Wednesday, January 27, 2016

April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Bad me! This week has been CRA-ZY and I almost forgot to sign up for this year's challenge! Luckily, I remembered this afternoon, so at least I got on the list. I'm still tossing around different ideas, and I'm not exactly sure which direction I'm going to be going in...there may be stitching, there may be Disney, and there may even be both. Right now, I'm just not sure, but if you haven't signed up yet, head on over to the signup sheet and give it a go!

For those unaware of what the challenge is, you pick a topic/subject, and every day in April (excluding Sundays) you post, in alphabetical order, your topic. For example, April 1st is "A", the 2nd is "B", etc. I've seen everything from poetry and short stories, photography, crafts, animals (including the one year there was 10 bloggers AtoZ'ing hamsters!), movies, TV shows, etc, etc. You name it, somebody is probably blogging about it! Granted, very few actually finish and it seems like all the good ones stop way too soon, but I still enjoy it.

This will be my fourth year and I've somehow managed to complete the challenge every single year, even on the crazy years I've done two separate themes. I've found some really great blogs along the way (part of the challenge is to also visit all the blogs on the list) and learned some really cool stuff. there are no restrictions on scheduling posts or doing them day-by-day (I've done it both ways), so that helps a lot.

I will admit, it's not an easy thing to do, in fact, it might be the most difficult thing I've ever done because Aspers aren't known for their completion skills (which is why I'm extremely proud of my four finishes). They also preach brevity, but since I'm horrible at it, I don't even try...I just let my weirdo-flag fly high and write whatever I want. I've got links to all my previous year's challenges on my A To Z Page, but please don't waste any time muddling through them unless you just want to see the wrong way to do it or to just get a general idea of what the challenge is.

I don't like the way they kind of push you to "pimp out" your blog...I think they focus too much on gaining new followers versus the actual subject matter. I don't do it to gain new followers and besides, my Asperness tends to send most people running for the hills anyway once normal blogging resumes. But there is also an afterwards "reflections" post and I tend to run this topic into the ground there too (sounds a bit like my cross stitch dithering diatribes, but oh well, welcome to the joy that is 'me').

Guess I'd better decide on a topic and soon. The theme reveal is on March 21st, so it's time to get busy! Head on over and sign up if you want to join in, but I'll warn you now, if I know you and find you've started it, I WILL expect you to finish it! You have been warned!


Linda said...

So happy your doing the challenge again this year Keiley. I hope to post 5 cross stitch projects and progress on 10 afghans a day.


Bea said...

Looking forward to this. I have a few blog friends who participate and they have all been interesting reading.

Heather said...

I'm interested to see what you pick this year! My birthday lands on my initial lol

Cathy said...

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do it this year. Guess I better start making a decision.

Tiffstitch said...

Hmm, I wonder if I could do a month of WIPs? I'm sure I have 26 easily and I might have to fudge the letters a little. This might involve some research into my WIPs. Thanks for the idea.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I do enjoy reading the posts for this challenge so I'll look forward to seeing what you decide on.
Hamsters? Hmm.

Interesting that you find completion tricky. I'm the opposite. I've completed a couple of annual blogging challenges where the organiser dropped out and just refused to quit!