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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Musings - the A-Z Challenge

I've been completely intimidated since agreeing to participate in the A-Z challenge. For those of you who don't know what that is, Arlee Bird and Alex Cavanaugh have teamed up with several others to challenge other bloggers to blog Monday through Saturday in April, starting 4/1 using each letter of the alphabet.
More than 300 bloggers have already signed up. There is no way one blogger can visit each other blogger and post their own blogs and respond to comments and have any semblance of a life.

So, on Friday, I came up with a theme for the challenge. I will blog about what I always blog about - this journey called my life. But each letter will be either a lesson learned or about something I'm dealing with. I  pre-scheduled titles and dates, so all I have to do is go back and write the blog for each one. That way I'm not stressing during the month about what to write about on a particular day.

Where I'm stumped is how to visit so many bloggers and develop connections.

Ideas, anyone?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Karen, I think visiting a few a day is all anyone could handle.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you have a theme!! It's not necessary, but it really helps.
Since we are likely to have 500 participatns by the time we start, there's no way any of us can visit them all in a day. But over a month? Pick a starting point on the list and visit twelve to fifteen a day. That should get your through the list by the end of the month!

KarenG said...

I look forward to your posts! How can anyone possibly visit all the participants? I plan on adding some new blogs and building my blog roll but even then it won't be all of them, every day.

Mason Canyon said...

I am in awe of those participating in the blogfest. It's going to be fun to follow but I know that I can't follow everyone. I'll keep up with my regular blogging buddies and maybe add a few each week. Gook luck, sounds like you're all ready.

Thoughts in Progress

Joanne said...

I think if you pick a few new blogs each day to stop by and say hello, you'll be good. But I must say, I laughed about commenting on them all and losing any semblance of a life ... You'd be the Mad Blogger of April :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hi this is Yvonne, thanks for calling by be seeing you around the A to Z no doubt.

Have a good day.

Jules said...

Man, I'm behind. I still don't have a theme even. I plan on scheduling and taking Alex's advice. 10/day but then I have to get a handle on posting first :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Ann said...

I don't have a theme either and I am now wondering "What in all that is holy did I do." But of course I did it for the challenge. I look forward to reading your posts Karen.

hot girl said...

Nice post.
Beautiful picture.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

It sounds like a great way to make a lot of new friends. Maybe divide all the blogs into your Google Reader and divide them into folders with different days of the week? Alex's idea sounded like a good one, too.

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't signed up for the challenge for this very reason. The posts wouldn't be a problem, but there's just no way I could comment on enough people's posts with working full time and having this whole family thing going on! :)

You'll be fine - just select a few new folks each day to visit.

Tabitha Bird said...

Gosh, that is hard. I guess that is why I don;t sign up for these things. i can't get to everyone's blogs.

Angela Ackerman said...

I think all you can do is the best you can, right? I think all bloggers understand that we can't comment on every blog and every post, but there are other ways to show support. Follow people, tweet their links, and check in when you can. :) All these thing are appreciated.

You'll do great in the challenge!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Arlee Bird said...

I really like the idea for your theme. It's something that could be very helpful to others. My advice for visiting other blogs is to do what you can. Approach it pretty much the same you would do any other time, while adding a few extra new blogs to visit each day. The main thing is to not stress and overtax yourself, unless that's part of your concept of the Challenge. You'll do fine, Karen.

Tossing It Out