Thursday, April 14, 2016

Labour of Love

In more ways than one, this Challenge is a labour of love—not only for Arlee Bird, the conceptualizer behind this phenomenal blogging extravaganza—but for all you wonderful participants.

It takes discipline and dedication to create 26 posts for a month, as most of us don't blog that often. Many of us do research, if we select a theme, to ensure we have all the facts we need before we write a word and then there's the editing and fine-tuning.

Others will spend hours going through pictures and various sites to be able to pull everything together for a well-organized and attention-grabbing line-up.

Hearty congratulations to all of us who have made it this far. Blogging from A-Z is no mean feat and we all deserve a pat on the back for the labour or love we've undertaken this month.  



Though it is my first time i'm really enjoying it. Thanks for asking.


Seena said...

Definitely a labour of Love. Am in awe of the various themes and the amount of effort that is going in to this challenge. Pat on the back to everyone!
#AtoZChallenge -L is for Labour

Susan Scott said...

Thanks so much J.L. Lovely encouragement - and yes it is a labour of love.

lyndagrace said...

That is a good way to describe the challenge. And at the end of it, I feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I think we're all nuts!


Truly Happy said...


OB said...

This is my first time with the challenge and I must say it is a challenge to blog everyday. I have enjoyed doing it and will see it through to the end.

Nicole said...

You're so right....blogging from A-Z is no mean feat!

Nicole said...

That's because we are indeed (or at least, I can say I certainly am) nuts for taking on such a challenge! One flew over the cuckoo's nest for sure.

Shivani Maurya said...

I welcome you all to my blog 😊
L for Love

Girl Who Reads said...

It is true that our blogs are a labor of love. There is so many other things we could spend our time on, but we choose to share a little piece of ourselves with the rest of the world through our words and pictures. Girl Who Reads

MLQ said...

Thanks, Arlee! Just the 'battle cry' we needed ...... Love! So glad you created this idea!

holli said...

True words indeed. I don't know what I was thinking of by signing up again for this challenge during a crazy time of my life but I've made it so far.

cflathers said...

I have really been enjoying this time of blogging. Thanks for the inspiration.
Today's post

kaykuala said...

Half way through now!


Unknown said...

Very true! Love is definitely a big part of it. I think that is why I didn't make it last year, I loved the subject of my theme but I didn't love writing about it. This year I tried fiction instead and fell head over heels lol

Lisa @ Zen and Pi // Come say hello :)

Pat Garcia said...

I so agree with you. Congratulations to all of us. It is a labor of love. Something that I think most of us wouldn't want to miss.

Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

betty said...

It indeed is a labor of love; fun but can be challenging at times to get it all done :)


Debbie D. said...

No mean feat, is right! :) Definitely a labour of love, but I'm having a harder time keeping up with it this year. Perseverance!

Bish Denham said...

And you, Joy, are amazing!

Pat R said...

My entry for today.

Pat R said...

My entry for today.

Pat R said...

Hello Everyone
Here is my entry for today. A great day to all :)

Pat R said...

Hello Everyone
Here is my entry for today. A great day to all :)

cleemckenzie said...

Arlee Bird's idea has had dramatic effect on my life each spring. And I have to say, after doing this for 4 years, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Anonymous said...

Half way through we get a pat on the back, so at the end do we all get a drink? ;)

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Woot! I'll probably retire after this year, though. lol

Anonymous said...

a labour of love indeed :)

Tami Von Zalez said...

We are halfway through and I am having a blast!

Ida Thought said...

It seems to get easier and harder every year. I have pushed out some one hour posts this year. In my first year the only hours I wasn't working on the blog was when I was asleep. I've never been so close to giving up as I was this morning... it's not even about the content or comments anymore - it's starting a challenge and sticking to it. I'll be visiting a lot of blogs this weekend and I'm considering my first serious attempt at a road trip. :D

Anonymous said...

This is certainly a way to challenge yourself. This is my second year, and even when prepping for this challenge, I had my doubts. But knowing that there are over 1000 people doing the same thing gives me hope.

G. R. McNeese from
Project Blacklight

Zannie Rose said...

yes, it is satisfying to get so far.
at times it is difficult to find how to add comments to some blogs- but hey- lets make the effort

zannie a-z hopper

Michelle Wallace said...

Yes, it IS a labour of love...BUT it's also important to enjoy the challenge!
Writer In Transit

Inconspicuous Contemplation said...

It is indeed! Its my first time blogging, and I'm glad I jumped right in and took this challenge! Hope we all stick it through till the end!

-Anshul @

Anonymous said...

I never did a post a day till now. Well, to be honest, I didn't do it for this Challenge, as I used February and March to prepare. Bit writing a post every day and reading and commenting... I would have needed a month off work to do so. I'm not entirely sure if my guv woul' with liked this idea ;-)


Unknown said...

L is for so many beautiful things that are related to love

J said...

A to Z is definitely a challenge, but I am enjoying the way it has come together this year. [Sweetbearies] from
Photography Today

Claire Annette said...

Thanks for this post as I begin to wonder why I'm doing this challenge (for the third time!) It's a labor of love.

The Joyous Living said...

Thanks for cheering us on!

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Janet said...

I have done other month-long challenges before but have always wanted to do an ABC one. I am learning so much from everyone's great topics. Thanks for orchestrating! (Hey, I've been looking for an "O" word to fit with my music theme!

The Daily Bern said...

Preach! This is hard.

Bridget A Martin said...

I have to say it has been a welcome diversion in the stress of my current situation with my husbands stroke this month and losing my home this week. This challenge has literally kept me on my feet both researching, writing and reading others posts. I thank you all for the challenge to make me feel still worth something.

Bidy @

Bridget A Martin said...

Jazzy, I did my L on lavender as well! Here is mine. What a challenge this has been, eh?

Rob Z Tobor said...

I am sort of making it up as I go this year, even with drawing the pictures (or in some cases modifying the pics of 2014) so I am keeping it all as simple and easy as possible.

Rob Z Tobor

Theresa williams said...

Hello, I am Theresa Williams After being in relationship with Anderson for years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem. His email: you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other Case.
1) Love Spells
2) Lost Love Spells
3) Divorce Spells
4) Marriage Spells
5) Binding Spells
6) Breakup Spells
7) Banish a past Lover.
8.)You want to be promoted in your office.

Susan Kane said...

I am enjoying the writing done by so many bloggers. Not participating grants the freedom to do so,

shortybear said...

very true

Unknown said...

L is for leave as in…

totally absorbed
child twirls his shoelaces
shouts “leave me alone”

shouts “leave me alone”
trying for the third time
sighing – mommy smiles


mix of leaves
gold, amber and red
carpets the front lawn


GrandMaman squints
shoulders hunched over
reading my tea leaves

reading my tea leaves
heart glows with hope
promise of a child

promise of a child
reality blossoms one day
takes a leave of absence

takes a leave of absence
unknown return to work date
savouring her new role

A Momma's View said...

It definitely is. Great challenge. I'm enjoying it a lot!

Unknown said...

It's been real challenge, but so rewarding. I'm glad to be here!

Unknown said...

Lovely challenge ... a here's my labour of love ... An Echo (L'Eco) poem of love betrayed by jealousy ... Bastet

NCSue said...

I just today heard of the A to Z challenge so I'm late to the "game", but I do have an "L" post at this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) linkup at image-in-ing. I hope you'll come visit to see photos of Louie and to share yours with the party!

Unknown said...

L is for LEVITATE!

Unknown said...

L is for LEVITATE!

Anonymous said...

Teresa, I am Pagan and we take spell-work seriously. You should never impose a spell that will take someones free will from them. I would be wary of anyone who claims otherwise.

Anonymous said...

This is my first year and I'm loving it!!

J.L. Campbell said...

So happy you all are enjoying the Challenge. We are mainly in agreement that it takes a love of writing and research and blogging to tie it all together. Here's to getting to the finish line!

Cherdo said...

Still hanging in

Cherdo on the Flipside
"Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines" on the A-to-Z Challenge 2016

Lucia said...

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I would not like to bore anyone with my comment and testimony but rather i would like them to please read my article so that they will be able to find solution to there broken relationship. A Months ago i was living a loneliness life all alone, until one very good day ( Thursday last week ) i read an article on a blog about Dr. HEART and his ability of restoring broken relationship and marriages. I was really thinking it's was just a jock with the way people described his powerful love spell. In fat i red allot of his testimonials and articles so i decided to contact Dr.HEART through his contact information i saw on the article along with his phone number +2348157538164 and his email address He directed me on what to do on my own, which i did and he also caste the spell for me, and tell me to wait for just 48 hours to see the powerful work which he has done in my life. And To my greatest surprise, just after 16 hours that i contacted Dr.HEART i received a call from my EX seeking for apology from me. He is also specilized in different kid of spell cast as he stated below.