The end of the 2014 Challenge: I made it!!

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Once again I took the challenge and came out on the other side a better writer. I used the same strategy as last year by taking a calendar for April and writing in suggested topics. Last year the theme was relationships, this year the theme was how to be a better you. Never really blogged ahead this year, I just tried to stay on time. Towards the end,  life started to interfere and I didn’t think I’d finish. I got caught up by submitting the last few letters on the last day of April. Once again, I enjoyed exploring my personal experiences, as well as the feedback from others. Just as I did last year by compiling my posts into an eBook entitled The ABC’s of Relationships, I will also take this year’s posts and create an eBook from them. Same as last year, all of my blog posts for this challenge will disappear from my blog to ready their existence for eBook. I’ll keep you updated.

The greatest benefit is that I now follow even more awesome bloggers I may not have discovered if it weren’t for our participation in the challenge. I am proud to be a survivor of the 2013 and 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge.  As a blogger and even a writer, I strongly urge you to participate in the challenge. Here is the FAQ’s of the challenge HERE.

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2014 A to Z Blog Challenge

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Hey people. I haven’t blogged in a while and this challenge has come just in time to get me back in the habit. I first discovered this blog challenge last year.  I accepted and survived the challenge, posting every day but Sundays for the entire month of April. You may wonder where my posts are from last year. Well surprise, surprise I used my hard work from last year to publish a book: The ABC’s of Relationships: An Alphabetical Look Into Relationships available on Amazon.com as a Kindle eBook. You can find it HERE. The creator of this great challenge, Arlee Bird of  Tossing It Out, was gracious enough to even write the forward for my book. Some of my favorite comments from various blog posts even made it into my book as well (with permission, of course).

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If you’ve taken time to look around my blog, you will see (if you didn’t figure it out from the name…DUH) it is primarily about relationships.  The focus is mostly on relationships of a romantic nature but some posts can be applied to your interpersonal relationships with friends, family, etc..  That brings to be what my A to Z Challenge theme will be this year: relationship with self.  This year I am writing about how to have a better relationship with yourself, one alphabet at a time.

The relationship YOU have with YOU sets the tone for the relationships you have with other people.  Some thoughts will overlap in different posts at times, after all life is connected.

I invite you to take this journey with me into self.  It is my hope that by the time we reach Z, you will know how to be the best YOU that YOU can be.

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The ABC’s of Relationships…the eBook

As I discussed in the reflection post for the A to Z Blog Challenge I participated in the entire month of April, I will be taking the posts I created for each letter and publishing them in an eBook.

As of now, all 26 of those posts are  no longer visible on my blog. It is almost as if I didn’t blog at all in the month of April, when in reality I blogged everyday with the exception of Sundays. Never fear, the post have a new home with my eBook to be published this month in the Amazon Kindle store.

A huge thank you to Arlee Bird (the creator of the blog challenge) for agreeing to pen the forward for my book AND to those persons who gave their permissions for their comments to the original posts to be included in the book.  I’d also like to thank everyone that commented, followed my blog and shared my blog during the challenge. I hope you will consider giving the gift of my relationship advice to your family and friends.

The ABC’s of Relationships by S.W. Cannon will be published on Nonnac Content & Press into the Kindle store for only 99 Cents, June 2013.

 

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

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While looking for an April photo-a-day challenge that looked like fun to so on my Instagram account, I came across the A to Z Blog Challenge.  What is the challenge you ask? Basically every day in April (except for Sundays) you post a blog with the subject focus being a letter of the alphabet. Starting with April 1st being for the letter A, you continue on through the month skipping over Sundays.

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The cool thing is that no matter what the subject matter of your blog, you can take this challenge. My blog being about relationships, I will correspond each letter with a relationship related topic. The goal is for each post to be around 100 words. As I just found out about it shortly before the deadline to sign up, sadly most reading this may be too late to take this particular blog challenge this year. Here are the rules and the signup information: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/2012-to-z-challenge-sign-up-list.html However, this isn’t the only blog challenge out there. Do your research and find a future challenge you may be interested in or start your own. If you do start your own challenge, please leave a comment here and I’ll look into being apart of your challenge as well. The A to Z Challenge has been around for 3 years now and seems to be pretty popular. Click here for the blog hop list for 2013. To give you an indication of how many blogs are participating thus far, this blog is number 1604. All may not start, keep with it long or finish but this is an interesting challenge nonetheless and I accept!! I hope you enjoy the content I come up with during the challenge. As always, I encourage you to share your experience or debate mine!! Wish me luck. 😉