Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Taking the plunge!

Today was sign ups for the Blogging A-Z April Challenge & this blog is # 276!  This is my second year doing this.

This challenge in a nutshell... there are 26 days in April, not counting Sundays.  Each day, the topic will begin with a letter of the alphabet.  April 1 = A, April 2 =B, etc.  Simple as that!  And since this is a blog without a real theme (RANDOM!!) I just chose topics that interest me.

I really like that they're giving you the option to categorize your blog, so if you don't really want to read about book reviews or gaming, you can easily avoid them!    Too bad it only looks like about half (so far) of the sign ups have done it.  I put this under "Personal".  It seems to fit.

Last year I was slightly freaked out, since I jumped right in with all 3 blogs.  It wasn't as bad as I thought, but I did learn a few things to do differently.   I already have a spreadsheet 98% of the way filled out with topics for each blog (darn those X's & Y's!!) and I have created and pre-scheduled posts for each one already, even though the only content is the letter of the alphabet and maybe a link or idea. I'll go back and edit each one later.  I did this last year & it worked.  What I learned.....
Lesson #1 - make sure to actually edit them!  I missed a couple last year.  Embarrassing!
Lesson #2 - put a blurb at the beginning of each challenge post with what is going on to differentiate these from regular posts.
Lesson #3 - don't ignore regular posts

So go ahead & sign up - you know you want to!!


  1. I signed up again, too! I don't know how you did it w/ 3 blogs...toward the end, the well was running dry for me & I only have 1 blog! :) I did make a list of ideas for most of the letters well before the challenge actually started, so that helped a lot. I'm definitely going to do that again this year.

    I'm also glad for the categories b/c it was rough clicking through random blogs & finding out they were about gaming or fashion. I definitely lean more toward personal & humor blogs over any other category, so at least now I can scroll through & find those types pretty easily.

    Thanks for posting some tips. :)

    1. It helped so much making the spreadsheet so I could be ahead of the game and then not have to worry about posting on that particular day.

      I like the personal & humor blogs, too. I wish I could be as witty as some of those people - I can only imagine what they're like IRL !!!

  2. I haven't decided yet if I'll be signing up this year or not. Last year was the first time I did it and I was surprised at how challenging I found it. Turns out I'm excellent at babbling nonsense, but when I have make it be about a word beginning with a particular letter I get all stopped up creatively.

    Ehh, I want to...but I just don't know...

  3. Hello. Just stopping by to wish you luck with this challenge :D


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