B is for #Blogging Party! (And what the heck is the #AtoZchallenge?)

Holy Cowbell, yesterday was the start of my blogiversary month! (Yes, we’re partying all month.)

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you!

Without you, hanging out here and providing thought-provoking conversation and hilarity in the comments section, I can guarantee you there would be no More Cowbell. Y’all humble me and make me grateful every day that I launched this blog and got on social media.

1 Year
281 Posts
9,400 Comments
and
81,000 hits later…

The More Cowbell Posse is going strong.

Blogging here at More Cowbell helped me find my writing voice, plain and simple. Every one of your visits and comments helped me along that journey.

A thousand times…THANK YOU.

(I’m stopping before the waterworks start.)

What else is on the party calendar this week?

  • Yesterday was the start of the A to Z Blog Challenge. A is for Arghhh because I missed it, but y’all can hop on the #AtoZchallenge train until tonight – just click the link above or the handy badge I put on my sidebar to get the deets. You must post a LOT for this and I’m such a joiner, I had  to jump on the train. (It was Roni Loren’s fault!)
  • Today is the start of Round 2 of ROW80! Have you started working on your goals? Click here to add yourself to the Linky for Round 2.
  • Wednesday, April 4th is the 2nd ROCK THE ROW  Twitter Party! From 12:01 am EST to 11:59 pm, we’ll be partying at #ROW80 on Twitter? Lena Corazon and Barbara McDowell are hostessing this bash, and I told them I want to be in the middle of them for the Cupid Shuffle. Their theme is “Throwback Party”….SQUEEE!!

Other party action this week was lunch at Downtown Disney with the ever-fabulous, Tameri Etherton. It was her birthday week and I was so happy to see her! It was Baby Girl’s first time there so we HAD take her to the Disney Store. We had a blast watching her discover fountains and I can’t wait to see Tameri’s blog on the trip!🙂

Note: You can’t see it in the photo below but I’m hanging on to the back of Baby Girl’s shirt to keep her from plummeting into the fountain…you can just  see the edge of her butt to my right.

Update on the Vlog

This weekend, I walked all around my house and garden with our videocam, gathering footage for the vlog I promised you.

I got all snazzied up – make-up, hair, new YouTube account. Check, check, check! Then when my wonderful (and slightly hungover) Hubby went to go upload the footage, we realized we need a super-special power plug that came with the camera to get the files.

Do we know where it is??? Nope! I’ve got fun stuff for you…and no way to deliver it until Hubby tears apart the office. It could be DAYS.

In the short term, I bring you the original Kings of Cowbell: Christopher Walken and Will Farrell:


What’s on your party and/or blogging agenda for the week? Are any of you who tried Round 1 of ROW80 going to jump back in for Round 2? Who’s dancing in the conga line with me at the ROCK THE ROW Throwback Party?? Enquiring minds must  know these things here at More Cowbell!

Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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58 Responses to B is for #Blogging Party! (And what the heck is the #AtoZchallenge?)

  1. Loved it, Jenny! How did you get those guys to feature your blog in their musical repertoire? Very impressive!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I know!!! I was so excited that Will Farrell could really “use his studio space” like that on MY blog. You’ve gotta love the way he rocks that hideous 70’s shirt…🙂

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  2. I’m beginning the month with a new crit group. Super excited about that. Mostly, I’m spending this month clearing the decks and prepping for new things in May, and taking what I hope will be an intensive online course. Lots to do!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Lisa, that is exciting (and a little nerve-wracking). A critique group ends up being like a marriage and a good one is GOLD. What a great month you have in store for you!

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  3. K.B. Owen says:

    Sounds like a FUN time this month at Casa Cowbell! Great job on the stats, too – woot, woot, Jenny! Looking forward to our swap, and don’t forget – you’re got some scenes to organize, so get busy, girlie!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I’m working hard on the post swap. Got three screen shots today and I’m trying to organize my fave features for OneNote. I can already tell this will end up being a multi-part series. Lots of awesome-ness in there!

      And with the way April and May are so busy, I am cursing you and your tag!! (But I’ll thank you later.🙂 )

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      • K.B. Owen says:

        Yeah, sorry about that. I definitely got the easier end of the cowbell, LOL. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do – a second guest post, or whatever. Thanks!

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  4. This is going to be a great month. I like how you are turning your blogoversary into an extravaganza. Way to go. That’s More Cowbell!😉

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  5. Roni Loren says:

    Congrats on your one year! *throws confetti* And sorry about tempting you with the A to Z challenge, lol. Isn’t it so hard to resist those darn challenges? I think I’m half insane for signing up because beyond being on a deadline extension for my book, I’m going to be gone for a week at the Romantic Times convention. So we’ll see if I make it through the challenge, lol.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Well, it’s not out of the realm, with the way we use our blogging as morning pages, to think we have 26 blogs a month in us. I usually do about 20-24 already. I’m bummed to not have RT here in California this year so I can drive up to see you. If there is any chance you’ll be at the Anaheim RWA, please let me know!!!

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  6. John Holton says:

    I’m doing both, too, mostly because you made it sound like so much fun. Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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  7. Woot! Way fab stats for your year of blogging, Jenny! You are a rock star! Good luck with the A to Z fun.

    For me, attended a fab local writers conference on Saturday and am newly inspired. I’m kicking off the week with retooled, up the ante ROW80 goals. This includes serving as a sponsor this round. Squee! As co-host for the fab party, I’ll be spinning tunes into the wee hours of the night. I hope everyone is ready to get rowdy.

    Working on my lean-back bounce right now for the Cupid Shuffle. *Down, down do your thing..* When I hear the first notes of that song, I’m up and ready to dance. I will HAVE to do that as a midday break at work on Wednesday. Yes, I’ll close the office door. 🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Those stats blew my mind a bit too. I thought about holding them back and then I thought, “No…we all made those stats together. They should be shared with the team.”

      I SAW your goals and I’m so excited for you!!! Did you click the Cupid Shuffle link above to do a practice run in your office?? They’ve got a new (to me) move called the “Fred Sanford.” It is freaking hilarious.

      We’ve GOT to get Lena and do the Fred Sanford together on Wednesday!

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      • Did I click the link? Oh yeah I did! And the Fred Sanford was new to me too. LOVED THAT! I also love how he started alone then brought in his peeps to dance. We’ll be doing several rounds of the C Shuffle on Wednesday. Never gets old. I’m also partial to the Booty Call. That is a little older, but still fun dance for folks to get frisky. *scampers off to consider themes for the different party rooms*

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  8. Sarah says:

    Stopped by via the A to Z challenge – saw “More Cowbell” on the blog list and knew this was a place I needed to be. And as soon as I’m not at work I will be turning up the volume and enjoying your SNL video clip! I’ll be back!

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  9. Juliana Haygert says:

    Congrats on 1 year! So many accomplishments😉

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I feel like it was a major team effort. All these WANA bloggers have been blogging their hearts out this year and it’s encouraging to see the model work.

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  10. Karen McFarland says:

    Wow Jenny, wahoo! You rock! I’m hearing Cowbells all the way to HB! That has got to be one of the most hilarious SNL skits ever! One of my favs. Happy Blogoversary girl! Quite an achievement! And it’s only the beginning. Can only imagine what great things you have in store for us. What I’m really looking forward to now is reading your book!🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I know!!! Think about what a difference a year makes. This time next year, we’ll be shaking our heads again, saying “How on earth did we do all that??”

      I thought you were way down in South County! You’re in HB?? I’m in Costa Mesa! Why haven’t we had coffee yet? Hello!

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  11. Laura Eno says:

    Welcome to A to Z April Challenge! It’s an awesome party with over 1600 blogs. You’ll have a great time with it.

    Laura A to Z of Immortals, Myths & Legends

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Laura, I can’t wait! I’ve got pretty wicked work days on Mon/Tues, but on Wednesday I’m going to go party all over the A to Z list. Nice meeting you!

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  12. americaninnorway says:

    I saw cowbell & just had to come over.. :-)Good luck with the a-z challenge – I look forward to reading more from you..

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I love your user name! I am an American of Norwegian descent and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there. Come Wednesday when I have free time, I’m going to your blog to see if I can see pictures of my great-grandpa’s homeland.🙂

      I’m glad to hear the Cowbells are shaking on several continents!

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  13. Amazing stats! *high fives* You’ve figured something out a lot of us haven’t.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I don’t know about any of that…I’ve just been at the blogging thing off and on since 2007. I’ve had a lot of practice. I believe practice absolutely makes perfect when it comes to blogging.🙂

      I’ve seen a ton of rockstar talent hit the scene from Kristen’s WANA classes and I can’t wait to see where we’re all at long-term.

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  14. tomwisk says:

    BOC as a reformed metalhead I appreciate seeing one of SNL’s classic clips. Chris Walken is a hoot. I’ve got a fever and the only cure is MORE COWBELL!!!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      The first concert I ever went to was at the Rose Bowl – Journey, Triumph, Aldo Nova and BOC. It was an amazing intro to seeing live rock bands.

      LOVE the skit quote!!!

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  15. Fabulous first year Jenny! Those are some impressive stats. Good luck with the A to Z challenge.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Thank you, Raelyn! I’m coming over to your place to say Happy Blogiversary as well. I should have included you here as part of the week’s party. I’m thinking I’m going to need to update today’s post!!!

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  16. Emily says:

    Awesome blog. I love, love the cowbell theme. That is hilarious!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Thanks bunches, Emily! We have a great time over here, especially on Monday when we USUALLY laugh our faces off. I’m working to get funny video for next Monday.🙂

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  17. S. J. Maylee says:

    1 year, wow, congrats on all your accomplishments. I’m looking forward to being around for the whole of year 2!! I’m jumping right back in for my 2nd round of 80-days. I even made a word goal this time *eek* Thanks for throwing in the SNL video, pretty funny consolation🙂

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  18. Woot woot – Happy Birthday More Cowbell!! What a fab party and what a YEAR to celebrate. BAM!!! Here’s to an even more mind blowing year to come…wahooo!!!

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  19. Oh, I remember that SNL skit. Sooooo funny.

    I looked at that A to Z challenge. That’s one I’m NOT up to. LOL

    I went to Disney World last year for the first time in YEARS. So much fun!

    Good luck with this round, Jenny!

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  20. Debra Eve says:

    The mere thought of the A to Z challenge makes me want to go back to bed and get some Zzzzzzzs! Don’t think that one and the day job can exist together, but I will be joining ROW80 to pull an old Nanowrimo manuscript off the shelf (a bit late as usual). Congrats, Jenny!

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  21. Susan Spann says:

    Great to have you on board the challenge! I’m doing “A to Z of publishing law” on my blog too! I’ll definitely be stopping by to see your take on the alphabetical fun.

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  22. Em says:

    You’re welcome. I’ll take credit even if I am a new comer. tee hee

    I also want to you know I’m moving my blog to http://emaginette.wordpress.com/ if you would follow me to my new url that would be great. Thanks

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  23. Girl, you are on FIRE!! Row80 and the A-Z challenge? PLUS your blogiversary? This is going to be one insane month and I’m so glad I’m here for the ride! Rock out, sista!

    Thanks for the shout out! I had a blast at Downtown Disney. Call me anytime you want to go fountain diving again.

    I need to send you the rest of the pics from our lunch. You and Baby Girl are adorable. SO adorable! You are super gorgeous. Just thought you should know.🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Roni and I both are shaking our heads at ourselves…what are we, crazy??? But we’re joiners. It’s a curse.

      Blushing over your compliments. I look at that picture and thought, “Dang! We look like movie stars with all those dark glasses and big hair!!”🙂

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  24. Damyanti says:

    Look forward to your challenge posts this month—and yay for vlogging!
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  25. Reetta Raitanen says:

    What stats! Congratulations. Your first blogging year has been a huge success. And for a reason🙂 Your voice and great stories keep us coming back.

    A ROW party is a great way to kick off the new round. I’m really looking forward to your A-Z Challenge posts.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Thanks, Reetta! (Have I told you lately that I LOVE your name??) I would absolutely not have had so much fun without all of you. Y’all put the More in my Cowbell!!

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  26. Congratulations on your one year, Jenny! Thank you for running this fabulous, one-of-the-kind blog. Your stats speak volumes. I’m so looking forward to your vlog, squeeee! Good luck finding that super-special power plug though.

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  27. Congrats on the first blogiversary, Jenny! So many splendid accomplishments–impressive!

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