I’ve also spent a minimal amount of time trying to figure out what I want my 24 Before 24 Challenges to be. I really, really like the challenges I had for this year. I felt like they were realistic, helped make my year more profitable and bettered me as a person. Plus, they weren’t incredibly overwhelming and therefore I have been able to chug away at them regularly and not get stuck.
I first heard about the A to Z Challenge three years ago soon after I started blogging. I thought it was a fantastic idea and eagerly awaited the next April so I could join in with the challenge. Two years ago I dove in head first and came up gasping with delight. That A to Z Challenge was the first time I ever wrote about Lyme disease on my blog and it was so freeing and hard and a time full of growing for me. Plus, it helped me keep up with Noveltea even though I was off exploring Hawaii.
Last year I was looking forward to joining the challenge again (my theme was mindset), but I ended up having such a crazy month (which I split up between Asia, North America and Europe) that even though I posted for each day of the challenge, I wasn’t able to put as much time and effort into it as I wish I could have. (Bummer!)
This year I’ve been brainstorming on and off for several months about what my theme could be for the Challenge and it hit me yesterday that I could let y’all help me decide! Before we go on though, let me explain to you what the A to Z Challenge is.
Each year thousands of bloggers join together and each blogger picks a theme, then for every day in April (other than Sundays) they blog about their subject, starting out with a word that begins with the letter A and continuing on until they reach Z. (For example for B the first year I picked Battle and for B the second year I picked Believe.)
Most of the time my A to Z Challenge posts will be pretty short (I’ll aim for 200-400 words), and I’ll probably post my regular type posts a couple times a week in addition to the Challenge posts. (Lord willing I’ll be in Aruba for half of the month! I’m so looking forward to getting to share beautiful pictures with you.) That means if you don’t want to read the A to Z Challenge posts, you’ll still be able to keep up with my blog and just ignore those posts. (Really though, the Challenge is SO MUCH FUN!)
So, here are the ideas I’ve thought up:
1. Random story ideas
Y’all, I get more story ideas than I’ll ever be able to use. I thought it would be fun to share some of these crazy and random balloons with you just for the fun of it.
2. Places I want to vist
TRAVELING! If you haven’t noticed, I like to travel. Furthermore, I’ve been blessed to travel a lot. I hope this doesn’t stop any time soon. Therefore I thought it would be pretty interesting to pick 26 different places I’d be delighted to visit and share some of them with you. That way, even if none of us ever make it to those locations, we’ve still had a virtual visit.
3. My dream list
Ahem. I like lists. I like dreaming. I like imagining what I might be able to do. This month I could add 26 more things to my other dream list and together we could inspire each other do to more amazing, life-changing, fun and adventuresome things.
4. Writing tips
I’m a writer. I’ve been working on the craft for almost half my life now. Of course I don’t know a ton, but every little bit helps, right?
5. Books I enjoy
And of course I’m a reader. This would be like mini reviews/gushing over books I like.
6. If I could spend the day with such-and-such a character
What reader doesn’t dream of meeting some of the characters they’ve gotten to know through a book? If we chose this challenge I’d get to “spend a day” with my choice of character and I’d let you listen in on one of our conversations. That pretty much means you’d have permission to eavesdrop.
Hey! Y’all have great imaginations (right?)! So, why don’t you give me a suggestion?
Now it’s YOUR turn! Please, let me know what your thoughts are!
It’s so colorful and full of fun facts, interesting tid-bits and will delight kids of all ages. While writing this book I had so much fun learning about the different creatures that lived during the Ice Age.
From an armadillo-like creature the size of a car, to Baluchitherium who was twenty-six feet tall, to Titanotylopus a camel who’s fossils were found in Nebraska, I was enthralled by all the interesting creatures this book features.
It would be wonderful if y’all wanted to buy your own copy of Cool Critters of the Ice Age and you can find it here (Master Books), here (Amazon) and here (Answers in Genesis). My adopted parents (who are the co-authors of the book) and I are also hosting a giveaway. I’d be delighted if y’all would join in with celebrating our new book by pass the word along and entering the giveaway!
Now for the giveaway. *cue fanfare music* (What birthday celebration is complete without a gift?) There will be three prizes, one for each year Noveltea’s been around. When I was in Africa in January I bought these genuine leather wallets and I’m really excited about getting to share them with you! The wallets are two of the prizes and the third prize is a $5 gift-card to Amazon.
Please Note: Wallets will only be sent to addresses in the USA. Sorry!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.jsAnd last but not least of all, let’s look at some stats! Ahem, ok, so I have a rather strong attraction to statistics and pie charts (I just learned how to make my very own pie chart this week!) and lists and graphs and… Yeah. Any excuse to use them on my blog makes me one happy little blogger. All that to say… If you’re not into stats you can just enter the giveaway and be on your merry way.
Also, I’m not putting the stats on my blog because I think they’re fantastic or anything like that (I know better than that!), I just find it very enjoyable when other bloggers share stats so I thought y’all might like it, too.
First I decided to figure out how many posts I’ve written each year:
Then I figured out how many pageviews Noveltea has gotten each year:
And a few un-pie-charted stats:
Published Comments of all time: 4,061 (some of these are my replies)
Published Posts of all time: 752
Published Posts since last blog anniversary: 301
Average Pageviews each Month since last blog anniversary: 7,054
Average Pageviews per post since last blog anniversary: 281
Average Pageviews each Day since last blog anniversary: 233
Amazing Followers: 287
Thank you so very much to all of you who have read my blog, commented, followed and been a part of my life for the last three years. It’s been a fantastic journey and far more involving and crazy than I had imagined it would be! It’s been exciting, challenging, fun and a really interesting to get to share my adventures and what God’s been doing in my life with y’all. I look forward to the next three years and hope y’all stick around for the ride!