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A-Zed year two....

So, I conveniently timed my return to the blogosphere with the annual A-Z blogging challenge that runs the month of April. The A-Z challenge is a wonderful way to drive yourself insane---- believe me, there are worse ways of going 'round the bend. Basically, you have 26 letters and 26 days (sans Sundays)... compose a blog a day, centered around its respective letter of the alphabet, ending with 'Z' on April 30th.

The blogs vary in theme as widely as the bloggers who post them. Last year, I had no theme, so my posts were all over the place and became more frustratingly maddening the closer I got to 'Z'. But, I met some wonderful bloggers along the way, who definitely made the challenge worthwhile.

This year, I don't know if I'll have time to come up with a theme, but I'm hoping to be a bit more focused than last year....

Anyone else going to take the maddening journey along the alphabet???


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  1. Hi, A to Z'er! I'm along for the ride as well, trying to check out as many blogs as I can. :)

    I'm going to follow along on your journey and I hope you'll do the same for mine! This is my first year trying A to Z. I only just heard of it (on Goodreads) a few days prior to the start, so I am happy to have caught it in time! Anyway, I'll be checking back to hold you accountable, and maybe you can do the same for me!

    Best of luck, fellow blogger!

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