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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A to Z Sign Up Time Starts Today!

    Happy Birthday to me!

           It's become A to Z tradition to open the Linky List on my birthday and today is that day.

           Some of you may have already noticed that the other side of the world got a jump on us with the Linky list.   Yes, even as I prepare this post the Linky List is already filling up.  Not a problem though.  There's room for everybody and every place on the A to Z list is a good one.  So never fear if you sign on at #200 or #2000.   You'll still get visited, especially if you are visiting others.

         For those who are scratching their heads about this A to Z Challenge I recommend that you go visit the official A to Z Blog for full details.  If you still don't get it, there is a CONTACT US tab that will take you to a page where you can ask any questions you may have.  Or ask me in the comment section below.

         You'll be able to sign up any time between now and April.  The Linky List will be available on this post until Friday and then after that you'll find it by clicking the List tab at the top of this page as well as similar tabs on the A to Z Blog and the blogs of all of the other co-hosts.  In other words, the list will be all over the place so you shouldn't have any problem finding it.

          Even though you have two months to sign up, we encourage you to sign up now or as soon as you can.  Why so soon?   Well, because once bloggers start signing onto the list, the pre-Challenge party  begins.  Get yourself out there so others can find you.  Two months of mingling and meeting and greeting will allow you to get to know the other participants.   This will be favorable in helping you determine your April strategy.

          Between now and April you can start following other blogs and getting to know those bloggers.   They will likewise start following your blog.  So even though the blogging part of the Challenge begins in April, the really big part of the Challenge--visiting other blogs--starts now.  Are you ready to make new friends?  Your link on the list means you're ready to invite visitors to your blog.

           Let's go!

      This year, per many of your requests, we're introducing Blog Categories for Participants. This is entirely Optional, other than for blogs with Adult Content, which will be taken off the list unless marked (AC). 

      If you'd like to pick a category, please choose One from the list of 22 categories listed below, and add the code after your name/ blog name while signing up on the linky list. e.g. Damyanti Biswas - Amlokiblogs (WR)

     Only the codes from the following list will be admissible, in the format they are presented below, in capital letters enclosed in parentheses:  e.g. (WR)   You may sign up with just your blog name, and include one of the following codes.   But please note that once you have decided on a code, you won't have the option to change it.   Multiple entries of the same blog, and ad sites will be deleted.


1. WRITING :                          (WR)

2. BOOKS:                              (BO)

3. FILM :                                  (FM)

4. PHOTOGRAPHY:               (PH)

5. GARDENING:                     (GR)

6. CRAFT:                               (CR)

7. ART:                                    (AR)

8. MUSIC:                               (MU)

9. CULINARY:                         (CU)

10. LIFESTYLE:                      (LI )  

11. FASHION:                          (FA)

12. PERSONAL:                      (PR)

13. SOCIAL MEDIA:                (SO)

14. GAMING:                           (GA)

15. EDUCATION :                    (ED)

16. POLITICS:                          (PO)

17. HISTORY:                           (HI)

18. SCIENCE:                          (SC)

19. HUMOR:                             (HU)

20. TRAVEL:                             (TR)

21. MISCELLANEOUS:            (MI)

22. ADULT CONTENT:             (AC)

       When you sign up to the Linky List, be sure that you have the correct URL address that leads directly to the main page of your blog and not to a specific post.   You want visitors to find your April posts right?  If you haven't decided yet whether or not to do the April Challenge it's okay to wait until you're ready to sign up.   But if you know you're going to do it then sign up as soon as you can.   The Alphabet Challenge may start in April, but the visiting and networking party has already started.

Here is the list:

Sign up if you're ready.  We are ready for you!

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined above so you sign onto the list correctly!   Please do not just sign up without reading and then come back to ask us to correct your errors!

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  1. It's your birthday Lee? Wow that's awesome, guess you're an Aquarius like me and my old man then which is pretty awesome. As said the other day it makes me very sad to not be able to enter. Like you said in reply to my comment maybe I could start scheduling now, I'll have a look and see what I can do because I LOVE the concept of the Challenge so much.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY... need to celebrate... check! List A to Z Challenge... check! Have a great day...for you, check!

    All the best!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

  3. You didn't tell us it was your birthday!! Happy birthday and here's to another awesome Challenge.

  4. I am ready to go!!

    Sorta.... ;)

    And Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday, Lee! Omigawd, where's the CAKE? Is there cake? Wot? No cake? Just a list? Geez... and that list is already amazingly filled. Looks like this year the challenge is gonna be a doozy! Can. Hardly. Wait!!!!! Happy birthday, dude! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  6. Happy Birthday, Lee! And Happy A-Z Challenge! :) I'm all signed up. Now, if only I can think of a theme...

  7. Have a great birthday Lee! I've added my blog to the list.

  8. Happy birthday, Arlee! May it be the best one yet!

    As for the A - Z...signed up and getting ready to go :) Thanks again to you and your team for hosting it this year!

  9. Happy Birthday, Lee! Have a great day! I am excited to be in this great hop once again! Jean

  10. Happy Birthday, Lee. Hope it's a great one and the beginning of a wonderful year.

  11. Happy Birthday!! Enjoy the day!! Signed up last night, #87 :)

    so excited to have an early start compared to last year when I signed up end of March. Will start visiting and making friends!!!


  12. Happy Birthday Lee!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

    And I've already broken an A to Z rule - sorry. I put two different tags by my name. (WR and MI). sigh. Didn't mean to be a rule breaker.

  13. Happy Birthday Lee! Wow, that list is already impressive. This is going to be a great A2Z year. Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

  14. Happy Birthday Lee! I'm signed up #204 so REMEMBER ME!

  15. I knew it was a milestone, but couldn't remember WHAT it was. Happy Birthday to our awesome leader! There's a buzz around blogland...and it's OUR CHALLENGE! Feels amazing.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  16. Happy Birthday Lee - I'll be signing up in a while ... 100+ since this a.m. ...

    IT IS A GREAT CHALLENGE - more so A BRILLIANT IDEA ... all yours ..

    Cheers and I do hope you have a happy day and evening ... Hilary

  17. Happy Birthday - Arlee! Looks like A to Z is off to a running start ~

  18. Happy Birthday Lee and thank you for this wonderful opportunity! How lovely to give a gift on yr birthday! Hope you receive many more in return - you are sure to.

  19. Lee-

    Happy birthday, my friend!

    Incidentally, Spock's Beard has a new album coming out this spring.

    If they do another warm-up show in Downey, I'll be there!


  20. Hey, happy birthday! The category idea looks great. I'm looking forward to reading some new blogs in April :-)

  21. Happy Birthday Lee, have a great day.

    Signed up for A to Z early this morning,


  22. Happy Birthday Lee!

    I'm #240. Not the top 100 but much better than last year. Can't wait until April 1st!

  23. Happy Birthday Lee! Have a wonderful day.

  24. Happy Birthday, Lee! Hope you have a great day.

    I look forward to an exciting A to Z challenge.


  25. Hi Lee, Happy Birthday. What a way to celebrate. It is my first time here, and I just wanted to let you know that I have signed up and am looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for hosting!


  26. Happy Birthday, I found this on LinkedIn. Its a nice site!

  27. Thanks so much for hosting this blogfest! We signed up today at #337. This looks like it's going to be HUGE! Congratulations!

  28. Wow! What a response on the Linky List. You're off to a rip-roarin', high-flyin' start.


    Havin' Grand Marnier on the rocks?
    (It's what I would do.)

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  29. Feliz Cumpleaños! Happy Birthday! Best wishes and be blessed. :)

  30. Wow! That's quite a list already! I haven't decided for sure if I'm gonna participate this year, but I did want to pop in and wish you a happy birthday. You've gotta be pretty darned pleased that your blog hop has grown into such a BIGGIE.

    Happy Birthday!

  31. Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes. You've made my day. It's especially nice to see so many of you signed up for the A to Z Challenge. And for those indecisive few, come on and get off the fence and join in. You'll be happy you did.

    Welcome to all of my new visitors. Hope you will come back often.


  32. Well, I'm in agaim=n! Must be off my rocker. and happy birthday, Arlee

  33. I'm back for a second helping of Blogging from A to Z. #398 on the sign up board. That's my official participation blog. I'll also be participating unofficially on a second blog.

  34. Jean -- If you plan to do all of the A to Z posts on the second blog, you can also register that one. I have 4 blogs that I'll be working through the Challenge. There are several others signed up with more than one blog. All we ask is that you keep them active throughout the Challenge as is intended.


  35. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Looking forward to getting my blog back into shape and having a blast through April with everyone! I hope you had an amazing day!

  36. Thanks, Lee. I prefer to keep the second blog "under the radar" for now -- it's not linked to search engines, and I am perfectly happy to have limited views on it. That's why I'm keeping that one informally playing.

    What were your AF years (I see you're on TWS)? 1980-2008 for me. Communications.

  37. Happy Belated Birthday Lee! Hope you had a great one, and A to Z is off to a record breaking start! Looking forward to another wonderful year of A to Z! Thanks Lee!

  38. I signed up for your A - Z challenge it looks like a lot of fun. I'm hoping I'm in good shape I sketch, paint, and write about 60's and 70's pop culture sould have no problem hitting every letter.

    Images by Bil of the 60's and 70's

  39. This is my second year doing A to Z, and I'm looking forward to it!

    And happy belated birthday :)

  40. Happy to see so many of you signing up for this year's Challenge. Be sure to pass on the word about it.



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