Yeah, I know, it’s nowhere even close to April yet, but here is your early reminder!
Peeps and Meeps, this is like one of my favourite things every year! I love the A to Z Challenge. And I love telling people about it and getting new people to sign up. I think last year I convinced three bloggers to participate who had never participated before.
Now, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s really simple (in concept).
Starting on April 1st, you post every day (except Sunday’s) and your post needs to correspond to a letter of the alphabet.
For example April 1st (A), 2nd (B), 3rd (C).
Now you get Sunday’s off and that means that by the end of the month there will be 26 days and you will have done the whole alphabet!
This year is the 10th Anniversary so I’m sure there has to be something special added to it. And I like to prepare early.
The schedule that has been posted so far:
Sign up opens March 1st (closes April 6th) you need to sign up to participate
Theme Reveal March 18th (closes March 28th) you don’t need to have a theme but you can if you want to.
I’ve done this three years in a row now, and I’m going for a 4th!
My first year, I signed up like two days before the challenge started so I didn’t have time to prepare. You don’t have to do a theme, but my brain likes themes so I’ve always had a theme. If you want to check out my past posts, there is an A to Z Challenge category which has all my posts.
2016: Capital Cities I’d like to visit
For this theme, I spent about an hour in prep. I googled capital cities around the world, and just picked one for each day. Then on the day I needed to post, I went to google, picked 5 pictures I really liked and linked in the tourism website for that city. It was the least amount of effort possible.
2017: Harry Potter
Oh man, the effort I put into this! I started prep in January. I made a list of the characters/ideas I wanted to write about. I did research, I had pages of notes! I pre-wrote some of the posts. April is a busy month for me. It’s my birthday and my dad’s and usually Easter and it’s my birthday! I still didn’t have everything done by the time the challenge started and I struggled to keep up.
2018: Kitchener Rangers who I went to high school with
This theme fell in the middle of no-prep and over-prep. I start in March and made a list of all of the Kitchener Rangers I went to high school with. That’s an OHL hockey team for anyone who doesn’t know. And then I casually did some research on all the players I had selected but I wanted to use a lot of my own stories from high school. One thing I did, that I don’t think I’ll do again, was that I pre-wrote and pre-scheduled all my posts. You’re totally allowed to do that, and I was in a blogging rut so I was glad to have it done and out of the way before the challenge started, but that break made me even lazier in my blogging and it took a long time to get over that. Although, having my posts pre-scheduled did take a lot of the stress off my shoulders of getting it done and gave me more time to interact with other participants.
The one thing that I love about this challenge is that you get the chance to interact with other bloggers. I have quite a few bloggers that I follow just because I came across them in the A to Z challenge. It’s a great way to meet new people and follow new blogs. Even if you only follow them for the challenge and then after you don’t. It happens!
So there we have it! A to Z is on my mind! It actually is almost all year long. I have a few ideas for my theme this year, but I am always open to suggestions. I’m kind of getting hit with the writing bug lately so I might do something a little more on the formal writing side. Maybe short stories or something? I’m not sure.
Have you ever done this challenge? Are you as excited for it as I am? Will you participate? Have you thought about a theme?