Monday, May 12, 2014


For a blogger, surviving April has special meaning. As many bloggers know, April is the month of the AtoZChallenge originated launched by Arlee Bird and co-hosted this year by: 
      Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out                   Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh 
      Author Stephen Tremp                           Tina @ Life is Good 
      Damyanti @ Amlokiblogs                      Jeremy @ Being Retro
      Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post            M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips 

      Heather M. Gardner     AJ @ Naturally Sweet     and     Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian 

Bloggers follow the alphabet around the calendar for the month, posting articles with alphabet titles such as C is for Collapsing Coastlines from ; Melissa's Imaginarium Ferris Wheel at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 ; and Hauntings: Zoos .  
My theme this year was Blues, Pupus, and Reviews (pupus being the hors d’oeuvres of Hawaii.) I enjoyed writing the posts but had the most fun doing the research before April cast its ominous shadow across my computer. 

Because most of my blog posts were prepared in advance, I was able to spend time visiting other blogs and meeting new people. I pinned many blog pictures to a Pinterest Board entitled “Great Pics 2014 AtoZ Blogs” and look forward to continuing visits to these interesting people and their blog sites.

Will I participate in another AtoZChallenge? Probably, but that is a year away. Thanks to Cherie Reich’s ingenious AtoZ Flashes of Foxwick (Amazon link below) I’ve developed a series of posts for the upcoming months: Myni Mystery Moments (many/mini stories). That should help with my AtoZ withdrawal symptoms.


  1. Hi Gail - thanks so much for the link across to my crumbling cliffs! They are chalky white messes clouding the sea a chalky green, or milky beige!

    I must have a look at Cherie's idea .. and must read about your Pupus ... I love my food! So coming over to Hawaii will be tummy rumbling!

    Glad you'll do next year ...

    Cheers Hilary

  2. Surviving the A-Z is something to be proud of. I also did my posts in advance, but I still found myself snowed under, trying to return comments. Well, it was a learning experience. :)

  3. Cool idea! Smart to prepare posts in advance. I had fun researching my posts as well.

  4. Must be hard, but it does sound like a lot of fun.
    I think I'll do it next year :-)

    I enjoyed your posts, Gail.

  5. Thanks Shelly and Sarah. Sarah, you should do the AtoZ in 2015 for fun and for the experience!

  6. I'm amazed at how many people participated in the Challenge, and I'm so glad I made it through. I admire you for having posts ready in advance. If I ever get over the jetlag from the Challenge, I may have to do that. :-)


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