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Blogging From A To Z Challenge 2014

Several hundreds of bloggers around the world, me included, are gearing up for a yearly blogging challenge – Blogging From A To Z Challenge in April 2014.

What is this challenge all about? In March 2010, Arlee Bird, who writes at Tossing It Out issued a challenge to his blogger friends to blog on a topics from A to Z in the month of April. So you start on April 1 with ‘A’ and then go on the next day to blog on a topic starting with the letter ‘B’ and so on. 26 blog posts in April. No blogging on Sundays – the only exception being if April 1 is a Sunday.

I don’t think even Arlee realized what he was starting. The challenge has taken on epic proportions with the number of bloggers increasing each year. This year the list of bloggers signed up is 700 and counting.

Last year, José, Pablo and I attempted to do the challenge together on our blog From 7Eight and it was an absolutely fun experience. Lots of last minute planning, looking for appropriate topics for the letters of the alphabet – ‘X’ always being a challenge, writing, sharing, reading others blogs etc.  It was challenging, but fun!

To make commenting and sharing easier, I created a Facebook Group and we experienced a lot of camaraderie sharing and encouraging one another. I wrote my reflections on the A to Z April 2013 Challenge and  was honoured when Arlee Bird asked me to talk about this experience on the A to Z Blog! Here’s my post on Building Communities via the A to Z challenge.

What many people don’t know is that Write Tribe was born out of the A to Z challenge! Now less than a year later, it’s quite a popular blog for bloggers, primarily in India, seeking blogging inspiration. Thank you, to the A to Z creator and co-hosts for that.

This year, I signed up early for the A to Z challenge and will be participating on both Everyday Gyaan and From 7Eight. I was excited to start planning well in advance too.

What I didn’t expect was this: Arlee Bird’s A to Z Challenge Ambassadors 2014. Yes, I’m proud and honoured to be one of Arlee’s Ambassadors for the 2014 Challenge.

Arlee-Ambassadors

On the team with me are some veterans – Tim Brannan, Yvonne Lewis and Judy Raiser and some newbies – Jamie Barone, Doreen McGettigan and Rob Z Tobor. I’m looking forward to working together with these ladies and gents.

I could go on and on about the challenge and how you can make it a fantastic blogging experience, but I’ll keep that for future posts. Instead here’s what I suggest.

  1. Sign up for the challenge today  here.
  2. If you’re looking for support and a place to share your posts, I’ve created a Facebook Group for that. We have 37 members signed in already – all raring to go in April. If you want to join this group – make a request here
  3. To make the Challenge even more interesting, it’s nice to choose a theme for the month. Many of us are already planning our theme and the detailed posts. On of the co-hosts, Damyanthi and her team, have created something special – a Theme Reveal Blogfest. Add your name to the linky to publish your own theme reveal post on your blog on March 21.

So what’s stopping you – go on, you can do it, we’re all in it together! Sign up today! 🙂

40 Comments

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  5. G Angela G Angela March 22, 2014

    Congrats Corinne !

    Glad for you , looking forward to blog consistently for a month, thanks for all the information I receive from your blog. All the very best !

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  8. MaryR MaryR March 1, 2014

    Hi Corinne,

    I just signed up for this year’s challenge. A fellow blogger also did this last year – she was so wonderful – and I saw how neat and fun it was. When I saw the notification of this post in my email I knew I wanted to do it. I was a little busy hence I only signed up today.

    Looking forward to this challenge!

    Warmly, Mary

  9. Ekta Khetan ( Ekta Khetan ( February 26, 2014

    I love ur passion for writing and content esp in this era where u find blogs dime a dozen and ladden with un worthy contents for contests. Your bog comes as cool breeze..Always nice to be associated here and I look forward for this year’s A to Z challenge…Hope my schedule and haywire life still enable me to do it as skillfully as I did last time. Ciao 🙂

  10. Anuradha Anuradha February 25, 2014

    Hey Congratulations Corinne… and thank you so much for this post. I am looking forward to this challenge and am really excited. Only I am finding the theme bit confusing. Can we do without themes? In that case, do we just stick to the letters?

  11. Pixie Pixie February 22, 2014

    First of all, congrats Corinne!! 🙂
    You do put in a lot of effort and it shows and I’m so so glad for you!! <3 <3

    And, I'm still thinking about signing up.. I'm still not sure…
    All this themes and everything is making me a tad confused!

  12. Jeevan Jacob John Jeevan Jacob John February 21, 2014

    Awesome.

    I would love to join, but I don’t think I have the time to (I do a lot of commenting, so that takes up a lot out of my blogging time. Then there is studies, which takes a lot out of my time). At this point, the only way I could do this is if I sacrifice some of my sleep (I prefer not to – health reasons and the fact that I could feel asleep in class).

    Anyways, I wish everyone who is participating good luck 🙂 Thank you for sharing this, Corinne! Perhaps I could join next year.

  13. Sulekha Sulekha February 21, 2014

    Congratulations Corinne, You are an asset to any team. Glad we are all part of write tribe, a platform for writers to reach creative heights. love being a part of it and now this AtoZ Challenge. My third time here, hope I can stay the course 🙂

  14. Sulekha Sulekha February 21, 2014

    Congratulations Corinne, You are an asset to any team. Glad we are all part of write tribe, a platform for writers to reaach creative heights. love being a part of it and now this AtoZ Challenge. My third time here, hope I can stay the course 🙂

  15. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom February 21, 2014

    Congratulations Corinne. This is so wonderful. Too much action is happening since I joined WT.

  16. Found In Folsom Found In Folsom February 21, 2014

    Corinne, my hands are so seriously itching to participate. I am just scared if I can make it or not. My fingers still clicked on the links 🙂 So, can we pick more than one code? What if I want to write one personal post and one culinary? Does it work? May be I can schedule my posts ahead, but not be able to read others’ posts, will I be disqualified?

  17. Suzie Cheel Suzie Cheel February 21, 2014

    How wonderful Corinne and I will think seriously about joining this i have a theme in mind and congrats to you 🙂

  18. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando February 20, 2014

    A fantastic challenge, for sure, Corinne. So proud of you for not only participating but also being a coordinator. While it sounds tempting, I know things have become too hectic around here as of late to commit to such a huge blogging project. Maybe, when next year rolls around . . .
    Blessings and good luck in April!

  19. Debbie Debbie February 20, 2014

    Congratulations Corinne! 🙂
    This is something I’ve always wanted to try but found too daunting. Will give it a go this year. Should be exciting! I’ve signed on to the theme blog hop and requested to join the group as well. Thanks for all you do to help writers!

  20. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson February 20, 2014

    Congratulations, Corrine! It sounds like fun. I’m considering it, but need to decide whether I can really get it done before I commit. I love your connectedness! And the way you encourage others.

  21. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg February 20, 2014

    Wow! How cool is that, Corinne! Congratulations for being Arlee’s Ambassador for this year’s AtoZ Challenge!! I am remembering the fun we had last year and looking forward to the exciting blogging times this year too! Cheers 🙂 ♥

  22. Suzy Suzy February 20, 2014

    Congrats Corinne. The Write Tribe is so awesome and the FB group too. And I’m really looking forward to the A to Z. And wow 2 blogs, I’m still trying to figure out my theme … random perhaps 😀

  23. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan February 20, 2014

    All signed up! Thanks for the reminder, Corinne. Now I’ll just have to get to my blog planning!

  24. Arlee Bird Arlee Bird February 19, 2014

    I’m honored to have you on my team of Ambassadors. I was so impressed by the way you influenced others about the A to Z last year that I figured you’d be a great team member to have working with us.

    In 2010 I did the A to Z thing as a sort of a lark and you’re right, I didn’t realize how big this would get, but I knew that I’d find bloggers interested in continuing to do it. Having all the help I’ve received has really helped it all grow.

    Thanks for being a part of that growth.

    Lee

  25. Kathy Kathy February 19, 2014

    How exciting! This will be my 3rd year doing the A-Z and I am looking forward to it. It is always great fun. Congrats on being an ambassador!! ♥

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      You’re a veteran, Kathy! Glad we’re doing this one together though!

  26. Rainbow Hues Rainbow Hues February 19, 2014

    Wow, its cool to have you over as an ambassador 🙂 I saw the badge here a few days ago too 🙂 Cool!! Absolutely cool !

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      Yes, it’s pretty cool, Kajal and I hope I live up to the responsibility. 😉

  27. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi February 19, 2014

    Congratulations for being one of the ambassadors … I have started thinking about the theme… It’s so difficult to pick one.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      Thanks so much, Rajlakshmi. I’m sure you’ll hit upon an idea soon!

  28. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair February 19, 2014

    Congrats Corinne! You totally deserve this and much much more. Although I didn’t participate last year, I became a part of Write Tribe soon after that. I am feeling a bit lost in the vast ocean that A to Z Challenge has come to be. I am trying to keep up. I am struggling with one blog and no theme. 🙁

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      Thanks, Jyothi. And you don’t need to feel lost – we’re all here to lend a hand! You’re much more creative than you realize, girl!

  29. richa singh richa singh February 19, 2014

    Firstly congrats!! And isn’t this all a happy circles time? Joining the challenge is fast becoming a party for me now 😀 and yes I am sure I will feel the same somewhere in middle of April 😀 Super glad to be associated with you the challenge and the amazing FB group!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      Thanks, Richa. Oh yes, so glad to have you as part of the party this time around! ♥

  30. Bhavya Bhavya February 19, 2014

    Wow Corinne! Way to go! You deserve all the attention you’re getting. Its the universe giving you back all that you give us. 🙂 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 19, 2014

      Thanks, Bhavya. The Universe gives back on a daily basis – this is just the icing! 😉

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