The A To Z Challenge plays to my strengths, perhaps too much.
I’m already blogging daily. I have been since 2012; unbroken, since 2014. Twenty-six posts is not a problem. Barring drastic life changes, I do 30 posts in April anyway.
At the moment, I have a list of activities and a schedule that works for me: my horses, saddle seat lessons, driving, photography, writing, & lettering. I wouldn’t want to take a month-long break from blogging about them. Therefore, no theme. Unless I can come up with a meta-theme that applies to all sections on which I can pontificate on once a week for 4 weeks. Hmmm.
So, my A To Z 2017 Challenge boiled down to putting alphabetical labels on posts. I missed on 5 days for an 81% success rate. In all of the missed cases, I had a time-sensitive post that didn’t match the letter.
This approach involves being clever. That’s easy for me. Diligent, insightful, nuanced, not so much. Quick? Smart-ass? Good with words? That’s me.
Plus, I’m already messing about with two other alphabets. Lettering on Sunday [H is for Hatch] and playing the alphabet game [Origin] with myself on Instagram [@alphabet2017]. That is ample alphabetization for one person.
If I want to visit blogs, I can still use the list. No blogger is going to complain that I can’t visit because I’m not participating in A To Z.
Why does it matter? Changing the post title from New Equipment: Stirrup Leathers to New Equipment: Stirrups Up doesn’t take much time. It matters because the little bits add up.
I need to do what’s hard. Write thoughtful essays. Take better photographs. Or I could turn away from blog, to writing letters for my near-moribund freelance career, to writing my Hugo-winning novel that doesn’t seem to be writing itself. Or I could step away from computer entirely.
Spending time on what comes easily to me. It’s possible this applies to other areas of my life as well.
A To Z 2017, list below
A To Z 2014 [list of posts]
Any challenge suggestions for A To Z 2018?
Thank you for reading,
A To Z 2017
[Rodney Channels His Inner Brat]
Delight [Winter Tournament Results 2017]
Education [Lots of Lessons]
[Foto Friday: Instagram March 2017]
G Missed by a day. My yearly alphabet almost matched the monthly one.
[Why I Ride, Six-Word Essay] & [Letter Art, AlphaBooks: G is for Gray]
Heart [Keeping it Real]
Impressions [Rodney in Wraps]
J-K-L [Show Reports, list, Spring 2017]
Had the posts. Couldn’t make the letters fit.
Not Again The Bratitude Increases
This Is Why I Am Paranoid Around The Barn
Foto Friday: Reflection
Tape We Spooked. We Survived.
New Equipment: Stirrups Up
Different Versions of the Same Thing
Show Photos: Pro-Am 2017, The Wonderful Mr. Whizbang
Foto Friday Fail, X Version
Young At Heart
Letter Art: Zebra Stripes