A is for Arlee






Welcome to the A-Z Challenge, a mad rush of 26 post during the month of April, and to start things off we are paying a special tribute to the man who started it all.


Arlee Bird, whose home base is over at Tossing It Out, started this amazing project in 2010.  My own blogs birthday was in July of 2009.  Arlee is so unassuming in this whole process that the co-hosts this year wanted to make that he receives the recognition he so richly deserves.  So give it up for the A to Z King!

Were you aware I was holding a contest during the Challenge?  No? You can read all about it HERE.

101 comments

  1. Arlee is cool. Kudos for a fine tradition in blogging!

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  2. He is the king alright! I look forward to April every year now!

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  3. What a great tribute - and so well-deserved based on the number of us who are enjoying this challenge so much!

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  4. First heard of Arlee through J.L. Campbell's blog. Good man and thanks for starting this sir. Welcome to the A-Z jungle DL.

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  5. Yay! for Arlee. I wonder if he ever thought his initial idea to join bloggers through the alphabet would become so big. :)

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  6. Great tribute to a great blogger! Yep, I read about your contest last week. : )

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  7. I love the A to Z challenge, I'm so grateful to Arlee for getting it up and running every year :)

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  8. My thanks to Arlee as well.

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  9. Arlee seems to be a continuing theme for A today. Well deserved I might add.

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  10. Yay for Arlee! So glad I found his blog. Met so many wonderful bloggers through him.

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  11. That's right! Lee has made such a huge difference in this community.

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  12. Good luck with this challenge! It made a HUGE difference on my own blog when I participated last year and it was such fun...

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  13. Arlee Bird is a great guy! Nice tribute.

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  14. Here's to Arlee... Hip, hip, hurray!

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  15. Arlee sounds cool and what a fantastic idea he came up with.

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  16. I'll check out his blog when I get a chance. So much to read and check out. :D It's a neat challenge.

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  17. So you are a man of few words huh? I look forward to reading the ones you write on this A to Z challenge.

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  18. Arlee Bird's creative idea for the A-Z challenge did, indeed, revolutionize the blogging world. He so deserves a special shout out.
    Karen

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  19. Arlee is A for Awesome for starting this fest :)

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  20. And I hear that it is Arlee's birthday, too! Hope to see you at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/ where we are posting an original poem every day!

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  21. He's definitely unassuming, since I had never really heard of him, despite having heard of this blogfest for a few years :)

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  22. Looking forward to getting to know more about you this April

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  23. Yeah for Arlee! Nicely done. I hope our plan works - it's more than a blitz if the participants participate! Good start to your random theme...

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

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  24. He is a fantastic person! Pretty excited I'm one of his Ambassadors! :) Thanks, Arlee, for all you do, and thanks DL for the shout-out! :)

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  25. Definitely a good choice for "A", DL! I stopped by and said hello.

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  26. I didn't realise it is actually Arlee's birthday! That is so great that he is acknowledged for this as your A for today! A for amazing awesome Arlee!
    Your posts DL look great and I will stop by.

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  27. Yay for Arlee. What a nice idea to honor him today.

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  28. Your blog's birthday was in July 2009. I'm thinking that's important...like a possible test question for your contest?! Hopefully I'll remember that by May 1, LoL. :)

    Thanks to Awesome Arlee!!!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  29. Hail to the King, Baby!!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  30. Really nice to see so many of you paying tribute to the creator.

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  31. I just read it is his birthday today too! So Cheers and happy birthday to Arlee, the man who helped bring is all together this month! :)

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  32. What a great idea for your post! It is nice to get the opportunity to thank Arlee for making April such a challenge ;)

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  33. Three cheers for Arlee the A-Z King!

    A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson
    :)

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  34. So you've been blogging for almost 4 years! Wow. Arlee is the King of Blog!

    Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

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  35. Personally I think Arlee is the perfect way to start it all out. I look forward to your posts this month. Your contest sounds fun and I'm in.

    Nicole
    Daily Dish Recipes
    Crazed Mom

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  36. Short...sweet...and classy.

    Well done, DL!
    HMG

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  37. I'm all in on your Kudos to Arlee and your Cash for Comments Challenge! Yep, love a challenge! You are on my AtoZ Blog Roll....sure don't want to miss a single post or the chance for the Letter A Cash....Amazon!
    Sue~AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee
    collectintexasgal.blogspot.com

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  38. I know this post is about Arlee, but I want to make it about you...A is for Awesome. I don't think I ever thanked you for being included in the Write Club contest that you hosted. It was an absolute thrill to write about something other than death and have people I didn't know comment about it. It's such a cool concept and I hope you keep it going.
    Pamela

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  39. Yeah!!! The founding father of A to Z!

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  40. Hi Don .. many are giving their A posts over to Arlee - who definitely deserves much praise for starting us off on this jolly jape each year ..

    GreatA post .. cheers Hilary

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  41. I doubt I'd still be blogging if I hadn't signed up for the 2010 A-Z. I'll always be so grateful to Arlee for getting this amazing challenge up and running. He deserves all the kudos in the world.

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  42. Great tribute to MR. A TO Z himself...

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  43. Hi DL,
    Arlee deserve it and a great tribute to a wonderful personality.
    Keep up the good work
    Keep inform
    More to go
    Best regards
    Phil

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  44. Happy Day 1 of A to Z! Your challenge contest is a great idea--I'll be back...and back...and back again...and again...

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  45. Go Arlee! I see he's a popular guy today!

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  46. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS KIND TRIBUTE!

    And even more I thank you for being a part of this Challenge and helping to make it the success it has become.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  47. Nice of you to honor the guy who started it all. Now I have to go check out his blog. :)

    Like your contest idea.

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  48. Another great tribute to the great founder of A to Z. Thanks DL. God bless, Maria

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  49. Arlee is a treasure, that's for sure. I love seeing him mentioned all around the challenge today!

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  50. Hurray for Arlee! And hurray for you, DL, for keeping up with the blogging for as long as you have. It's not an easy thing to do. My daughter was born in the same month and year that you started your blog so when we celebrate her birthday in July, I'll be thinking of your blog's birthday too.

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  51. Can I just guess the trivia answer for this post right now and apply against the actual quiz? I know I won't remember it anymore by the end of the month.

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  52. This is funny. So many A to Z bloggers chose to honor Lee as their "A" post, I'm not sure which blogs I've already commented on. But he certainly deserves it.

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  53. Yay for Arlee! I've already visited him this morning. :)

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  54. Arlee rocks! He is totally on the "A" list today.

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  55. What a very nice posting to start off the A-Z Challenge!

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  56. Lovely tribute to Arlee!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  57. I think it's wonderful that Arlee's challenge has grown into this huge fest requiring helpers and minions :)

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  58. Having run our own blog hop I know how tough it is, but thanks to Arlee it gets better every year!

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  59. Great way to start off this challenging challenge - with a tribute to its starter and on his birthday!

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  60. Just read about the contest a few minutes ago, and what a great idea! Way to innovate. =)

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  61. Perfect way to start off the challenge!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  62. Already stopped by Arlee to say my "thanks", he really deserves the appreciation!

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  63. Indeed, A is for Arlee. Well said and Lee, to his credit, exchanges good natured banter with me and my somewhat satirical slant on the alphabet challenge.

    A fitting tribute and DL, wishing you and all those participating, much positive interaction and fulfilment.

    Gary

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  64. Great post, DL. It is absolutely amazing how huge the A to Z has become. Many thanks to Lee and to everyone who has helped keep the Challenge going these past years.

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  65. Thank you for being part of the editing group. I can imagine how much extra time it takes, besides writing your own blog.

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  66. Arlee has brilliant ideas, I think. It's impressive how big it has become.

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  67. Yay for Arlee! This is my third year doing AtoZ. No worries.


    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  68. I'm up for a challenge, I wonder what you will do for your birthday :)

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  69. I'm a newbie to this blog challenge, so I'll have to toss in my thank you with everyone else, and say that opening with a thank you to Arlee is a very nice A day! :)

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  70. I'm so happy to be part of this challenge. Thanks to Arlee for starting it all!

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  71. Cheers for Arlee :D

    Thanks to you DL for what you do!

    It is going to be a great challenge

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  72. A ha! I thought I had posted a comment here but then I realised I gave up 'cause my internet was being crap.

    Anyway, Arlee is legendary and this is such a great tradition he's started!

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  73. So, you've been with A to Z from the beginning? How inspiring!

    This is my first go with it. Hopefully I can keep up!

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  74. Hail to the Chief
    of the A to Z Blog Challenge!
    Four years before
    It started with a hundred or so
    Way to go 'Lee
    We applaud your time and talent.
    Now 1900 strong
    Through April we'll go!

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  75. Absolutely the best pick for letter A!

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  76. Hooray for Arlee. I had no idea who he was. Thank you!

    Good luck with A to Z. I'm trying it myself at http://www.deborahdera.com if you'd like to stop by!

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  77. Arlee is the bomb, no doubt about it! Looking forward to reading your posts (or as many of them as I can squeeze in during this crazy month).

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  78. Very cool of him to start such an amazing challenge! Great tribute :)

    Sam
    Writing Through College

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  79. This is truly a great project. I did the challenge in 2011 but quit part of the way through last years and actually didn't blog again until nearly the end of the year in general. I found it to be a great experience the year I made it through though. I look forward to this one, and since I have already have my posts plotted out, I should make it through.

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  80. Looking forward to this project this year! Have a great April!

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  81. Brand spanking new blogger here. I attended Arlee's talk this past Saturday, learned of the A to Z Challenge, signed up tonight, joined the Challenge, and wrote my first blog. MUCH to learn and off to a rocky start getting my Blog page to cooperate. But having a great time in the process. Especially love reading everyone's posts. Looking forward to more. THANKS, ARLEE!!

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  82. Hooray for Arlee! Great idea that so many enjoy.

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  83. Got in 5 comments, just 5 more to go (at a minimum ...) *grins*

    Popped by from the AtoZ Challenge.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  84. He's set off quite a chain reaction. I couldn't believe all the participants!

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  85. I actually randomly stumbled upon Arlee's less frequented blog Wrote by Rote when I was clicking through links on the A-Z Sign Up List. I noticed who the blog belonged to and thought, "Hey, isn't that the same guy that runs this whole A-Z thing?" I doubled checked and affirmed my suspicion with delight! I think it's pretty swell that all of you did your first posts as a shout out to him!

    Cheers from Brandy at http://brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca/

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