Monday, February 25, 2013

The Big Reveal ~ An Announcement About A Hop-Within-A-Hop!

My bloggy pal David Macaulay, over at Brits in the USA, recently posted about his reasons for signing up for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013. David was kind enough to give me a shout-out in the post, for which I thanked him, though I complained about how he hinted at having an A to Z theme at the ready but wouldn't reveal it. That's when the rusty gears in my brain unexpectedly groaned to life and I had AN IDEA:
(My comment on his post) OOOOOH, idea! We (and by "we," I mean you, me, and any mutual blogging pals who'd be interested in doing this) should do a pre-A to Z blog hop in which we all reveal our A to Z themes, just before April, all on the same day! Wotcha think???
Well, David seemed to think it a worthwhile prospect and so The Big Reveal (It's a Hop-Within-A-Hop!) was born. If you're also signed up for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013, then all you've gotta do for this blog hop is sign up on the linky-list below (Instead of "Your Name," type your blog's name), slap this badge on the sideboard of your blog and link it back to either me or David, then on March 21 you reveal your A to Z theme for 2013. Oh, and it'd be groovy if you checked out other participants' Big Reveals as well.

I should note that David and I are hosting The Big Reveal (Hop-Within a Hop) and that the good people over at Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013 are not involved in, though they did inspire, it.

Looking forward to your Big Reveal!

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99 comments:

  1. What if I'm not doing a theme?

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    1. Then I guess, if you wanted, you could post about why you're not doing a theme. :-)

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  2. I'm in, and I'm working on it now! Great idea!

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    1. YAY! Feel free to spread the word! :-)

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  3. Mina, that is very cool! I'm going to make sure Lee knows about it. Sorry, I'm not revealing mine until the post before the Challenge. (It's a big surprise for my blogger buddies.)

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    1. Awesome, thanks Alex! And fair enough; we all show and tell at our own paces. :-)

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  4. That's too much hopping for me... I just stopped in to say HI! So um, yeah... I'm just gonna sit here on the couch whilst you guys hop back and forth. :)

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    1. LOL. Aw, I'm gonna miss you, this A to Z. :-(

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  5. Great idea, but I always do the reveal on March 31. :-)

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    1. I'll try to remember to visit then, then! :-)

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  6. Hiya, not sure if I'm doing A to Z but I still hope to. I love following peoples' themes.

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  7. Once again, I'm too lazy to choose a theme...yes I admit it. Then again, I am not a fan of pinning myself down in general. Commitment issues anyone? lol

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    1. God knows I'm not emotionally available, but I do find that having a theme helps me focus and get 'er done! :-D

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  8. I've already scheduled a post revealing my theme, but I could always push it back a bit for more suspense. I'm doing a double theme this year, but will have to check my pre-written posts on another computer to see if the secondary part of the theme is working properly on non-Macs or just other computers period.

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    1. Would love it if you joined in our hop-within-a-hop! And WOW, a *double theme*?! You're a bona fide A to Z badass!!! :-)

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  9. I'm signed yp for the Blog Hop and have the badge and link on my side bar.

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  10. This is a great idea for a hop! I'm signed up and will share the badge soon. Thanks for hosting!

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  11. yay we are getting some sign ups....this will be bigger than the A-Z itself by 2034

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  12. I had thought about doing a pre-challenge post. This is a good idea. All for it!

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    1. I did one for last year's A to Z, and seemed to remember others doing it too. Thought it'd be fun for a bunch of us to do it together and visit one another and whatnot. :-)

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  13. this sounds awesome! a sneak peek!

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    1. Dang, "A Sneak Peek at A to Z" woulda been a great name for this hop, too. :-) Glad you've joined us!

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  14. I have a theme, but I need to frame it well. This will be good inspiration to have all my posts done and dusted!

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  15. I have a theme, just need to finish up all the posts. Definitely in.

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  16. I am still trying to determine how to do my theme although I have an idea. I just wonder if I am going to have enough time. Can't wait to hear what everyone else comes up with.

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  17. What a totally cool idea! I'm all in and will promote this at Life is Good.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  18. I'm in, signed up! Awesome idea! :)

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  19. So glad to see all y'all sign up - weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! :-)

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  20. Wow, a hop within a hop? That's kinda like a dream within a dream...I'm game for anything that references Coleridge!

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    1. LOL, fabulous! I'll endeavor to allude to more literary references anon. :-)

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  21. Heya!

    I landed here via Twitter. This will be my first time out on the A to Z challenge.

    I'm excited!

    Love your idea for the big reveal, although I doubt my theme will be too much of a shocker.
    Still, seems like a fun idea, so count me in!

    Nice to meet you!
    Tui

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    1. Hi, Tui! Thanks for being proof that Twitter as a promotional tool works! :-) Thanks for joining in, and it's a pleasure to "meet you" too!

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  22. I'm in! I was going to do this, but it's cool to be able to do it with a bloghop. :)

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    1. It's fun, being part of a mob, ain't it? ;-)

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  23. What a cool idea - like a pre-party! Looking forward to revealing what I hope is a theme I can sustain from A to Z. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Glad you've joined in on the madness!

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  24. Already revealed my theme, but I can always reveal it again :)

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  25. I'm in! Yay! I thought I was going crazy. When I was caught up in debate with myself on actually doing this challenge, I thought I remembered reading about "Reveal your theme" but couldn't find it! Now I did. Thanks!

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    1. It's not keeping my link on the Linky tools! :(

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    2. Jamie, from my end both link ups are visible, at numbers 28 and 29, so I'm going to delete the second link.

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    3. Hey looky there. Today it's up! Thanks for that. I guess it was just a browser issue. :)

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    4. Happy to be of service. :-)

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  26. Hi Mina,
    Though I visited your blog earlier and joined in somehow i missed this post and now i am here via Elsie's page, Good idea indeed to reveal the theme... but as someone said if i am not sticking on a particular theme what next may be some times mine may be a mixture of many LOL
    Anyways good to join in let me think to reveal nor not to reveal LOL
    I am
    Phil @ Philipscom
    An ambassador to A to Z Challenge @ Tina's Life is Good
    And My Bio-blog

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  27. This is such an awesome idea. I love it.

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  28. Wow, you guys know how to throw a good party. hehehe! I'm in.

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  29. Wow, you guys know how to throw a good party. hehehe! I'm in.

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  30. Thanks for signing up, all y'all - looking forward to seeing what you've got in store for A to Z!

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  31. I've signed up. Hope I can now deliver. Eeeek!

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  32. Great idea! Now I can make my April 1st post a bit shorter since I'm announcing the theme earlier.

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  33. I have a theme, I don't see the button/badge thingy for this though.

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    1. Lacey, the badge is in the post and also on my sideboard. If you can't see the image, though, you can e-mail me at aoorooo@gmail.com and I can e-mail it back to ya.

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  34. I was thinking of how to introduce the A-Z challenge on my blog. Happy to have found a hop to do it!

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  35. I'd said I wasn't going to do a bloghop before A-Z, but it makes sense for me to sign up for this one. Thanks for hosting!

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  36. Mina, I keep signing up on the Linky List, but my name/blog isn't coming up on the list...

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    1. I see you there, at #40. Maybe try viewing this page in another browser? I find IE isn't that great for my blog, but Firefox and Chrome seem to do well. Let me know if another browser does/doesn't work.

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  37. Mina, great idea! Looking forward to early blog hopping on the 21st!

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  38. Weeeee, so many sign-ups!!! :-D

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  39. I'm in! Got my post scheduled already! I'm just curious... why aren't we doing the reveal one week before the Challenge starts (March 25th) instead of the 21st, which is a Thursday (I don't usually get my highest traffic on Thursdays...)? It's fine doing it the 21st, I was just wondering. :)

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    1. That's when The Voices told us to hold the hop. Also, 7 x 3 = 21.

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  40. Great initiative! looking forward to the big reveal day!

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  41. What a great idea!!! I cant wait to have a sneaky peak at everyones themes! How exciting ^_^

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  42. Looking forward to this announcefest!

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  43. Great idea! Can't wait to see what people came up with for themes

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  44. I'd heard about this and have signed up!

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  45. Since my theme requires a mini-tutorial, I was going to have to create a separate post to explain it anyway, so this blog hop is perfect!

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  46. I revealed my theme yesterday (before hearing of this), but hey, I'll be looking at other people's reveals tomorrow and hopefully some new folks will check out mine!

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    1. No worries, Penny (awesome name, BTW); I just retweeted your tweet about your theme - hope that gets some folks over to ya! :-)

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  47. Nothing to reveal for me, but best wishes to all those participating!

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  48. I may have already revealed mine, but I'll stick a sentence on the bottom of today's blog--photos of more winning sculptures at the World Ice Art Competition. For pictures see http://homecomingbook.wordpress.com

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  49. A blog hop teaser. I like this.

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  50. going to post about this tomorrow. Could not get it into today's blog. Great idea. Great fun.

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  51. It is still the 21st here and I just found out about the hop before the hop... but I can't link up! Wahhh! (Feeling as if I am always the last to discover cool stuff!)

    Anyway - here is my link for the grand and glorious theme.....

    http://juliejordanscott.typepad.com/julie_unplugged/2013/03/atoztopic.html

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  52. I know I'm late to the party, but my theme is History. I've got 18 written so far and plan on having most of the rest finished by the time the challenge starts rolling. I really want to read what other people have written instead of churning out posts of my own. It's been tiring, but luckily I work in the public schools and have a 5 day weekend (Bad News: five days for which I don't get paid. So, THAT'S a drawback...). Plenty of time to write.
    First Post: A for Afghanistan

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    1. Good for you, for pre-writing/scheduling posts! I'd meant to, but didn't. Alas.

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  53. Cool Spot!!! My A-Z topic is "Ghosts: Real, Imagined, and Metaphorical." Hope to see you there!

    http://talesoftherock.blogspot.com/

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    1. Very kewl!!! I'll be checkin' it out!

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