Well, I've been a busy old bee over the past couple of weeks or so, getting my posts prepared for the A to Z blogging challenge, which will be taking place through the month of April. It's a blog-hop which is designed to give people the opportunity to view blogs they probably wouldn't normally come across, and by doing that they can promote themselves as well as the giving publicity to the blogs they visit. It's like a big online community builder.
Every day (apart from Sundays) throughout April, we have to write a daily blog post starting with a different letter of the alphabet. You can choose a theme, or just do random posts; whatever suits you and your blog. I've decided to pick a theme (which I won't tell you about just yet) and base my posts around that, to give my blogging some sort of order and organisation. I've written most of my posts in preparation, but I'm still struggling with Z. I've still got over a month until the Z post goes live so I've got time to think about it.
There's a huge sign up list (so if you're a blogger and you haven't signed up, you should go and do it now, go on, off you pop) with 1,103 participants (I'm number 634). At the top of the page we are informed of what we are supposed to do during the blog-hop.
"You are encouraged to visit blogs on the list, starting with the one right after yours. If you can manage five (5) a day - great; more than five - even better! Have fun and get to know your blogging neighbours."
We have also been encouraged by the people at A - Z to start visiting blogs on the list now, just to get an idea of what's out there and to start building up our little community. I have spent quite a bit of time visiting other blogs, and leaving messages on their A - Z posts in the hope that the favour would be returned. I'm saddened to say that it hasn't.
I understand that people are busy, or they may not have noticed my comments, but I just hope when the challenge starts in April, I'll start to see a bit more traffic through my blog
I know I won't be able to get through over a thousand blogs during the blog-hop, but I'm going to try and visit as many as I can, in order to give support to my fellow blogger as well as hopefully finding something new to pique my interest.
So if you're interested in firstly being challenged, and secondly meeting new bloggers, then the A - Z is for you.
I will be collecting all of my posts for this challenge here, so if you feel like having a read and leaving me a message, I would be eternally grateful.