A is for Announcement…the A to Z challenge is under way and so am I!!!
I am doing the challenge this year and somehow hoping to survive. (Wish me luck!!)
The description of the contest, as given by the starting player:
It all began with my post from Saturday March 27, 2010 when I set forth a challenge to all bloggers for the month of April. Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.
Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letterA, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.
Most of you are probably familiar with Sue Grafton and her best selling series of detective novels known as the “Alphabet Series” that started in 1982 with “A” Is For Alibi up to her most recent “V” Is For Vengeance“. She has made a franchise with the series and there have been other authors who have taken similar approaches. This Blogging From A to Z Challenge will be in the same vein.
I was inspired to put forth this challenge after reaching my 200th follower on March 26,2010 and as I neared my 200th post later that week. Not one for contests and the like, I thought it would be fun and helpful to celebrate with my fellow bloggers in some special way. We know that blogging can be fun and what fun we can have merrily blogging together with a common purpose–something where we can keep up with each other’s work and share in a common experience. Any of you who participated in NaNoWriMo know what that can be like.
But perhaps even better than the fun, will be the usefulness of the exercise. Several times I’ve read where bloggers said they couldn’t think of anything to blog about. Writers often engage in exercises which involve prompts, or suggestions for topics. There are books, blogs, and websites devoted to providing prompts to be used as topic ideas. Using the letters of the alphabet you can just think up words for each letter and pick one to write about. If you’re still stumped scan a dictionary or encyclopedia. Come on!–the prompts are everywhere.
To provide an example: My “A” topic in the first year’s challenge was a debate using April Fool’s Day. In 2011 my “B” topic was Blog Boggled–a regular feature on my blog. For the letter “C” one could use candy or cake and post a recipe. D could inspire a post about the letter grade “D” as you might receive on a test in school. Maybe F could be represented by FE, the symbol for iron.
In 2010 we had nearly 100 bloggers start the Challenge and most of those saw it through to the end. The buzz about that event lasted throughout the following year and the word about A to Z spread.
Then in 2011 nearly 1300 bloggers signed up and once again the majority of those finished. People are still talking about that Challenge. In 2012, it was around 1700–every year we have seen an increase in participants.
I don’t have a theme…so, I’m just blogging about whatever comes up whenever it comes up as long as it has the letter needed. Who knows? X might be about Algebra! 😉
Totally excited about the challenge yet??
Oh well. Stay tuned in and we’ll fix that. 🙂