A to Z Challenge begins! Everybody ready for some fun?
That’s right – fun. The Challenge is many things, but bottom line, it should be fun. We’ll all visit new blogs, make new friends, stretch ourselves to post according to the alphabet, discipline ourselves with daily blogging – fun!
To get the most out of the Challenge:
Post daily (except for Sundays) on a topic that matches that day’s letter. We kick off April 1 with A.
Have the A to Z Challenge button in your sidebar.
Check your link on the list – make sure it goes to your blog! If not, let Jen know so she can correct it.
Pre-schedule as many posts as possible to save time.
A theme is good, but not necessary! I didn’t have one last year.
SHORT POSTS!!! This is for YOUR benefit - most won’t have time to read longer posts. How short? If you’re over 500 words, it’s way too long. Just a suggested guideline.
DROP WORD VERIFICATION! Switch to blog owner approval or let the excellent spam filter catch crap. Again, this is for your benefit – word verification will discourage comments and visitors. Also, imbedded comment boxes can be a challenge. Make sure you have the Google Friends Connect widget so others can follow you as well.
Visit other participants. Overwhelmed? Select a starting point on the list (please, let’s not all start with #1) and visit twenty a day. Can you do that? Visit the host sites for list access or send me an email and I’ll send you the code for your own blog.
Follow blogs that interest you. As you go through the list, you’ll find some cool blogs, and once the Challenge ends, you’ll have a batch of new friends.
Don’t stress. Make every effort to post and comment, but don’t let it overwhelm you.
I decided to approach this year’s A to Z Challenge with a theme in mind. My blogging buddies have been so awesome this past year, commenting, supporting, and promoting my book, I wanted to give back to awesome people. So, during the month of April (and in addition to snippets about movies, music, tech, and book stuff, and I will keep it short!) I will feature two special blogging buddies each day! I wish I could feature all of you, but I limited it to two special bloggers who might not get the attention they deserve. So, be watching to see who I selected as the letters roll past. Remember, Captain Ninja Alex’s Army rocks!
Anyone else going with a theme? Followed all the tips? Feel like quivering Jello?