Last year I stumbled upon the April A to Z blogging challenge by accident and quite at the last minute. I think it was the 29th of March that I came across this challenge where you needed to post alphabetically on your blog everyday (nearly). I had never tried it before and it seemed that like the kind of revival my blog needed at that point. 30 days later I think the person most surprised at the fact that I completed the challenge was me.
Before the A to Z Challenge last year I had never ever tried to post on my blog on a continuous basis. I would post for a couple of days every week at the maximum. So it was quite a struggle at times trying to come up with ideas for blog posts. And yet it was in a way very exciting to actually make a project plan about the different posts and sticking to the plan as much as possible. In some ways the A to Z challenge taught me the value of being disciplined about posting. Almost as a dry run to last year’s challenge I’ve been posting almost every day on my blog recently.
If you’ve been reading all along and wondering what the A to Z challenge is all about, you need to head here. Essentially you post everyday on April except on Sundays. You start with a post that starts with the letter ‘A’ and then end with ‘Z’. Themes are great (and you can have a special post on March 23rd to reveal your theme- I’m doing it this year)
But the important thing about the challenge is also the collegiate spirit. You are supposed to visit the blogs of other A to Z participants and leave constructive feedback. And you do kinda have a semi formal admin team that make sure you do what you are supposed to be doing. I made great friends in the blogging challenge last year and I still regularly visit a lot of those blogs.
When the blogging challenge ended last year I was exhausted. So exhausted that I didn’t even bother claiming my survivor badge until weeks after. This was because I’d never been on such an intense blogging schedule. This year I’m more prepared mentally (though I still haven’t scheduled my posts- still a month left- I am a last minute worker) and I even have my theme. I’m raring to go- bring it on!
If this post has sparked your interest- go and sign up your blog in the list.
You can read some of my A to Z posts from last year here.
The A to Z Challenge also organise twitter chats where you can talk about the challenge, ask questions etc., Follow @AprilA2Z and use
#atozchallenge #AZchat. The first chat takes place today (19 Feb) at 1pm US EST.