This April I’m once again going to be joining hundreds of others playing in the month-long Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge, the annual event that invites bloggers to write their way through the alphabet. Given my penchant for creating abecedariums, how can I resist?
Today we’ve been encouraged to “reveal” our theme – what we’ll be spending our month writing about.
I’m not sure what’s up with me, but I’m seriously in love with manifestos. A manifesto is commonly defined as a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. For me, all that reflecting and examining one’s beliefs and intentions for clarity, and then speaking from the heart, declaring and taking ownership is a wonderful thing. I love the power and simplicity; the presence and integrity of it all.
And so I’m setting the task for myself to spend April writing a manifesto. But don’t worry, my plan isn’t to create something that’s all serious and potentially boring – remember I like keeping my feet on the joy trail. So I’ll be writing a manifesto about what I wonder about, what I’m curious about, what delights me. Of course, if you’ve been hanging around here for a while you’ll already know one of the things I love is words, particularly unusual words, so I’m going to up the challenge factor and try to base my entries on unusual words that delight me. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
I certainly hope you’ll stick around and hear me out – a good manifesto needs an audience don’t you think?
By month’s end perhaps you’ll have a better sense of me and maybe fallen in love with a new word or two, or just spent a moment or two wondering and being curious and looking for what delights you. All good things I think.
And I hope you’ll consider playing along as well. There’s still time to join here, and you know I’d love to read your abecedarium.
Have you ever written a manifesto? Have something you want to declare with passion? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.
Hi Deborah – it does sound serious … so no I haven’t even thought about trying to write one – but will enjoy your take for the A-Z … have fun writing them up – cheers Hilary
I imagine you could create quite a masterful manifesto Hilary. I’m glad to hear you’re playing in the challenge also. It’s going to be a fun April.
I always love your abecedariums! Looking forward to some new words from you. I’ll be playing along too.
Glad to hear you’re playing too Janet. Looking forward to a wonderful time.
This does sound like something intense. Of course, I’ve only heard of manifestos being written by political leaders and… uh violent people. It will be interesting to read a sane manifesto for once! Good luck!
LOL – I hereby declare my manifesto is intensely declaring what delights me, and has no political agenda. Perhaps part of my work is expanding the perceived definition of manifesto to something kinder and more gentle. In any case, thanks for the good wishes, and looking forward to seeing what we all create in April.
Hi Deborah! I love your theme! Someday I want to write a manifesto. Besides, it’s a great word. I am looking forward to your posts. Cheers, Denise
Thanks Denise. Manifesto writing is both fun and clarifying, and I hope you’re inspired to write one. And once you’ve done that, all bets are off. You may well turn into a manifesto junkie. 😉
I really loved your theme last year, and I am looking forward to this one! We need more joyful manifestos 🙂
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Agreed – more joyful manifestos please! I’m quite looking forward to your posts. It’s going to be a fabulous April don’t you think?
Hi Deborah! It sounds like hard work – manifestos- the TOM association is with politicians, and well, I’d give most a very wide berth 🙂 But I’ll be back to check out your take. Maybe I’ll even learn to write one…:) Have a great April and A-Z!
No worries – I can confidently declare more play, less politics in any manifesto bearing my name. 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous A-to-Z as well, and I can’t wait to follow your posts.
This is going to be fascinating, I just know it. Looking forward to what you… [wait for it]… manifest. 😉
LOL – perfect Ally!
Sounds like it’ll be fascinating. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
Thanks John. I see we’ll both be writing about words – how fun. Happy A-to-Z-ing!
This is a fantastic theme, and will not just help your readers get to know you, but also will force you to learn more about yourself. I’ve always wondered why certain words delight me, while others repulse me. Is it how they look, or sound or what they represent?
Thanks for stopping by Margaret and cheering me on. Our reactions to words are indeed interesting, and I love celebrating when I find one that really delights me. It’s very much like finding a new friend.
Sounds like a cool idea for a theme! I’ll be participating next month as well.
Sounds like we’re going to have a fun month Hope. Happy A-to-Z-ing!
I’m really intrigued by your theme, it sounds fascinating! I’m following on Feedly and look forward to seeing your A-Z posts.
Thanks Tizzy. I’m looking forward to your posts as well. Happy A-to-Z ing!
oh my goodness … I’ve never participated but I just couldn’t resist … though I have so many things going on in April, I need the flow of words.
my theme is heavy … but one that needs some light …
I’m writing grief notes … still working on living without my son. wanting to throw my heart open, allow people to see, to hear . .. we don’t talk about death and loss enough. we avoid it because it makes us uncomfortable to face the possibility of it.
Oh I’m so glad you’re joining Cynthia! And I absolutely agree, our cultural death phobia does not serve any of us, and makes grieving exponentially more difficult. I think your grief notes will be a very good thing indeed.