|Our thanks to Jeremy Hawkins at Hollywood Nuts! for this utterly groovy|
Arlee's Ambassadors badge.
Time to Say Hello
To start things off in this post I'd like to introduce you to some people you will probably be seeing around in the months to come. In fact you may have noticed an increase from them in tweets and mentions about the A to Z Challenge in the past few weeks. Why the interest in the #AtoZChallenge? They are the 2015 Team of Arlee's A to Z Challenge Ambassadors!
You might know some or all of them from previous April Challenges as they are all veterans. Know them or not, I'm going to introduce you to them. Be sure to visit their blogs to say hello and follow them. Also I'll be giving you their Twitter handles so you can follow them there as well.
They will be joining the other co-host assistance teams in patrolling the Linky list to make sure all the links lead to participating blogs and to spread general A to Z goodwill and encouragement to all of the hard-working bloggers joining us for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
Here's my extraordinary 2015 team:
Tim Brannan has been working with me for the past couple of years since we first started the co-host assistance teams. He's been a great asset to A to Z with his blogging experience and keen organizational skills. You can find his main blog at The Other Side. His Twitter handle is @timsbrannan .
Rob Z Tobor first teamed up with me last year when he actually visited every single blog on the 2014 Linky list. If you've never visited Rob at his blog then you've got to see it to believe it--he lives up to the name of the Slightly Eccentric Diary of Rob Z Tobor. Follow Rob on Twitter at @Rob_Z_Tobor .
J Lenni Dorner is signed up for a 4th A to Z Challenge and this time will be joining my assistance team for the first year in that role. J is already been very active in promoting the Challenge. I'm expecting big things from "J" who can be found at What Are They? or on Twitter at @JLenniDorner.
Jenny Pearson is not only a long time blogging friend of mine, but a veteran of the A to Z Challenge. She was a very capable co-host during the 2012 Challenge and now returns with her experience to give my Ambassador Team a hand. Find Jenny at Pearson Report as well as on Twitter at @PearsonReport.
Jeffrey Bushman with two previous A to Z's behind him is joining my team to help keep an eye on things. Please visit his blog The High Cost of This Low Living and give him a follow as well as on Twitter at
This 2015 Team shows a lot of promise as they've already been diving right into the action. We will be doing our very best to keep the A to Z Linky list cleaned up to make things easier for all participants as well as stopping in to visit as many of you as we can.
Thanks to a great team of bloggers!
Battle of the Bands Results: "Bye Bye Love"
In my latest Battle the the Bands I pitted a pairing of versions of the Everly Brothers hit song "Bye Bye Love" with a bonus clip thrown in the mix to stir things up even more. As I mentioned in the post, that last clip from the film All That Jazz was going to be my choice, but it was optional for any one else who didn't want to take time viewing that ten minute video. A few did watch that long clip so as it turns out that one did get some votes--after all it was the best version!
All the versions were very good as far as I'm concerned and voting was fairly close under the circumstances. If I hadn't tossed in the monkey wrench of the third video I have a feeling that the winner of this round would not have won. But I guess we won't know for sure.
Congratulations to the Ray Charles version for edging out the competition.
All That Jazz 8 votes
Madeleine Peyroux 10 votes
Ray Charles 12 votes
Next Battle of the Bands post will appear on Sunday February 15th. I promise there will only be two choices and I'll keep them relatively short. Please join me for this upcoming Battle. It will be a unique song that is a cult classic originally released in 1967 by a legendary and highly influential band that many of you may not have even heard of. A real favorite of mine, but what else would you expect from me--it's a rather weird song. Anyone for some jug band music?
Do you already follow any of my Ambassador Team members? Have you been seeing tweets and retweets about the A to Z Challenge? Sorry, but I can't resist asking this, but do you have any idea what the song or original artist of my next Battle of the Bands is?