The Sign-Up list opened last week for the A to Z Challenge. The daily blogging challenge takes place in April each year (but the community is active all year round). I am now all signed up. Once again I will be tackling the challenge with both of my blogs: PlanningwithPrintedPortal (which shall once again host free inserts) and DIY Career Development. If you are a blogger and have not already signed up why not take a closer look – over 500 blogs have signed up already.
The Challenge is to write 26 daily blog posts one for each letter of the alphabet during the month of April (Sundays are a day of rest). The second part of the challenge is to visit as many of the blogs taking part in the challenge as possible. I always find this part much more challenging. (There are blogs that I never got round to reading despite taking part in the post-challenge road trip).
Why sign up for the Challenge?
I originally signed up to revitalise my blogging, create a daily writing habit and to meet new people. I successfully did all this but I also found some fantastic blogs (and bloggers) that I would never have stumbled across without the challenge and curated a lot of content for the blog. Last year by doing inserts for the challenge it both motivated me to do inserts that I needed for my Filofax but had not got round to creating AND built up my collection of free inserts. Creating Free Inserts is a habit that has continued post-challenge (although it has its peaks and troughs).
I won’t lie, it is a hard challenge (particularly with multiple blogs) and plenty of people drop out along the way – but it is a great experience which is why I am doing it again for the 3rd year running.
The Organisational Notebook: A to Z Challenge 2014
To help ORGANISE such a mammoth challenge I designed an organisational notebooks JUST for planning the challenge. The notebook kept EVERYTHING I needed for the challenge in one place and you can read more about how I designed and used it in the posts listed below:
- The A to Z Challenge Notebook 2013
- Planning My A to Z Challenge – an update
- A to Z Challenge – Reflections Post
- Post Challenge Road Trip
Once again I am designing an organisational notebook for the challenge (with some tweaks). The BRAND NEW Notebook for 2014 will be available before the end of February (and Prompts for Bloggers Premium Subscribers will get the PDF copy to download for free). If you are not already a subscriber grab a 2014 subscription now.