Everyone welcome the A to Z Master himself, Arlee Bird from Tossing It Out!
Alex asked if I would recount the story of how last year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge came about. So, I am here at Alex’s blog to tell the story of how it all began.
It took me nearly three and a half months to reach my first one hundred followers. As I neared that magic number toward the first week of January of 2010, I began to notice how other bloggers would tend to have giveaways or other events celebrating when they had reached a particular milestone number. I had nothing lined up for my first one hundred, but I began to announce that when I reached 200 I would do something. In early January I made it my goal to hit 200 followers by April 1st.
As the end of March neared, I realized that it was a certainty that I would reach 200 before April 1. Then on the morning of Friday March 26, 2010 I woke up to see that my goal had been reached a few days ahead of schedule. Now I had to think of some way to celebrate.
While I took my morning walk, I began to ponder what I might do. I had nothing to give away, so I decided to do some sort of event. I was still posting seven days a week. I decided that this was a factor that figured in somehow.
Continuing my walk I began to think about how April had thirty days, however since I had reserved Sundays as a day when I was posting a Bible Study, that left me with twenty-six days of posts. That thought did it for me: Twenty-six posts! --the number of letters in the alphabet. Why not do a blogging stunt of posting those twenty-six days with alphabetically themed topics? I went home and began to formulate a plan for blogging from A to Z in April.
The following day, Saturday March 27th, I posted my intentions and added a challenge for others to join me in blogging through the alphabet. Since I had never tried a blogfest or anything like it, I had no idea what kind of response I would get. I was pleasantly surprised by the reactions from that first announcement.
The first blogger to accept the Challenge was our dear friend Yvonne from Welcome to my World of Poetry. Then there were more maybes and some more acceptances like the following:
And we all know how that turned out! From that point on Alex and I were blog friends.
After I made my expanded announcement on the following Monday, the sign-ups took off faster than I had ever imagined. In less than a week nearly 100 bloggers had enthusiastically signed up to be part of the Challenge. Most of those who signed up made it to the end and the Blogging from A to Z Challenge ended up a huge success and a remarkable experience for all who participated.
I discovered that a Challenge of this nature gave all of us an opportunity to make new blogging friends and to improve ourselves as bloggers. This is what makes it so special—it’s a way to experience personal growth, and for some professional growth, while having a darn good time doing it.
Thank you, Alex, for allowing me to tell the A to Z story. I appreciate your efforts as well as the efforts of our teammates Jeffrey Beesler, Jennifer Daiker, Karen Gowen, Candace Ganger, Talli Roland, Stephen Tremp in making this year many times better than last. And finally, a huge thanks to the bloggers who have been signing up and spreading the word about the April Challenge. The real success will be credited to all of you!
Thanks, Lee! Visit the A to Z Master himself at Tossing It Out
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