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The A to Z Challenge 2013 With @AprilA2Z

by Vidya Sury March 20, 2013 19 comments
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I am very excited to tell you that I signed up for the A to Z Challenge which runs from April 1 through April 30. If you are thinking, oh, another blogging challenge, ha – no – it isn’t.

When @AprilA2Z sent me a tweet suggesting I might be interested, I went over to check it out.  So I got engrossed with the entire concept and spent the next two hours immersing myself in it. I was pleasantly hooked.

Of course, I did worry – April is vacation month for my son and probably the only vacation time he is likely to have for the next two years. I plan to be offline a lot. Should I commit?

Then Arlee told me I could plan my posts, write and schedule them in advance. If I was offline for a couple of days, I could always come back and visit others – hey, it is not as though the relationships we form have a validity from April 1 to 30, right?

What is the A to Z Challenge?

You post every day from April 1 to 30 except on Sundays.  That leaves you with 26 days which equals the 26 letters of the alphabet = one day for each letter of the alphabet.

So here is what to do: begin on April 1st with a topic themed around the letter A. On April 2, something around the letter B and continue to April 30 finishing with the letter Z. It can be anything – a proper noun, the letter itself, photo posts, poetry, fiction – anything. Just remember that the theme of the day will be the letter scheduled for the day.

This year, along with thousands of participants, I am going to be a part of this fun challenge. Reminds me of the NaNoWriMo – in which I successfully participated in 2011 and in 2012 (but missed the validate deadline – but that’s another post). The joy of moving towards a common purpose is exhilarating. A number of blogs in this challenge provide tips and prompts to help others along. Who knows this 30-day experience could even result in a book deal for some!

If this excites you, I would love you to join me. Sign up page is Here. The last time I visited there were 1102 sign ups. I am no.1084!

If you are still wondering why – consider the following:

  1. We blog to build a community. This scintillating challenge will help us do it – on steroids
  2. We would all like to write better. I know I would. The A to Z Challenge is guaranteed to encourage.
  3. We want to be better planners and manage our time. The A to Z Challenge is already working for me on this.
  4. Many of us dream of making that editorial calendar but never get around to it. Okay – I am speaking for myself. I write on the fly and that’s not good advice. But I get by (with a little help from my friends). This challenge has actually helped me make one. Yes.
  5. You wish someone would keep telling you you’re doing great and encourage you. Now imagine an entire community of bloggers collectively encouraging you. Yes, with the A to Z Challenge, you will feel The Force. Like a giant mega-hug. I am enjoying it tremendously.
  6. You wish you could post more often. With the A to Z Challenge – I will – even when I am offline, because I am planning ahead and scheduling.
  7. Smarter blogging – because we write and schedule in advance, we learn more about the workings of our blogging platform
  8. Do you wish you could get around and comment more but can’t because your daily fixed routine bogs you down?  By writing and scheduling ahead, you can. Just five a day will do. Show love, get love
  9. A sense of belonging to a warm, ready-to-encourage community
  10. Solid networking opportunity in an informal setting
  11. I believe that life is a constant learning experience and the A to Z Challenge is an education – a university in itself. So many tips and tricks generously offered by others.
  12. The A 2 Z Challenge is an international event – I find that enriching – just as travel broadens the mind
  13. Gets the creative juices – not to mention the adrenalin – flowing overtime and I love that!
  14. Develops good blogging habits
  15. Pure fun – and that reason alone is good enough for me!
  16. Oh! The encouragement is just amazing!

Damayanti, one of the dynamic co-hosts of the A to Z Challenge explains how you can win in this challenge

The community around the A to Z Challenge interacts on Facebook    Twitter  and Google+

Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Haiku Challenge when we posted a haiku to a daily prompt every day in February 2012 – what fun it was!

So – I’ve been thinking of a few theme ideas and I am more or less decided on what I am going to do – and hope to finish drafting them next week!

Will you join me in the A to Z Challenge in April 2013? Sign up. Here. We’ll have fun!

And wish me luck – I am looking forward to your continued support!

Also, I would like you to know that throughout April you will receive an update from me every day. Here’s the neat calendar designed by Jeremy of Let’s Go Crazy!

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Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition March 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Vidya,
I wish you heaps and heaps of luck but, you wont need it. You are the most energetic and enthusiastic person I have ever met – so, I know you’ll do this even with Sury on vacation. I cannot wait to see what you come up with each day. It’s like a blogging brain teaser!
xoxo,
Angela
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Debbie March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Good for you. It does sound like fun. Thanks for the tip about Google, yes I have heard what is going on and be covering my bases.
Hugs,
Debbie
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Elle March 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

No-one and I mean no-one says YES more often to life than you Vidya. Can’t wait to see the wonderful places you go with this one.

Love Elle
xoxo
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Joy March 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Interesting. Intriguing. Hmmm…I am considering it..

I love when you say yes! to collaborations and am excited to see what unfolds for you through this challenge.
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Shannon March 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

So glad you are doing the challenge…I like Bloglovin’ as it import your blogs from Google seamlessly!
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Farnoosh March 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Vidya, I want to tell you something: Your writing has come along beautifully!!! And your site looks SO clean and crisp and inviting. I LOVE the new design. Do you mind telling me who did your redesign?
As to April, my favorite month, I had no idea there was an A to Z challenge….I’ll try and participate. You are one encouraging inspiring motivating burst of energy. Lots of love and keep writing!
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Vidya Sury March 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Hugs Farnoosh! Great to see you here! April is special to me, too – as it has my Mom’s birthday on 15th 🙂 I have such fabulous memories – and April 14 is Tamil New Year Day. And lots of friends’ birthdays – I always joke about saving up for April – although I end up going on a shop fest in March.

The A to Z is so intriguing to me. I’ve thought of so many themes and have sensibly been writing down all the ideas overflowing in my head – it looks like I’ll have my editorial calendar set for a long while to come. And that’s lovely, because I don’t believe in writer’s block. I know April is going to be such fun with this! I look forward to see you in this!

My web design goddess is Vanita Cyril – she also rocks SEO, Blog moves, blog maintenance etc. See the button under my Facebook “like” box 🙂 She is amazing! Would you like me to ask her to get in touch with you?

Hugs!
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Farnoosh March 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hi Vidya, darling, I committed without realizing full terms of the commitment. I can’t possibly blog every day in April – I am writing another book, traveling, and podcasting weekly, and writing newsletters, and marketing my book and doing daily yoga and it’d just not work 😉 LOL! But I have got my students starting a daily writing exercise lately and they are loving it! Thank you for your designer info – we will check out her page. Your site is a beauty!!!!! And keep doing your beautiful work.
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Vidya Sury March 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

🙂 That’s quite a plateful, Farnoosh! You rock as it is!
I am participating for fun. Ironically I am going to be offline most of April – so I plan to write and schedule in advance.

Thank you for your kind words! Love you!
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My Inner Chick March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

–I, for one, shall be reading your A to Z, my dear.

Love you more than A to Z in French. Xxxxx
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Terri Sonoda March 22, 2013 at 6:28 am

Sounds like good fun! I will read you every day in April. Looking forward to see how it unfolds. Hugggsss.
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Fran Sorin March 22, 2013 at 3:41 am

Dear Vidya –

No one is more ebullient than you ~ I look forward to reading your posts during the month of April ~ whew~ I know they’ll be sparkling, as they always do. xxoo-Fran
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Pamela March 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I like forward to your 26 a-z posts!
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Betsy/Zen Mama March 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Hi Vidya,
Looks like a fun challenge! Wish I had the time! I’ll click through and read about it anyway. I can barely write once every week!! Can’t wait to read every day!
xoxo
Betsy
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Jodi @ Heal Now March 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

Vidya! Looking forward to your thoughtfulness in April. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Vidya Sury March 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Jodi, I am so excited too! 😀 Hugs and thanks for your constant support1

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