FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the Challenge start?

(Updated 2018)
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 calendar: HERE.


When can I sign-up for the Challenge?
(Updated 2018)
There will be a sign up list both daily and a Master List. Please see this post for more information: HERE.

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 2018)
Yes! Check out the calendar page 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.

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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