An @AprilA2Z tribute from Veterans

Hey everyone! It’s the 14th of February! AH, the sweet scent of roses, the fragrance of chocolates and the plushness of teddy-bears fill the air.

PAUSE! STOP! REWIND!

There’s enough of that going around, so let’s do something different, shall we?

Contrary to what you may be thinking though, we thought we should share some Blog love out here.  A-Z is coming up very very soon.

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Have you signed up your blog/s yet? Well, here are some brave souls who have done it last year. Why don’t we listen in to what they have to say? If you are still on the fence, this may change your mind 🙂

The Veterans

Beloo Mehra

Name of your blog: Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal
Link to your A-Z posts of previous years: http://letbeautybeyourconstantideal.blogspot.in/p/a-z.html

While writing on Indian Education during A-Z-2014 I experienced a quiet rush of creativity that was very fulfilling. In a way writing became a means to clarify my own thinking. Readers’ encouraging words provided additional motivation. And today, the outcome is a book that I happily call “ABC’s of Indian National Education.”


Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

Name of your blog: Eloquent Articulation

Link to your A-Z posts of previous yearshttp://inderpreetkaur.blogspot.in/p/a-to-z-writing-challenge.html

The A to Z was a turning point as it requires preparation, discipline, initiative and a go-getter attitude. It is not just about writing a blog post on an alphabet & trying to read other posts but also connecting to a theme & posts that connect with your audience.


Usha Menon

Name of your blog: Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha
Link to your A-Z posts of previous years: http://eccentricgrandmum.blogspot.in/2014_04_01_archive.html

Last year I took up the A to Z challenge. It was my first attempt. In the beginning I was apprehensive and was inspired by friends. I decided to take the plunge. My theme was ‘festivals of India’. It is all about discipline and regularity.


Rajlakshmi H Boruah

Name of your blogs: http://destinychildosheen.blogspot.com.au/
http://shutterbug-rajlakshmi.blogspot.com.au/
http://thepoetrywagon.blogspot.com.au/

30 days, 3 blogs, 90 posts – last April was the most exciting blogging month when the motivation was at its zenith and I managed to write non-stop. Best part was socialising with fellow bloggers. This year I am planning to write better and make few more wonderful blogger friends


Tulika Singh

Name of your blog: ObsessiveMom

Link to your A-Z posts of previous yearsA-Z posts 2014

– Schedule all posts. If you can’t, at least have the topics for each day so you know what to write about.
– Having a theme helps because you know where to look for your topics.
– Keep the posts short – preferably under 500 words.
– Visit, comment and bookmark blogs. Sort them later. (Point no 3 doesn’t apply to brilliant people like Beloo Mehra.)


Sanch Living Life

Name of your blog: Living my Imperfect Life

Link to your A-Z posts of previous yearsA-Z posts 2014

I enjoyed the challenge but also found it overwhelming as I hadn’t scheduled all my posts. Consequently, I had little time to engage with other bloggers particularly when it came to replying to comments. I have learnt my lesson though and am already scheduling posts for this year. The best bit about April was finding so many new blogs, some of whom I still follow.


Debbie Doglady

Name of your blog: The Doglady’s Den

Link to your A-Z posts of previous yearsA-Z posts 2014

Second A-Z for me and I wrote some words of advice here:
http://thedogladysden.com/atozchallenge-what-i-learned/

I too found it a bit overwhelming, because only half the posts were written by April 1, plus I had to travel near the end, so there was less time to be online. This year, ALL posts will be pre-written and scheduled! Meeting people with different interests from all over the world is what makes this all worthwhile, not to mention the boost in viewership.


Aditi Kaushiva

Name of your blog: Life is a Journey

A-Z posts – removed from blog. Available in eBook. Theme reveal, reflection and eBook link here
http://www.makeitbeayoutiful.blogspot.in/p/shades-of-life.html

The adrenaline rush of daily writing, connecting/networking with fabulous bloggers during AprilA-Z2014 helped test my capabilities, and gave me the courage to try my hand at self publishing.
– Schedule posts! ( I couldn’t 😉 )
– If falling behind, use Sunday wisely
– Bookmark blogs/ network daily
– Have a support group


Shilpa Garg

Name of your blog: A rose is a rose is a rose

A to Z Challenge 2014 : http://shilpaagarg.com/2014/04/arguments.html
A to Z Challenge 2013 : http://shilpaagarg.com/2013/04/addiction.html

This will be my third A to Z Challenge. I love taking part in this virtual community event because of the camaraderie. The support from fellow bloggers and fun of flocking at each other’s blog is simply amazing. It’s a great event to network too. It is fascinating to discover new styles, new perspectives and newer like minded virtual friends from various fields, countries and expertise.


Suzy Que

Name of your blog: Someday Somewhere

2014 posts: http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/AtoZ2014
2013 posts: http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/AtoZ%202013

Enjoyed the interaction, the support and motivation from bloggers and the challenge of writing everyday. This year will be my 3rd challenge. Discovering new blogs and getting to know bloggers was the highlight.


 

Sheethal Susan Jacob

Name of your blog: Scribblings

A to Z Challenge 2014 http://rambledscribblings.blogspot.com/2014_04_01_archive.html
A to Z Challenge 2013 http://rambledscribblings.blogspot.com/2013/04/blogging-from-to-z-april-challenge.html

This will be my 3rd A-Z Challenge. Thou last year I couldn’t do till the last alphabet, all because of not scheduling anything, ‘m still looking forward. I love this one because of the non-stop interaction, finding new blogs, different genre of writing and some awesome bloggers who would make lifelong friends.


 

Nibha Gupta

Blog: https://nibhz.wordpress.com/
AtoZ-2014: https://nibhz.wordpress.com/category/a-to-z/

I learned no matter how tough it gets, if we decide on something there is always a way to achieve what we want. Planning and executing those plan always help in challenges like this but sometimes we are bound to slip into the uncertainty and its completely ok! Most important is to have fun.

 


 

Shalini Nair

Name of your blog: Tale of  Two Tomatoes

A to Z 2K14: https://taleoftwotomatoes.wordpress.com/a-to-z-challenge-2k14/

Started Tomatoes as a Food blog, I enrolled for A-Z last year posting sumptuous Kerala food. Loved the adrenaline rush, frenzy and horror! 🙂 Received tremendous love and support, discovered new blogs, made amazing friends. This year, I enrolled my new cooking blog and is still wondering what to do with Tomatoes!


 

Sreeja Praveen

Name of my blog : The Alter Ego http://thealertmind.blogspot.com/

For me, AtoZ was a new window to the blogosphere. I’d written two posts per day last year, One in a series, and One on a random basis. It was such a wonderful exercise for the brain, and helped me connect with many wonderful bloggers….This year, ah, it’s a suspense for me too !


 

Monica Deshpande

This will be my second A-Z Challenge. Having done it last year I can’t not do it again. It’s hard work but so worth it. My reflection post is here:https://ovengoodies.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/a-momentary-lapse-of-reason/
April ’14 was a month of fun, of discovering new friends and brilliant blogs, many of which I still follow. 2015, here I come. 🙂


Sfurti Sinha

Blog: Juztamom http://juztamom.blogspot.in/
A-Z 2014 posts: http://juztamom.blogspot.in/search/label/AtoZ%202014

A-Z 2014 brought me face to face with my biggest blogging fears, “writing and reading daily”. I wanted to experience it completely, with no draft posts and I am glad I did it. It was horrifyingly good like a rollercoaster. With the learnings in tow I am raring to go.


 

So, what did you think? Does this help you make up your mind?

These are bloggers like you and me. If you are a newbie to the A-Z, check back tomorrow  night to find out what the new bloggers doing A-Z this year for the first time ever(!) have to say.

Let’s do this together!

 

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