Tuesday, May 18, 2021

#atozchallenge After Survey 2021 RESULTS

Thank you to the 46% of bloggers who filled out the survey.

Almost everyone enjoyed the challenge this year.

"Visiting the blog in March, April, and May" is the most popular way to follow us. Our Facebook page is the second most popular. 

Most said they'll be back next April, or probably will. No one answered that they definitely won't.

Nearly everyone who took the survey said they completed the challenge.

90% got on the Master list this year. Only 2 bloggers said they didn't share links anywhere, including to their own followers.
Half posted links to their blog onTHEIR OWN Facebook page or profile, and half posted links to their blog on Twitter using the #AtoZchallenge hashtag.
Over 90% did not use a linky ran by another site to join this challenge.

Only 30% of you don't want Instagram added as an optional follow social media option on the Master List sign-up, so that will likely be included next year. (Instagram itself will not be allowed as a blog.)

However, over half were strongly opposed to the email option. 

Categories (that we don't already offer) requested include:
Author/ Writing mixed-bag (also requests for storytelling, flash fiction, and poetry to have their own sub-categories), Brand Management and Marketing, Finance and Frugality, Heritage and Culture, the Quilters requested their own sub-category under crafts, Inspirational, Music as a sub-category in Entertainment, Names, Current Affairs as a sub-category of Politics and News, and Random Blogging.

Most people responded that we have plenty of categories and they're happy.

Were you given enough time to sign up for the challenge? Almost 90% said yes!

30% use the HTML codes and find that helpful. (7% don't know what that means.)

Thanks to the 70% who read the daily posts written by the team!

Only 7 people said they weren't visited by a co-host. 39 said they didn't visit one of us.

Most people reported commenting on 1 to 50 blogs. 

"How many comments did your blog get in April?" The most popular answers fell between 11 to 150.

Nearly everyone prefers replies posted in the comment section, email being liked only if it's a private matter. Also popular was just visiting the blog of the commenter and saying hello on one of their posts. (Also known as comment-reciprocation.)

Most joined the road-trip. Over half checked out the shirts, and at least 10 said they bought one this year.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Time for the Post-A to Z Challenge Road Trip!

Roadtrip #atozchallenge 2021

It's time for the Post A to Z Road Trip 2021! This is a great opportunity to catch up on the many blogs you would have liked to have spent more time visiting, but didn't during the Challenge, and a chance to visit the blogs of people who did the Challenge that you never got to. And, if you're one of those people who did the Challenge but didn't get a lot of visitors, this is a way to let people know that you'd appreciate a visit.

Here's what you do:

  1. Sign up for the Road Trip. There's a place where you can put in the URL of a post that you would like visitors to read first. I used the address of my reflections post because there's a list of all the posts I did with links. Just a suggestion!
  2. Get copies of both the Road Trip List and the Master List. Both will be useful.
  3. Start with the Road Trip list and visit the blogs of the people who signed up there. Take some time to read their blog and their Challenge entries. Leave comments where you feel led to do so, and make sure you identify yourself as a Road Trip participant. Leave a link to your blog so they can return the favor.
  4. Then, if you have the time and inclination to do so, visit some of the blogs on the Master List that you didn't get the chance to visit. Even if they didn't sign up for the Road Trip, I'm sure they'd appreciate a visit.

There's no set time limit to the Road Trip (i.e. no specific end date), so if you wanted to, you could visit everyone who was part of this year's Challenge between now and the start of next year's Challenge. If that's what you want to do, go for it! Most importantly, have fun!

Happy Motoring!

Monday, May 3, 2021

#atozchallenge Reflections 2021

Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge


Taking the after-survey can help gather your thoughts before writing your reflection post! That's also where you'll find the WINNER badge.

What did you like most and least about the challenge this year?
How did you do? What did you learn? Did you get out more, less, or as much as you put in?
Any thoughts on the shirts? Care to thank any team members?
Did you "double down" this year?


(Closes May 8!)


Did you do the scavenger hunt from A? On your reflection post, you can share with everyone how well you did and on what participating A to Z blogs you found the items on the list! Here's a reminder: 

  • A is for — Apple ๐Ÿ 
  • B is for — Bear ๐Ÿงธ
  • C is for — Cobweb ๐Ÿ•ธ
  • D is for — Dragon ๐Ÿฒ
  • E is for — Evil ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
  • F is for — Flowers ๐Ÿ’
  • G is for — Game ๐ŸŽฒ
  • H is for — Hat ๐Ÿ‘’
  • I is for — Island ๐Ÿ
  • J is for — Jewelry ๐Ÿ’
  • K is for — Key ๐Ÿ”‘
  • L is for — Leaves ๐Ÿ‚
  • M is for — Men ๐Ÿ‘ฌ
  • N is for — Nuts ๐Ÿฅœ
  • O is for — Orange ๐ŸŠ
  • P is for — Pen ๐Ÿ–Š
  • Q is for — Questions ❓
  • R is for — Rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ
  • S is for — Scissors ✂
  • T is for — Tiger ๐Ÿฏ
  • U is for — Uniform ๐Ÿ’‚
  • V is for — Velvet ๐Ÿงถ
  • W is for — Whale ๐Ÿณ
  • X is for — X-ray ๐Ÿฆด
  • Y is for — Yellow  ๐Ÿ’›
  • Z is for — Zipper ๐Ÿค

How many of you used a dictionary of some kind to find words for the challenge?
Did you stop to think about what it took to create a dictionary?
Sean Penn and Mel Gibson's 2019 film The Professor and the Madman explores that, while delving into the lives of two real people who were largely responsible for the creation of what would become the Oxford English Dictionary. 
The critics mostly dislike the film. I thought it was good. If you're a blogger who loves words, or if you've ever been curious as to how a dictionary was compiled, or you just want to see a movie with a workaholic and someone getting treatment for mental health issues (in the 1870s), here you go. The movie is actually based on a book that is considered a biography. 

๐Ÿ“• ๐ŸŽฅ

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

Saturday, May 1, 2021

The AtoZChallenge 2021 AFTER SURVEY #atozchallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2021 badge

Fill it out here, or go to:

The AtoZChallenge AFTER SURVEY ๐Ÿ“‹

Your winner badge is inside, along with the answers to yesterday's Z post. 

Check back on MONDAY, MAY 3 for the REFLECTIONS sign-up. ๐Ÿ”ฎ
Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge

Plus, sign-up for the Roadtrip on MONDAY, MAY 10. ๐Ÿš—

Please consider getting a t-shirt.