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!

THE MASTER LIST SIGN UP IS A REQUIREMENT.

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?

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?”
1)     THEMES ARE NOT MANDATORY.
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. πŸ˜†πŸ˜Š ) 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
PARTICIPATING IN THE THEME REVEAL IS OPTIONAL BECAUSE THEMES ARE NOT MANDATORY. (Promise. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜˜πŸ˜)

We hope that clears this up for you.

#AtoZchallenge rocks!

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