X-Cellent Finish! #atozchallenge

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge: The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.


X-Cellent!

This is my last contribution to the A to Z Challenge blog for the 2019 season, so I wanted to take a moment to congratulate all of you for making this year the best one ever. Okay, that might be hyperbole, but if the increase in activity on my blog is any indication, you’ve all done a terrific job, not just with your posts on your own blogs, but with visiting other blogs and leaving comments, or at least leaving some indication that hey, you were there supporting them.

This has really taken off among a dedicated group of bloggers (that’s youse guys, as we say in Chicago) since the first time I participated in 2012. Every year it’s gotten better, with more bloggers connecting with other bloggers, making a bigger and better community. A community you’ve helped create.

There’s a link to the Master List for the Challenge below. Be sure and take a minute and make a copy of it for yourself. Most of the bloggers on the list are active all year, some posting daily. Between the end of this year’s challenge and the start of the next one, visit some of those bloggers, both the ones you made contact with and the ones you didn’t get to visit.

Thank you for making the A to Z Challenge the highlight of my blogging year!


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WOW! ( #AtoZChallenge )

Get your party hats and noisemakers ready–it’s almost time to celebrate A to Z victory.  Wait, though, the time is not yet here, but it’s coming soon…
#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.

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WOW!

           We’re almost to the end of another Challenge!  What a great job you’ve done!

           What else is there to say?  It’s been work, yes, but it’s also been wild, wonderful, and maybe even a bit wacky at times.

           Just a few days to go, but if you’ve gotten this far then you’ve got this Challenge in the bag.  Giving up at this point would be just plain weird.  But you’re not going to give up now. 

            Whoopie!  Time to be a winner!

             Soon…

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#atozchallenge Valuable Valiant V

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter V

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.

V trivia:

  1. V is never silent in any word. (Excludes proper nouns, which aren’t dictionary words anyway.)
  2. The letter V was created when the Romans changed the look of the Etruscan upsilon, which was stolen from the Greeks, who took it from the Phoenicians (Canaanites), who adapted it from the Proto-Sinaitic Egyptian scribe shorthand.
  3. Letter v and u were once interchangeable.
  4. Ever wonder why “W” isn’t pronounced “double-V”? It’s because Germanic languages influenced heavier than Classical Latin.
  5. In Roman numerals, five is written as V.
  6. V is the sixth least frequently used letter in the English language.
  7. Seven words that end with V:
    • improv
    • isogriv
    • maglev
    • shiv
    • schav
    • vav
    • lev
  8. Vizcacha: a burrowing rodent. Has a base score of 27 in the game of Scrabble.
  9. The word venison derives from the Latin word venor, which means hunted. It could refer to the edible meat of any hunted animal, but deer were the most popular game when the word was coming into use, thus it most often means deer meat.
  10. Haricots Verts (French-style green beans) are pronounced “arr-ee-co-vair.” Vichyssoise (a cold potato leek soup) is pronounced “vishy-swozz.”

Villians! Who is your favorite fictional one and why?

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Ultimate Uplifting thoughts for (yo)U #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter U

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.

As we near the end of the month, I thought I would share with you ten Ultimate Uplifting Thoughts. Let these carry you forward.

I’m especially looking at those of you who don’t think you can make it through the last few days. Don’t give up! So what if you post twice in one day to catch up, or if you don’t finish the month but get it done later. You can do it! Use these quotes to help you:

“A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.” – Kelly Williams Brown

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” – Jacques Prevert

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe’

“One thing at a time. Most important thing first. Start now.” – Caroline Webb

What is your favorite Uplifting quote?

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Thanks Team! ( #AtoZChallenge )

         The A to Z Team wants to thank all participants and supporters of the Challenge.  Without you A to Z would not be what it is.  On a personal level I want to give a hearty thank you to our great A to Z Team who keep the Challenge running smoothly.
                                                                       —Arlee Bird

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.

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        If you’re looking for someone to thank for this year’s Challenge then don’t be heaping any praise on me.   Maybe I seem to have been a bit withdrawn from the A to Z this time around and to a great extent I have.  If it weren’t for the A to Z team this year this Challenge might not have gotten off the ground with the success we have seen thus far.

        Over the past couple of years we have downsized the A to Z Team from what it had been in the past and it’s worked pretty well in my opinion.  We’ve had some outstanding A to Z Team members in the past and this year we’ve had one of the tightest most efficient teams yet. They’re all Challenge veterans who’ve gotten the routine down to a science.

         So my most expansive thank you to our team captain J Lenni Dorner who with great competency took the reins of this 10th annual Challenge as I’ve dealt with some distracting personal matters.  J, you’re the best and hope you’ll stick with us in the coming years.  Also, my thanks to Jayden R Vincente who has done a fantastic job setting up the sign-up lists and maintaining them.   Another big thank you goes to John Holton who has provided technical assistance to make things run better as well as his continual efforts to promote A to Z.  And finally there is Zalka Csenge Virág who has been a key A to Z Team member since 2015 and provided valuable promotional support for the Challenge.


          I hope everyone who reads this post will take the time to visit the blogs of each of these members to say thank you.  I’m sure they’d appreciate that.


        Thank you Team 2019!

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Your Schedule Going Forward #atozchallenge

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge: The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.


It’ll all be over soon…

Do you get a little depressed knowing that the end of the A to Z Challenge is just over a week away? I mean, you’ve been through a month of pretty intensive blogging. If you’re not accustomed to posting every day, this can seem like a lot. Even if you are accustomed to posting every day, this can seem like a lot. On the other hand, some of you who aren’t accustomed to posting every day might be considering it, or at least posting more frequently than you have.

Whatever the case, the one thing you don’t want to do is stop. You’ve spent a month building up traffic on your blog. This is no time to just say “See you next year!” You want your readers to keep coming back, don’t you?

The key to keeping your readers coming back is consistency. You might only post on Wednesday (or every other Wednesday), but that’s enough if you let your readers know that you’ll have something new for them every (other) Wednesday.

So, decide what your posting schedule will be from May 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020. And remember, schedules can be changed if you discover that another day(s) works better, or if you feel you can add more days or have to cut back.

You’ve got good momentum going into the stretch. I hope we keep seeing you the rest of the year!


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Ready, Set, Go… into the home stretch! #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter R

We’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary here at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts. We’re glad you stopped by today.

Ready, Set, Go…. into the home stretch of A to Z!

We are getting into the home stretch! We have one more weekend in April. So get ready to jump into the last 8 days! And hopefully, life will be slowing down for me after April. I thought I would share with you some things I am ready to do once the last days of A to Z wind down!

1) Reflect on my adventure of A to Z while I write my Reflections post on May 6th.
2) Read the blogs I missed.
3) Read comments on the blogs I fell in love with.
4) Respond to comments.
5) Rave about awesome blogs I read.
6) Road Trip with A to Z Blogs starting May 20th.
7) Respond to the A to Z Survey between May 3rd and May 18th.
8) Rejuvenate myself to get ready for more writing!
9) Review the novels I’ve read but didn’t review yet.
10) Record your new favorite blogs in an electronic way so you can easily find them again! (aka bookmark them!)

What are you most looking forward to next?

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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nZ7UupzB78MvJnraN9khkLJT3jM6uOP1LTDc8gaQluY

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