Friday, February 25, 2022

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Dates and New Graphics Team Member Chosen

#AtoZChallenge 2022 tribute badge #AtoZChallenge 2022 alternative badge

Please give a warm welcome to:

Anjela Curtis

This is our new graphic artist and team member! 
You'll see the winning badge, plus an alternative (non-tribute) badge for 2022, both shown above.
Please welcome our newest volunteer and note the unique name spelling!

Important Dates for 2022

Mar 7- Theme Reveal OPEN
Mar 21- Theme Reveal CLOSES
Mar 30- Master List OPENS -- officially sign up for the challenge
April 10- Master List CLOSES
May 2- Reflections
May 7- Reflections CLOSES
May 16- Road Trip starts

#atozchallenge 2022 calendar

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Please Review the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge on Facebook
Please Review the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge on Facebook

🤔 What to say? Here are suggestions:
  • Mention how many times you've participated (and won!)
  • Provide useful, constructive feedback.
  • Did the challenge help you and your blog? In what ways?
  • Be honest.
  • Leave out links and personal information.
  • Mention if you feel the challenge impacts the blogging community and how. Beneficial or detrimental to the blogging community?
  • How is it the same as other blog hops? How is it different?
  • Do you support the challenge? Would you suggest it to other bloggers? Will you do it again?
  • Have you learned anything from the challenge?
  • Does it help with blogging goals?
  • Keep a civil tongue.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

2-22-22 TUEsday Twosday

Twosday: 2-22-22

Hello A to Z Bloggers.  The A to Z Blog had been maintaining a bit of radio silence since last year's doings, so I asked the team if I could write a guest post.  To my surprise and delight, they said yes. Before I get into full A to Z mode, let me tell you about myself.

My name is Dave I'm a 57 year old midwesterner, who's been happily married to my best friend Amy for almost 24 years. a father of 3, an educator, an avid blogger someone who absolutely loves the A to Z Challenge

My first year in the challenge was 10 years ago.  It was the first and only year that I did not have a theme.  On Sunday April 1st I wrote this post about not fooling around.  Since then I have participated in several of my blogs.  At least one year, I did 3 at the same time.  

That's probably a good enough introduction about me for now.  

I love a good palindrome.  A palindrome is anything that is the same backwards as forwards.

I am writing this on January 31st 2022 or 1/31/2022 or 1-31-22.  Tomorrow is 2-1-22 and Wednesday is 2-2-22, a palindrome.  Could you imagine an alarm clock next to a calendar at 2:22 showing 2-22-22? If that's not enough awesomeness for you, it's also groundhog day!

But wait there's more ...

There is another spectacular palindrome filled day coming later in February.  February 22nd 2022 otherwise known as 2-22-22 it's a twosday that falls on a Tuesday.

🤯 (If this isn't a place for a mind blown emoji I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!!!!!!!) 🤯

So what does this have to do exactly with the A to Z challenge?  Well, let's put it this way:If you guys are going to get back into the challenge  you probably need to do some forward thinking at the same time.  What will you write about?  Who will you invite to participate along with you? How will you make this the best A to Z year ever?

I may do more than one theme this year, but one of them is definitely going to be limericks.  8 years ago between my 49th and 50th birthday I wrote and posted a limerick a day on my facebook page.  For the challenge, I will be recycling about 10 of those limericks, writing about 10 new limericks prior to the challenge, and creating approximately 10 more during the challenge, generally on the day of the entry.

Here is a palindrome based limerick I wrote for this post::

I have a dear friend named Jerome
Who sure loves a good palindrome
on 2-22-22
in a racecar he "flew"
both backwards and forwards towards home.

I am really hyped up about this year's challenge. I hope that many of you are getting ready for it as well.  I'd like to thank the team for letting me do this guest post. 

Shameless Plug:  Please check out my blog Leap of Dave, it was called Home School Dad for many years but since our home schooling days have been over for a few years now, I decided to at long last change the name and consolidate my other blogs into the flagship.  This means that you can see all of my a to z blog entries over the last 11 years in one place.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

VOTE Please - Graphics Team Member #atozchallenge

We have two wonderful contenders. Please cast your vote:

Contender 1

  • Has done the challenge (2, 3, or 4 times)
  • Creates graphics for a living
  • Uses Facebook and Twitter, and might create an Instagram for us
  • Wants to act as a full-fledged team member, creating posts and whatnot
  • Is willing to create merchandise (shirts and such) 

1A 1B

Contender 2

  • Has done the challenge more than 5 times
  • Is a graphic designer who also designs other things
  • Not into social media
  • Would join us just for graphics
  • Would allow the team to create merchandise (but not do it themself)

2A 2B 

Each has presented us with two possible graphics for the 2022 challenge. Please cast your vote for the contender of your choice, and the badge (A or B) you prefer. 


Friday, February 4, 2022


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spread the word about this! Share everywhere you can.

Covid has taken Jeremy away from us. With heavy hearts, we must find another volunteer to do the A to Z graphics.  


In the event the team likes more than one applicant, we will hold a contest on Feb 16-18 showcasing the offered badges and ask the A to Z audience to vote.

You will need to create one badge to apply. 

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Form set to close Feb 12.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Jeremy Hawkins Tribute

On January 3, we lost an amazing guy – Jeremy Hawkins.

Today, February 2, we pay tribute and give back to one who was so giving and involved in our community.

To honor his life and support the family he leaves behind, on that day:

·       Create a blog post a story or memory about Jeremy.

·       Create a blog post with photos of Jeremy.

·       Create a blog post to share some of the graphics he made for you.

·       Post a photo of you wearing one of the t-shirts he designed on social media.

·       And to support his family, please purchase his t-shirts, art , and his books

Spread the word and let’s pay tribute to one of the most supportive and loyal guys ever to cross our paths, Jeremy Hawkins.

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If you are posting a tribute on your blog, I invite you to leave a link in the comments. If you share your post on Twitter, please include the #atozchallenge hashtag.