visit as many blogs as possible! I'm ready!

Mary
Twitter: @KnottyMarie
Literary Gold
Jingle Jangle Jungle

thanks... Angela said...

Where do I find the list sorry I'm new to this

Mithila Menezes said...

This post is just perfect for the first-timers, and for the survivors. Thank you for the encouragement :)

romanescu sinziana said...

Hello everybody!

I wish you a great A-Z Challenge!

Sinziana from
Sparkling Shoes Girl

Doree Weller said...

I usually brainstorm themes for all my letters ahead of time, and then write the posts at the last minute. I intend to write them ahead of time, but... um... don't. Still, I've completed every year since 2012, so something about my method works. Encouragement is always welcome... thanks!
@DoreeWeller from
Doree Weller’s Blog

Amy Montallana said...

This is my first time and I am more than excited to partake. I've posted my first installment. You can check it here: https://erhynireh.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/a-to-z-challenge-2016-alienated/ Thank you in advance! More to come!

cleemckenzie said...

Year 4 here! Still nervous. I just know I've forgotten to do something, but what?

NatePD said...

Great motivation! This is my first time, so scared! www.xoxomake.com

L.G. Keltner said...

I'm ready to go! Let's do this!

@LGKeltner from
Writing Off the Edge
Parallels

rayfamily said...

And we're off!
[@ajcray] from
Tilting at Windmills

shortybear said...

is there going to be a linky up?

Jason said...

Here's my introduction post and my first post. I hope to get feedback as we go deeper into the Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Every marathon starts with a first step. We have done it! Let's do the second one tomorrow - well, for some it already is tomorrow... ;-)

www.claowuepotpourri.wordpress.com

mshatch said...

I definitely think it's been easier when I've had my posts mostly or all written beforehand. I still have U,V, W, X, Y, Z so...I better get busy!

Anonymous said...

This is my first time at this challenge and I hope I'm up for it. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends. Good luck, everyone!

Joy said...

I did it! My first A to Z Challenge post :)
The Joyous Living: Amber Hagerman
x Joy @ The Joyous Living

scarlett79 said...

Where do I put up the link for my blog...Is it here???

scarlett79 said...

I'm guessing it is here so here goes...
http://elan-creations.me/2016/04/01/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-day-1/

Sarah McKelvy said...

First year participating. The previous 2 years I found out about the challenge half way through. This year, I only found out about it the day before, so improvement has already been made. Thanks for your work!

http://www.wifemummynurse.com/2016/04/a-and-then-its-spring-atozchallenge.html

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, we're off and running with a bang.

christy bidon said...

So this is my first year. And on top of it all at 12:10 am i was taking my boyfriend to the emergency room. I signed up than felt it was to much for me to take on. Last minute I was told do it. So I have no theme. So thought about it and it is what word comes to me first thing in the morning. This morning the word is .......(I am not sure where to post this?)
@ChristysFaithfulHeart
A Faith Filled Heart

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I'm in it totally for the connection and fun this year!
Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

D Biswas said...

And we're off!!! All the best to all the cohosts !

Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

scarlett79 said...

How do you get the link up ??? http://elan-creations.me

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I thought I would finish in advance but life had other plans. Still going strong though. First post went up this morning and the second will be ready for tomorrow.

Rena said...

And we're off!

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all!

S. T. Lakata said...

Great encouragement!!! Excited to be a part of it.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

https://musenmotivation.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/a-for-angel/

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm already playing catch up because hubby and I went on a little trip for our anniversary yesterday.

Arlee Bird said...

It would have been very difficult for me without the fantastic job that you and the rest of the team have done.

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

Arlee Bird said...

If you haven't found the list yet look at the top of the page and click on the page for sign up list.

Lee

Nancy Hill said...

http://womenslegacyproject.com/a-legacy-tools/ Been so busy writing I forgot to post here! LOL. A is for Acid Free.

Georgia Koch said...

So sorry that I only figured out today how to link-up with you ... still it's great fun writing for this challenge ... my first entry for the letter "A" was this one, written on April 1st: https://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/awaken-to-live-a-to-z-challenge-cleave-poem-april-1-2016/
But the next day I wrote this second poem using just words beginning with the letter "A" : https://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/a-is-for-awakening-a-to-z-challenge-april-1-2016/

Ciao, Bastet.