Friday, January 6, 2012

OFFICIAL Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Blog Announcement


Hello dear bloggy friends! Today is a special day in Blogland. Today is the first OFFICIAL announcement of the Blogging A-Z Challenge co-hosts! Who will it be? To whom will we turn with questions? What's all this about anyway? No worries. You haven't missed the boat. You haven't lost your invite. You haven't been dropped from my Christmas card list (I just no longer send them). In fact, THIS is your official invitation to the official challenge which I am officially co-hosting.

Your other co-hosts for this adventure are:

Arlee Bird     Tossing It Out                 

Alex J. Cavanaugh   Alex J. Cavanaugh  

Stephen Tremp   Break Through Blogs   

Tina Downey (that's me!)  Life is Good    

D.L. Hammons       Cruising Altitude 2.O         

Jeremy  Hawkins        Retro-Zombie             

Shannon Lawrence  The Warrior Muse  

Matthew MacNish (Rush)     The QQQE     

Elizabeth Mueller    Author Elizabeth Mueller          

Jenny Pearson      Pearson Report     

Konstanz Silverbow    No Thought 2 Small    
Damyanti   Writing on Writing: Amlokiblogs

We are going to be working tirelessly to get you ready for this challenge.  Not quite ready to do an ironman triathlon?  Not sure if you can swim the English Channel?  Never climbed a 14-er? (For you non-Colorado types, that means hiking to the top of a mountain that measures more than 14,000 feet) Not a even a marathon runner? This challenge is for you. The only requirement is that you TRY to post once a day, on the letter of the alphabet for the day, throughout April. That's it. No penalties if you don't finish, but take a look at the benefits, if you participate:

Your blog will have more traffic
You'll learn from your fellow challenge mates
You'll find new blogs that entertain and encourage you
I can't guarantee more followers, but last year, at final count at the end of April, I'd gained 27.  When all the post-challenge Challenge visiting was done, I'd gained  a total of 72.  SEVENTY-TWO!  That's not a dyslexic number thing.  It's true!

If you're a seasoned blogger, there are benefits for you, too. You'll have the golden chance to encourage others and help them navigate their blogging career by sharing your triumphs (and tragedies, if you dare).

Sound good to you? The linky list opens on January 30th at the OFFICIAL (that's the word of the day, by the way) Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Blog.

Through the coming months, we'll be sharing tips and ideas and working hard to get you all excited for April. Feel free to contact any of us with questions or concerns. That's what we're getting paid the big bucks for. Well, not really, I'm exaggerating as I tend to do. Hyperbole is a favorite literary device of mine...
 I'm excited to be a co-host on this adventure.  Never promised that I was a blogging expert.  I'm just a girl who likes to write.


P.S Got a good question in the comments: Is it OK to join if you're not a writer?  Of course!  One part of what made last year so much fun was that when I was out visiting, I never knew what kind of blog I was headed to!  If you blog, you can join this challenge.  So to the artists, musicians, table-scapers, scrapbookers, as well as you whose blog defies categorization -  hop aboard!  We're an equal opportunity bunch.

30 comments:

Rachel said...

YAY, A to Z Challenge! I'm excited for this one. I learned about last year's challenge on April 1st, so I had no time to prepare. I didn't make it through completely, but almost. But I started following nearly 200 blogs I never would have found otherwise, and I gained 55 followers!

mish said...

YAY! I'm looking forward to another exciting challenge.

Pearson Report said...

Hi Tina,

Great post! I'm looking forward to co-hosting with you for this challenge! I know we're going to have a lot of fun!

Cheers, Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

jnana said...

Excitement!

Matthew MacNish said...

I have no idea why Damyati's email won't work, but usually when people publish email addresses online they do it like this: name (at) mailclient (dot) com.

I'm not sure why, maybe to avoid spambots?

Anyway, this is so exciting. I've known Lee for years, but I always watched A to Z from the sidelines, too worried to commit to all that blogging. But I'm taking the plunge this year, and it's very exciting!

Laura Eno said...

Hi, new follower and looking forward to my second year of A to Z!

Brian Miller said...

very cool...and cool for you tina...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Because blogger is being a pain!
Very excited you are on board this year. Told Lee you'd make an excellent host.
And I won't scare you with how many followers I gained last year...

DL Hammons said...

I just know we're going to become the best of blogging buddies leading up to the challenge! Fasten your seat belt! :)

Arlee Bird said...

Since I'm in a different time zone and tend to comment later than a lot of the others do, I'll just say I agree with what's been said so far.

Looking forward to having you as a co-host in this year's Challenge.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Stephen Tremp said...

Like Lee, I'm posting from a different time zone so I comment later than many bloggers. This Challenge is going to be fun so just go with that. have fun and keep things simple. That's what I do. My posts are shorter than normal and straight to the point. Leaves more time to visit other participants and meet new people.

mimitabby said...

I'm thinking of joining the challenge. But I'm not a writer, I'm a painter. Do you think that would work?

Tina said...

@Mimitabby: of course! This challenge is about blogging, not necessarily about writing. Last year there were photoblogs, artist blogs, blogs by musicians, blogs that defy catergorization...a nice melting pot of people and ideas. Thanks for the question. I'm going to add that to the post!
Tina @ Life is Good

Arlee Bird said...

"blogs that defy categorization"

I like that--it's very true.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds like fun. I came here from Stephen's blog, and will take his advise. Count me in as your newest follower.

Damon said...

yeaaahh what a great thing you post,,always a great post =)

Kittie Howard said...

Stephen said to drop by and follow you. I'm a loyal foot soldier and did so. About A-Z, I'm on the fence but mostly on the yes side.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'll be signing up on the 30th. It's going to be great!

Lauren Alissa Hunter said...

I'm so glad I found out about this before I missed it!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Delightful post, as always, Tina! This will be a great A-to-Z year. I feel like we're back in the saddle again, but this time for the original shebang.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Congrats on co-hostership! I'm sure there will be plenty of coffee and/or energy drinks involved in the production of this thing. Cheers!

Jenny said...

You are so organized! I'm impressed!

BragonDorn said...

Very cool I think I'm going to become part of this as well :)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

So glad to be co-hosting with you! This is going to be awesome.

Jessica Bell said...

Hi! Stopping by to introduce myself and wish you luck co-hosting this challenge! Glad to connect and looking forward to reading more of you. :o) Cheers!

Jessica

Susan Oloier said...

Much luck in hosting the A to Z Challenge. I just wanted to stop by and say hello and follow your blog. Very excited about the upcoming Challenge.
My husband climbs the 14ers (we live in CO). Not something I have yet attempted yet, but the month of April will challenge enough.
Nice to meet you!

Eve said...

I love the name of your blog! Life is Good...it's true! I am happy to be a new follower, and I'm looking forward to the challenge this April!

Cheryl said...

Haven't been out in the 'land much of late. Could you give me a holler when the time draws near. I may be out from under other obligations and would love to join in the fun. (I think you know where to find me?)

Retro-Zombie said...

i am all ready exhausted and it's not even april, kidding it's going to put the blog world on it's edge... great to be part of the team.

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
Visit The Madness:
IZOMBIE

Damyanti said...

We're going to have fun hosting this together :). Thanks for dropping by my blog!