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From ‘Argo’ to ‘Zodiac’ and everything in Between #atozchallenge

Today, 13 men and women (including myself) released an opportunity for those of you who are bloggers, to build your readership and find new blogs to follow. Signups for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge – April 2013 are now open at a blog near you!

Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out created this challenge in 2010, to celebrate a milestone for his blog.

Now in its fourth year, the list of A to Z Challenge participants continues to grow – over 1,700 bloggers participated last year. The rules are simple: On April 1st, post about something that starts with the letter A. On April 2nd, post about something that begins with Letter B, and so on. You get Sundays off.

The A to Z Challenge is rated G for General Audiences including bloggers, so you can participate no matter what blogging style you have; Everyone is welcome.* Some participants freestyle their posts, going with a random topic for each letter. Other folks go with a theme to tie all their blog posts together. Do whatever (spontaneous or thematic) fits your style.

Your ticket to this alphabetical blogging extravaganza is just a linky list away. Sign up on the list below, grab a badge from my A to Z page in the navigation menu above, check out my fellow co-hosts and get ready to flex your blogging muscles. April will be here faster than you can yell “Action!”

Don’t freak out about having to visit everyone during the challenge. All we ask is that you visit five (5) new blogs a day, starting with the one after yours on the list. At that rate, you’ll have met at least 150 new bloggers by the end of the month. Check the Blogging from A to Z Challenge – April 2013 website for more information, answers to your questions, tips and tricks on participating, introductions to your co-hosts and related goodies to get you ready for the blogathon in April!

This year, we added a new feature for the signup process: Categories! You can pick ONE of our 22 categories for your blog when signing up. It is a completely Optional feature, so it is not required for you to do so. Choose one or choose none. It's all up to you. If you do decide to pick a category, adding the category code after your name/blog name while signing up on the linky list:

e.g. Damyanti Biswas - Amlokiblogs (WR)

HERE ARE THE CATEGORIES:

1. WRITING :                          (WR)

2. BOOKS:                              (BO)

3. FILM :                                  (FM)

4. PHOTOGRAPHY:               (PH)

5. GARDENING:                     (GR)

6. CRAFT:                               (CR)

7. ART:                                    (AR)

8. MUSIC:                               (MU)

9. CULINARY:                         (CU)

10. LIFESTYLE:                      (LI )  

11. FASHION:                          (FA)

12. PERSONAL:                      (PR)

13. SOCIAL MEDIA:                (SO)

14. GAMING:                           (GA)

15. EDUCATION :                    (ED)

16. POLITICS:                          (PO)

17. HISTORY:                           (HI)

18. SCIENCE:                          (SC)

19. HUMOR:                             (HU)

20. TRAVEL:                             (TR)

21. MISCELLANEOUS:            (MI)

22. ADULT CONTENT:             (AC)

Now, let’s cut to the scene where you Sign Up Here

Please sign up carefully using your correct blog address that leads to your home page and not to a specific post.

*If your blog contains adult content, you need to post a warning that indicates it as such. Thanks for your understanding.

**PLEASE READ Sign-Up Intstructions carefully first, before signing up for the challenge! -- especially where categories are concerned. Categories cannot be added once you signup and Categories cannot be changed either. 

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Reader Comments (21)

Hi, Nicole,
Nice to 'meet' you again. Already did my sign ups for the Challenge. Hoping I'll actually make time to pre-write my posts. :)

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.L. Campbell

Wow! Any guesses on how big it will be this year?

This is going to be fun. I really appreciate all the hard work you all put into this.

I have one blog signed up and ready to go, I might sign up one of my others. I did two blogs last year and it was great!

Tim
The Other Side

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim Brannan

Had so much fun as a newbie last year. Looking forward to this year's Challenge!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM. J. Joachim

Had a great time doing this last year...so much to the point that it's got me on a need to do a lot of writing - mostly for the sequel to the novel that eventually grew out of last year's A to Z challenge for me. So won't be able to participate, though I look forward to hopping around to various blogs and discovering new things from A to Z.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Brown

Great to be getting a new chance to do this once again!
Jean

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean Yates

I'm signed up and ready to go! Thanks for co-hosting!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTyrean

Nice! I recognize some words which thrills me. Thanks, Nicole.

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Looking forward to re-connecting with some of the inventive bloggers I met last year on the Challenge, and checking out new ones too!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Topper

I just signed up and garnered spot number #314. It's my first year, but the challenge sounds like a blast.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel B.

Had to thank all of you co-hosts for this magnificent blog hop. Can't wait for it all to unfold!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy LaRonda Johnson

I'm looking forward to joining in. This is my first time here, so wanted to say hello and invite you to visit my blog!

Deanna

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Thanks so much for hosting this bloghop/fest. We signed up today at number 337. It looks like it's going to be HUGE!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet Bond

Nice! Linking to the A to Z Blog worked well. Glad to have you and all of your creative energies on the Team.

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlee Bird

I'm so excited to do this again this year! Hopefully I'll be able to hit all 26 letters this time since I don't have school to get in the way :)

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Allen

I took par in this last year for the first time having linked through the year before from a favourite blog I follow. I enjoyed myself so much I decided to have another go this year on a different blog! It is a great idea and brilliant that it's so popular! I've passed the details on to loads of my blogging friends and told them they should sign up and have a go.

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMandyAllen

I am participant number 503 and doing my thing to follow all the co-hosts. I love this event... last year was awesome and this year, I believe with all my heart... will be the best yet!

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Julie Jordan Scott
A to Z Challenge Participant
Twitter: @juliejordanscott
"Women in Literary History from A to Z"

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Jordan Scott

So happy to have you on the Team!

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlee Bird

I just signed up! Woot!!

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Jarecki

After watching from the sidelines, I'm jumping in for this one. Can't wait!

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynnette Conroy

Rookie writer here;) Just signed up! Looking forward to the Challenge come April!! Here's my home: A Brief Sinfonia

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErick

Newbie here- Ready for the challenge and for the opportunity to see what all these creatives have in store! :D

A Brief Sinfonia

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErick

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