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A to Z Challenge

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April will be a crazy busy month for me. I’m taking on three blogging challenges: the Ultimate Blogging Challenge, the Ultra Blogging Challenge and a totally new challenge–the A to Z Challenge! Not only do I post to these groups, I read blogs from others who participate in these challenges and comment on their content. 

Let me tell you about the A to Z Challenge.

You post every day except for Sunday so that makes 26 days of the month. You choose a theme. Within that theme, you post each day on a topic following the appropriate letter of the alphabet.  So, April first begins with A and so on. 

I’ve been giving my content a lot of thought.

it has to be something that works across the board and goes along with my vision loss theme, yet is flexible enough for me to draw on topics for an entire months’s time. 

I’m kind of eclectic in what I post usually. I like to bring awareness to vision loss and how my  life is quite unpredictable,  in a humorous way. I blog about family and a little bit about writing, speaking, and other times, about spiritual matters–all within the context of vision loss or thereabouts. 

So, writing under an alphabetical theme is tricky . What if I’m not in the mood to do that? What if I don’t know anything to write about beginning with a specific letter, like Q or X? A theme limits my choices. And, I have to fall back on my discipline. 

That said, I think this might be the time to write a little about a six letter word called “travel,” which I’ve been missing lately. Because I’ll be writing about my pre-mobility cane days, you can look forward to some humor, also glimpses of foreign destinations and my teaching days.  

On Fridays, there will be two postings: one for the A to Z challenge and another containing guest interviews and guest posts from interesting people who live with vision loss and do not let it deter them from their life passion. This will be in my Friday Friends column, which I have guests scheduled through the end of May. 

I can do this. 

I’ll have to be organized, schedule my time, and get up early to accomplish all I want to do in April. 

It’s not just blogging that I’ll be focused on. 

I will be preparing for my April and May speaking engagements, and finding new engagements. I hope there will be more book signings, and time with the Chamber of Commerce in my home town doing some networking. 

I have three books I’m working on now. I need to keep them straight and move forward on each of them.

Plus, we are coping with the loss of my sister. I need to be available for my family during this time and support them in any way possible.

We also have three precious birthday girls celebrating their special days–one just turned 2, one will turn 3 and one will turn 5. 

March Birthday girls L Gia (2), Top R Lilly (5) Bottom R Brooke (3)
March Birthday girls
L Giavanna (2), Top R Lilly (5) Bottom R Brooke (3)

I also have dinner to cook and my apartment to keep clean. 

Am I overstepping my capabilities? 

No way to know until I begin my new schedule. I ask one thing from you. Please pray for me. Pray that I’ll be an open vessel to show God’s providence in my life, that I will continue to encourage others, and listen to Him, honoring Him in all that I do. 

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Well, I ask two things from you…please comment on my travel posts!

Now that I’m getting ready for a new month and also a new season, I’m also getting excited! March was a wonderful, eventful month in which I grew as a speaker and felt God providing for me. I felt like I was stepping into the shoes God laid out for me.

I’m praying that April will be as much and even more so, that I will reach out to more who struggle with vision loss and assure them God has a plan for each of our lives! 

What are your plans for April? What are you looking forward to next month? 

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8 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Coming Up

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:12 am
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    I am going to participate in A to Z for the first time. For the first time in four years, I am not going to do the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. I think you will find many new readers in the A to Z and I want to be able to concentrate on one challenge. I haven’t been able to devote time due to the “topic reveal” week and probably will be doing the first week without much interaction with others, but we will see what happens. Best of luck, Amy! If it becomes too much, you still would have benefited from it, I am certain.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:24 am
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    Hi Alana,
    I’m not sure what the topic reveal is. I just did posted my topic here. There’s probably a special link for that. Hmmm. I may end up only doing the A to Z depending on the time factor. I’d like to build my increase my readership so I hope that is one of the benefits! Yes, I’ll try to check in on your blog too. It should be exciting. I forgot to identify the kind of blog I’ll be doing next to my name when I signed up. We’ll see! So glad you’re doing it too for the first time!
    Amy

  • March 31, 2015 at 9:37 am
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    While I believe you can do anything if the need is clear, I advise caution. Why stress yourself?
    I did the A – Z Challenge for two years. The way I approached it once I’d chosen a theme was to pick my themes, using the dictionary if necessary–one to a page in my notebook.
    Then, I’d write ideas on the pad the night before–even the whole post. It doesn’t need to be long. In fact, the shorter the better for those who have to read many posts a day.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    Francene,
    Thank you for your valuable advice! I’m going to do just that! One page in my notebook, jotting my ideas down and keeping it short. (As you know, my posts tend to run 1,000 words typically).
    It’s so nice to hear back from others who have done it. And I will heed your advice of caution as I have so much going on in April. I have a BIG speaking engagement in May that I’m gearing myself for so I want to ensure I have time for all that entails as well.
    I appreciate your input.
    Amy

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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    Best of luck in what proves to be a very busy month for you. I would like to follow your travel A to Z challenge as well. Happy blogging, Cheryl

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:31 pm
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    Thank you, Cheryl! You’re doing it too, right?
    So excited and more motivated than ever to discover more travel writing! I love the title of your blog! The peek I took says you and I are of like minds! I’ve written your name down to be sure to follow you. Looking forward to learning more about your travels and meeting other new people through this challenge!
    Amy

  • April 2, 2015 at 12:50 am
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    I just learned of A to Z recently, but felt unable to fit it in this year. Hopefully next. It just seemed like a lot of rules to go along with it. I figure I love blogging because I do what feels right for me and don’t try to follow others exactly. I love your topic though and would have considered it myself and still might for next year. Can’t wait to follow along. I have been interested to hear about all your past travels for a while now. Best of luck for the month.

  • April 2, 2015 at 2:21 am
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    Hi Kerry,
    So excited you’ll be following along Looking forward to having you aboard my journeys!
    Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Next year you’ll have more travels under your belt for sure!
    I’ve never really shared them all at once like this. So we’ll be all over the globe!
    Amy

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