GEARING UP FOR THE APRIL #AtoZCHALLENGE. ARE YOU READY?

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#AtoZChallenge 2017
This will be my fourth time participating in the annual event known as the ‘Blogging from A to Z April Challenge‘. Judging by the enthusiastic participation in The Great Theme Reveal, it’s going to be another crazy yet exhilarating experience this year!

As usual, I’ve fallen short of my goal to have all entries completed well ahead of time. (Much too pedantic to be a ‘pantser’!) Life in the real world always puts the kibosh on that, along with my penchant for procrastination! So far, A to K are done, which leaves a whopping fifteen more to do. 😮 Time to stop messing around and get back to it. This is my last post until April 1st. Comments will be answered, but likely not in a timely manner.

#AtoZChallenge 2017: Consumed by the Alphabet, The Doglady's Den
Prepping LIKE MAD for the April #AtoZChallenge. 26 posts in 30 days and I’m SO far behind. ACK!!

A few parting thoughts:

Some people are upset about the lack of an A to Z linky list this year. Arlee Birdfounder of the A to Z Challenge, has some excellent suggestions about that issue on the blog today. Click HERE to read the post. Two sites I know of are offering link ups as well: (Click on the links to view)

Blog Chatter A to Z Challenge       Blog Chatter A to Z Theme Reveal 

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

Please remember that the Blogosphere thrives on reciprocity, Visit other sites, leave quality comments (not the “fly by” kind) and share posts, whenever you can. Also, and this is a big pet peeve of mine, respond to the comments left on your blog as much as possible. Doesn’t matter if it takes a few days – it’s the courteous thing to do.

Have easy-to-find sharing buttons on your site. If you want your posts shared to Twitter, – here comes another pet peeve – make sure your username is included in the tweet.

Please read THIS.

Wishing everyone a fun and successful experience!
Debbie
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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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40 thoughts on “GEARING UP FOR THE APRIL #AtoZCHALLENGE. ARE YOU READY?

  1. Am I ready? I’m trying to do A to Z with two blogs, which is something like a hire wire act. People in their 60’s don’t have good balance. But, as a true pantser, I am trying. And, Doglady, I know you will pull it off, too. Look forward to your posts

  2. I am running against time to schedule my posts… Writing isn’t as time consuming as processing all the pictures and lining them up… Hope I get to finish on time. Great tips… I am double checking my media buttons. Best of luck.

  3. You are behind? Well, than it’s time for me to panic as I’ve only prepared five letters (and not the first ones). But I will do it. And you will do it. And there might be a survivor badge waiting for us, won’t there?

      1. Thanks! I’m trying again:
        I wanted to say wonderful things about your website and how I learn something new about blogging every time I do this challenge. I wish I could figure out how to put my twitter handle into my shares… my blog has that problem, and I always rewrite others’ tweets to include their handles.

        1. It worked that time. 🙂 Use that link instead of the main website link and all should be well for the A to Z. Adding twitter handles in manually is way too time-consuming especially in April! (Although I do it, anyway, most of the time.) I don’t know anything about Weebly, so can’t offer any advice. Maybe this will help? https://support.twitter.com/articles/231474
          I’m glad you like the website. 🙂 Thanks for coming back and happy A to Zing!

  4. I think it is amazing that you have roughly half of your assignments completed.
    I mean, you have to allow time for other important things.
    Like hockey. And snow. And pets… Did I mention hockey?

    1. Always time for hockey, Myke, especially with the playoffs coming up! 😀 I’m lucky because I work from home with dogs. They sleep a lot and let me blog. 🙂 Snow’s gone for now.

  5. This is the best A to Z blogging booster I’ve ever seen! Thanks for the daily letter schedule – I’d forgotten about “Never on a Sunday” 😉 I’ve penciled in my thoughts for each day. With any luck and despite a tendency to dawdle, I’m determined to have at least the first two weeks done before day one!

    1. Actually, there will be one Sunday post this year – the last one. At this point we could all use a boost to get in gear. Have a great challenge, diedre! 🙂

  6. Life always has a way to trip you, doesn’t it? I was going to have all my posts ready well before March ended, but then I cought a very nasty flu and I was incapable of doing anything for two weeks. Serious.
    I’m still working to my drafts, I’m still hoping to have the drafts ready for the end of the month, which woudl be a HUGE help. But let’s see. I’m a bit nervous, but I’m going there 😉

    Have a fantastic challenge! I’ll see you around.

    1. I’m so sorry you were sick! 🙁 That was my problem last year. Glad you’ve recovered now and I hope all goes well for you in April. Thanks for dropping in.

  7. Not nearly as ready as I would like! But I’ll get there…for the rest of the year I’m a pantser, posting whatever gets written the day before, or even hours before, but can’t do that for the A-Z. Interferes majorly with the comment-returning and reading.

    Best always,
    Nilanjana.

    1. You’re so right about the A to ZChallenge! It’s impossible to participate fully when you’re too busy still writing posts. I hope you’ll get all of yours finished in time. And me, too. Cheers!

  8. I don’t know how you do it. My “overachiever” comment was a direct reference to this post, you know. I was a day LATE on the theme reveal, and haven’t even thought about A, let alone B, C, D, E…

    1. Hahaha! Well, I do have the advantage of working from home – with dogs. They sleep a lot. 🙂 You’re obviously one of those ‘pantsers’ I admire so much, knocking off brilliant posts on the spur of the moment. Wish I could do that! Instead, I agonize over every word and graphic, editing and re-editing ad nauseum, until I’m satisfied. 😛

      1. Hahahaha…what makes you think us “pantsers” are immune from perfectionism and editing agony? Oh, no – we just thrive on unreasonable deadline pressure and acts of rhetorical heroism!

        1. I just figured your material is already awesome from the get-go and you wouldn’t need to do much editing, given your extensive writing and computer experience. 🙂

    1. I am surprised, Lee. 🙂 Then again, you have a knack for knocking out those posts in quick time, which I envy. It’s my pleasure to promote the A to Z Challenge, hIghlight of the blogging calendar for so many of us.

  9. I have everything ‘roughed-in’. My problem is deciding how much info to provide. Everyone is busy blogging, commenting, responding, reading…. I try to keep it entertaining and not too wordy. Consequently, I have rewritten several posts. Several times.

    1. Thanks for your support, Mary Lou. 🙂 It’s too bad you won’t be joining in this time, but I like your idea. Aren’t we all tempted to reblog our old A To Z posts? 😀 I have been tempted to skip it, but it’s an addiction at this point, along with blogging itself.

  10. You are actually further ahead in your writing than I am! While I have mine all planned out, I’ve only actually written A – G currently. Need to find a few spare moments to get the rest of them pre-written so I can concentrate on promotion and responding to comments when the time comes.

    1. Hi Mary; You’re probably a lot faster than I am. 🙂 Mine are all planned out as well, but the actual writing and formatting takes long. Yes, the only way to pull everything off with a minimum of stress is to finish them ahead of time, but I’ve yet to accomplish that! 😛 Hope you get yours done.