IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge sign ups OPEN on March 1, 2019.

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the Challenge start?

(Updated 2019)
The first post for the letter A will start on April 1st and continue every day thereafter except on Sundays. To help you with scheduling your posts, see the calendars at the end of the post: HERE.


Where can I sign-up for the Challenge?
(Updated 2019)
The sign up post for the Master List.: HERE.




Is this the Blogchatter Challenge?
No. We are not affiliated with Blogchatter®, theblogchatter.com, or #BlogchatterA2Z.


Is my blog considered Adult Content (AC)?
(Updated 2018)
Due to The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge being open to all blogs, and bloggers of all ages, if your blog shouldn't be read by younger participants, then marking it as Adult Content is required.

What is adult content?
·         Excessive Violence — If your blog reads like a how-to guide for Hannibal Lecter, you have excessive violence. If you've written the A to Z guide of how to beat up anyone, make bombs, and kill without detection, you have excessive violence.
·         Nudity for sexual purposes — If you write erotica, you have adult content. This gets tricky with art blogs. If you fall into a gray area, ask the challenge hosts for a ruling before April.
·         Strong and frequent harsh language — If the F word is being used as a verb, or it is used more than three times in a blog post, that is considered adult content. If your every blog post drops at least three curse words, that is adult content.

Adult Content blogs are not written for children. The purpose of the rating is to protect the young and those sensitive to such topics. Those people are not the core audience for such blogs, would not follow such blogs, and possibly present legal trouble if they land on adult blogs.
Need to ask a question? Our email address is: atozteam2018@gmail.com

Do you have a list where we can quickly reference which letter goes with which day?
(Updated 2019)
Yes! Check out this calendar HERE!

How do I add the badge to my own blog?

How to add an image of the badge to a BLOGGER blog:
(Updated 2018)
1) Save the image to your computer as a picture.
2) Go to layout>add a gadget
3) choose the "image" option
4) in the pop-up box, find the picture from your computer and add it
5) the title and captions are up to you
6) use this link where it's called for: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
7) save
8) move your gadget to the desired place in your sidebar.  It will automatically be at the top, which we think is a fine spot for it ;-)
9) click save arrangement
10) check how it looks
11) if it's too big, edit the gadget
12) use "shrink to fit"
13) save again
14) save arrangement again

How to add badge if there's code supplied (like the horizontal badge)
(Updated 2018)
1) Choose either the small version or the large version of the badge.
2) Copy the code from the box under the badge.  Make sure you scroll through that whole window because there's more code than is displayed in that small box.
2) Click "design" at the top, right of your own blog.
3) Click "layout" from the menu down the left side of the page.
4) Click "add a gadget" in the place where you'd like the badge
5) Scroll down the list of available gadgets until you get to "html/javascript" "add 3rd party functionality or other code to your blog", then click the blue plus sign.
5) Paste the code you copied in step one into the big, blank box.
6) If you want to add a caption, put it in the strip where it says, "title".
7) Click "save."
8) Now view your blog to see if it worked!


How to add the badge to my WORDPRESS blog?
(Updated 2018)
1) Go to My Site in the Upper Left Corner
2) Go to Themes
3) Go to Widgets
4) Look for Side Bar
5) At the bottom, click Add Widget  
6) Scroll down and select Image
7) Upload the picture you want (you can get all of our badges HERE)
8) Put a title and link to a-to-zchallenge.com
9) Select Publish at the top of the page. 
 

What is a good way for Bloggers to respond to my comments?
(Updated 2018)  
A lot of bloggers respond to comments via email. We understand why someone wouldn't want everyone to know their email address, but consider displaying it for the duration of the challenge.

Here's how to change the setting:
Blogger:

Go to design
Go to settings
Go to email
Go to the box "comment notification email"
Enter the email you'd like me to respond to.
SAVE.


Wordpress:
Go to my site
Go to settings
Go to discussion
Here you can change all sorts of settings, such as allowing all comments with no moderation.

Also, when commenting, you can leave a link to your own blog OR leave the title of your blog from the Master List.


There are a lot of people who believe in reciprocal comments.
They also believe if they can't find your blog in the first three tries, they'll rightly give up.
Here's where they are most likely to look for you:

  • The link you left on the comment form on their blog.
  • Your Blogger or commenting profile, if their blog uses that and yours works.
  • The name of your blog on our Master List. (Which only works if you've given that information.)

So you could sign your comments with your URL. Or as "John Doe of Blog Name." 💡😎



Are any of the team members an Amazon Associate?
“As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.” - J Lenni Dorner

What is a direct blog link?

Here are examples to best explain:

http://www.what-are-they.com Website of J Lenni Dorner
This is a blog hop, not a website hop. Save that link for your fanclub.

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com Direct blog link to the blog of J Lenni Dorner
This is what you use on the MASTER LIST.

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2019/02/28/signed-up-for-the-april-blogging-atozchallenge-2019-tenth-anniversary/ Direct link to a blog post.
Do you see how long it is? It has the date and the post title. It only goes to one post, not the whole blog.

What is the difference between a Twitter URL, handle, and hashtag?

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is an address on the Internet.

A Twitter URL is a direct link to your Twitter page.

https://twitter.com/AprilA2Z  That is the URL for the A to Z Challenge.

@AprilA2Z  That is the handle for the A to Z Challenge. Note the "@" symbol.

https://twitter.com/AprilA2Z/status/1101278721598783489  That is a link to a Tweet.

#AtoZchallenge  That is the hashtag for the A to Z Challenge. Note the "#" symbol.


What is the difference between a Facebook Page, Profile, and Group?

https://www.facebook.com/atozchallenge That is the A to Z Challenge page on Facebook. A Facebook page is public. Users can "like" and follow a page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13/ That is the Facebook Group for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. A group can be public or private. Users join groups.

https://www.facebook.com/johltonehandtyping That is a Facebook Profile. Users friend each other. Some profiles are more private than others.

https://www.facebook.com/j.lennidorner/posts/2011082412341477 That is a direct link to a Facebook post. Sometimes the links won't show anything depending on the privacy settings of the user.

Where is your GDPR and Privacy policy?

Here: GDPR and Privacy

Disabling Word Verification - How to Video

Comments are an integral part of blogging and being able to leave a comment without having to jump through the Word Verification hoop is a real plus. If you are new to Blogger and are taking part in the upcoming A to Z Challenge we strongly recommend disabling the Word Verification function... Click HERE to see this helpful how-to video.

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