Monday, March 7, 2011

From the Challenge Veterans

Today’s post is a little different – and really special.


I’d like to welcome two bloggers from last year’s A to Z Challenge, Patricia and Yvonne. I met both of these amazing ladies last year during the Challenge (see – you’ll make some great friends this way!) and they’d like to share their thoughts with you.


From Patricia Stoltey:

The 2010 A to Z Challenge was such fun that I hope to do it every year. In addition to the usual things we say about making new blogger friends and sticking to a schedule, I found the challenge helped me think and plan ahead. I worked to create and stick to a theme for my 26 posts, and I wrote most of the posts in advance instead of the last minute. So come on, April challenge. I'm ready.
- Patricia Stoltey




And from Yvonne:




THE A TO Z CHALLENGE 2010:

Last year I decided to take part
In the Blogfest called A to Z.
It was the brilliant brainwave of Arlee Bird,
And what a difference it's made to me.

You see I had been blogging for a few years,
And followers only a few.
When I had finished the Challenge
They had more than doubled, this I relate to you.

It was the best decision I had made
To get my poetry on a wider scale.
I've made some wonderful friends into the bargain
But that's another tale.

If you're still unsure whether to participate
Take a tip from me.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome,
This I can guarantee.

Yvonne Lewis
from

For those of you still on the fence. take the plunge! What have you got to lose? Nothing. But you’ve a wealth of friendship, experience, and knowledge to gain…

Oh, and there’s a rumor going around… I’ll address it on Wednesday.

82 comments:

Áine Tierney said...

I definately want to give this a go this April. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new bloggers. Bring it on!

Jessica Bell said...

I met Yvonne last year during the challenge. She is one of the SWEETEST ladies I've ever met!

Bz said...

This is Great :) I can't wait til April!!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thank you Alex.

Have a good day.
Yvonne.

salarsenッ said...

Aw...I loved this! So excited to be a part of it this year. She's given my a bit more courage to join this wonderful crowd.

li said...

As usual, I've chosen to make it harder on myself...no writing ahead of time! 26 stories in 26 days. It seems impossible, but my biggest shortcoming is lack of discipline in daily writing. I've already started following a few blogs from the A-Z linky list and will be adding more, it's a great way to find some really wonderful writers and friends. Good luck everyone!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aine, you'll have a great time.

Jessica, she is indeed!

You're welcome, Yvonne.

Salarsen, you'll be in good company.

li, that is a challenge, but it will really make you stretch.

Laura Eno said...

I'm in, but I've yet to write anything or decide on a theme...procrastination much?

Gail said...

I look forward to reading all the posts.

Melissa said...

I just don't have the time. :(

I'm finding it hard enough to blog three times a week with all my schoolwork right now and April is exam month so it's only going to get worse.

Heather M. Gardner said...

We are all on a crazy train heading to crazy town and the bar is open!

Matthew Rush said...

A rumor huh? Now I'm curious.

The Old Silly said...

Great testimonials!

Rumor, hmm? Can't wait ... (wink & smile)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Looking forward to meeting some new bloggers this way (no, I'm not participating, but it's fun to watch from the sidelines, too.) :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Everyone will have fun. I cannot manage the time commitment this year, but I'll be visiting.

Arlee Bird said...

Nothing speaks more convincingly than the words of those who have done the Challenge before. Thanks to Patricia and Yvonne for their endorsements.

I think rumor-mongering is cheap and tawdry---I anxiously await hearing yours :)

Lee
Tossing It Out

Mary Vaughn said...

Visiting all these people is mind boggling! Somehow I see visits into May --at least for me.
I'm anticipating fun to rival a roller coaster ride!

AlexOngNYC said...

Let me survive my birthday this week and I'll most likely and finally sign up.

Alex

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laura, last year I had no theme but it was still fun.

Heather, that's right!

Matthew and Marvin, tune in on Wednesday...

Lee, see it works!

Mary, it will be a great ride!

Alison Stevens said...

I've started writing up some posts for the challenge. Now if I can just figure out how to do everything else that needs doing, I'll be in good shape! :)

Old Kitty said...

Rumour?!?!?!?!?! I love rumours, me!!!! Oooh you are a TEASE!!!! Not nice!! T is for Tease!!

Take care
x

Michael Di Gesu said...

I am so looking forward to the challenge and meeting new friends....

Angela Felsted said...

Great reasons to participate in the challenge. And I'm so stoked about April because I have my posts all ready to go!

Stephen Tremp said...

I know both Patricia and Yvonne and am glad they are on board! Two more closer to 500!

Jules said...

Very good tributes as to why our answer should be "YES, I will join." :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Karen Lange said...

Rumor, what rumor? I'm completely out of the loop after my break...will have to remedy that and check back!
Happy Monday,
Karen

Karen Walker said...

This will be my first time participating in a challenge like this, and it scares me to death. I don't currently post daily and really don't want to. But I do so want to meet more bloggers. Sigh!
Karen

Bossy Betty said...

You tempt me, Alex....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it, Alison!

Kitty, now I'm Teasing Captain Ninja Alex.

Angela, that's great!

Stephen, we're going to hit it.

Glad you're on board, Jules!

Karen, the benefits outweigh the challenges.

Betty, you post almost daily already - do it!

Liz Fichera said...

I'm signed up. Thanks for the reminder because it seems eons away but I know it will be here b4 I know it.

Suzanne said...

That's great to hear from two who did it last year. I'm looking forward to the challenge of April. I'm already planning, and realized that yes, I'll need to write some in advance to keep up. Now, back to work.

Katie Mills said...

OH yes, I'm signed up. I started my blog right around the A-Z and I remember how fun it was reading everyone's posts.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Rumor??? I can't stand it. But it's a great way to get me back here on Wednesday... :)

I'll wander around the web today and see if I can send a few more folks here for the pep talk. Thanks for including me, Alex.

Hart Johnson said...

Totally in! I love the little added pressure on my creativity... ups the ante a little, which oddly enough, I dig.

Charles Gramlich said...

For me, at the moment, it's really only a matter of time.

Ella said...

It is nice to see these two ladies, grace your blog today. I have enjoyed getting to know them better and so won't the new members!
It is going to be special~

Ciara said...

Rumor? Oh, I like a good rumor. As long as it's not about me. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, we won't let you forget.

Suzanne, you are a wise woman.

Hey Katie!! Glad you're back on board this year.

Patricia, thanks for encouraging everyone to join the fun.

Somehow I knew you'd like that part, Hart.

No rumor about you, Ciara!

N. R. Williams said...

I've already got some post scheduled.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Colene Murphy said...

That was great!! Still on the fence but this is making me leeeeeean!

Hannah Kincade said...

I regret not doing this last year so I'm going to rock it this year. I already have my format in mind. Woot!

Can't wait.

Helen Ginger said...

Oh! You ended with a teaser. I'm looking forward to reading the A to Z posts.

Lydia K said...

Rumor? What rumor? Telllll usssss!

Summer Ross said...

Hey there Alex- I have something for you on my blog

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Colene, just fall on over!

Hannah, you'll have a great time.

Helen and Lydia, I will - soon!

Thanks, Summer!

Talli Roland said...

Great post, you guys! I can't wait until the Challenge this year. We're going to rock it!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Rumors abound? Say it isn't so, Captain Alex!

Holly Ruggiero said...

I think writing in advance is great advice.

Kelly said...

I'll be on vacation for a week in April so will opt out, but I'm looking forward to what you have cooked up a-z. Is K going to be Kate Beckinsale?

Kelly said...

I'll be on vacation for a week in April so will opt out, but I'm looking forward to what you have cooked up a-z. Is K going to be Kate Beckinsale?

Ellie said...

Loved, loved, loved the poem.

A rumour? Please tell me. I won't tell anyone, promise!

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm looking forward to this challenge! :)

There's a rumor? I'm curious to know what it is now!

Lynda R Young said...

We have to be careful when rumours abound...we might get hit in the back of the head with them ;)

M Pax said...

Rumors? Wow! A to Z gossip. :D

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Those are two compelling reasons to join in the fun, but I’m still planning to be on the sidelines cheering everyone on.

Theresa Milstein said...

There's a huge list of people participating in the A to Z Challenge. I'm not participating, but I'll enjoy reading the posts.

The Happy Whisk said...

Love your excitement, Alex.

Ricky said...

I worry that this is a tall order for me but I'll give it a go.

Monti said...

Thanks for the posts, Patricia and Yvonne. Hope I can write ahead like you, Patricia.

Thanks, Alex, for this post and for commenting on mine!

Copyboy said...

Sounds like I might test the A to Z waters! Just followed Y. I'm her #300. Wait! That didn't come out right.

Amy said...

Looking forward to all the great people I'll meet during the challenge!

Cheeseboy said...

A to Z is sounding more and more appealing.

Donna Hole said...

I love rumors :)

....dhole

Ann Best said...

I started blogging in April last year. Barely knew what I was doing. But I do remember it was a week or two into the A to Z challenge, and vaguely remember reading Patricia's posts.

Reading her thoughts here, I instantly thought of "A Theme." Hooray for Pat! And for you, Alex. Thank you for having her, and also Yvonne who is also a "well-versed" friend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kelly, preschedule those posts! And I've got something special planned for April...

Ellie, must wait until Wednesday!

Lynda, this one hit me last year, so I'm all right.

Theresa, all the more reason to join!

Ricky, you can do it little camper.

You're welcome, Monti.

Copyboy, we'll just pretend you didn't say that...

Cheeseboy, do it, do it, do it.

Bookblogger said...

I'm pretty new to the blogging thing, but I am looking forward to trying to meet the challenge of a post everyday. I am really hoping to find some new blogs to follow and gain some new followers as well. Thanks for helping to organize this.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I hope the challenge keeps growing and growing. I'm going to do some promotion over the next few weeks.

Sangu said...

Gaaaaaah SO tempting! I wish I had the time to sit down and plan 26 posts ahead, it would be so much fun, but with deadlines looming, it's looking impossible!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts in the challenge, but I'm not up for it....my kiddo has too much homework and I can't guartanee that I'll be able to do a post every day.

melodygreen said...

Just found out that this is happening again this year... I'll be posting! I need something to get me back to blogging again :) Looking forward to getting back in blog-land for a while...

Clarissa Draper said...

I love your review of Rango from your last post. My son is begging to see it. And I just can't wait until the challenge.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Alex, thank you from introducing Patricia and Yvonne. I'm following Patricia's footsteps and scheduling in advance. I like how Yvonne says that it's a surprise waiting to spring. I can't wait! :)

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm starting to look forward to it.
xoRobyn

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bookblogger, you will achieve all that and more!

Susan, thanks - we appreciate it.

Sangu, nothing is impossible.

Melody, glad you're on board.

Clarissa, hope you enjoy Rango then!

Elizabeth and Robyn, it will be fun!

Linda Fischer said...

Alex, I want to join. I think I can do the challenge pretty well, but I'm not sure how to sign up. (very technology challenged.) Do I just put my blog name in the first line? Then what do I put in the second blank? Sorry, I'm a techie loser...

Eliza said...

Oh dear, do I need a theme? I'll have to get my thinking hat on. I'll be back tomorrow to find out about the rumour.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm going to have to hire someone to take over my real life duties so I can participate in the next one!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Linda, I answered your question on your blog.

Eliza, no you don't need a theme - I didn't have one last year!

Pat, that's a great idea!!! I need to do that as well.

Enid Wilson said...

Need to figure out how this blogfest works. Captain Ninja, any tips?

My Darcy Mutates

India Drummond said...

I don't join a lot of blog hops or challenges, mostly because I suspect I won't stick to it. But I really want to get back on track with my blog after burying myself in edits for a month straight, so this comes at a perfect time.

Count me in!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. sounds like you've got excellent support - looking forward to it ..

Must find the list of bloggers .. cheers Hilary

Dempsey Sanders said...

Such a great challenge love seeing peoples posts on it, and you have me intrigued on this rumour dear sir! Maybe because I'm a nosey swine ha ha