Friday, March 30, 2012

To commit or not to commit...are you waffling?


Source: My personal deck of Oracle Cards
The Heart of Faerie Oracle - Brian and Wendy Froud

YOU ARE PANICKING...I CAN TELL.


The thought of actually “committing” to posting 26 times in one month with the added requirement that each post, in April, must relate to a letter of the alphabet has you saying, “IT’S JUST TOO MUCH!”

If you have signed up and are now freaking out because you do not have all your post ready…

THIS POST IS FOR YOU.

Breath...inhale deeply; and now...slowly exhale.

YOU NEED TO START THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THIS….

Here’s the trick

I am going to share the secret of success with this Challenge, for those with NOTHING ready. 

Use the “day before” method. This worked for me the first year I signed up on April 1st and had NO posts prepared.

On March 31st, as you go about your day...think in terms of “A” and what “A” letter words jump out at you, then when composing your post...feature that “A” letter word or “thing”.

Example: A is for Adorable

This morning when I got up, tired from a long night tossing and turning worrying about life, my little dog was having attitude and wanting a lot of attention. I could get no further sleep without attending to her needs. 

With just a few words I can tell you about my day. I can add an ADORABLE picture of my wee trouble maker and I’m done. 

Without having to go "searching" for a topic I chose what was right in front of me. (my adorable little dog's cute face)

See, she’s adorable!
Then, just preschedule your posts in the 'Post Options' area of you 'New Post' page and you're done.

Okay, here comes B - I could further tell you how important sleep is to me and that my BED is the best you can buy because I believe in a good night's sleep.

When C gets here I could then tell you about my morning COFFEE routine and all the flavours I enjoy.

See...not that DIFFICULT - rather EASY don’t you FIND

It doesn't matter what letter you need… if you happen upon a "V" sort of experience on any given day...write it up, save it for the "V" letter day and you're good to go. 

Now, stop panicking!

Change how you think about this Challenge. Remember it’s all about having fun, meeting new bloggers and letting your creative juices flow.




Happy Blogging

Jenny

34 comments:

  1. Very clever, Jenny!
    And I was going to say I'd like to waffle, but I thought you were discussing the breakfast food...

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    1. Needed to get the word out there that it's not a scary thing...in fact, it's quite a blast! Right!!

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  2. I was waffling, but the past two days have been so amazing. The lightbulb went off above my head and I've been scheduling posts like a crazy lady! I'm really looking forward to my first year as an A to Z blogger!

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    1. See...a little waffling and look what's come of it. You're all set and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thanks for participating in the A to Z.

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  3. Hi jenny!
    I think you may be more excited than the newbies! I love your enthusiasm but in my case the more I think about it the worse it becomes. Probably why I can never finish a story/book. I am actually pretty excited to see what I come up with. Of course I have been thinking about it and have a few topics picked out already but for the most part I get to just sit down and write. This is what I'm good at. Looking forward to a much anticipated month!
    Cheers!
    -Bushman

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    1. Hey there Bushman - how's it going...mind you, I just came back from taking a peek over at your place and I really don't need an answer as I figured it out all on my own... ;)

      I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve for us. Cheers!

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  4. me is loving the pics in today's post :)

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    1. Hi Dezzie...I see we are back in our pink sweater! I love it! But then, I love all you looks!

      As to the pics...the first is a card I seem to draw a lot from my readings...oh well, I guess I 'm just going to have to get used to having two heads!

      And the second is of my sweet little girlfriend, Lucy, (or Lucyfur when she's naughty) I caught her curled under my pj's. She looks as cute in them as I do!

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  5. Adorable. What a cute dog.

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    1. Thanks...she's lots of fun. Although she's twelve years old she acts like a pup. She's a Jack Russell crossed with Shih-tzu.

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  6. I just can't commit to it this year Jenny but at the same time I cannot wait to see how you do again, the challenge is going to be awesome! Plan on posting about it tomorrow if that's okay.

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    1. Hi Matthew - I know you are too busy for this sort of stuff, but I always appreciate you popping in and saying HI! So...HI right back to you! You are a real treasure!

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  7. Loved your blog post and your dog is A-dorable. : ) Mine is spoiled rotten also.

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    1. Aren't dogs the best! I love mine to pieces! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  8. Reading this makes it seem a lot easier then either I thought it was or because it isn't that hard or maybe you are just hanking our chain........and it really is that bloody hard and I am lucky not taking part.............but then agaim maybe I should take part oh I don't know I have no idea..........so Jo-Annne is just going to back out of the room now and pretend she said nothing

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne - you could do this easily...you have so many wonderful inspirations with your family, kids, grandkids and all that goes on in your life - it would be a piece of cake.

      It's not too late to jump on board and have some fun! :)

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  9. I am committed. To the challenge, I mean. Come Sunday I will just write whatever and hope it's good.
    But, I wish I was waffling. Waffles sound pretty good about now.

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    1. Dear Ruth...I can hardly wait to see what you throw at us! Something "yummy" maybe?

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  10. Your puppy is Adorable, you are Awesome and I am Abdicating.
    But you know that Already.
    But I am Busting to read while the Boys are Bothering me to Bake Buns.
    Yes, you can Cajole or Chastise me all the way to Christmas...
    But not this year I am sorry
    Maybe next time around

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  11. You are right the first time was not so easy, but with the May challenge things got better :)

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  12. Good advice! I am definitely one of those who has been panicking lol!

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  13. Hi Jenny .. once your mind is set all is well - I only decided quite near the day last year - then got it sorted .. I'm expecting to see lots of interesting posts this year from around this amazing group - led by Lee .. cheers see you there .. and I'll read your last year's posts to get a flavour ... Hilary

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  14. This is great advice. I have about 1/4 scheduled, hoping to get more, but trying really hard not to panic if it doesn't all get done before April 1.

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  15. Great advice there for all those who are going to take part in the A - Z challange this year. I'm glad to see that you're rallying the troops!!

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  16. Unfortunately, there's something going on with me that makes it impossible to commit to being able to visit 10 blogs a day. But would that I could, this looks like a great challenge and blogfest!

    Good luck and way to go everyone, this will be fun to peek in on from time to time!

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  17. All about having fun :D

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  18. cool ill await for your a-z hope you visit mine too here http://pa-ul.blogspot.com/2012/03/z-artists.html

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  19. Good advice. I'm looking forward to reading all the A-Z posts!

    Riya

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  20. Now I'm feeling at an advantage because I don't have anything planned :-)

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  21. Jenny- I LOVE that oracle card! Thanks for the gentle encouragement with the posting ideas!

    Violet @ Revolution ~ Evolution

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  22. Thank you for this. I am definitely a bit nervous about the challenge, seeing as how I've only put up 40 posts since I started this blog in November. But I'm excited, too! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  23. I work best with the "Work one day ahead plan". That way I only panic about one letter every 24 hours! (What am I going to do with "C"?!!

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  24. THANKS EVERYONE FOR DROPPING BY AND GETTING INSPIRED...BREATHING HELPS, DOESN'T IT!

    ENJOY THE A TO Z CHALLENGE - IT'S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN!

    WITH SMILES, JENNY.

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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