March Madness a.k.a. Preparing for the A-Z Blogfest

March Madness is finally over (and I’m not talking about basketball).

March has been one crazy busy month for me. Aside from the usual martial art classes, various writing group activities and events, actually writing and so on, I had to file my taxes (which we all know is pretty stressful).

More than that, however, I rushed to finish all my March blog posts ahead of time so I could start writing my A-Z Blog posts.

If you all don’t know what the A-Z Blogfest is, here’s a short description from the main website:

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenges to post the letter of the alphabet every day during the month of April, with Sundays off for good behavior. Since April 1 falls on a Sunday, that will be the day we start with A. Whether you go with a theme or freestyle, your post must match the letter of the alphabet for that day. Add your name to the list, grab the badge in the right sidebar, and when the Challenge begins, start by visiting the blog immediately after your own. Set a goal – we recommend five blogs a day, more if you are able.

I had my first taste of the A-Z blogfest last year and I found it incredibly stressful.

So why am I doing it again?

Because I’m crazy. And because I actually had fun, and I got to meet new bloggy friends (not to mention gain a few followers along the way).

Last year, I jumped into the contest completely unprepared. I was used to writing my blog posts on the day I’m supposed to post it—so I did the same thing. After two weeks, however, I quickly realized that doing this wasn’t going to give me enough time to visit all the blogs on the contest list.

Last year, there were over a thousand participants, and I had to visit all their blogs. Although I survived the A-Z and finished posting until Z, I didn’t finish visiting blogs until May.

This year, since I already know what I’m up against. I’ve already started writing my posts. Hopefully, this means I’ll have been able to visit all the A-Z participants by the time the challenge ends on the 30th of April.

I’m actually pretty proud of having survived last year—and even prouder of the fact that I actually produced some pretty informative and helpful blog posts, despite the time constraints.

Here are my blog posts from last year’s A-Z. If you’re joining this year’s A-Z challenge, maybe these posts can give you some ideas for your own blogs.

April’s A-Z blogging mania begins in two days.  You still have time to sign up and join the  madness fun. (Just Click on the A-Z logo above or on my sidebar, and you’ll find yourself at the sign in page).

I wish all my fellow challengers good luck and godspeed. I’m already looking forward to seeing you all at the finish line.

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8 Responses to “March Madness a.k.a. Preparing for the A-Z Blogfest”

  1. Good luck on the Challenge. As a martial aritst, you should have the discipline to make the month-long exercise work for you…

  2. It’s going to be another great year for the Challenge!

  3. Arlee Bird says:

    You’re a Challenge pro. It’s gonna be great.

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  4. Treelight says:

    I am looking forward to your A to Zs, it’s a great idea to make such a index.
    You almost have me convinced to give it a try, too.

  5. Geoffrey says:

    It is madness and very stressful but still worth it. :) Geoff.

  6. Martha says:

    I’m in too. It’s almost time!

  7. Not sure, but I might have met you during the challenge in 2011. :)

  8. Pa Ul says:

    cool ill await for your a-z hope you visit mine too here

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