A-Z Challenge

2019 A-Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal

I am excited to participate in the A-Z Blogging Challenge for the fourth year in a row. I look forward to this annual event for several reasons.

  1. It helps me develop a frequent writing practice. While I may draft a few posts ahead of time, I spend a few minutes each day either writing, revising or proofreading.
  2. The A to Z format exercises the right-side (the creative side) of the brain. This concrete linear thinker is forced to go outside the box.
  3. I enjoy the collaborative effort – being a part of the group. I meet new online friends as we encourage one another.

Topics for the three previous challenges include:

Each of these themes coordinated with book projects I was writing at the time: Journaling Toward Wholeness and Ellie’s Paris Adventure. (Ellie Goes to Boston is still in the draft stage). The blogging challenge helped me develop an idea into a book.

For this year’s A-Z Blogging Challenge I am doing the reverse: rather than blog a book… I will be booking a blog.

Last week I published A-Z Journaling Prompts: Ideas to Help You Discover Unique Journaling Prompts … a book that was completely inspired by this blogging challenge.

Each day (except for Sunday) I will be writing a blog post based on a different letter of the alphabet. I will briefly summarize the chapter from the book and then give a personal interpretation of the prompt. The following is a schedule of the posts. I will provide links as they become available.

Are you taking part in this year’s challenge? If so, please leave a link to your theme reveal in the comments section. I look forward to following your progress next month!

  • Monday, April 1: A is for …
  • Tuesday, April 2: B is for …
  • Wednesday, April 3: C is for …
  • Thursday, April 4: D is for …
  • Friday, April 5: E is for …
  • Saturday, April 6: F is for …
  • Monday, April 8: G is for …
  • Tuesday, April 9: H is for …
  • Wednesday, April 10: I is for …
  • Thursday, April 11: J is for …
  • Friday, April 12: K is for …
  • Saturday, April 13: L is for …
  • Monday, April 15: M is for …
  • Tuesday, April 16: N is for …
  • Wednesday, April 17: O is for …
  • Thursday, April 18: P is for …
  • Friday, April 19: Q is for …
  • Saturday, April 20: R is for …
  • Monday, April 22: S is for …
  • Tuesday, April 23: T is for …
  • Wednesday, April 24: U is for …
  • Thursday, April 25: V is for …
  • Friday, April 26: W is for …
  • Saturday, April 27: X is for …
  • Monday, April 29: Y is for …
  • Tuesday, April 30: Z is for …

18 Comments

  • Cathy (Catherine) Ensley

    Molly, what a great idea. I looked at the contents on Amazon and it looks to be a fantastic resource not only for doing the A-Z blogging challenge, but also for journaling in general. Congrats on the publication of your 4th book, in which I predict there will be many more to come.

    • Molly Totoro

      I still have plans for the A-Z topic we discussed … maybe in 2020?
      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I do hope the short book can be a valuable resource to those who want to journal but struggle with what to write. And you are correct… I have several more book ideas brewing. I’m excited about retirement so I can pursue the writing life full-time 🙂

    • Molly Totoro

      I’m so excited to know a fellow A-Zer 🙂 And I love your topic, Mary Lou. I look forward to reading about the April holidays around the world.

  • Pradeep

    Hi Molly – I will be joining you in the challenge, only my second time, in the A to Z journey. Your theme is quite different from the usual ones, sounds quite interesting, and I am looking forward to your April posts. Wish you the best.
    – Pradeep

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au

    Hi Molly – congrats on AtoZ number 4! I’ve done 3 but this year my heart’s just not in it. The thought of pulling together 26 posts in a month + all the commenting that’s needed on the other blogs that link up would be too much for my brain to handle this year. So, I’ll follow along with yours (and a few others) comment now and then, and just enjoy it from the stands this year.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

  • jo

    I’m in awe of these challenges Molly and I’ll follow along, but I don’t think I’ll join in. I think you do achieve so much by committing to blog 26 times as it exercises the writing muscle and gives you not only cadence but also shows that if you persist, with a little hardship, you can achieve great things. Best of luck, and I’ll follow along from the sidelines 🙂 #MLSTL

    • Molly Totoro

      I know I couldn’t blog daily on a regular basis, but I am intrigued by the creativity of this particular challenge. And the fact that I have the posts halfway written makes it less intimidating 🙂

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    Good for you, Molly and a great idea for the theme. I admire you for taking up the AtoZ Challenge again this year because it is so time consuming. I’m giving it a miss this year as I will be promoting #ActiveApril on my blog plus I’m moving house so time is limited. I will definitely be following you though and looking forward to reading your posts. Have a great week. xx

    • Molly Totoro

      You already have a fabulously consistent blogging schedule, Sue! I look forward to following #ActiveApril this month 🙂

  • Pat

    Molly, I will be following along (as much as I can)… I just cannot conceive of writing that many posts in a month! And you’re doing it again. Wow!

  • Ellen

    So am I understanding this right? We each pick our own topic for the AZ challenge? And we post each day’s work on our own blogs, etc, then share the link here? I have never done something like this before, and I am intrigued. Any length requirement?

    • Molly Totoro

      I’d love to help you out 🙂 Don’t post your link here (although I’d love to follow your posts). Rather… go to “http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com” You will find all the information there to help you get started. I believe they are accepting registrations through April 6th – so you have plenty of time!

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