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There’s less than ten days left for the Great A to Z Challenge which will kick off in April and I can hardly contain my excitement.

This will be my second month-long blogging challenge in less than six months, the first being NaBloPoMo from November 2013!

Considering that it will be vacation time for us , here in India, I was deliberating for a long while over whether I should take part this time. The kid will be at home, which will mean more family fun time and less actual blogging time. And I didn’t want to compromise on that.

So, I dragged my feet and then sat back and decided this wasn’t to be.

Then, in a casual chat with a blogger friend, +tulika singhΒ ,Β I asked her if it was worth taking up the challenge. She immediately pinged me back asking, ‘You mean YOU haven’t signed up??!! You MUST! You can do it!’

It’s a different matter that I had to chase after her much later and goad her to join the challenge, but that’s another story. πŸ˜‰

Flattered as I was by all the encouragement, I was still undecided. Then, I decided to go and read up the details on A to Z. A few things caught my interest:

  • I could schedule posts ahead since it was all alphabetical.
  • There was no word limit, which meant freedom to decide on the topic. (Phew!)
  • The theme was open to our choice. We also could choose to go without a theme! (Double Phew!)
  • I could really, really expand the blogging network, which is something very close to my heart. I love the connections we make through our blogs and feel that it binds us all very close together.
While I was still debating, although by now, my mind was leaning towards the challenge, a chat withΒ +Vidya SuryΒ pushed me to confirm my commitment. You want to be motivated? Look no further than Vidya πŸ˜‰
She made it even more appealing by inviting me to join the Facebook group for the A-Z participants, mostly from India. Working as a community helps us thrive and I find that to be very true for blogging.

We all got together and started off with the basics:

  1. Grab the participant badge to display on the blog.
  2. Work on a theme.
  3. Categorise and schedule posts ahead of time.
  4. Leave April as free as possible for blog hopping and commenting. (Believe me, you’ll need it!) Β 
  5. Encourage, motivate, push the other participants.
  6. Decide to read, comment on and share the posts that you love!
After a lot of brainstorming (and some hair-rending), I finally picked my theme for the challenge!
And,****drum roll please****, my theme for A to Z Challenge 2014 is:
Introspection in Shades of 11

Each post will revolve around some form of inward reflection- for me as a parent, a spouse, a daughter, a woman and a human being.Β 
In addition, every post will have a set word count and that number will be a multiple of 11. So, 33, 44, 55…but not necessarily in that order. You get the idea. The word count for each post will range between 33 and 300.
You didn’t really think all those multiplication tables learnt years ago were going to be wasted, right? Yes, you can thank me now πŸ™‚
So, I hope you are all set with your themes too! I am itching to know what’s in store for me this April. If you aren’t participating, that’s fine. Do stop by everyday and share your comments on the posts.Β 
I promise you, it will be fun!
For more themes by other fantastic participants, click here:
THEME REVEAL: A to Z 2014 Challenge

If you are checking the above link after the 21st of March, you will need to look for that post on the blogger’s respective page.


Categories: A to Z

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Psych Babbler · March 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Love your theme and looking forward to following you journey from A to Z! πŸ™‚

Ananya N · March 21, 2014 at 3:18 am

26 posts, word count will all be multiple of 11..GOsh Shailaja you are really making this interesting πŸ™‚

Aditi · March 21, 2014 at 3:24 am

Love your theme dear and as you introspect so shall we! And what's with this multiples of 11…you had to give yourself another challenge, eh? Well, sounds impressive! Waiting to read your posts!

Beloo Mehra · March 21, 2014 at 3:46 am

Great theme, Shailja. All the best. Look forward to reading all those introspective shades.

Sreeja Praveen · March 21, 2014 at 4:01 am

Introspection….hmmm… that's going to be fun, and infotaining as well ! πŸ™‚ Waiting for April πŸ™‚ And yes, coupling that with the word count gives it a competitive edge πŸ™‚

iamstri · March 21, 2014 at 4:29 am

Intriguing theme !!!!! All the best!

tulika singh · March 21, 2014 at 4:38 am

Sounds very interesting – A challenge within a challenge. Only you could have thought of this. Thank you for the mention. You feature pretty heavily in my theme reveal too ;-).

Shiva · March 21, 2014 at 4:47 am

Interesting and challenging… introspection actually opens up so many layers in us.. looking forward to delayer you πŸ™‚

Sunila Vig · March 21, 2014 at 4:47 am

Sounds Good πŸ˜€

Rajlakshmi · March 21, 2014 at 4:59 am

a lot of inspiring stories to look forward to πŸ™‚

Prasanna Rao · March 21, 2014 at 5:16 am

That sounds interesting and even I was in second thoughts about joining the challenge but decided to go ahead and participate. This is the first time ever I will be joining in a month long challenge. keeping my fingers crossed πŸ™‚

Kajal Kapur · March 21, 2014 at 5:50 am

Sounds interesting…lovely to be able to get a peek in your life through this!

Shilpa Garg · March 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

Very interesting theme, Shailaja!! Looking forward to join you in this journey as you introspect in shades of 11! Cheers πŸ™‚

Suzy · March 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

Sounds interesting. Introspection can be quite enlightening. Look forward to your posts.

Nabanita · March 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

phew! phew! phew! I love you theme and the double phews πŸ™‚ All the best …Looking forward to your posts

juzta mom · March 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

Love the theme and Man! it sounds soo difficult and hence interesting. All the best. πŸ™‚

Archana · March 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

why 11 and no other number? interesting way to have short posts.. short and crisp!!

Archana · March 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

This is like a challenge within a challenge! Wonderful theme. πŸ™‚

sulekkha · March 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

You have it down to the word count πŸ™‚ WOW. I am still lost, wish you luck for the challenge.

PhenoMenon · March 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Looking forward to ur introspecting


Michelle Liew · March 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Looking forward to reading your reflections!

Found In Folsom · March 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Interesting theme…looking forward for the fun times!!

Nicki Elson · March 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

This promises to be a deep, meaningful…and mathematical theme, hehe. Glad you decided to join.

Doreen McGettigan · March 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I LOVE the numbers, how very creative you are. I love your theme as well and am really looking forward to reading your meaningful posts.
I am so glad you decided to join the challenge, this is my third year and all I can say is it is amazing.

Corinne Rodrigues · March 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

So glad you signed up and that we connected, Shailaja! πŸ™‚
Now that's a really creative theme you've decided on. Good luck!

Amrit Rukhaiyaar · March 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

All the best Shailaja, I am looking forward to come back here in April… πŸ™‚


sitara nair · March 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

will look forward to your posts Shailaja…
we take on multitudes of roles as mother,daughter,wife,sister,friend and for every role makes us revel in different shades and tinges…

see you in April

Vidya Sury · March 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I love that you then convinced Tulika to sign up too!
Terrific theme Shailaja and I am very much looking forward to your post every day! ::-)

Lots of love,

Team Damyanti
My April A to Z Challenge 2014 Theme Reveal #atozchallenge #atozreveal

Richa Singh · March 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Of course a lovely theme.. but the 11 words part is a toughie!


Stephanie Holland · March 22, 2014 at 1:43 am

How interesting! Excited to see how you manage the word counts! Good luck !

Swathi Shenoy · March 22, 2014 at 2:59 am

u make it sound very interesting and exciting! each post as a multiple of 11! dats creative! all the best! its evn my first tym participatin in d challenge! do drop by πŸ™‚

Debbie · March 22, 2014 at 4:47 am

Sounds interesting and the words counts are challenging. Good luck. πŸ™‚ · March 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Good luck x 11 πŸ˜› Sorry, couldn't help myself. I'm not taking part in it myself, but I will try and drop by whenever I can. If not I'll catch up. Interesting take on the challenge πŸ™‚

Pixie · March 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Best of luck!!
your theme is fabulous and I can't wait to read your posts! πŸ™‚

Midnight scribbles · March 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

wow, good luck, it shall be an interesting read!

Aparna · March 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Love love love your take on choosing a theme :).. Hope to catch up on your posts whenever I'm online πŸ™‚

Danny Simon · March 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

GO! GO! GO! All the best! Will be following you!

Andrea · March 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Very cool! Love the word count addition!

Scattered Mama · March 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

That's so cool…inlove the way you like to challenge urself…reason enough for me to hop in from time to time and draw some inspiration!

sugandha · March 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

That' like pushing yourself a notch higher…awesome. Good luck

Eli Z · March 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Loved to read your discussion whether to join or not – could relate to that one:-) Very creative theme – I look forward to follow you on the journey of introspection!:-)

Guilie Castillo · March 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Love it! And the multiples-of-11 add an extra spice to the challenge–very nice πŸ™‚ Good luck, and I'll be coming back to check up on you πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping over at Life In Dogs earlier, and for the sweet comment–much appreciated πŸ™‚

Mina Menon · March 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

as if a2z wasnt challengng enuf, u go n add a diff word count each day … respect!

Sushree Dash · March 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Interesting it is…the theme and the word count πŸ™‚ Waiting for ur posts …gud luck πŸ™‚
I am in too for the first time πŸ™‚

Jyotsna Bhatia · March 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

In the multiples of 11 ?? Super interesting. Would be following you for sure πŸ™‚

lillian888 · March 26, 2014 at 4:05 am

Very creative! The multiplication idea is great. Numbers are so powerful!

Shailaja V · March 30, 2014 at 4:31 am

Thank you PB πŸ™‚

theaddress · March 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Your post may be 2 years old but it still oozes energy and enthusiasm.
Thank you so much for the support you've extended .. 2016 is going to be my first challenge. my first ANY challenge.. and having a community is actually such a blessing. you are so right.

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