A to Z 2014: Reasons and Revelations

A to Z 2014: Reasons and Revelations

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.


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0 thoughts on “A to Z 2014: Reasons and Revelations

  1. 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!

  2. 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™‚

  3. 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 ;-).

  4. 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™‚

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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™‚

  8. 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™‚

  9. 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!:-)

  10. 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™‚

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