Fandango’s Provocative Question #205


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

My provocative question today is simple, although it’s a multi-parter. As you probably know, for many bloggers, April is the month of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The official badge for this year is below.

There are 26 letters in the English language and 30 days in April, so each year the A to Z promoters try to sign up as many bloggers as possible to register at the official A to Z Challenge site, to pick a theme for the challenge, and to post A to Z Challenge entries every day during the month (except Sundays). The idea is to go through the alphabet, starting with the letter A on April 1st and ending with the letter Z on April 30th. Here’s the calendar for 2023:

For the record, I have formally and officially participated in the A to Z Challenges from 2018 through 2022. I am participating again this year, but I’m going rogue, so to speak, as are a few other bloggers I’m aware of. Essentially, I am not registering on the official A to Z site, but I am planning to post A to Z posts just I’ve done in the past when I had officially registered. Blogger Paula Light even created a special A to Z “Rebels” badge for folks like us.

So this week’s multi-part provocative question is:

Are you planning to formally and officially register for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, pick a theme, and participate? Why or why not?

Or, are you planning to informally and unofficially participate in this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge on an ad hoc basis?

Or, are you going to skip the A to Z Challenge altogether?

Note: I encourage everyone who wishes to participate in this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge to join the official, main group and to sign up on the officially sanctioned list! More information on how to do so can be found here.

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36 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #205

  1. 🇪🇺 Bee H. March 15, 2023 / 4:49 am

    Funny, I just thought about Blogging from A-Z this morning, pondering if I should take part or not. I like how well-organized the official event is but feel it’s a bit of a faff to sign up and everything that comes with it. So I decided to leave it and rather read other bloggers’ posts.


    • Fandango March 15, 2023 / 5:02 am

      Yes, going through that whole signup rigamarole with those Google spreadsheets is a bit of a pain, which is why I’m going rogue and doing the challenge unofficially.

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  2. Misky March 15, 2023 / 4:56 am

    I’m in, albeit unofficially. I’ll read the official commitments and requirements later today.

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  3. pensitivity101 March 15, 2023 / 6:53 am

    Not this year. I don’t think I’ve ever done it though and to be honest, thinking of a theme for 26 days is a big commitment. Good luck to everyone taking part though.

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  4. kajmeister26 March 15, 2023 / 7:24 am

    Yes/no. I don’t really know why “going rogue” is so important, since it’s a blogger-in thing, but we’re human–you do you. (Especially if you create a badge that says, “I don’t need a badge.” I would really like to participate and urge everyone to do so, because there’s tremendous benefit in writing every day. But it’s a huge time constraint, and I’m super busy. So… we’ll see… it’s a mystery. If I do, I’m thinking about writing about The Silk Road.

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    • Fandango March 15, 2023 / 1:23 pm

      That would be an interesting topic.


  5. ganga1996 March 15, 2023 / 10:17 am

    I wanted to do it , but I decided not to since I do not want to pressure myself. I loved that going rogue badge and maybe write one day. I have had fun reading other bloggers on this challenge so that may alone happen.😊

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  6. rugby843 March 15, 2023 / 11:01 am

    I agree about the hassle of blogger.  I would like to respond to some likes or comments left by these people but am hindered by endless rigamarole.  I’ll fall into the Paula theme.

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  7. Miss Andi March 16, 2023 / 11:08 am

    Why are you doing it “unofficially”? Will you have a specific theme? Curious of your approach.


    • Fandango March 16, 2023 / 12:24 pm

      The official challenge requires completing Google spreadsheets to register for the A to Z challenge and to declare your theme. I find them a pain to work with from my iPhone, which is the device I use for my blogging. I did all of that from 2018 thru 2022, but once I went through the hassle of completing the required spreadsheets, I never used them again, so I thought it was a waste of time and effort. So this year I’m just going to post 26 A to Z posts without going through all that rigamarole. And isn’t posting the whole point of the challenge. My theme this year is classic rock songs.


  8. leigha66 March 20, 2023 / 12:17 am

    I have a lot going on in April so I will have to skip it this year. But if I can remember I have a plan for next year already.

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