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7 tips for the A to Z Challenge

If you’re new to the blogging world or if you’ve just been hiding under a rock, you might not be aware of the A to Z blogging challenge. Let me enlighten you.

Every year, in April, a bunch of bloggers participate in the A to Z blogging challenge. They blog for 26 days {Monday to Saturday} writing posts on each letter of the alphabet. A lot of bloggers choose a theme but some just go with the flow. I’ve participated in the A to Z Challenge three times so far.

Here are some tips from me to you:

Choose a theme

It’s a lot more helpful to come up with a theme for the challenge as you’re not floundering at the last minute about topics to write. If you have a niche blog, it’s probably easy; you can just choose a theme that fits. Shailaja is the perfect example of someone with a writing blog who chooses microfiction with some twists. If you don’t have a niche, think of something you write about often or something you enjoy. Back in 2014, I chose living life as my theme as it was my motto for that year.

Decide your topics

Try and figure out the topics from A to Z that fit your theme early in March if possible. Once again, it’s about being organised as it will help you during the challenge. When I wrote the A to Z of poetry last year, I made sure I looked up all the different types of poetry by early March so I could get creative after that.

Write and schedule your posts

As far as possible, write and schedule your posts before the 1st of April. Trust me, it reduces a lot of stress and helps you enjoy the process. The first couple of times I participated, I hadn’t scheduled all my posts and things did get stressful by the end. However, last year, I had all posts written before April and scheduled them within the first week. It was the year I also enjoyed the challenge the most. Also, try and ensure you schedule your post at the same time every day.

Keep it short

Try and write short posts of about 100 to 300 words. Remember, everyone is trying to read and comment on several blogs so the shorter it is, the better sometimes especially as readers can be time poor. That doesn’t mean you sacrifice content.

List the blogs you want to follow

With so many bloggers registering for the challenge, how do you know who to follow? During the theme reveal in March, start making a note of those you know you are going to enjoy. Save those links in a separate document to make it easier to follow during the challenge.

Read, comment, share

The whole point of the challenge is to find new bloggers and the whole point of blogging is to engage. If you’re organised with your posts, this bit becomes easier. Make sure to read a few blogs and try to choose themes that appeal to you. That way, you can leave engaging comments as opposed to something like ‘nice post.’ Remember, you don’t have to read every blog but the point is to engage and find new blogs too. Over the years, I’ve found Parul and Shalini through this very challenge and have continued to follow them long after. And don’t forget to share the posts on social media.

Try something different and have fun

The A to Z challenge is not meant to be stressful. Try to push yourself a bit with the theme but also remember to have fun while at it. I remember back in 2015, I had a whole lot of fun with my theme. I chose to write the A to Z of phobias in the form of limericks. It was the most fun I’ve ever had!

If you’re thinking of participating in the A to Z challenge this year, hopefully, these will be helpful for you. As for me, I haven’t decided as yet and given my schedule at the moment, am leaning towards not participating. However, I’d still love to cheer you on!

Have you got any tips from your experience in the A to Z challenge?

Or are you contemplating participating for the very first time?

Do share!

***This post has been written for #WisdomWednesday with Shalzmojo and Slim Expectations***

Featured image: Pixabay

Until next time,

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4 Comments

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    SHALINI BAISIWALA
    February 14, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Huge thank you for writing for our bloghop and the generous shoutout too; I am glad to have discovered you too as you are one helluva writer- your poetry series was just mind blowing awesome last year and I do hope you will participate this year too!! Cheers & Hugs

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    Lindsay
    February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to participate this year. I’m not sure if I want to put that pressure on myself, you know? I have trouble blogging now and adding to that? I’m leaning towards skipping this year and maybe coming back next year, but we shall see. 🙂
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    John Holton
    February 15, 2018 at 1:57 am

    I guess we hosts should get our collective act together. Just so you and your other readers know, since April 1 is a Sunday, we’ll be starting then.
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    Charlotte
    February 15, 2018 at 4:37 am

    What a fun idea! I’ve never heard of this challenge but I’m intrigued. Sounds like advanced writing and scheduling makes a huge difference with something like this. I may have to join!
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