Step Out With A-Z

Come April, bloggers of all shapes, sizes and genres go bananas.

They voluntarily- and sans remunerative compensation- enroll themselves to a grueling annual blogging ritual. All through the month of April they commit to writing a post a day on all days except Sundays. The remaining twenty six days are devoted to the twenty six letters of the alphabet making this the AtoZ Challenge. To lend a semblance of sanity to this insane month of reading and writing, they sometimes choose a theme so that they may decide on the things they will NOT write.

This is the first time I am going to participate in the A-Z Challenge. I didn’t dare to last year, though I ran along those who participated. I did not write a post on the alphabet of the day, but I did write twenty- six posts in the month of April. Considering that my average output was never more than four posts a month, it was a major effort. If I sound smug it is because I AM smug.

Having churned out twenty six posts in April, I needed to prove to myself that this wasn’t just temporary insanity industry (damn the similar looking words!). I therefore churned out twenty five posts in May and twenty four in June. And then I realized that the thing they say about post regularly to improve your blog traffic wasn’t bunkum at all. They were deadly serious, by gawd!

Truth is, after I did all that work, I sat and kicked myself steadily for the next few months. I mean, I might as well have taken the challenge and earned some bragging rights. In hindsight (that’s the place where the stupidest among us are bristling with wisdom), it seemed mighty silly to have missed out.

This year, therefore, we aren’t missing out on licking (figuratively ONLY please!) the challenge. This year, we are participating with bells in our hair. And we are going to be mighty noisy about it too. Be warned, therefore.

Now that I’ve decided to be challenged (that’s different from being handicapped– I’ve already got that pat), I thought I’ll make things a little easier for myself by doing a bit of planning. Of course, I never stick to plans. The more elaborate they are the less I am likely to follow them. I don’t know why, but it pleases me no end. Like I put a fistful of salt in your soup when you weren’t looking and went back to eating my soup, looking virtuous and demure.

My phrase for 2014 is Step Out and that’s the theme I’ll be following for the challenge too.

I hope to find twenty six reasons to urge me to Step Out and be counted.

There are two basic motivators. It is either the pain of losing something or the pleasure of gaining something. It is neatly summed up thus:

We do what we do to gain a gain or to avoid a pain.


The emotions ruling the states of pain and pleasure are brought into play by the moving away from and moving towards values, respectively. The twenty six posts during the challenge will be a short discussion about a moving away from or a moving towards value.

Twenty six reasons to Step Out! Should be lots of fun!

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65 thoughts on “Step Out With A-Z”

    1. I decided to go ahead with it Sid. Lets see how it goes… 🙂 I commiserate with you, you’ll have loads to read in Apr… 😀

    1. I hope you won’t confuse the bells in my hair with the bell that goes round the cat’s neck! 😀

      I simply LOVED your posts last year. In fact, you are one of the reasons I decided to participate this year. 😀

          1. I prepare the ideas and concepts rather than actual posts. Last year I planned all of the headings but ended up changing a few on the day as I felt they were better than the originals.

          2. Then that’s what I’ll do too. Lets see how it works out. In any case, I’ll be in good and inspiring company. 😀

    1. By all means go for a vacation Rachna. My posts will be waiting for you when you return… all travel weary and footsore. 😀

  1. This is going to be fun, isn’t it? I have done three whole months of continuous blogging, no off on Sundays either. But going by the alphabet will be a first. 🙂

    1. Oh no! Don’t kick yourself just yet! I need you in prime reading condition. You can kick yourself after the challenge is over. In fact… er… I might even help. 😀 😀

      So happy to have you here Pooja. Don’t feel bad about not having read me before… you didn’t read me, I didn’t read you. Equal fault on both sides… 😀

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    1. Thank you Rubina. Wish you the best too. Look forward to reading you during the challenge. Thanks for coming by. 🙂

  3. I am impressed.. April, May and June… Over 20 posts.. You’re a veteran. Never in my whole blogging life have I done over 20 posts a month. And after the weekly challenges that I have attempted, I kind of collapse from the stress and lie low for days together. And now I’m wondering what possessed me to take the Challenge. I love your theme. Will be dropping by.

    1. Well before you get too impressed, I think I ought to mention the fine print. I played dead for 3 solid months after June. 😛

      I hope you are cured of your impressions now. If not, do let me know. I’ll tell you some more horror tales about myself. Including the one in which…. er… um… well never mind.

      Thank you for coming by. I will surely drop by to your blog too during the challenge. 🙂

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