You may have briefly seen this post last week, but that was do to pilot error. What with my scrambled April brain, a few home disasters (DISASTER POST in case you missed it) and two book events, I published this on the wrong day. I caught the mistake, but a few people saw it before I could make the change. Vacation sounds very good about now.
If you have time, Sliding on the Edge just got another REVIEW that made me happy. Always appreciate it when you chime in. And you might consider connecting with The Book Sage. He’s fair, he reads, he writes reviews. Oh, and did I forget to mention. . .he buys your book. 🙂
I procrastinated about doing the challenge for a third year. I had a lot going on, but then who didn’t? Once I asked myself that question, I tossed out my first excuse.
But I had another one. I couldn’t think of a theme that I wanted to spend time on for a whole month.
Besides, (and here’s my last excuse) what a drag to be inside at a computer when I could be outside having fun in the April weather?
Still, a lot of people I enjoy visiting were going to be in the challenge, and I didn’t want miss out. That started me thinking about all the great posts I’d read last year and all I’d learned. And bam, that’s when my theme came to me.
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I called it the Mystery Blogger Contest. I featured one blogger each day, posting what they had written for that letter in 2013. To win, visitors had to guess who the Mystery Blogger was, but to be fair to new A to Z’ers I gave points for “glibness” or for adding to the information in the posts.
So here’s what this theme did for me:
It saved me time. I didn’t have to actually write the posts. They were already done. I could still have a lot going on AND do the A to Z Challenge.
Because the posts were so varied, I was interested in putting them up and revisiting them.
And I had fun because each day people either guessed or gave me “glib” comments that made me chuckle.
In thinking about why I chose the 2013 posts to use for this contest, or why I’d choose posts if I repeated this theme another time here’s what I came up with.
- were fun for me
- challenged my brain
- informed me
- had variety
- were well-written ( I appreciate good grammar and spelling and hate it when I screw up on either)
- were easy to read
- had no word verification (hate WV)
- had no form that had to be filled out each time I commented
- were written by bloggers who returned my support with comments, tweets or fb posts (it’s good to show that the time you take is recognized)