A to Z in April and My Theme Is . . . (It’s Reveal Day)

Each April I do the A to Z blogging challenge. This will be my fifth year. About a week before it begins we are allowed to reveal our theme, if we have one. Today is that day.

The A to Z blogging challenge was created by Arlee Bird of Tossing it Out. The idea is simple, yet brilliant. Participants (of which there are already 1300+ and there is still a week left to sign up) post every Monday to Saturday in April, once for each consecutive letter of the alphabet. There is an impressive team of people behind this challenge.  Themes are optional, but I thing they are a great way to tell a story.

My story begins and ends in New Zealand.

New Zealand sunset

And my big reveal is . . .

A to Z 2016 Theme Reveal

My 2016 A to Z blogging challenge theme is simply:

Postcards of New Zealand

These are not actual postcards, but rather an A to Z look at the best of my photos of New Zealand. Just one photo for each letter. I hope you agree with my choices.

To wet your appetite,  here are a few that didn’t make the cut:

Adorable baby lambs resting in a field in Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

View of the Southern Alps from the top of Mount Iron in Wanaka New Zealand

Colorful Mushroom in Jaggers Bush, Auckland New Zealand

People sitting on the tree roots in Albert Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

Swing bridge at Hokitika Gorge in New Zealand


April will be a big month for me. In addition to the A to Z challenge:

  • My first book publishes in April: Choose-a-Way Auckland is an interactive travel guide to my amazing city. Sign up for my mailing list to be notified when it is available for pre-purchase. Or follow me at:
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  • I will begin an epic USA adventure including embarking on a Panama Canal crossing
  • I am excited to be one of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s A to Z ninja minions this year (see the green badge below).
  • That’s about all I can deal with in a month.

Are you doing the A to Z challenge this year? Did you reveal your theme today? See you in April. 

Ninja Minion badge 2016

A to Z Challenge 2016

Planning Pacific Northwest Portion and Our USA Adventure
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  1. says

    Wow!I remember I truly enjoyed last year A-Z challenge.This year theme sounds interesting and hope to see postcard photos of you.Sure,this would be a great series of posts.Photos in this post are really amazing and I love the photo of this big tree (photo below the mushroom)

  2. says

    Hi Rhonda – great idea .. and your photos are so professional. Love those ball rocks! Glad you have white sheep – but loved my little black Herdwick! I’ll be even more tempted to visit after seeing your Challenge – cheers and enjoy it – Hilary

  3. says

    Yes, I’m in! This will be second year. I had so much fun last year, I thought I’d pick a theme this year. The post is linked to my name above.

  4. says

    Wow! What a great theme! And those pics are AMAZING! The only downside is that by the end of the month i’ll be DYING to go and unable until significantly more funds and a way to take long enough off of work arise…

  5. says

    I am looking for to more Rhonda. I have posed one time, but I plan to do the a to z challenge hoping that I know much more about blogging by May than I do now.

  6. says

    I know only a little about NZ from some Aussie relatives so your photo-tour will be great fun I’m sure! Good luck with the challenge, though going into your 5th (!) year, sounds like you’re quite the pro.

  7. says

    I can’t wait to follow along with your A-Z Challenge! We live on Maui, homeschool our two girls, but no yacht racing! If these are the cast-off photos…WOW!

    Aloha, Rhonda S.

    • says

      Wow, that’s a lot of things we have in common, starting with our names. My maiden name started with an S, so I used to be Rhonda S, and even had that as a license plate on my first car.

  8. says

    What a great theme! and pictures are always great to include with posts! Looking forward to seeing what you post as you go through A to Z 🙂


  9. says

    So where was the photo of the sunset taken? it’s break taking. btw I can’t understand why the other photos didn’t make the cut, they’re awesome 🙂

    • says

      That sunset was taken at Shakespear Regional Park, about a 30 minute walk from my house to the photo spot. It was really difficult to pick one photo for each letter of the alphabet. These just didn’t fit. I have 1000s of NZ photos.

  10. says

    This is going to be a beautiful theme! I can’t wait to see all the photographs you post! The ones that are up here are gorgeous!!! I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand. I know your theme will just whet my appetite even more for a Kiwi adventure! Enjoy the Challenge! ~ Jen

  11. says

    J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
    These pics are great. I look forward to seeing more of them.
    April should be exciting. I’m looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    I’ve followed your listed social media.

  12. says

    Woah! If these are the ones that didn’t make it to the final 26, I am totally looking forward to the ones that did get selected! I am crazy about sunset pictures and I loved the one you’ve added in this post! All the best to you!

    – Chicky Kadambari

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