Monday, March 28, 2011
The Final Countdown
This is it folks! This is the week that the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2011 begins. This past weekend I've watched as sign-ups for the Challenge surge toward the 700 mark. Does anyone want to give us an 800? Do I hear 1000? You know at this point at the rate we're going it's very possible.
There have been some great posts with tips on how best to approach the Challenge and ideas on how to make the experience easiest for all of us. Please consider some of these great suggestions that others are making, and if you're doing something that you haven't seen anyone else mention please let the rest of us know. Watch the blogs of all of my co-hosts this week for any other last minute ideas or words of encouragement.
Soon we'll see who has what it takes to finish the Challenge honorably. From last year's experience I think it will be most of you.
Some of the blogs signed up may have no intent in participating or will have decided to drop out for some reason--this is the nature of any blog event on this scale. If you happen to run across a blog that is not actually participating in the Challenge or is only added to the list for show, please let me know so I can contact that blogger first to see what's happening, and if necessary drop them from the list. We don't want any of us to be wasting our time clicking on blogs that have misrepresented themselves as part of the Challenge--I hope there are none like that.
Also, let me remind you to follow blogs that you are not yet following. No blog should end this Challenge without having at least 100 followers. For those of us who already have a large number of followers this may not be such a major thing, but to those new blogs with only 5, 10, or 25 followers, to reach 100 would be major for them. Remember when you were just starting out? Believe me, I will never forget.
Some of you have sent me some great ideas on how to make the Challenge better. I truly appreciate these innovative ideas and I hope you will keep them coming. For most of these suggestions it is too late to act upon them, but I will be definitely keeping some of these in mind for next year.
Whoa! Did I say next year? Have I gone mad? From the looks of things this year, the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2012 will be massive with more improvements to make it even better. But first things first--this Friday is April 1 with 25 more days of blogging to follow. Have fun!
Are you ready for the start of the Challenge? Do you have any ideas that might make the Challenge easier for others? Do you have any plans to post anything special this week about the Challenge?
Nicki Elson scored another online news article. This one surprised me as it popped up on my "Google Alerts". Thank you Nicki. Check out the link.