#AtoZChallenge2019 Reflection

 

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When I reflect on my experiences during the 2016 and the 2019 A to Z Challenge I’m struck by the difference the second time around.  In 2016 I was a newbie to blogging and very unnerved by the intensity of the build-up to A to Z Challenge 2016.  There was so much to learn and others seemed to know so much more about the whole experience.  I scheduled ahead some of my posts but, for the most part, prescheduling was random.  I was very ambitious in what I wanted to do.  I wanted my theme Lessons Learned’ to reflect my life journey and what I’d learned looking back. When the Challenge ended I put it in book form through Blogger to share with my family.

In the 2019 A to Z Challenge, my approach was much less intense and stressful.  I planned ahead and I prescheduled my posts.  This time I chose a theme less ambitious yet very interesting for myself and others.  There wasn’t as much anxiety and worry about making a mistake. My theme was April World Holidays and I learned a lot:

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Sketch by Mary Lou

I realized that this is LIFE also.  Having a vision. Preparing ahead.  Not worrying about mistakes.  Do what you can. Be open to learning and, most of all, have fun!

Here are a few of my A to Z Blogger Friends that I met along the Challenge 2019 road:

1)Arhtistic License 

2) Best Bookish Blog

    3) Charles Health ~ Author

4) Hopes and Dreams

5) Hot Dogs and Marmalade

6) Katy Trail Creations

7) Martha Reynold Writes

8) Sue’s Trifles

9) The Sound of One Hand Typing

10) Trisha Faye

11) Word Wacker

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Here are my STATS for April 2019. Much less than the 2016 Stats. And that’s okay! I tried to focus on those blogs that fit best into my own website theme which is supporting a positive healthy aging in midlife and beyond. 🙂

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#AtoZChallenge2019 ~ Theme Reveal

Begins Tomorrow!  April 1st

A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

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(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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There still time to sign up!  Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

A Big A To Z Announcement Is Coming! #atozchallenge

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Passing on the word to be on the look out for more announcements about this year’s A to Z Challenge 2017!

This is one of the BEST challenges!  Last year I was able to participate and it turned out to be the best of blogging experiences.  Here’s my A to Z Challenge Reflections.

My 2016 A to Z Challenge Theme was Lessons Learned.  It was a real challenge and effort to come up with a post every day, and I’m glad that I made that effort.  I now have a hardcover copy of my Lessons Learned to pass on to my family.  Circumstances prevent me from participating this year though I’ll be following along to see all the great themes of the other bloggers.

So, take a look and consider taking the challenge this year!  Pass it on!  ❤

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A Big A To Z Announcement Is Coming! #atozchallenge

Six years ago at about this time the first A to Z Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Linky List appeared as sign-ups opened.  It was during that Challenge that an official A to Z Team was put together.   We had realized that the A to Z Challenge was an overwhelming endeavor that required a collaborative effort of several competent and relatively well-known bloggers.  In succeeding years, improvements and changes were made in order to make the Challenge more efficient as well as more rewarding to all.  Change is often an obstacle for many of us, but sometimes change is the best, and at times, seemingly the only way to keep things going.

Judging by the number of inquiries about the 2017 Challenge that we’ve been getting in our email boxes as well as the A to Z Challenge Facebook site, many of you are wondering what’s going on this year.   The A to Z Challenge Blog has been inactive over the past few weeks and not a great deal has been heard from the Challenge co-hosts regarding the 2017 Challenge.  In fact, not even a mention of who are the co-hosts for 2017.   However the behind the scenes action has been underway as we have been addressing what the 2017 April event might look like.

As you might now be surmising, changes are coming in the upcoming 2017 A to Z Challenge!

In this current post, I am laying the groundwork for the very important announcement post that will be appearing here next Monday February 6th.  There will be some vital information that we want you to be sure to read and to help us promote in order that all interested parties can be informed and provide their own input and suggestions.  And of course, there will undoubtedly be questions that we can answer for you.

Can you help us get the word out?

So that the maximum number of bloggers can get this very important news, we are asking you to help us get the buzz going by announcing the upcoming post on your own blogs as well as tweeting, Facebooking, and sharing today’s post as much as you can.  Let’s get the word out!

We want everyone who is planning on doing the 2017 Challenge to see what is in store by checking out the February 6th post.  So, those of you who have already completed your A to Z posts for this year or have them in the planning stages, never fear!  The 2017 A to Z Challenge will be here once again in April.  There will be much more information to come on the A to Z Blog after next week’s announcement so plan on visiting regularly.

Meet the 2017 A to Z Team

Part of the change for this year entails a smaller A to Z Team for reasons that should be more evident in the upcoming announcement post.  Most of the Team will consist of members from the previous Team with the addition of a long time A to Z participant as well as a veteran member of Arlee’s Ambassadors.

The 2017 A to Z Team is as follows:

Arlee Bird   @ Tossing It Out

Heather M. Gardner The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Zalka Csenge VirágThe Multicolored Diary

John Holton @    The Sound of One Hand Typing

J Lenni Dorner @ Blog of J. Lenni Dorner   (first year on the A to Z Team)

Also, Jeremy Hawkins Hollywood Nuts as in previous years will be providing the A to Z graphics (official logo, daily letter badges, etc)

Alex J. Cavanaugh @ Alex J. Cavanaugh —though no longer a full-time active team member due to his many other commitments including the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (which he founded)– will continue acting in an advisory and supporting role with his additional assistance in promoting the Challenge on his blog.  My many thanks to Alex for his years of service to A to Z from its inception.

I would encourage you to visit all of the blogs mentioned above to get to know the A to Z Team and give each member a big virtual hug.

Be here next week for the big Challenge news.   And please spread the word!

IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER GREAT A TO Z CHALLENGE IN APRIL 2017!


Thanks from your A to Z Founder, Arlee Bird…

 

Me in the Middle of the Joy of Blogging

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It’s been eight months now since I signed up with WordPress and started on my adventure in blogging.  I remember checking my settings to make sure it was set at ‘private‘.  I had no idea where I was going with this. ……. And now?!  Now I’m enjoying the blogging friendships of people all over the world!  I’m learning about other parts of the world and their customs.  I’m inspired by the stories of those who had the courage to reach out and share their ‘profiles in courage’.  I’m reading fiction/non-fiction of awesome writers who are on their journey to publish their books.  Blogging is inspiring and empowering in so many ways.    

The event that’s really got me hooked on blogging is the AtoZ Blog Challenge that just came to a conclusion this past April.  I had a theme for my challenge which made it possible for me to get focused and to document some thoughts I wanted to share with my children and grandchildren.  I just can’t praise the AtoZ Challenge Team enough for its organization, its professionalism, its creativity and its community spirit.  

Recently I came across this service Blog2Print which allows you to print your blog into book form.  The idea of putting My AtoZ Challenge into book form  was something I’d thought about so I took a look at it.  I’m so pleased with the results and now will have a hard cover copy.  The videos and the links I’d included in my blog posts on AtoZ weren’t able to be printed.  It’s still a treasure for me to have.

Take a look at a few sample pages!

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Take a look at 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog!  Joshua Becker hit the nail on the head with each of these reasons.  If you haven’t started yet, my recommendation is to go with WordPress.  I’ve enjoyed this whole experience even more because of the great team at WordPress.  

Joshua Becker’s website Becoming Minimalist

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What is a Blog?

Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

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When I saw Damyanti Biswas‘ post introducing me to the A to Z Challenge 2016, I thought ~ ‘Oh, another one of those challenges.  Maybe I’ll try this one!’  One month’s commitment seemed like a doable time period to make this effort a challenging one.  As time went on I began to realize the amount of organization and the scope behind this endeavor!  My enthusiasm grew!  This could be a very rewarding event for me!  I was #100 on the Sign-Up List and I watched the number of sign-ups grow to an impressive number of 1,946 bloggers!

When the call came for us to Reveal A Theme, I had already been pre-scheduling my alphabet letters around the thought of sharing with my children and grandchildren some of the Lessons Learned through my life.  This was becoming for me a moment in time where I would no longer just think about it.  I was being inspired and motivated to get my thoughts on life down in writing.  The Challenge provided a creative and inspiring vehicle.

Much thanks to Arlee Bird and his Ambassadors for providing this moment in time to what turned out to be the most rewarding (and intense) experience in my blogging so far.  I look forward to 2017!!

https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/category/a-to-z-challenge/

My A to Z Challenge ~ Lessons Learned (Click Here)

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~ My A to Z Blogging Community ~

During the month of April, every morning was like Christmas morning!  I would wake up with a sense of anticipation and log onto my laptop to see who stopped by and commented on that day’s post.  I created my website/blog in September of 2015 and had met a lot of great bloggers.  I was pleased with the initial reception of my blog ~ Me in the Middle ~ and was gaining confidence and experience as I went along.  A to Z was something new!!  The traffic to my blog shot up and I had 1,611 views, 548 visitors, 678 likes and 652 comments throughout the April A2Z Challenge.  I used Facebook and Twitter to launch each day’s posts.  Visitors came to my blog from Facebook, Twitter and WordPress Reader.  Honestly, I’m now in A to Z Withdrawal and miss the stimulation of non-stop connecting and blogging with other bloggers.  It’s nice though that my life has returned to a calmer, steady pace and, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the effort for more than one month out of the year.  So Bring It On 2017!

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~ A Dozen Brave Bloggers ~

(There are so many more bloggers who came to visit Me in the Middle and I hope to return to everyone’s blogs and read all of their AtoZ posts.  I decided to share a dozen of these bloggers because I got to know them through visiting their blogs and chatting in comments.  Click on their links and see the amazing blogs they’ve created!  ♥ )

The Artist’s Path

The Spectacled Bean

Stories and More

Daisy in the Willows

Cafenined Words

Project Blacklight

Dr. Gulara Vincent

My Life Lived Full

Cresting the Hill

If Only I Had A Time Machine

Life as a Potpourri!!

Vanessence

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