I had a fabulous time this year, my fifth year playing. I’m crazy about abecedariums and any excuse to create them delights me. I really enjoyed writing; and no, I wasn’t one of the participants who prepared their posts in advance. For me that adds to the hectic excitement of it all, and I like being in the creative flow of the moment. I equally enjoyed visiting other blogs, and although it was actually my goal to make it to all participating blogs during the challenge, that proved beyond my capacity. However, I did make it to hundreds on the list.
What an assortment of intriguing things folks chose to write about. I loved scoping out posts of current friends, and I’ve found lots of new blogs and folks to follow – how fun! While there are truly too many to mention here, you know I love to share treasures, so I’ll be pointing you in the direction of some of my faves in upcoming posts. I feel pretty strongly that we shouldn’t stop sharing, engaging, and celebrating each other just because the challenge container is closed. In the meantime, I want to extend big thanks and love to everyone who stopped by and commented during the challenge.
I understand we all have our own reasons for participating and our own ways of navigating said participation, and that’s how it should be.
I was less surprised than I have been in past years that not everyone shares my views about commenting. While in my book common courtesy suggests that if someone visits my blog, I will return the favor. I get that not everyone feels this way. And I also clearly understand that my blog is not a right-fit for many people. I’m totally fine with that, and I believe absolutely we should give our attention to those things that delight us. Still, here’s the thing for me: Blogging is already often considered old school, and as we are increasingly collectively swept away in responding to each other with effortless clicking of “likes” before quickly moving along, I can’t help but fear we’re really irreparably losing our ability to engage with each other in meaningful ways. Alternatively, I don’t think I’m the only voice in world and everyone else exists to listen to me, period. I may have stepped up on a soapbox there, but there it is, out in plain sight, one of my life’s tenets – let’s be kind to one another.
This was the tenth anniversary of the challenge and that’s an amazing milestone. I’m offering a shout out of thanks to all the members of the A-to-Z team – kudos for all your work! I expect there will be some unfavorable comments and complaining about the master list, the go-to reference of who signed up for the challenge and the gateway to finding other blogs to visit. I loved that it was downloadable as a google doc, and therefore editable – so I could highlight blogs as I visited them. I used my own color-code system, so I could tell at a glance which blogs I wanted to make it back to daily; which I hoped to make additional visits to during the challenge; which were doing a continuing series (which I marked so I’d be able to return and start at the beginning and read through without losing track of the story); those blogs that weren’t actually participating in the challenge despite signing up. There were a significant number of those, and I imagine that’s where the complaining will come in. No matter what methods the team comes up with to address the issue, there will be a percentage of people unhappy. Change, even the simplest things, does not bring many humans to their happy place. And truthfully I find that complaining somewhat annoying. I think we should all be falling down thankful that the team organizes the challenge, that they devote so much time and energy to it, offering support and encouragement, and actually come and visit participants blogs during the challenge, and solicit feedback about the challenge at the end. If you think you’ve got cause to complain, I’d certainly hope to hear you’re volunteering to be on the team for the next round. 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 loved writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, tasking myself with throwing open the cabinet of curiosities and wondrous things I call my brain and leading a tour of what actually resides in there – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
I wrote about anthomania, balsamical, conspicio, dactylogram, esperance, ferly, genethliac, heliolatry, impavid, janiform, knosp, laetificate, melittology, nuncius, oakus, porte-bonheur, quaintise, racine, silience, thymiama, umbraculiform, vernalagnia, writative, xanthometer, yeverous, and zaduma.
And there you have it. I’d love to hear what you think. Do you consider your brain a cabinet of wonders? Have a favorite among the words? Considering playing in next year’s A-to-Z challenge? Do tell – you know I want to hear.