Idea Donation Day

Did you ever think of a great idea for the A to Z challenge, but not want to use it yourself? Perhaps it seemed like too much work for you, it didn’t fit the “brand” of your blog, or you already had an idea you liked more.

That’s what today’s post is for! Out there in the blogosphere are people who are thinking about joining the challenge, but they don’t know what they’d write 26 posts about. (Maybe you’re one of these people.) And here in the A to Z community are people with more ideas for the challenge then they could ever post about. (It could be that you’re one of them.)

So go for it! Drop off an idea in the comments that you’d like to see someone use for the challenge. Or pick up an idea from the comments and churn out 26 amazing posts. Maybe even both! Share with your community of bloggers.

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An A to Z List of Why You Should Do WRiTE CLUB

Was’up alphabet champions! A few of you may remember me, six years ago (which feels like a lifetime ago now) I was one of the co-hosts of the A-Z Challenge. I’ve participated in the challenge multiple times throughout my nine-year blogging adventure, but this year I’m taking this opportunity to bend your ear (or rather, eyes) about a different topic.
For the past seven years I’ve hosted a tournament-style creative writing contest and I wanted to let you know about it because 1) Most of you are writers, 2) It’s a blast, 3) There are significant prizes, and 4) It’s FREE! Here’s an A to Z list of why you should be doing it.
  •        Aspiring authors can solicit a ton of feedback from a wide variety of readers.
  •        Bloggers are writers, even if they’ve not written a novel. Go ahead and submit.
  •        Contests (especially respected ones like PitchWars) are a fun way to make connections
  •        DFW Writers Conference is a partner/sponsor of the contest.
  •        Easy as pie. Submit a 500-word writing sample using a pen name.
  •        Fulfilling to see your work garnish the praise it deserves.
  •        Genre agnostic. Submit anything – even Poetry.
  •        Help other writers refine their voice by offering meaningful feedback via votes.
  •        I can do this! Keep telling yourself that and submit.
  •        June 9-10 are the dates for the DFW Conference – where the winner will be announced.
  •        Keep your real identity hidden by using a pen name. It’s a No embarrassment zone!
  •        Last round judged by panel of celebrity judges – authors, literary agents, publishers.
  •        March 12 – April 1 is the contest open submission period.
  •        Newbies and seasoned writers compete against one another.
  •        Only tournament-style writing contest on the internet.
  •        Prizes Prizes Prizes.
  •        Quintessential writing contest for writers wanting to see how they stack up.
  •        Read the entries and vote on your favorite. You don’t have to submit to participate
  •        Spread the word to anyone and everyone. We need both contestants and voters.
  •        Thirty contestants are selected by slushpile readers to participate in daily bouts.
  •        Universal appeal.
  •        Voters can win a prize also.
  •        WRiTE CLUB – Just Do It!
  •        X-citing to the MAX!
  •        Your easiest way to get your material in the hands of people who matter in the industry.
  •        Zip on over to the WRiTE CLUB link to find out more information.

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Robots Have Not Won Yet

Thank you to everyone who took part in the pre-challenge survey! While the results are being tabulated, please enjoy this comic. Consider it your yearly reminder request to deactivate CAPTCHA for the duration of the challenge.

web comic about robots and captcha from Facebook


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Categories #AtoZChallenge

On MONDAY you’ll be able to sign up for the A to Z Challenge 2018.

You have your choice of the newer, friendlier logo badge, or the traditional logo badge for showing your challenge pride on your blog. (Or you can use both!)

#AtoZchallenge 2018 friendly new badge logo #AtoZchallenge 2018 traditional badge logo

The sign up form is easy to use. (It’s much the same as the pre-challenge survey.) There will also be daily letter forms, which will be OPTIONAL, that will look like the master list form (except with less information). The daily forms will produce a list for each letter that won’t have broken links or blogs of people who stopped participating. The REQUIRED Master List Sign Up Form will produce a Master List of all participants. However, that list will NOT be edited, so some participants may drop out, but will remain on the list. Details on how you can access this information will be coming soon!


That’s how we’ll know who is participating.

On the MASTER LIST, you indicate the category of your BLOG.

The optional Daily Letter forms will allow you to choose the category of your individual posts.
The optional Theme Reveal will let you pick the category of your theme.

So what are the categories?


  • Animals
  • Art (reviews, creations, painting, sculpture, print, drawings)
  • Author/Writing (craft of writing, stories, memoirs, publishing, literature, poetry) — MASTER LIST
    • Author/Writing (craft of writing, publishing) —Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (fanfiction) —Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (fiction including short stories and flash fiction)–Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (literature discussion/critique)–Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (non-fiction including memoirs)–Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (poetry)–Daily/ Theme
    • Author/Writing (other)–Daily/ Theme
  • Automotive and Transportation
  • Books (reviews, recommendations)
  • Crafts (DIY, ceramics, textile, flowers, leatherwork, needlework, paperwork, jewelry, etc.)
  • Culinary (food, drink)
  • Education
  • Entertainment (reviews and critiques on performing arts: film, TV, theater, dance, music)
  • Gaming (video, RPG, tabletop, board, etc.)
  • Genealogy
  • Health
  • History
  • Home Decor/Decorating
  • Humor (jokes, comics, etc.)
  • Lifestyle and Social
  • Motivational
  • Mythology and Folklore
  • Nature/Outdoors
  • Parenting/Family
  • Personal (journal, diary, musings)
  • Photography and Videography
  • Political and News
  • Sciences
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Sports/Fitness
  • Travel
  • Other and Miscellaneous
  • Prefer not to say/Don’t know

Did you look at the last one? That’s right! If you don’t want to reveal which category you’re using, YOU DON’T HAVE TO! “Prefer not to say/Don’t know” exists so that categories are still optional, not mandatory. We want the challenge to be FUN for everyone.

Please spread the word about the #AtoZchallenge!

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What the A to Z Challenge Means by THEME

Sign-ups open on MONDAY. (Check when GMT midnight is for you.)

Jayden has been collecting data from the survey. Overwhelming numbers of you agree that having a master list (with all the blogs and lots of information) is imperative, and a fair majority of you are looking forward to also having daily letter lists. We’re working hard to make sure 2018 is the best A to Z Challenge yet! 

The questions most asked are “What do you mean by theme?” and “Do I have to have a theme?”
Themes are really fun. They sometimes make the challenge easier. They intrigue audiences. But it’s YOUR blog and YOU can do what YOU want. 😊
2)     The difference between a THEME and a CATEGORY:
A category is the TYPE of blog you have (master list), or the type of post you’ve made (daily letter lists).

A theme is what ties your A to Z 2018 posts together, other than the alphabet.
THEMES ARE NOT MANDATORY. (Wait, really? Yes. Really. 😆😊 ) You could have A for animals and B for baseball and C for coffee — no theme at all, no ties between your posts except for the alphabet. People have done it. You could cover one category for each letter if that makes you happy.
OR, if you want to have a theme:
“Automotive and Transportation” might be your category. Ford models might be your theme.
“Animals” might be your category. Dogs might be your theme.
You could have a “Personal” blog where you journal (master list category), but use the mythology category for your daily letter lists, with a theme of the mythology of the Hittite. 
(Guess what? You’re not required to use the daily letter lists! That’s optional too, just like themes.)
3)     A THEME is what the author of the blog hopes the reader will learn about or become interested in.
I know this will shock you, but themes aren’t required! (Louder, for the people in the back.) They are, however, really fun. 😸😵
4)     The OPTIONAL theme entry on the master list form is a short description of the theme of your blog’s 26 posts.

The THEME REVEAL is a longer post on your blog detailing what your theme is about. It gets the audience excited about your April posts. It’s your chance to draw people to your blog sooner.

Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge 2018

We hope that clears this up for you.

#AtoZchallenge rocks!

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Are you no longer seeing our Facebook posts

Missing posts from the Blogging from A to Z challenge in your Facebook newsfeed? Due to a recent update, you may need to adjust your settings.

Facebook see updates in newsfeed #atozchallenge


Click on FOLLOWING, in your newsfeed should be marked as SEE FIRST. Notifications ON. If you click the “pencil” icon, you can check that it’s set to “STANDARD” (up to 5 posts a day).


Hold click on FOLLOWING. In your newsfeed should have SEE FIRST highlighted. Get notifications should be slid ON. If you click the > arrow, you can check that it’s set to “STANDARD” (up to 5 posts a day).

The good news is that Facebook will remember your choice across devices, so you need only to do this once this year.

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