“Are you going to join the A to Z Challenge this year?” my best friend Rosie asked me on the phone a few weeks ago, “I’d love to take it on, but I don’t’ think I will have time in April with all the sailing we plan to do.” The what challenge? And, why would this take so much time? I had never heard about the A to Z Blogging Challenge, so I looked it up online. The idea peaked my interest and a few days later, I signed up.
What is the A to Z Blogging Challenge?
Every year in the month of April, “bloggers” and any other people who like to regularly write and post blogs (like me) are challenged to up the pace and attract more readers to their website, with a project that is called the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The idea is to post one blog a day in April, following the alphabet. So, the first day, the blog topic has to start with a, the second day with b and so on for the rest of the month. Sundays are excluded – even the most frantic blogger needs a day of rest – so that leaves 26 days in April, a day for every letter.
How about a theme?
To make this project even more interesting, people who join have the possibility to blog around a theme during the A to Z Blogging Challenge, a concept that was introduced three years ago. Many participants already have a few years of A to Z’ing under their belt and opt to incorporate all the letters into a theme for their text and photography contributions. Today is “Theme Reveal Day”. This will be the first year for me to join, and since I am not averse to an extra dose of challenge, I have decided on a subject as well. During the month of April I am going to share my insights, experiences, memories and traits of “Being a Nomad”.
The A to Z Challenge was born in 2010 by Arlee Bird and gained a lot of momentum over the years. While in the initial year 100 people signed up, in 2011 nearly 1300 bloggers took to their keyboards. From 2012 on, 1700 or more participants decided to blog daily in April. This year, 1300 people have accepted the challenge so far and there are still 10 days left to sign up. What are you waiting for? 🙂 Almost 500 of them have decided to blog around a theme.
I hope you stick around Roaming About and check back often this April. My goal is to write a quick blog every day and entertain you with a bit of “nomad knowledge”. Comments and suggestions are always encouraged! And, feel free to check out other participants’ blogs as well…