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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


When does the Challenge start?


The first post for the letter A will start on April 1st and continue every day thereafter except on Sundays. You may wish to include a Challenge prelude post on your last regularly scheduled post day before the opening day. In the prelude post you can announce your intent to be a part of the Challenge, tell others about the Challenge, and let others know about your theme or approach to the A to Z Challenge. To help you with scheduling your posts, see the calendar.



When can I sign-up for the Challenge?
 
Official sign-ups for the Challenge begin at the end of January.

I forgot to put in my code/I want to change my code?

Sorry, but you can't. Managing the list for all the non-blogs, ad sites, non-participants who just want traffic, and other ruler-breakers already takes all the available time. Instructions were explicit. We just had to make a strict "no exceptions whatsoever." If it makes you feel better we're not even changing codes for our helpers :-)


I can't find myself on the list!

To find a blog by name on the Linky List, go to the List and hit "Ctrl F". You should get a little search box where you can start entering the blog name. You will be taken to the blog you are looking for before you even finish entering the name.

Command F for Mac brings up a search box.



Is my blog considered Adult Content (AC)?
 
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 using the Adult Content (AC) category code would be required.

A few words of profanity scattered around blog posts wouldn't mean a blog had to be marked with the AC category code. However, frequent use of profanity/harsh language, nudity, gore, sexually oriented language, and/ or explicit violence would be considered Adult Content.

These guidelines protect younger participants and bloggers who don't want to read or see Adult Content.

Need more clarification? Please check out these blog posts for more information:

The A-to-Z Challenge Handbook of Defining Adult Content #atozchallenge #faq

Bonus A-to-Z Challenge Questions Answered #atozchallenge #faq

Need to ask a question? Our email address is: contactatozteam@gmail.com


How do I Save a Post for a Later Date and Time?


Using the "old blogger" interface? Read this post. "How do I Save a Post for a Later Date and Time.

Using the newest version of blogger? Read this post. Survival Hints for the A-Z Challenge: How to Pre-Schedule a Post


If I enter more than one blog to the Linky List do I have to post for every letter on each of them?

Yes! Each link leads to a separate entry and bloggers may not be following or wish to follow all of your blogs. Not posting for certain days on a blog might make your blog appear to be inactive in the Challenge. The continuity of the Challenge should be present on each blog entered. That is why we consider it a Challenge! Each blog that you enter is a unique participant in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.


Do you have a list where we can quickly reference which letter goes with which day?

Yes! Check out this page...Go HERE...for multiple lists!

 AND 

Jeremy, the Retro-Zombie co-host made a very cool calendar that you can save as your desktop.  


How do I add the badge to my own blog?

These directions are for installing the “Blogging from A to Z” badge on a blogger-hosted blog, using the newest version of the editor.

How to add an image of the badge:

1) Save the image to your computer as a picture.
2) Go to design>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)
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!
Adding Badges and Banners to Your Blog





How do I add the badge to my WORDPRESS blog?
UPDATED FOR 2016

Being Retro
beingretro.wordpress.com

01. MY SITE UPPER LEFT CORNER [SIGN IN]
02. GO TO THEMES [CUSTOMIZE]
03. GO TO WIDGETS
04. LOOK FOR SIDE BAR
05. AT BOTTOM “ADD WIDGET”
06. SCROLL DOWN UNTIL YOU SEE “IMAGE” YOU SHOULD SEE BLANKS TO FILL IN.
07. DEPENDING ON YOUR SITE USE THE FILL INS I USED AND FOR IMAGE USE THIS CODE [IF YOU HAVE PHOTOBUCKET ACCOUNT, MAKE YOUR OWN] OR USE

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n547/Jeremy-iZombie/A2Z-BADGE%202016-smaller_zpslstazvib.jpg”

MINUS THE QUOTATIONS [OF COURSE]
08. UPPER LEFT CORNER HIT SAVE PUBLISH

Width: Height: 300 x 300

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How do I add a picture to my own blog?


See Jeremy's easy to follow directions from the post Adding Badges and Banners to Your Blog for some "challenge season" bling for your blog.





WHAT'S A GOOD WAY FOR BLOGGERS TO RESPOND TO MY COMMENTS?

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



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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