Last year, I (Corinne) saw a few people signing up for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, admired them for their energy and creativity, but was certain I would never be able to do it. This year, I read about the challenge coming up and shared about it in a group of Indian Women Bloggers on Facebook called Indiblogeshwaris. Two ladies, Ruchira Shukla and Sridevi Datta said they’d sign up for it only if I did so too!
That’s when an idea struck me – no, make that two ideas. The first was to use the Challenge as an opportunity to get From 7Eight on the road. The second, to get together a group of us who were taking part in the challenge. And thus was born a Facebook Group called A2Zeders. We motivated more people to join and soon there were about 25 of us. A few more people were added as the Challenge progressed. We were lucky to have Damyanti Biswas join us and clarify things when we were confused.
It was a hectic month – we brainstormed individually, we asked each other for ideas, we wrote, we shared our links in the group, commented on each other’s posts and shared them on Facebook/Twitter. A few members of the group went on vacation, but not before they had scheduled their posts. So the others made sure to share the absent members’ links. Anyone who threatened to drop out was encouraged stay the course. We had people writing prose, poetry, one even wrote an entire story, and photographers of course. A real feast of creativity.
And you know what? The 26 letters of the alphabet suddenly didn’t seem enough. Not because we wanted to keep writing at a hectic pace. No. But because, we had grown to enjoy the camaraderie, the teasing, the sharing, the looking out for each other. Suddenly, we had found a whole new blogging family – thanks to the Challenge.
Here is the list of the survivors – the ones who are proud to display this badge on our blogs:
- Afshan Khan – The Pensive
- Akhil Kalsh/Ayush Chauhan – 1 Hundred Works
- Bhavya Nk – Just Another Blog
- Cynthia Rodrigues – A Few Drops of Ink
- Damyanti Biswas – Daily (W)Rite
- Dhiren Shah – Foto Freaks
- Diana Pinto – Diana’s Musings
- Ekta Khetan – Numero Unity
- Genevive Angela – Living a Life of Gratitude
- Janaki Nagaraj – Memoirs of a Homemaker
- José/Corinne/Pablo Rodrigues – From 7Eight
- Kajal Kapur – Rainbow Hues
- Laxmi Chundi Addanki – Blog Blah_Blah
- Meena Menon – Meena’s Space
- Meera Srilakshmi – I thinked
- Monika Manchanda – Thru’ My Lens
- Naina Madan – While The Coffee Brews
- Nandana Nallapu – Cheerful Tornado
- Pallavi Purani – Pinksock’s Weblog
- Pheno Menon – Throo Da Looking Glass
- Privy Trifles – Reviews and Musings
- Priya Sreeram – Straight From My Heart
- Roshni AaMom – Big A Little a
- Ruchira Shukla – Nirjharani
- Shail Mohan – Shots and Captures
- Sharmila Kulkarni – My Mind
- Sheetal Susan – Scribblings
- Shilpa Garg – A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose
- Sridevi Datta – Bhelpuri Unlimited
- Suzy Que – Someday, Somewhere
- Vidya Sury – Vidya Sury
- Vinita Bahl – BlogwatiG
- Yasmeen Akhtar – Join Me In My Solace
Three ladies from another Facebook Group, The Writer’s Post, were also part of my regular reading and commenting round during the challenge.
- Talya Tate Boerner – Grace, Grits and Gardening
- Joyce Lanksy – Catch My Words
- Cate Graham – Cattitude and Gratitude
Sadly some of the group were, for various reasons, unable to complete the challenge. But they tried really hard and they’re stars for even trying:
- Nibedita Bose – My World Thru My Spectacled Glasses
- Preetilata Sarkar – My White Window
- Sulekha Rawat – Memoirs
To Arlee Bird and the other other organizers of the Challenge, we want to say thanks for creating something that brought a lot of lovely people together. To all you A2Zeders, our sincere thanks for visiting, commenting and mostly for being You.