Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcoming the A to Z team

********Special Announcement********

This year I am one of the co-hosts for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge! 

Before I go any further,  let me introduce the rest of the team! 

Arlee Bird: Tossing It Out
Damyanti Biswas:  Amlokiblogs 
Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh 
Tina Downey: Life is Good 
DL Hammons: Cruising Altitude 2.0 
Jeremy Hawkins: Retro-Zombie 
Shannone Lawrence: The Warrior Muse 
Mattew Macnish: The QQQE 
Elizabeth Mueller: Author Elizabeth Mueller 
Jenny Pearson: Pearson Report
Stephen Tremp: Breakthrough Blogs 
Me of course

Now. . . for those of you who know what the A to Z blog challenge is and/or have done it before,  Glad to welcome you back this year!  

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about. . . good news.  I am here to tell you! 
Just kidding. . . No I'm not.  
Okay no really,  I am going to tell you about it.  

The A to Z blog challenge is. . . okay nope. I have decided that it is better for me to send you to a place that can show you what it is I am talking about  rather than me try to tell you some more. 

Okay how about I just tell you the short version and you can check out the long version Here

Short Version:
The A to Z April blog Challenge is where you post everyday in April minus Sundays, giving you exactly enough days to do 26 posts in April.  Each post is based around the letter of the day.  So April 1st,  the letter will be 'A'.  That means on April 1st. you post about something that starts with the letter A.  Then on April 2nd you post about something that starts with the 'B'.  Get it? 

Now I know that this may sound absolutely terrifying to some  (I know because when I first heard about it I was terrified and I backed out.  Big mistake)  

Don't back down.  Don't not participate because it sounds like a big bad scary blogging task.  Trust me,  this is going to be AMAZING! 

I am part of the team putting it together this year and I am still terrified.  But I know that it will be worth it! 

So that you know what it is,  I suppose you want to know where it is. . . well that's kinda obvious.  On your blog of course!  And here.  And on the team members blogs.  Okay I will quit with the jokes.  

HERE is where you can go to find out more.  
(The link also takes you to the LONG story of how the challenge works) 

And don't forget about it either!  Sign Ups start January 30th! 

Now that you know about it,  And you know the team members,  And you know when to sign up, And when the challenge starts, And where it is,  do you want to know what I will be blogging about throughout April, from A to Z?  

. . . .Yeah I would like to know that to. . . . 



  1. Hi Konstanz!

    Great post! Fun and inviting - love the teasing!
    I'm looking forward to co-hosting with you.

    Cheers, Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

  2. Lol! I just heard about it recently but I'm definitely in!

  3. So exciting. It's going to be epic.

  4. Hi, new follower! This will be my second year. Had a great time with it in 2011.

  5. Looking forward to this. Nice to meet you :)

  6. It'll be great working with you Konstanz! I just know it'll be a wonderful experience! :)

  7. Once you have a theme, the daily posts fall right into place. I have mine outlined and have already started filling them out. For this event I keep them around 300 words or so. Simple and to the point is my philosophy.

  8. I can see that you're going to have fun with this. That's what I like--keep it light-hearted and fun so it doesn't seem like a daunting task because it really isn't. It's blogging as usual except alphabetically themed.

    Thanks for the great kick-off post. Looking forward to see what you come up with.

    Tossing It Out

  9. Sounds a bit overwhelming, but fun. Count me in as your newest follower, and probably as a newbie participant in the challenge, as well.

  10. Plan ahead and it's a lot of fun! Glad you're on board as one of the hosts.

  11. Stephen said to drop by. I'm a loyal foot solider and am also following. I'm on the fence about A-Z, but positively so. Think I can write ahead/post.

  12. Yeah, I haven't figured out what I'll be blogging about in the challenge, but it will come to me...probably at the last minute, despite my best efforts. I remember that fear before I officially entered last year, and then the sudden regret that I had, but it was all worth it. Looking forward to working with you this time around!

  13. SO... the idea is to stick with a specific theme throughout? And use the A-Z to explore that theme? aha! Maybe I need to go read the long explanation...

  14. Lauren -- A theme is an optional approach that some have used to make the Challenge easier or just because they wanted to address a certain topic. You can always be totally random like me if you prefer. I'm going with a theme this year just because I've never done it that way yet. Then again, I might end up being random and just start tossing stuff out there.

    Blogging from A to Z

  15. Congratulations on the co-hosting spot. May the force be with you in that cray cray month!

  16. What a great A-Z team! Looking forward to the April challenge!

  17. I was terrified last year :-) It's dialed down to nervous this year. Hello, nice to meet you, and see you at the challenge!

  18. Hi! Good luck being a host, you're going to have your work cut out for you that's for sure! ;o) I'm sure it's going to be an amazing experience for you. Great to meet you!


  19. Nice to meet you, Konstanz! I'm curious as to what nationality your name is from. My "real" name is Katrina, not Tina, and it's Swedish, as I am. The spelling of your name makes me think Eastern Europe...Is it pronounced the same way as the English name "Constance"?
    I'm excited to be co-hosting with you!
    Tina @ Life is Good

  20. @ Jenny,
    Thank you. And the same to you! I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team.

    Glad to hear!

    @ Matthew,

    @ Laura,
    Thank you. Glad you will be joining us this year.

    @ Siv Maria,
    Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to April as well.

    @ DL,
    Thank you! Glad to be a part of the team. I look forward to getting to work with everyone!

    @ Stephen,
    Thank you for the tips. I have come up with a few ideas but nothing has stuck yet.

    @ Arlee,
    I plan on having a LOT of fun with this. I am very happy to be a part of the team. Thank you so much!

    @ Susan,
    Overwhelming, yes. But Even more FUN! Thanks for following and stopping by. Hope to see you in April during the challenge.

    @ Alex,
    Already started. . . well attempting to plan ahead anyway Thank you! I am too.

    @ Kittie,
    Glad to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you as a participant in the A to Z blog challenge.

    @ Shannon,
    Glad to hear you will be joining us again this year. I am very nervous but I know that it will be a lot of fun if I just keep working on it.

    @ Lauren,
    Arlee pretty much gave you the answer you needed. (He should be able to give you an answer seems how he created this entire challenge.) :D

    @ A beer for the shower,
    Thank you so much! I think I will need it.

    @ cd Sutton,
    Good to know.

    @ Mish,

    @ Li,
    Thank you very much. Thanks for stopping by.

    @ Jessica,
    Thank you for the encouragement. Glad to meet you!

    @ Tina,
    Wonderful to meet you as well. Thanks for stopping by. ‘Kontanz Silverbow' is my pen name. Not my real name (though they are super close.) ‘Konstanz' is German and yes I pronounce it the same as ‘Constance' (My real name). Glad to be a part of the team. Thanks for the welcome!

  21. Hey! So nice to meet you...I am looking forward to participating in this challenge..I also have no idea what I'll be blogging about, I haven't planned anything in advance...not yet anyways..the year's still young!

  22. Eve,
    Wonderful to have you! Yes, the year is still young. I just am afraid it is going to go by so fast!

  23. it's going to be a good time, so big we will shut down blogger for a month... great to be part of the team.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:

  24. Jeremy, Agreed! So glad to be co-hosting with you.

  25. Hi, Konstanz! You will LOVE it! I'm so glad to have you with us this year! <3

  26. Will the posts be book related?

    1. They for sure can be but are not limited to and do not have to be. All of my posts will be in some way book related but I know another blog who is doing all their posts about camping. So it is specific to each person participating.

  27. Sounds fun! I wish I could commit, but I never know when I won't be able to be on my laptop due to illness. =( Sounds fun though! =)

    1. You can always write the posts early and set them up to post automatically. . . :D
      And yes, yes shall be tons of fun for everyone. Whether they are participating or simply reading the posts.

  28. Wow...sounds like a bunch of fun....I honestly know for a fact I could never manage to complete it without someone calling me saying...ummmm did you post....duh....
    But I look forward to the posts....Good luck!

    1. It will be loads of fun! And thank you, I think I am going to need it.

      (And if you really want to do it, I will gladly call you and remind you :D)

  29. This is way cool! Cant wait to start doing it!!!

    1. Looking forward to having you participate in the challenge!

  30. Wow! What a challenge. I will be sending good thoughts of joy and laughter to get you through and look forward to reading what you have to share. I also saw some new to me blogs that are participating and will be checking them out :)

    1. Thanks so much, Denise! Glad you found some new blogs and I look forward to seeing your thoughts on my posts throughout the month of April!