Monday, March 29, 2021

MASTER LIST SIGN-UP #AtoZChallenge 2021

Time to SIGN UP for the challenge!
Just fill out that form!

#atozchallenge confirmation
You will see this confirmation message when you've signed up.

The results of this form will be MADE PUBLIC.
Please only sign up YOURSELF, your blog. Do not try to sign up blogs of other people. Thank you.

Grab a copy of the Master List so you can "get hopping" to other blogs: 

The Master List sign-up for the challenge does not close until April 7. 
If you make a copy of the list before that date, please remember to come back to check for additional blogs that may have signed up later.     
#AtoZChallenge 2021 banner

Challenge Awareness:

Visitors to your blog have to be able to comment on your posts (without "signing up" for anything first). Please disable any CAPTCHA. Commenting should be as easy as possible.

Remember to use a link that goes to your BLOG. Sometimes Wordpress users leave links to their dashboard where they create posts, rather than links to their blogs. The team has done what we can to raise awareness of this.

Because of GDPR and other privacy regulations, you should make sure that any options for getting email (newsletters, blog comment replies, etc) are OPT IN ~ meaning checkboxes are not "pre-checked." (If your blog doesn't have this, don't worry about it.)

Links that do not go to a BLOG with posts that can be commented on will be REMOVED.

Badges! Letters! A calendar showing which letters go on which days!

#AtoZChallenge - Please consider using the challenge hashtag to get more traffic for your blog.

In 2018, Jayden made a post with video and written instructions. If you are having difficulty with the form or Master List spreadsheet, please check the instructions first.
If you still need help after that, you can reach the team:
On Gmail: atozteam2018 
On Twitter: @JRVincente (for spreadsheet and form questions) @JLenniDorner (other issues)
On Facebook:
Or on our own blogs. Contact us.
(The team is helping as many people as we can as fast as we can. It may sometimes take a few days.)

Question the team has already gotten in 2021:
"I signed up on a Linky that one of the participants has going. Am I on the Master List?"
No. No you are not. You can ONLY be on the Master List if you sign up on the Master List from this site. The A to Z Team does not control those other Linky sign-ups. Any other linky is not officially part of this #atozchallenge, does not put your blog on our Master List, and is not endorsed, monitored, or regulated by the A to Z Team. You use them at your own discretion. We are also not part of blogchatter.
The A to Z Team runs this website, we don't control the rest of the Internet. 😏

#AtoZChallenge 2021 badge

Be sure your blog displays a participant badge so everyone knows they're in the right place!
And please consider getting a t-shirt.

(Looking for shirts from previous #atozchallenge events: )

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Tshirt survey #atozchallenge


Our graphic artist Jeremy Hawkins has some quick questions about t-shirts. PLEASE take a moment to answer this survey. Thank you!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Theme Reveal 2021! #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to the Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal of 2021! 

Are you planning on doing a theme this year? Do share! Reveal your theme on your blog, and join the fun! Our Theme Reveal list opens today, and will be open until March 20th! 

You can sign up for the Theme Reveal with this form, and you can find the list of all the blogs participating in the Theme Reveal on this list! Make sure you visit other participants to see what fun themes everyone is coming up with!
(Please make sure you share the link directly to your Theme Reveal Post, and not your general blog!)

The Master List for the challenge will open on March 29th. Stay tuned!

Be sure to join the Theme Reveal by Saturday, March 20th! After that, the form will be closed. 

Happy A to Z! :)

Master list opens: March 29
Sign up for the main challenge then!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Double Down on the #AtoZChallenge 2021 with these Bonus Challenges

#AtoZChallenge 2021 badge

Take a gamble on yourself and your blog by completing one (or more!) 
bonus 2021 A to Z Challenges!

🎲 Bet on yourself to do more this April.

Here are some ideas:

  • Ask the audience in March to give you prompts/ ideas for April - interaction challenge
  • More comments on your blog - marketing challenge
    • Check how many comments you've previously gotten during the A to Z Challenge
    • Figure out what you can do to increase that number!
      • Use the #AtoZchallenge hashtag in your post titles
      • Share your posts on more social media sites
      • Comment more on the blogs of others
    • Share your results and what you learned in your reflections post!
  • Double your commenting - comment challenge
    • Figure out how many comments you've left in April in the past, double it!
    • Figure out how many blogs you commented on during past challenges, double that number of blogs!
  • Grow a new friendship with a blogger - connection challenge
  • Spread the gratitude - philanthropy challenge
    • Come up with ways to thank the A to Z team
    • Help to Promote the A to Z Challenge
    • Thank those who comment on your blog
    • Include a recommendation (each letter day) of other blogs you follow
  • Take a gamble on lesser-known authors - marketing philanthropy challenge
    • Spend the month leaving reviews for self-published authors
    • Invite indie authors to do "book blog tours" on your blog in April
    • Mention one debut author for each letter day
  • Get more bloggers to sign up for the challenge - philanthropy challenge
  • Mix a second blog hop in during the A to Z Challenge - time management challenge
  • June to January ideas - brainstorm challenge
    • Pitch ideas to the team for possible future posts for this blog
  • Add 5-second to 30-second videos (shorts) to your posts - multimedia challenge
  • Get your daily posts links on two or more social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Insta, Pin, etc) - social media challenge

The amount of dots on a 6-sided die is 21.
According to physician Duncan MacDougal, 21 grams is the weight of a human soul.
21 means time for new beginnings and changes.

Don't feel like you can do a bonus challenge? It's okay! We just wanted to offer a little something more for those who want to gamble on themselves this year.

COMING ON March 8:

The A to Z team is being interviewed and honored! Check it out.

Operation Awesome award

The Theme Reveal will open.

Gambling problem?