#DailyWings: “The days are long, but the years are short.”
-Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I haven’t been blogging as much this month because I’ve signed up to participate in April’s A to Z Blogging Challenge! For this month-long blog event, “A to Z” bloggers are challenged to write a blog post every week day for the month of April, with each day focusing on a letter in the alphabet (there are 26 weekdays in April and 26 letters…get it?). This particular blog challenge, founded by, typically garners more than 1,000 participants. I’ve been following “A to Z” for quite a few years, but I haven’t had the courage to sign up until now.
For my own sanity, each “A to Z” blog post won’t exceed 500 words. My main goals for participating in this challenge is to 1) interact more with you all and the rest of the blogging community, and to 2) simply have fun writing.
Today marks the April A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest, in which “A to Z” bloggers finally announce the theme they will be adopting for the month of April. To make this experience more engaging, I decided to ask for help from you all on social media in helping me decide my theme. Here were the four options for themes that I asked you all to vote on:
- Flash fiction using prompts
- One long fiction story broken up into 26 blog posts
- Memories, or anecdotes from my childhood in the form of creative prose
- My 26 best writing and blogging tips (1 tip per blog post)
Without further ado, here is my theme for “Blogging From A to Z 2015”:
Coming in with the highest number of votes, childhood memories was the most popular theme among the more than 30 people who provided their input! Single fiction story came in second, and flash fiction and writing tips tied for third.
In addition, here were just a few of the other ideas for themes people suggested:
- A to Z on acing college the first time around (while still having fun and looking good doing it)
- Combine them all!
- Do a frame story that includes elements of numbers 1 and 3 and your readers could try to guess if it really happened to you or not 2)
- Make 26 flash fictions that can stand alone, but also are a cohesive story if you read them all
Thanks to the A to Z blogging community and all of you – my readers – for all of the votes and and incredibly creative ideas and advice you shared with me! The four themes that I settled with were all ones that I felt like I’d be able to run with and enjoy writing about for a whole month. Now that my theme is out, I’m going to spend the last few days of March carefully sketching out my “A to Z” game plan. As I’m sure many of you know if you’re veterans of the challenge, writing 26 blog posts in a single month – again, every single week day – is nothing short of formidable, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work for me to pull it off.
Since this is year one for me, I know that I may not do everything perfectly this first time around – but I’m sure as hell going to do my very best. In the meantime, please let me know in comments down below if there are any particular childhood memories you’d like for me to talk about in upcoming “A to Z” posts in April. I need to brainstorm ideas and would love to know what y’all would want to read about!
Are you participating in “Blogging From A to Z” this year? Have you done it before? Let me know what your theme will be!