While I spent all of April participating in the A-to-Z blogging challenge, we’re not quite done yet. Everyone who played is invited to write a reflections post.
This was my third year participating, and once again I had a fabulous time. I love abecedariums and any excuse to create one delights me.
There was a big tweak to the mechanics end of the challenge – eliminating the linky list and requiring daily link posting. There was certainly some agitation when the change was announced and I imagine now that we’ve all had a chance to try it out there will be opinions all over the map about it. Frankly I didn’t really care – my stance is the hosts absolutely get to choose whatever makes them happy, and we get to choose if we want to play along or not. I’m curious though about the numbers of players – I suspect it was very significantly lower this year. Change, even the simplest things, does not bring many humans to their happy place.
That aside, I really enjoyed everything. I loved writing, and although I had to prepare a few posts ahead of time because I was away on retreat for several days, I’m definitely not interested in having all my posts written beforehand – I like being in the creative flow of the current moment. I equally enjoyed visiting other blogs, and really made an effort to get around. What an assortment of absolutely intriguing things folks chose to write about including palmistry, shoe illustrations, snail tales, herbs, Arabia, and so so much more. I found lots of new blogs and fabulous folks to follow, and delighted in posts from old friends – how fun! While there are too many to mention here, you know I love to share treasures so no doubt I’ll be pointing you in the direction of some of my faves in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I want to extend big love and gratitude to everyone who stopped by and commented. Not only was the support and camaraderie delightful, but there were some really thoughtful and insightful comments offered that have invited me to think more deeply about some things, and of course, led me down some wonderful rabbit holes as well. Thank you! I’m also offering a shout of thanks to all the members of the A-to-Z hosting team – kudos for your work.
I loved writing my way through the alphabet as an ambassador of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
I wrote about ataraxia, benison, cloudland, dedoleate, esperance, firgun, githerments, hesychastic, ianthine, jargogle, ka’ohi nani, lotus-eater, microsmatic, noctilucy, ondinnonk, pacation, quoz, riant, smultronställe, translunary, umbfold, veriloquent, walleteer, xanthic, yagiment, and zakka.
And there you have it. I’d love to hear what you think. Will you join me in my mission to be an anchor of loving-kindness, peace, and serenity in these particularly tumultuous and challenging times? Have a favorite among the words? Considering playing in next year’s A-to-Z challenge. Do tell – you know I want to hear.