March 23, 2015

A to Z April Challenge 2015 Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

A couple of weeks ago, when I read about the A-Z April challenge on Vidya's blog - Going A-Musing, I had made up my mind. 

To not sign up ! :D

Here I was reading a great post describing the monthly challenge and how it works, whilst listening to a million thoughts scampering through my mind justifying why it isn't a good idea to sign up for it. Yeah, yeah, I know! The pessimist side of me does an excellent job of keeping me at bay. ;p

Yet, I was back on the same page the very next day trying to overrule the negativity and take up the challenge. The link for the sign up list kept staring at me like an irresistible dessert waiting to be pounced upon and so I finally caved.

I signed up for the A-Z April Challenge 2015.

So what's the big deal about it? Why the resistance to do another monthly blogging challenge, you ask?

Well, I have personally observed that when it comes to month-long blogging challenges - 

"I am terrible." 

Thanks to my earlier experiences.

1. For starters, I have never scheduled any of my posts in the past

Go on, you can leave out a gasp of shock or horror! 

I know it sounds totally foolish to not schedule posts and struggle with new topics on a regular basis. That's why I learnt it the hard way. On some days I would be swamped after a long day and still procrastinate to write. 

2. I have never planned what to blog about. 

Before late last year, I never used a blogging calendar to track what I would write about on which day. Although this gave me a chance to take each day as it comes and write about what I feel like, on truly hectic days, I scoured the internet during the last hour of the day looking for inspiration while the clock happily clicked away. Again big big mistake!

3. Burn out and want to give up halfway.

Isn't it obvious thanks to my poor planning? Also add to it the constant worries and questions popping up in my mind like - 


"What if I miss blogging for a day?"

"What if life comes in between?" Which it, invariably, does, every time. :)

"What if I have to move across the world in April? How will I survive the challenge then?"

You know, I seem to have lost track of why I am telling you all this. Makes me realize I am coming across in very bad light as a blogger. :(

But hold on! 

These are exactly the reasons why I wanted to take up the April blogging challenge. 

- I want to challenge and teach myself from my earlier mistakes.

- I want to plan better and prove myself wrong. 

- I look forward to all the blogging fun especially connecting with all you wonderful writers/bloggers out there. I have so much to learn from you !

The next big step - choosing a theme - wasn't a cake walk either. Being a first-timer in this challenge, the unmistakable pressure of blogging alongside a battalion of exceptional writers/bloggers was indeed frightening. 

So I thought hard and brainstormed even harder for a satisfying theme. But what I overlooked was how easy it is to just blog from the heart than work up myself. How easy it was to express the initial thoughts erupting in my mind.

That's when I decided to randomly choose words or phrases that first come to my mind based on the alphabet for each day and take my shot to express it through creative writing. 

So without any further delay, the theme I have picked to blog about during the A-Z April Challenge 2015 is...



***Drumroll***

"26 Days of Eloquent Writing"

So what can you expect to see ? 

A creative take on the chosen word/phrase for every alphabet during the month. The way I choose to write about the topic could be fictional, non-fictional, poetry, a short drabble or something random.

In addition, I also look forward to blogging on Sundays to make it a month-long blogging commitment. 

The A-Z April Challenge would be a new experience where I look forward to experimenting with my creativity and imagination using varied topics.

With incessant hopes in mind and a strong will to survive through the month scathe free, I wish for a happy and satisfying smile at the end of the month. :)

Tell me, are you taking part in the challenge? 

If you have participated in the A-Z challenges before, do you have any take-aways or learnings? 

Yours' truly,
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37 comments:

  1. I have written whatever took my fancy during my first A to Z Challenge in 2013 and it was some fun! I am so looking forward to read your posts, this April! All the very best and Cheers :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa :) The feeling is mutual...

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  2. All excellent reasons to join the challenge. Last year I took the year off to participate in National Letter Writing Month, but I'm back again, and actually did the unthinkable for me, have all my posts written and scheduled for the month. I still have to add a few photos, but I'm feeling rather good about my accomplishment, because I haven't ever managed it before! I look forward to seeing your posts. :) tm

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    1. Thanks orneryswife. That's a lot of inspiration. You seem to be all done with the challenge. :) Great going and wishing you the best for the challenge.

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  3. Loved reading about your ideas for the challenge, EQ! Sounds really fun! I look forward to seeing what you come up with as I am doing something kind of similar seeing where my creativity will take me each day. I wish you all the best with it.

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  4. Ooh! I like the idea of eloquence in various forms! Good luck with the challenge, EM! And not to worry, you have all of us at B-A-R to nudge you ahead when you lag behind :)

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    1. Thanks Shailaja for the inspiration and support :) I am glad I came across this wonderful group in time!

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  5. It is going to be real fun and you will have lots of support at the BAR and all of us.
    Looking forward to reading your eloquent posts.

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    1. Thanks Inderpreet :) Yeah it is going to be so much fun. I appreciate all the support that's coming my way :) Couldn't have asked for anything better.

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  6. What a great theme! I subscribed to your blog and I'm really looking forward to reading all of your articles. I find blogging is therapeutic and I hope you will enjoy the experience as much as I expect to.

    This is our, www.thechinesequest.com first #AtoZchallenge and we are excited to participate!

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    1. Thanks Mee Magnum and welcome here :) You said it - blogging is absolutely relaxing and stress-relieving to the mind. I am a first timer too for the challenge. :)

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  7. Aaahh, thats awesome! I can so relate to your experiences.... been there ... Great theme:-)

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  8. Beautiful! You'll be able to do it this time I'm sure :)

    The Whole Shebang Called Life..

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  9. This is my second attempt at the challenge and last year I had scheduled my posts and it was great fun interacting with bloggers and reading so many creative takes. Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great :)

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    1. You are right, Prasanna and thanks for the encouragement :) Appreciate the support.

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  10. I am waiting for the eloquence to flow, dear. You've presented the post in a very honest way, and you'll surely come out of the challenge in flying colours :) Cheers !!

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    1. Thanks Sreeja for the encouragement :)

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  11. Awesome! Welcome to the challenge! :) It'll be fun. Given that it's a supportive environment, I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience. Looking forward to your posts. :)

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    1. Thanks Sanch. Just looking up to my inspirational bloggers so I can stride through :)

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  12. You've certainly got a wide spectrum there and I'm looking forward to your posts. Good luck with the challenge! ☺

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    1. Thanks for those kind words, Debbie. Likewise :)

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  13. Your theme is awesome! I wish you all the best with your first A to Z. It's a lot of fun. :)

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremp's Troops - A to Z Co-co-host

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    1. Thanks Chrys. :) I can sure expect the fun to continue next month.

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  14. I can very well relate to you here. Cool theme you chose. All the best. Have fun. :)

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  15. This is my first year scheduling any of my posts n advance, solely because my themes would have killed me in April if I didn't :) Cheers!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...

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  16. So each day will be a new surprise! great idea. And good luck.

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  17. Lovely theme!! I would love to read your views on writing...

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  18. I like the idea of writing a variety of styles Eloquent Mind! I wish you the best in the A to Z challenge and hope you can not only keep up but have fun with it and enjoy the experience. :) <3

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elly :) I wish you the best for the challenge too !

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  19. This is my first time too. I agree it can be intimidating, and it is definitely a challenge (duh) especially for first timers like me. However, I hope to emerge successful. I like your theme. Will be following along- daily. Cheers to a rocking April! :)
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Thanks Shanaya for those kind words. Yeah the anticipation of the challenge builds up our anxiety too especially since we are first timers. I am glad I can share it with you and I look forward to a peaceful month. :)

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