|I remember my first challenge well!|
April 2011 was my first attempt at doing the A to Z Challenge.
I signed up on April 1st as I had only found out about it on March 30th.
By letter “C” I had my groove on and was letting the juices flow.
Having no time to prepare for the challenge I was at some disadvantage and my day to day activities did feel the pinch; sleep was lost in the process.
But, By George, I sure had fun!
Is it necessary to have your posts finished and ready to hit the Publish Button well before April?
Some say yes, I say not completely… let me explain.
It is a challenge set forth for the month of April, to be done in April.
So why stress yourself about having everything finished before the Challenge has even started?
Well, I imagine getting organized early falls into a few areas of concern...
finding a theme
having available time
commitment to a job
other interests… and so on.
All these affect how much time we spend blogging.
Therefore a little preparation can go a long way in helping us participate in a challenge that has very clear time constraints, without messing up our lives completely. Right?
It’s no different than preparing for your first marathon - you don’t just lace up your runners, arrive at the starting line, and run twenty-six mile without some preparation.
Key word here is “preparation”, so when April 1st rolls around you can enjoy the process of “doing” the A to Z Challenge because you are ready, organized, and prepared for it.
Now, that being said, I LOVE winging it - this for me is the true challenge. Can I go the distance and post spontaneously for each of the 26 letters, one day at a time?
What are your “preparation” strategies for this upcoming A to Z Challenge?
Are all of your posts finished and ready to go?
If so, what will you be doing in April?