I’ve Been Given The Bird And I’m Thrilled #atozchallenge

As preparation and excitement was mounting for the start of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge, a call from the Challenge co-hosts went out for a team of minions to assist with the behind the scenes verification of signed up blogs. The enticement offered by the co-hosts to sign up for minionship was a special A to Z volunteer badge and the offer of a few blog linkages.

The minute I saw the call, I knew I had to sign up. The enticements offered are fine, but to me the real enticement was the opoortunity to work with some amazing and experienced bloggers. So, having braved the great WordPress/Blogger divide, I put my Gravatar up for the cause. It was up to each co-host to choose how many and who they wanted on their volunteer teams, so the volunteer teams were up for grabs.

I am thrilled to announce, I GOT THE BIRD!!!!!!!


What this actually means is that I, together with four other bloggers, are now official Arlee Bird ambassadors for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. Over the coming weeks we will be checking blogs that have signed up for the Challenge to ensure the links work and that they are legitimate blogs, not just purely promotional vehicles. We will also be checking that they have not overdosed on the use of profanity or if they have they are appropriately marked as adult content. Moreover, we will be spreading A to Z Challenge goodwill to signed up blogs. I’m looking forward to the task of sprinkling some A to Z Challenge love.

To set the scene for the coming weeks, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about The Bird and my fellow Birdassadors (as I have termed them).

The Bird

The Bird, whose blogging name is Arlee Bird, conceived and is the mastermind behind the A to Z Challenge. Arlee resides in sunny California and runs three personal blogs as well as contributing to the A to Z April Blogging Challenge Blog. Arlee’s three blogs are:

Tossing It Out – this is Arlee’s main blog and in his own words covers the field from economics to entertainment. It is a blog rich in postal variety and includes posts on business promotion, US politics, poetry and the human condition. A veritable potpourri from someone who clearly is well read, finds the world an interesting place and conveys that interest with enthusiasm and well written prose.

Wrote by Rote – is a blog about written memoirs, or more specifically provides thoughts and tips on producing a memoir. You can find information on music and video to feed into your memoir, life stages and the elements that go into a good memoir.

A Faraway View – is a blog about dreams of the nighttime variety. It contains posts about the different types of dreams and their aftermath. Arlee’s nocturnal life must be as exciting as his waking hours to produce a whole blog dedicated to the topic. For someone like me who doesn’t remember their dreams often, it makes for interesting reading.

I belive that Arlee will be entering at least two, if not all three, of the blogs into the Challenge. It is no wonder that the lead up to and the Challenge month of April is a busy time for Arlee. Good luck with the Challenge, Arlee and thank you for believing in me as a Birdassador. My aim will be to pay the goodwill you showed me through my first Challenge, last year, forward to other bloggers. For a newbie blogger your guidance and interest made a big difference to the Challenge experience.

The Birdassadors

Arlee’s love of the eclectic has extended to his choice of Birdassadors. My four cohorts are:

Alana who blogs at Writercize. This is the place for writers! The blog is centered around word play and writing tips and exercises to capture the imagination and help with writer’s block. Alana has recently added opinion posts as well as insight on the growing pains and highlights associated with a burgeoning writing career to her blog mix.

Jaimie who blogs at Living In The Light. This blog is about Jaimie’s relationship with her husband and with Christianity. It contains some soulful reflections and important messages. Not forgetting the earthly necessities, it also contains posts about cooking and recipes.

Red Sonja: She Devil with a Sword, a compilation of blog writers who blog at a site of the same name. Wikipedia tells me that:

Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character, a high fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith, and loosely based on Red Sonya of Rogatino in Robert E. Howard‘s 1934 short story “The Shadow of the Vulture“. She first appeared in the Marvel Comics book Conan the Barbarian #23 (February 1973).
Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure of a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie. She was ranked first in Comics Buyer’s Guide‘s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list.

The site appears to be a compilation of Red Sonja “appearances” either in comic, artistic form or in real life. If you’re into fantasy, sword play and female barbarians it seems the place for you!

Yvonne Lewis who blogs at Yvonne’s Poetry Corner. Yvonne engages in versal rhyme in each post and as a bit of a rhyming aficionado myself, I respect Yvonne’s talent immensely. You can even catch a glimpse of a picture of Yvonne and Arlee on the front page of site.

Yvonne I’m glad we’re on the team
Both with the ability to rhyme, it may seem
The next few weeks are bound to be fun
As we give the A-Z Challenge list a run

As you can see, we are a mixed bunch and will no doubt each bring our own unique perspective to the role of the Birdassador.

The next few weeks are therefore slated to be busy on the blogging front. I have no doubt that the experience will be extremely worthwhile, I will learn a lot on the way through and meet some great bloggers. I am hoping to introduce you to some great blogging finds in the lead up to the Challenge.

In the meantime is that a cry of BIIIIIRDMAAAAAN, I hear?

Biiirdmaaaan!! (said with deep resonance)

Birdmaaaan!! (said with deep resonance)

Do you remember watching Birdman and the Glaxy Trio cartoon as kid? Who is your favourite cartoon hero or heroine?

Postscript: For those of you still thinking about the Challenge, sign up today, you won’t regret it. You can sign up here.

About the curtain raiserhttp://raisingthecurtain.netI have spent my life in offices. For now I am putting that behind me and preparing for the second act. Middle age didn't come with acceptable signposts so I am making my own through my writing. A journey shared is more fun than going it solo.

26 thoughts on “I’ve Been Given The Bird And I’m Thrilled #atozchallenge

  1. You certainly have your work cut out for you it seems. I would like to partake, but I have to renege as I follow so many at the moment and having difficulty keeping up! However I wish you and your fellow Birdassadors the best of luck in your A – Z Challenge, enjoy the experience and I am sure you will meet many interesting folk along the way! Congrats on getting the bird btw chookas πŸ˜‰

    • Rambly, you would ace the Challenge easily as you already post everyday. But I hear you about the following. Hope you’re having a cool weekend chooka πŸ™‚ xxx I’m off to the beach for a date with Tom Cruise. Not sure it beats a lamb roast though…

      • bloody hell…no maybe once upon a time..he’s a tosser now… enjoy the afternoon πŸ™‚ so if I read the rules it’s erm 1 post a day starting with the letter of the alphabet? I know go back and re-read 😦

      • I ended up helping out an event at which Top Gun was shown on a giant outdoor screen. There was a lot of sniggering from the relatively young audience.

        As for what you have to do, yep a post on everyday, except for the last three Sundays. The subject for each post has to start with the letter of the alphabet for that day. The good thing is the Challenge runs in alphabetical order. You’d blitz it for sure πŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks for the lovely introduction! πŸ™‚ Have I mentioned that I love your blog design and background? This is a great promo post. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jaimie for that wonderful feedback! I’m thinking I might change my blog theme, but keep the banner, although that will possibly have to wait until after the Challenge πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, so many interesting blogs – to read! I will not participate as a blogger, but concentrate on reading! You need some fans, too, that are not distracted by their daily blogging duties πŸ™‚ But I guess the trick is to prepare your posts in March anyway!

    • You got it, that’s exaclty the trick – preprogramme your posts for April so you can concentrate on the blog visits and commenting during the Challenge itself. I didn’t do this last year, but will most certainly be doing it this year.

  4. I can’t tell you how much I like the word minionship. Some way, some how, I am going to work this into my resume. Sounds like you are going to be busy, but it will be fun. Thanks for sharing these great blogs and good luck with your new venture!

    • The word certainly has a ring to it and has its place on every CV! Thanks Lisa, I’m excited and possibly a little crazy, but you never, never know, if you never, never have a go πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Hugh. As for time, there is no doubt that some timetabling will be involved. I’m still not totally used to working and carrying a blog load. I will also be adding postgrduate study to the mix in the coming weeks, so life will surely get even more interesting.

    • It should be a load of fun. if you’re anything like me, it’s good to have some structure around blogging. You’ll have a blogging road map for the whole of April! All the best for the Challenge.

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