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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thank You From A to Z

          The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is off to a great start and I want to thank all who have signed up so far.  Some of you who have not signed up may be thinking that it's too early and you can do it as you get closer to April.  Why wait when you can do it now?

           Sign up in advance and you can start gettting organized to make the April Challenge easier once it starts.  But there is another advantage to signing up ahead of time--if you are signed up you can become a part of the team of bloggers who are working together to make this Challenge a bigger success.

              We encourage you to sign up now.   Once you are signed up for the Challenge you can start helping us spread the word by telling others about it and by displaying the Challenge badge on your site to let others know that you are participating.

              This week I have seen several of you with the badge on your site and even with posts announcing your participation.  We thank you for doing this.  Here are just a few that have been helping us:

Thanks to these bloggers who have contributed to the success of the challenge by adding the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge badge to their sidebar.

Eric from Working My Muse is looking forward to his first shot at A to Z.

Rosie at East for Green Eyes is enthusiastically joining us for the first time.
Rae at Fresh who is a second year participant with a new blog.

Yvonne at Welcome to My World of Poetry who last year contributed a poem for each letter of the alphabet.

Seams Inspired who is making a first appearance.

These great bloggers also included a post about A to Z:
(This really helps the cause!)

Jessica at The Alliterative Allomorph.

Gregg at Gospel-driven Disciples.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan:  Speculative Fiction Author   

Ella from Ella's Edge
 
Sig from Beadedbear's Nonsense and Complete Waste of Time .
 
Heather M. Gardner  from The Waiting Is the Hardest Part.

          I believe there are more and if you have placed something on your site and I haven't acknowledged you, please let me know so I can do so the next time I do a post like this.

         Also, I ask each of you who read this post today to stop by the above sites and say hello.  If you aren't following these blogs, now would be a good time to do so.

         This brings me to the next suggestion.  Since part of the A to Z Challenge for some of you is to gain more followers for your blog, I recommend that you try to go through the Linky list and visit each blog that you aren't following now, say hello and introduce yourself, and follow that blog.  I guarantee that if you do this you will add to your following and you will probably end up with a few new blog friends as well.

        Remember to tell your friends who haven't signed up yet to come and join us.   The more who join means more fun and opportunity for you and the rest of us.

        Finally, remember to regularly visit the blogs of A to Z cohosts Talli Roland, Jennifer Daiker, and Alex J. Cavanaugh for any other Challenge tips and updates.

        On Thursday February 3 please drop by as I visit Patricia Stoltey

         Have a great weekend!



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33 comments:

  1. Hey I just signed up for it... and I'll post about it in next couple of days. What a great idea! Just a question tho... is it whatever topic we want for each letter??? Enlighten me, please..... :)

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  2. Looking forward to the A to Z, thanks for the mention,

    Have a lovley week-end.
    Yvonne.

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  3. I've added you badge in my sidebar last week, although I won't be participating, but I want to help as much as I can in marketing :) I predict more than 200 participants till April.
    April is also my birthday :) I will be sweet sixteen this year :P

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  4. Thanks for the shout out. Must start my list to get organized!

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  5. Wow you are off to a great start. I would love too but I have commitment issues. :) I will visit.

    T

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  6. Wow - so many people so far! :) Awesome!

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  7. I just signed up and I'm looking forward to this. I am totally clueless, but I know I'm going to have a great time.

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  8. Lee,
    Wow, so exciting, this many already! I will add my badge soon; A reminder to those who aren't sure,yet...

    Have a Great weekend~

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  9. The badge has made many appearances the past few days, which is awesome!
    And it's the friends one makes during this challenge that brings the most meaning.

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  10. Looks like the challenge is off to a great start. I'm one of those still on the fence trying to decide how I can manage. Who knows. Looking forward to the challenge even if I don't participate. Have a great weekend.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  11. The badge is on my sidebar and I will be posting about it on Monday. :)

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  12. Lee-

    I added your logo and a link to my blog page.

    Since I don't have quite the army of readers you do, it may not help...but ya never know.

    I hope people are not offended if I do not comment frequently during the month-long event.

    I'm still only about halfway through the top ten song lists-my day job is pretty demanding and is at its worst during April (sixteen hour days are the norm).

    LC

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  13. I've signed up and started a list of possible subjects to write about come April. I haven't yet added the badge but I'll remedy that soon.

    Looking forward to it.

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  14. I will see what I can do... My blog is always in Paris for the month of April... Not sure if I could make through the alphabet in Paris again... Hmmmm

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  15. Pk -- Thank you for being a part of this. And the challenge is up to you. You can blog on any topic. It can be prose, poetry, art, photography--or whatever you want starting from the letter A and ending at Z. And even the order of the letters is up to you, but I think it's most fun when everyone is on the same letter and we can compare what we each wrote about. Feel free to ask all of the questions you like. The A to Z Team of Alex, Talli, Jenn, and myself will be posting ideas on our blogs before the April event to help those who are stuck.

    Yvonne -- And thank you for that wonderful poem on your blog today. You will be getting another mention in my next thank you post.

    Dezmond -- Thanks for the plug. I'll keep your birthday in mind to give a shout. Mine is tomorrow (Sunday 1/30) I will be sweet six....maybe I'll just leave that one alone.

    Heather - April will be here before we know it!

    Teresa -- At least you could try! Maybe you will challenge your commitment issues and surprise yourself.

    Jemi -- Come on, help us increase the list. You get in there and talk some of your followers to do the same.

    Melissa -- I'm sure you'll have a great time and you'll catch on fast.

    Ella -- Thanks for your support.

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  16. Alex -- You're right about the great friends that are made through something like this. It's a real bonding experience and I still feel close to many from last year.

    Mason -- Get down off that fence. You are smart enough to make it work. Even if you had all of your posts already done, you could creatively find a way to tie them into letters of the alphabet. Come on, Mason, we want you to be a part of this.

    Laura -- I will link to it in my next thank you post.

    Larry -- Understand your situation and I'm sure you won't be the only one. Every little bit helps in the promotion and the participation.

    Haleine -- Thank and appreciate the support. I think organizing ahead of time is the real key to making the challenge easier.

    Fifi-- You are a creative genius and I'm pretty sure you could come up with a way to make it work. I'd love to see your posts up again in April.

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  17. YAY!!!! I am so excited - last year I had a lot of fun! I remember I saw it on someone else's blog (I'm pretty sure Lisa's) the night before it started. So I am glad I have time to plan fun post!!!
    Thanks for being a great host:)

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  18. Stacey -- Thank you for saying so and for joining us again. This year should be a great challenge.

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  19. I won't be around for a large part of April, so I can't join in, but I'm going to enjoy spending the days I'm online checking out all the different variations on a theme!

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  20. I had such a great time with it last year, how could I not? Looking forward to it!

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  21. HAPPY SWEET SIXT.... LEE :))))
    I shall send a bunny to jump out of your cake later on today :)

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  22. Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful day today.

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  23. Amie -- You've got two months to sign up if you change your mind. Encouragement is always welcome.

    Will -- Looking forward to your participation again this year.

    Dezmond -- Thanks! But bunny in the cake please--it'll get rabbit fur all over the house. Or did you mean that kind of a bunny?

    Alex -- Thanks, Alex. Hope we reach 200 on the A to Z sign-ups for my birthday present.

    Melissa -- Thank you so much. I hope to have a wonderful time today and everyday.

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  24. Looking forward to the A-Z Challenge! And have a happy birthday and don't forget to eat ice cream! Looking forward to the team up with Patricia Stotley.

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  25. Happy birthday, Arlee!!! I'll be signing up, although I'm nervous about the A-Z challenge. Eeep! =D

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  26. Stephen Tremp -- I did eat ice cream and cake. I looking forward to a lot of participation in the A to Z Challenge.

    Rashelle -- Thanks, and don't be nervous--it's all in fun and for personal growth. You do what you can and don't stress about it.

    Wendy -- Thanks!

    Lynda -- I've added you to my next thank you post.

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  27. Hi, Arlee!

    I've made you and the A to Z challenge the focus of my Blogosphere Monday spotlight this week!!

    Now I have two crazy challenge for this April, counting Script Frenzy. Whoo-hoo!

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  28. Chris -- That was an outstanding plug for the challenge and my blog as well. A huge thank you for that. I'll be including your blog in my next thank-you post.

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  29. Thanks for the wonderful challenge, Arlee. It's just the thing to get a newbie like me used to blogging regularly. Being a newbie though, I admit I'm not sure where to paste in the challenge badge. Would you please point me in the right direction?

    I've already blogged (http://jimsgirlfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/) that I'm up for the challenge. I look forward to adding the badge.

    Many thanks, Jim's Girl

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