Or as my team mate Guilie says “A Hop Within A Hop: A-Z Theme Reveal!”. Did I say Team Mate? Yes, we’re both on #TeamDamyanti – AtoZ Co-host Damyanti’s team! See the lovely badge in my sidebar >>

So here’s the thing. We’re having a hop within a hop (I had to repeat it!) A hop = A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest (within) a hop = the A to Z Challenge.


I am calling all ye who have signed up for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014!

What? haven’t signed up yet? Do it now! The link is now open and there are 650 (and counting) so far. Did you sign up? Good!

What is the April A to Z Challenge?

A yearly event that brings more than 2500 bloggers – a MEGA bloghop. Through the month of April, starting on April 1, we write 26 posts starting with A for April 1, B for April 2 and so on until we reach Z for April 30. Except on Sundays, to cleverly accommodate the 26 alphabets.

And now that we’ve come past the To be or not to be – there’s one point of discussion with no end in sight: to Theme or not to Theme?
Turns out there are lots of advantages TO THEME. Yes, you should consider it seriously. Of course you’ll come up with a winner! And once you do, you can’t wait to tell the world, right? And you should!

And so – #TeamDamyanti (I am a part of it!) decided to takethe absolutely awesome Mina Lobo’s initiative last year – the Theme Reveal Blogfest – and turn it into a must-have ritual.


I am co-hosting the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal with Anna Tan, Csenge Zalka, Guilie Castillo Oriard and Samantha! (Yes, the same Samantha who designed the gorgeous theme reveal badge!) My team-mates Jemima Pett and Mary Wallace are supporting us!

Another Drumroll, please!

I am excited to announce…

A to Challenge Theme reveal blogfest
Gorgeous badge by Samantha Redstreake Geary

Here is what you do to participate in the March 21 A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

  • Mark March 21, 2014 in your calendar – as the date on which you will publish a post about your theme reveal.
  • Then, Sign up at the linky below. (Just add your blog’s home page link)
  • Grab the gorgeous red badge above to add to your post on March 21, 2014 and link it to this post and also your sidebar if you like!
  • Tell the whole world
  • On March 21, 2014, publish a post talking about your A to Z Theme, telling us what your theme will be, and why it would be interesting for your existing readers and A to Z Participants.

This  is a great opportunity for you to link up with other A to Z Challenge participants, and by the time the challenge begins in April, you’ll have an audience waiting for your posts. True that!

After you publish your post, come back and visit as many A to Zers as you can! Yup! Interaction is the name of the game!

Still frowning and wondering why you should do this?

Build your network – your AtoZ network – before April. Old Jungle Saying. I may or may not have made that up. But I’ve tried and tested it and it works. Get ready for the traffic. Make friends. Have a great time. Enjoy!

“Oy! But I don’t have a theme!”

Yo, you got 40 days to come up with one. F-O-R-T-Y. 4-0 days! That’s a lot of time! And yes you will have a theme!

“So do YOU have a theme?”

He, he. Of course not. Not yet anyway! But I am not saying anything until March 21!

Now sign up.

For the AtoZChallenge 2014.

And this linky below.

You know you want to. We’re here to encourage you!

(You’ll find me on the A to Z Challenge link list at no.55 and 56 – yep! participating with two blogs this year. I figured, if I could ace it last year even while traveling abroad for twenty days in April – anything is possible!)

Sign up and let me know what you think in the comments.

Questions? Ask and ye shall receive the answers!

A to Z Challenge

Here is the linky to sign up!


    • Welcome, dear Nibha! Yes, you add your blog link to the linky now. But publish your theme reveal post on March 21, 2014. After you publish, come back here and visit others in the linky. 🙂 They’ll reciprocate by visiting you! Looking forward to your theme reveal post!

    • Of course, Guilie! I’ll certainly reveal my theme to you. Come closer. Closer. Closer now. (psst.psst.psst.)

      😀 Great, eh? 😀 Hugs! Love ya!

  1. Thanks for hosting this with your fellow members of #TeamDamyanti for this year’s challenge. I like how you laid out all of the instructions and presented this hop-within-a-hop in such a fun way! Kudos to you, Vidya!

    #atozchallenge Co-Host @MadlabPost
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  2. As always, I love your enthusiasm! I’m so amazed that you do this challenge and now will do it around a theme.

    I think my readers would go crazy if I were to post 6 days a week for a month! I’m not sure it’s fully in line with my peaceful oasis. 🙂 That’s my one main concern. Thanks for the encouragement.
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  3. Hey Vidya!
    I’m all signed up for the A To Z Theme Reveal blogfest! It’s gonna be a blast!
    I have a theme… sort of… actually trying to finalise it… okay enough said for now… 🙂
    And see you next week for my Ubuntu Blog Hop! I’m looking forward to reading all the entries!
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  4. I have absolutely no clue what my theme will be 🙁 n this is my first time ever at this or any such type of monthly challenge…with trembling hands I add my link!
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  5. Susanne Drazic Reply

    Vidya – great post. Still working on my theme. : ) I’m stopping by pre A to Z Challenge to say hello.

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    • Welcome, Susanne! 😀 Great to see you here! Can’t wait for the A to Z party to kick off!

  6. Fabulous idea! It’s my first time participating in the challenge and this should be a help to get the word out. Thanks very much for the opportunity!

  7. Thank you for the opportunity for a share in the fun. I signed up but was not able to grab the badge link — what did I do wrong? It didn’t work. ……. I had my theme picked out a long time ago — he he.
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    • Carol, thanks for signing up! Just download the badge image and link it to this post – and you’re done. Looking forward to your theme reveal post on March 21 – I admire you for your preparedness! What a great example! 🙂
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  8. What a cool blog hop; looking forward to participating; I just finished gathering all the stuff I needed for my A/Z theme today and have about all of them written; should be a fun month in April!


    • Glad you signed up, Betty! I am impressed you’ve got everything together and it inspires me to step on the gas to do my own stuff!

      Looking forward to your theme reveal on March 21! Cheers!
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  9. Ok…I’ve committed…you know, I’m just a new blogger, and I’ve recklessly signed up for the A to Z challenge. So I figured, why not make it complete with a theme too? Sounds fun. I hope I do all this “blog-hopping” stuff correctly since I’m a little “blog-challenged ” yet! Thanks for making it look so fun! I’m looking forward to seeing all the interesting themes 🙂
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  10. Hi Vidya – I’m in the A-Z and will probably do the theme post, but not join blog-hop … there will be enough of that in April. But I will try and see what everyone is doing …

    Cheers Hilary
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  12. Hi Vidya,
    I have joined the blog hop and got the linky too and thought of a theme as well.
    Been visiting some blogs though not enough.
    My main concern is that I have been unable to get the A to Z participant badge to put on my side bar, plus I cannot figure out how to the ‘Blog Reveal badge’ to put on my blog.
    I sound like a lost soul but please help, cannot post on 21 march with out the badge.
    thanks a ton.


    • Hi Interpreet, Welcome! Great that you’ve signed up for the Theme Reveal and it is awesome you have a theme!
      About the badges – easy peasy. Just right click whichever image you need from here and upload it to your blog. That’s it!
      The A to Z participant badge is in my sidebar. And the Theme reveal badge is right here in this post!

      When you write your post on March 21, do link back to this post!

      Let me know if you need help. Would you like me to email you the images?

      Love, Vidya

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    • Whoaa! That’s the spirit, Ananya! So sign up and write a fun post discussing your views on having a theme for the A2Z. Who knows, by March 21, you may come up with one! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words!

  14. Hey Vidya! A theme reveal is a great idea! Unfortunately, the list doesn’t show up for me. It says that the linky tools subscription has expired and that the list isn’t available. 🙁 Am I too late to sign up?

    Either way, best of luck with both blog hops! 🙂
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  15. Thanks for this great initiative, this is my first ever attempt at something like this. I am so charged up that I got the theme up my sleeve while typing this comment 🙂 Looking forward to learning and sharing in this great forum….brimming creativity!
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  16. My Tropical Home Reply

    I just visited a few blogs. You are indeed right, it’s been a pleasure checking them out. I’m looking forward to reading the others listed here.
    Thanks for this and blessings to all of you.
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    • Welcome, Miller! I’ve been dithering over a theme and not quite sure if I’ll have one. I love the freedom of variety. Looking forward to connecting over the A to Z!

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  23. Hi Vidya,

    I have linked my A-Z theme reveal post to this post on your blog, but because I am not on wordpress, perhaps the pingback thing will not work. I am not sure and I am not that tech-savvy to figure it out 🙁 But I just thought I will mention it here that my A-z challenge theme is now revealed 🙂
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  25. You rock!!! for getting so many of us together and for keeping us excited for something which can be quite mind boggling is amazing …KUDOS!!! You are some smile collector lady
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  30. Wow, Vidya.. This is huge.. Very proud to be here and fervently hope to reach the end. Wishing all the bloggers here the very best…
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  32. Swathi Shenoy Reply

    Am up with a theme for the challenge 🙂 Looking forward for the challenge to begin 🙂 And hoping it will go well as this is my first time!
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  56. I’m so clueless. I signed up on the other page to do this but totally forgot to do my reveal. Hopefully better late than never. I’m about to write out my big reveal now – granted I just figured it out, like, two minutes ago.
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  59. Hello! I posted my link, but it wasn’t to my home page. 🙁 When I tried to fix it the link said it was already on the list. I actually don’t see it anywhere. Perhaps I’m tired or blind…

    Help, please?


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  60. Jayanta Tewari Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    Getting introduced to #AtoZ Challenge recently, I could register my blog only today and am yet to come up with any theme reveal post. Is this a mandatory step to take part in the April challenge ?
    Look forward to your kind reply and let me know if there can be an extension.


    • Hi Jayanta!
      Nothing is mandatory! But signing up for the theme reveal is fun! And as you will see, I have no theme either but drummed up a post so I could hang out with everyone! 🙂 Choice is yours. If you ask me, though, taking part in the theme reveal (even if you don’t have a theme) is a fun way to start interacting and getting visitors to your blog and build the tempo for the A to Z 🙂

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  64. I was just “recruited” to enter the Challenge. Am I too late for a theme reveal? “I’d love to do BOATS AND SAILING, because that theme runs through several of my books – including a jolly good storm.

    • Welcome, Inge! So glad you signed up for the A to Z. Nope, never too late for a theme reveal! 🙂 Why not do it tomorrow and start April 1 for A with a bang! 😀
      Looking forward to connecting with you!

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