Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Tumbling Term ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge

What is the A to Z Blogging Challenge? What rock have you been living under for the past month? Today all participants are breathing a sigh of relief. It is April 30th. The last day of the challenge.

The A to Z Blogging Challenge as defined by the creator himself, Arlee Bird from his blog post this year...
       
  It all began with my post from Saturday March 27, 2010 whenset forth a challenge to all bloggers for the month of April.   Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

       Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days--one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month's challenge. 

Each year blogger start lining up as early as December for the early sign up and it's a good thing. While 2010 had 100 participants, this year the number topped over 1,700. Now it involves co-hosts to help keep track of all the participants.

This is probably the fastest growing blog hop on blogspot. It used to be in the early days I'd see one or two of the stylized letters occurring daily during April but this year has been insane with one third of my blog roll participating. Let me tell you, I have a pretty extreme blog roll built over five years of blogging here. 

At last count there were over 180 of y'all just on blogspot. I find on average one or two blogs a month that I'll follow. So the list is ever changing. That's not including tumblr, linkedin, and wordpress. Yes I spend a lot of time reading blogs. No, I don't read all of them because honestly who has the time? Plus some of these blogs have faded into oblivion, or the blogger blogs sporadically.  Thank goodness!

What's it all about? Here's Arlee again...

       Since a big part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge has to do with networking, building communities, gaining followers (who you hope will become your regular readers), and discovering new blogs to follow, let's try to give a power boost to everyone we can today.

That's what it's all about and honestly as a blog reader, I'm sad that the month is over. These bloggers will now, most of them, will go back to their regular blogging schedule and I won't be able to enjoy all the posts.

Keep writing and loving the Lord. 

6 comments:

Nick Wilford said...

The Challenge really is awesome for growing the community. Hooray for Arlee and all the hosts!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

it's been a great month of friends sharing... i am glad to be part of the fun. thank you for sharing your thoughts, though this monkey-me is going to sleep....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's been another great Challenge. I'm glad I've participated in all four.
And you should see my Reader's "Blogger Buddy" file. What would you do with 150 new posts a day in one file alone?

Zan Marie said...

I have a few blogs I follow on the AtoZ challenge, too. I've been amazed at what they've accomplished. I don't think I have the stamina to do it, so I just live vicariously. ; )

Lara said...

It's been a fun month, that's for sure.

J.L. Murphey said...

Nick- Arlee had a great idea.

Jeremy- Good blog wouldn't have found you except for Alex.

Alex- It would be fun to try. Although I don't get many comments here, I'm averaging about 75 per day in emails. If I had 150 comments here, I'd probably do what you do.

Zan Marie, me too as a bystander and reader. I have the creativity and most of the stamina, but then it would cut down my reading blogs time. I just cannot do that.

Lara, if you just blogged three times a week, think of the new followers you'd have. You picked up quite a few more this challenge I see.