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Why Do You Blog? #atozchallenge

The reason I dedicate this post to these awesome ladies is because in the past two months of working with them, I’ve found anew the purpose of blogging: Friendship and Community.
I’ve known all of them before, worked with Samantha and Jemima, and been friends and twitter buddies with Guilie and Anna, chatted with Vidya and Csenge, and recently come to know Mary as well, through my other blog.
This team has come together so well, with little or no contribution on my part (because I’ve been having a difficult time lifewise), and they have become one of the reasons why I’ve kept on keeping on: with their guest posts, their efforts for the #AZchat and their A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal, and simply because of the jokes and laughter flying around the group!
This brings me to the main point of this post: I have seven absolutely fabulous blog-friends now, because of the A to Z Challenge, and I have made so many more over the years I have taken on this challenge, both as participant and cohost. My cohosts are the most awesome bloggers, make sure you visit them!

Arlee Bird : Tossing it
                              : @ArleeBird 

Ninja Captain: Alex J. Cavanaugh                : @AlexJCavanaugh

Author Stephen Tremp                                    : @StephenTremp

Tina : Life is Good                                            : @TinaLifeisGood

Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs                      : @damyantig

Jeremy : Being Retro                                       : @iZombieJMH

Nicole Ayers : The Madlab Post                      : @MadlabPost

M. J. Joachim: MJ Joachim’s Writing Tips   : @MJJoachim

Heather M. Gardner                                         : @hmgardner

AJ : Naturally Sweet                                         : @ayjaylauer

Pam : An Unconventional Librarian     – See more at:

As of the time of this post, about 1900 bloggers have taken on the challenge. 
If you blog and are not on this list, please consider signing up today– I promise you, your blogging life will never be the same again. Put in a month of intensive blogging and commenting with the A to Z Challenge and you’ll find yourself a renewed, successful blogger, with good friends like the ones I’ve been fortunate enough to make this year.
Why do you blog?  Has your blog reached the levels you wanted it to reach? Have you signed up for the A to Z Challenge?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

I appreciate comments, and I always visit back. If you're having trouble commenting, let me know via the contact form, or tweet me up @damyantig !

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  • Lisa says:

    To find blogs like this, and, to get my name out in the universe. This particular blog challenge I enjoy because it gives me enough structure while also allowing me to personalize the adventure. Happy you have such a great team. Love to have one myself! Thanks,

  • Sue McPeak says:

    'D'…I am not able to post a comment on your individual daily Letter posts as there is no comment box for each one. I've been reading and enjoying them all this first week and this post is the only one that has the comment box and I can only reach it by refreshing your header. Mmmmm, maybe I'm missing something. Thanks for your visits this first week of AtoZ. I appreciate your comments and have enjoyed your blog very much.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  • thelmaz says:

    Visiting my felllow A to Zers. Loved the emotion qiotes

  • M.C.V. Egan says:

    THANKS for being an A-Z co-host . YOU GUYS ROCK! I enjoyed the post on characterization. #a2zchallenge I am #1547

  • Thank you for co-hosting this year's AtoZChallenge, Damyanti. Spending so much time writing, and reading, sometime feels like I am all alone in the world. That isn't a bad thing, but I like to reach out for balance in my life. Blogging allows me to "talk" to others or to voice my thoughts. The AtoZChallenge reminds of that each year.
    Gail visiting for AtoZ

  • Lovely dedication, Damyanti:) I'm thrilled I could work with you again–it's the least I could do after you've joined my crazy collaborations:) And it's been a pleasure and a joy to be in your corner *I'm in excellent company*.

    A to Z #TeamDamyanti

  • Sue McPeak says:

    You and your team are doing a great job…a sign of a good leader and preparation by all. Thanks so much for your google+ support for my blog…it's much appreciated. I visiting today for the 'Letter' B, and just want to say how true your advice is for writers of fiction….just START. Fiction is the focus of my AtoZ this year with prompts coming from my collection of vintage photos. Even with a prompt and head full of ideas, STARTING is sometimes the hardest part. Thanks for your encouragement…I'm going to write right now….I'm on the letter 'I'. Enjoyed my visit to your blog.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  • I am participating in the A-Z challenge and enjoying it!
    A good leader gives credit to her team members. A great leader gets work done by her team members and gives credit to them!

  • Mehroo Turel says:

    Great job Damyanti in putting this whole challenge together. While I focus more on writing my blog, having joined a few blogging communities has opened up a whole new world of like-minded bloggers and am thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie!

  • I'm a fiction writer, and I blog to keep my name out there while I produce a book. I stumbled on my current theme by accident, with a post that I was surprised that people found so interesting: Military women and the uniform. I was in the service 12 years and 1 war, and the voice of the woman soldier is never heard, or it's only about sexual harassment and PTSD. So I'm using my blog to show what the military was like for women.

  • What a marvelous challenge you gals have pulled together! This is my first go around or at least I think it is. I could have started once in the past, but dropped out. However, I am in for good this go around. I look forward to knowing you and other fellow AtoZ challenge takers!

  • Lacey Dearie says:

    I started blogging in 2005 to document my travels. Now I'm older, poorer and can't afford to travel, I still blog, although on a different platform (MySpace is pretty much dead now) because it gives me practice at writing factual articles and it's fun! I also share the big events from my life with all my friends through my blog because it's easier to write one blog than several emails.

  • I'm with Vidya–#teamdamyanti is magic! Thank you for including me, and thank you for this lovely post. It's a pleasure, and an honor, to share this April with you 🙂

  • Vidya Sury says:

    Dear Damyanti, What a beautiful compliment! 🙂 Truly, one of the biggest rewards of blogging is friendship and community.

    It seems a bit unreal that after all these weeks of building up, the A to Z Challenge has actually begun! 😀 I can see the next 30 days rush by in a frenzy of activity!

    Cheers to you – and hey – the best part of this particular April will be meeting you!

    Big love and hugs to you! You totally rock as a team leader and yes, I think #TeamDamyanti is pure magic!


  • Ananya Tales says:

    Damyanti, you are a modest lady! Always appreciating friends 🙂
    You and your entire team has done a great job !
    We all are grateful 🙂

  • klahanie says:

    Dear Damyanti,

    I'm heartened that your A to Z team has worked out so well. The true essence of the ideals I embrace. A community that has the ethos of sharing and caring. Celebrating the diversity in an all different, all equal blogging world.

    I blog to to help others and in turn, help myself. My site is about therapeutic writing. I'm most encouraged by the levels my site has reached. You cannot measure a site's popularity by total number of followers, but by the interaction shared. The balance I have encourages me.

    I don't need to get involved with all the different blog hops The cynic in me knows a number of bloggers only do them to try to accumulate more followers. I find that most sad. So, in fairness, to all those who join this challenge for the right reasons, I salute you.

    As for me, dear lady, you know I would never join the A to Z. Yet, the irony, with little fanfare, is that I've been there in the background supporting those who have struggled with it.

    Be well, Damyanti. Have fun and lots of positive interaction with the A to Z Challenge.

    Your friend,

    Gary 🙂

  • Pam Margolis says:

    This post is amazing! i love to see their faces. The blog hop will be so much more fun this year!

  • I'm in, and really pumped for this year's challenge. My theme is food, and it's oh, so delicious!
    Play off the Page

  • This will be my third year. Looking forward to it!

  • So nice to see when "social" becomes real! That's why I blog – to bring parents of adults who have Down syndrome together – to let them (and myself) know that they're not alone – and share our stories so everybody else knows that our "kids" are awesome! Can't wait for tomorrow!

  • Anna Tan says:


    I hope things start to look up for you. And don't worry! I'll always be here cheering you on. 🙂

    Deeply Shallow

  • I keep doing the challenge because I love meeting new people. Every year, I find awesome blogs and make a few new friends. That's not always easy for me.

  • Glenda Cates says:

    I signed up for the challenge but as for my blog it is not where it should before even where it was last year. I moved and it is like starting all over. My stats are horrible as I struggled with blogging after my mom passed away but I am back and working to get it back to where it was and to be better than before. Which is why I am taking the challenge as I am sure it will help me.

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