Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hopping Through the A to Z List, and Congratulations to Jennifer Hillier!

I've finally started on the A to Z Visitors Blog Hop, only a month later than I had planned to start, but better late than never. I thought it was great that more than 40 bloggers signed up to participate! I hope everyone is enjoying their visits so far.

I made a ticker to keep track of my visits as I thought it might help with my motivation. I've only visited 30 blogs so far, so that 1282 at the end of the ticker is a long way off, but at least I've made a little progress. 

As I make my way through the list, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly post highlighting a few of the new blogs I discover. I'm already glad I joined this challenge, as I've found some great new blogs already. Here are three that I totally missed during the craziness of April, but I'm so glad I found them now.

1) Ella's Edge

Ella's blog caught my interest right away as I love the look of it, and I love her "Summer of Yellow" post. Really a beautiful and eye-catching site!

2) Clarissa Draper

Clarissa writes great book reviews, and I enjoyed going through her blog and reading her posts on writing and on books. She's a mystery fan like me so I expect to find lots of new books to enjoy through her site.

3) The Alliterative Allomorph

I thought this was such a great title for a blog, it caught my attention right away. I'm looking forward to reading Jessica's work.

Those are my three highlighted blogs for this week, and I've no doubt I'll find many more as I continue to work through the A-Z List over at Tossing It Out. Thanks again to Tina at Life is Good and Shannon at The Warrior Muse for this great idea!

Also, I just wanted to send a huge congratulations to Jennifer Hillier, whose book CREEP was released this week. I got my copy from Amazon today, and I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch with it. It's been fun to follow along on Jennifer's countdown to publication, and I wish her much success. Congratulations, Jennifer!


  1. Julie, I will definitely check out these highlighted blogs! Thanks for the great tips! Julie

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  3. I follow all those blogs, and they are awesome!

  4. I've been following all three of those blogs for quite some time now and I agree they are wonderful. These three bloggers are excellent commenters also. They are well worth visiting and following.

    Congratulations on starting this mission. I have been continuing through it myself in my own haphazard way while trying to keep up with my current comments. It's difficult to do.

    By the way, Tina, who is cohosting this blog hop with Shannon, will be guest posting on my site next Wednesday July 13th.

    Tossing It Out

  5. First, I cannot believe you are going to hit all twelve hundred blogs. Wishing you gallons of Visine.

    Second, don't start bloghopping until you've finished Jennifer's book. I finished CREEP today. What a crazy ride!

  6. Wonderful idea, Julie! There were so many great folks in the A-Z group that I really didn't know where to start. I might have to do something similar just to have an excuse to visit them.

    Really, truly great bloggers out there! (You're one of 'em!)


  7. Almost 1300 blogs?!

    THAT is some serious commitment. I follow one of these three and will definately check out the other two. Thanks for the road map!!

  8. I follow all three and they are great. I'm still making my way through the list as well. Best of luck. :)

  9. 1,282 to go??? WOW. Have fun with your visits!

    I'm a regular at Jessica's blog. She's great! Will check out your other recommendations. Thanks!

  10. Great to meet you Julie! Thanks for the mention :o) I'm sure you're going to find HEAPS of other great blogs too! :o)

  11. There are so many excellent blogs out there. The only problem I'm having now is making time for doing anything OTHER than visiting them all.

  12. Oh, thank you! It's nice to have found your blog too.

  13. Good for you. These blogs are all great.

  14. @Julie, you're welcome, I hope you enjoy visiting the blogs!

    @Karen, I agree! :)

    @Lee, oh, that's great Tina will be on your site, I'm looking forward to reading her post. It really is hard to keep up with visiting the blogs along with everything else, I hope having a little structure will be helpful for me, we'll see!

    @LG, when I see 1200 written, it really does seem crazy. Maybe by Christmas I'll make it LOL.
    Oh I finished CREEP today! I couldn't stop reading it once I got started, great book!

    @EJ, thanks, that's so nice of you to say!! Yeah, it was crazy in April, I'm amazed I made it to as many blogs as I did then.

    @Bryce, you're welcome! LOL I am wondering now about the nearly 1300, LOL.

    @Melissa, thanks, you too!

    @Samantha, yeah, I think Jennifer's blog is great too. How fun to think your release date is right around the corner now! :)

    @Jessica, you're welcome, so glad to meet you as well.

    @Rosalind, that's my problem too, I start visiting and then don't accomplish anything else. I need to figure out a balance.

    @Clarissa, you're welcome, thanks for coming by!

    @Angela, I agree, very happy for Jennifer. :)

    @Carol, thanks!

  15. thnx for the follow Julie -good idea. Although I have thought of doing the same there do seem to be rather a lot of them.

  16. Great idea about the ticker and the spotlight, Julie! I'm 90 in now and was thinking that I needed to update my progress on Tuesday. I may have to do a ticker!

  17. @David, you're welcome, thanks for coming by! Yeah, the sheer amount of blogs is definitely a bit overwhelming, to say the least.

    @Shannon, oh, I'm impressed that you've already made it to 90 blogs, I need to catch up LOL. I hope the ticker idea helps! :)


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