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Monday, April 4, 2016

Can I Do It? #atozchallenge

Can I Do It?

Yes you can!

You are capable, creative, and crafty.

You can conquer the A to Z Challenge.

You are in control.

Struggling to keep up with posting? Take an extra hour this week to get ahead.

Struggling with commenting? Again, set aside an extra hour to catch up.

Wondering if it will all be worth it? Yes, it will!

My very first Challenge in 2010, I signed up last minute. I had no idea what to post and scrambled every day to find something to fit the letter. By the end of that very first Challenge, I managed to post every day, my following had tripled, and I made some really good blogging buddies. It set me up for that fall when my first book came out, CassaStar.

So, whatever you are trying to accomplish with the Challenge, know this – you can do it. You can beat the Challenge!

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars, and his blog can be found HERE


  1. Thankyou for the encouragement. I asked myself a 100 times before I signed up. I was petrified. I still am. :) But am feeling the thrill too.. I'm actually bookmarking blogs to catch up on once this month is over.

    Seena from
    Thinking Aloud

  2. Agreed, Alex. If I can do it (twice so far, 2014 and 2015) anyone can. The difficult part is keeping up with all the other excellent posts that are out there.

    Keith Channing A-Zing from

  3. positive approach and believing in oneself is all we need..
    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Deepti Agrawal from

  4. i agree if we decide than we can do it.

  5. This is the first time, I have taken this challenge. Thank you for sharing your experience about this challenge! I am now motivated to complete the #A2ZChallenge

  6. This is the first time, I have taken this challenge. Thank you for sharing your experience about this challenge! I am now motivated to complete the #A2ZChallenge

  7. Seena, just enjoy the ride.

    Keith, that is the most Challenging part.

    Welcome, Rekha!

  8. I will be needing a large "C"offee... to keep up, I am on the third day and my full week begins...

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

    Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here:

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

  9. This is my fifth year doing the A to Z Challenge. In January, I plot my theme and posts. In February, I research. In March, I write and schedule the posts. And in April, I sit back and visit as many bloggers as I can!

    1. I wish I could do this! Last month I was editing and publishing other women's stories of influential women in their lives. Memoir, blogs, business site, ebooks - the writing life is hard.

  10. I'm nearly there, I have 6 posts left to do. I always enjoy meeting new people during the Challenge. Thanks for the encouragement Alex.

  11. My team at Girl Who Reads has been great about this challenge. Most of them have already sent in their posts so I just need to format them.

  12. Yes, we can!
    This is my sixth challenge.
    My posts are all ready to go.
    I've learned that scheduling is the best way to approach the challenge. Last year, I didn't get my posts done well in advance, and so I scrambled...
    Thanks for the boost, Alex!
    Writer In Transit

  13. Every year I wonder if I can manage to finish, but every year I do. It's such a great challenge!

  14. I only half my A to Z posts written! AGHHH!
    But I know I'll make through. I know what I want to say everyday.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Adventure!

  15. Thanks for the thumbs up. It's quite time consuming, but I've found some great blogs,. So I will continue reading and commenting. Luckily all but three posts are prepared for

  16. Great encouraging words! It is such a sense of accomplishment when we get through the alphabet. I think too with each subsequent challenge we learn a bit more on how to manage our time, etc.


  17. I appreciate this inspirational and upbeat post! Thanks!!

  18. I take almost an extra two hours each day.
    Also, I learned from last year and have prepped all my blog posts. So I'm not scrambling to get something written. Also, I find the theme works wonders.

  19. Thanks for your comment Alex. It helps to have a theme and prepare ahead.

  20. Due my left hand issues, I ducked out this year. Instead I'm a faithful minion, and enjoying reading what others are posting.

    Go Alex!!

    @dcrelief from
    remove the rose colored glasses
    dcrelief - Battle of the Bands

  21. I have made a list of letters of the alphabet and am writing down words I can use for posts relating to my zombie-apocalypse theme. That made it easy to do today's post on (killing) Characters.

  22. Cheers *waves pom poms* YES, we can!

  23. Everyone likes a challenge, so this is perfect. It's a way to show yourself that you can do what you think isn't possible...kind of like write and publish a book.

  24. I am exploring virtues through the alphabet. Need to step up my reading though. Will work on that today!

  25. With adequate amounts of Coffee, and positive Chants and Cheers, and supportive Co-hosts, nothing is impossible. Thanks for the enCouragement!

    Best always,

  26. This is my second year of challenge. Last year I was winging it day by day This year I have my posts all pre-written and have more determination than ever to visit more blogs than I ever have before. Also, getting some really good ideas for next year :)

    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold - Free and Bargain priced books
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

  27. I signed up last minute also, with only hours left before it closed. Sunday, the "day off", was creating posts for A and B. However, I'm happy to be up to date now, and am off to visit other blogs and bloggers who are also doing the challenge.

  28. I took this challenge for the very first time.Though I am new to blogsphere I took it just to give new dimensions n highs to my blogging passion.#lastminutesign up


  29. Positive Vibes

  30. We can all do it! Best of luck to everyone!

    @LGKeltner from
    Writing Off the Edge

  31. I was worried I wouldn't have my posts for my secondary blog finished in time, since I waited till March to begin them this year. I finished them at the end of March, and am just going through and spot-checking for any typos or things I could tweak a little.

  32. So true! We can do it. I'm always struggling with getting back to people who comment on my blog but I have found everyone to be so okay with it. They give me room to breathe so I know it is alright to get back when I can.

  33. Still blogging, still posting, still visiting!

  34. I signed up last minute this year...6pm on the 31st! I wrote a blog post that night for my "A" and the next day wrote my "B". This weekend I wrote C-H. I find if I work like a dog on the weekends, then it allows me time to hop around and comment back during the week. I'm also keeping my posts short and sweet, which helps a lot!

  35. This has been very fun for me as I combined it with my own challenge of 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 where for 7 days you get 7 words, 6 days 6 words, etc.... they just so happen to coincide with AtoZ

  36. My first year... Love meeting so many lovely people

  37. This is my first time attempting the challenge. Had I not planned ahead, at least some, not sure I would have been able to do it. Thanks for the cheerleading and encouragement. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

  38. I have upped the challenge and doing this on two blogs...a great exercise:) and

  39. Today is focusing on CHARITY and there might be a brief mention of Tom Hiddleston ;)

    - Joy
    The Joyous Living: C is for Charity

  40. Thanks for the encouragement. Here is today's post, all about a Churn for the Worse

  41. I know I can do it, but on days I work the day job, and get home after an 8 hour shift, it takes time to muster the energy to start visiting blogs.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author


  42. Positive Vibes

  43. Yes I can do it. I've done it before. Sometimes it is late before I get everything done, but I'm working on writing ahead of time and scheduling. It really depends on the complexity of the post. This one, for C, in my theme of Legacy Tools, took a while to edit, double check, find the right images, and the like.

  44. Hey Guys, thanks for that pep talk....really need it, falling way behind schedule, but will keep at it!
    @KalaRavi16 from

  45. It is hard job. It it time consuming. It is demanding.
    It is totally worth it :-)

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

  46. Yes one can really do it!
    My takes :

  47. Timely cue to keep on going Alex. I've never come so close to quitting so early in the challenge as I did with C.... - I'm setting aside that extra hour to catch up today and an extra hour tomorrow for comments. Thanks
    Reflex Reactions

  48. Seem that it isn't enough to just put up the old badge ... here's my link up for letter "c"

    cheers! Bastet

  49. Got sideswiped this weekend (figuratively), so now I'm trying to catch up on visiting others' blogs.

  50. I need that encouragement right now coz it's getting hard to do everything at the same time 😕 it's all those comments ppl take time to leave that keep me going! 💚

  51. This is my first time attempting the challenge. I love it...i believe i can do it!


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