What a Challenge!
Another year of A to Z Blogging is now behind us and the 2013 April Challenge is now history. It's been interesting and a Challenge for me every step of the way. In fact much of the A to Z Team was faced with a variety of illnesses, family deaths, computer problems, and an array of other difficulties thrown our way. But we made it successfully and that certainly counts for something. I'd call this year another success and maybe the best A to Z Challenge yet.
The quality of some of the posts was incredible. I think we'll see more than just a few books resulting from the groundwork laid during the month of April. The range of subject matter, stylistic approaches, and exceptional writing was truly dazzling. I barely scratched the surface of the blogs entered in the Challenge, but for the most part what I did see was inspiring as well as entertaining. I congratulate each and every one of you for a job very well done.
We ended sign-ups on April 1st with 1969 links entered on the Linky List. By the end we culled 314 links from the list due to bloggers dropping out or others pulled due to non-participation or not being an actual blog eligible for the Challenge. For the most part from what I saw and heard from other participants we ended up with a fairly uncluttered list of participating blogs.
Thank You A to Z Team Assistants:
The help we received from the subordinate teams of assistants to each co-host was particularly valuable especially from the standpoint of the setbacks that some of the co-hosts were dealing with. This was something new that we tried this year and I think it worked very effectively. We were hopefully able to keep a fairly regular presence on the participating blogs with the help of the sub teams and they were very helpful in keeping the co-hosts informed when a problem arose with any of the blogs on the list.
Here again is my super team of A to Z Ambassadors:
Judy at Raising the Curtain
Jaimie at Living in the Light
Yvonne at The Written Word of Yvonne Lewis
Alana at Writercize
And here's to the A to Z Team of Co-hosts:
I think it goes without saying that our A to Z Team of co-hosts is the greatest. But I'll say it anyway--The A to Z Team is a great bunch of bloggers and if I were wearing my hat I'd tip it to them. They've all served in their own special ways and I'm sure most of you have gotten to know at least a few of them rather well.
Here is the 2013 team:
The Madlab Post (Nicole Ayers)
Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Leave it to Livia (Livia Peterson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)
Stephen Tremp's Blog (Stephen Tremp)
Spunk on a Stick (L. Diane Wolfe)
This will be the official A to Z Team until the end of the year. The 2014 Team will be announced at the beginning of January. Don't be surprised if many of these Team members return next year! For any openings that arise we'll put out a call for new Team members as we get closer to the end of this year.
Be sure to drop by to visit all of the A to Z Team blogs and let them know how much you appreciate them. They've really put forth some effort!
What Else Helped the Success of 2013?
Besides the sub-teams of assistants and our team of co-hosts, social media has become highly important to making A to Z a big success. Our Facebook page is very active and if you're on Facebook but not subscribed to our page, be sure to do so to join the wonderful community that meets there. Many of you also were tweeting about the Challenge. I encourage you to keep the tweets tweeting. We even have a small but faithful contingent who came to the Challenge via LinkedIn. Maybe we can get an actual A to Z group started there.
It all helps and if any of you have ideas of other things to try please let us know about them. Thank all of you who posted about A to Z on your blogs in order to spread the word.
Every year we learn something new and we keep tweaking the process to make things work better. My dream still is to have a better system for registration and maintaining the list. It is pretty big and diverse right now. It could get bigger in the future, but I think we'll have to do something more about containing it and managing it more effectively.
Keep spreading the word about A to Z. Talk about it on your blogs and tell your friends about it.
For a good example of the type of article that helps the A to Z cause, check out this recent post. Jo Murphey at The Murphey Saga wasn't a participant in this year's Challenge, but she put together one of the better posts I've seen about why anyone should do the A to Z Challenge or another blog event like D.L. Hammons' Blog Blitz.
Let's hear from you now. If you haven't yet done your own Reflections Post we hope you'll compose one between now and next Thursday and add it to the list. Please make sure you add the link that directly connects to your Reflections Post.
Reflections list starts here:
Thank you everyone!