Monday, May 5, 2014

From A-Z: A Reflection

So, if you've been reading my blog in April, you already know that I posted A LOT. I'm usually more of a once a week blogger, but I decided to participate in the A to Z blogging challenge. I liked the idea of creating a thematic alphabet (mine was evocative words) and the whole social networking bonanza surrounding it seemed like it might be good for me.

And it was! Part of the intended deal is for all us participants to read each other. So, I looked at least five blogs per day.  That in itself was an education in how diverse blogs and bloggers are. I saw many design choices I admired and read many interesting things on topics I might never have sought out otherwise.  Fascinating.

I found some new people to follow. A few you might want to check out are: Marlene Moss of On Writing and Riding; Chad A. Clark of The Baked Scribe; Holli Moncrieff of A Life Less Ordinary; Colin D Smith's self-titled blog; and Chris of The Pedestrian Writer.

Of course, as someone who hopes to eventually give up her day job and make it as a writer, I was also interested in building my networks. And I did. My twitter following grew substantially. I gained some direct followers of my blog, too. I'm hopeful that some of the people I made contact with will stay in my life and I will hear from them long after this exercise has ended.

So here's a round-up of all the posts I did for this challenge. I'm proud of all of these posts and  I'm very proud of some of these posts. It was good for me as a writer to explore the myriad of topics brought up by these evocative words. As E.M. Forster said, "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"

A: Ambivalence
B: Benefit
C: Compromise
D: Drama
E: Elegance
F: Frenetic
G: Gross
H: Haunted
I: Individualism or My Inner John Wayne
J: Juxtapose
K: Kleptomanic
L: Languid
M: Mendacity
N: Negligent
O: Obsequious
P: Pulp
Q: Querulous
R: Rapacious
S: Seder
T: Tegucigalpa
U: Utopia
V: Villain
W: Wendigo
X: Xenophobia
Y: Yield
Z: Zealot


  1. Hey thanks for mentioning me! Your theme was terrific and I really enjoyed your posts. Glad you participated in the challenge. You commented on five blogs per day? That's awesome! I wish I could have done that. Tried to follow some kind of system but once the thing got underway my head started to spin :/

    1. I went to the twitter feed each day and clicked on the first 5 that caught my eye. :-)

  2. You really came up with some great words. I had to go back and check some out since I found you (you found me?) later in the month. Great job completing the challenge and I look forward to keeping in touch as we both develop our writing careers.
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Samantha. I enjoyed reading your evocative words in April, and look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. :)

  4. The A to Z is one of the best ways to build community and blog content. You did some of both. Glad that you benefited from the Challenge.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog