In April of this year, ending just a few days ago, I completed the Blogging A to Z Challenge with 26 posts on this site. One was put up each day, Monday through Saturday, with Sundays off. Such a schedule allows for the writing days and days off to equal the number of the days of the month. The challenge occurs every April.
This was a tactic I employed to draft many posts in a short time. In order to post a reasonable assemblage of writings, I had to plan out the posts and the topics appropriate to this site that they would cover. Having my own theme of legacy provided a cohesion that made the challenge much easier than the first time I did this a few years ago.
|The A to Z of Women’s Legacy||The A to Z of Women’s Legacy|
|Bibliography & Biology – Ways of Knowing|
|Crafting Legacy||Crafting Legacy|
|Dreams of Strength and Wisdom||Dreams of Strength and Wisdom|
|Evoking Essential Information|
|Family and Friendship in Legacy|
|Googling Gaia||Googling Gaia|
|Her History||Her History|
|Incidental Information||Incidental Information|
|Juggling Jackets and Hijab||Juggling Jackets and Hijab|
|Kith, Kin, and Kindred Souls|
|Labyrinths, Lace, and Limitations||Labyrinths, Lace, and Limitations|
|Mothers and Others, the Mosaic of Women in Our Lives|
|Names and Naming||Names and Naming|
|Oceans and Amniotic Fluid||Oceans and Amniotic Fluid|
|Press Publish – 21st C. Paper and Pen|
|Quintessential Self-Publishing With WordPress|
|To Traverse Travails|
|Über Ubiquity||Über Ubiquity|
|Virtuous Vulvas||Virtuous Vulvas|
|Women’s Wisdom||Women’s Wisdom|
|Xes, Sexes and Mitochondrial DNA|
|Yin, Yoni and Qi Energy|
|Zealotry, Zaftig and Zami||Zealotry, Zaftig and Zami|
To add some variety and try out categories for the new blog, I tried to spread out the posts so that all categories were covered. The color coding above and below shows that attempt. What I realized is that I need more work on differentiating a couple of the categories. I also realized where I have the most writing to do – spirituality. This surprised me as I thought I touched on the subject more than I did.
- Archeology & Material Culture
- Biology & Genetics
- Tech & Tools
I will continue to read many of the blogs I did not get to, and I will use all the information I gathered during the month to make my site structure and content stronger.
I also have to give a shout out to Pam from Pink Is An Attitude as going through the challenge with a buddy made it all much easier, more enjoyable, and provided accountability.
April was a wonderful month full of learning, and while this was a challenge, it was a challenge in the sense that it provided motivation not that it was tiresome or difficult. I recommend the Blogging A to Z Challenge to any writer who needs some “oomph” for writing more often, who wants to tackle a subject in some detail, and who has lots to say on a subject but has not found a structure for handling the subject.
I will be back next year. I am already thinking about what sort of a thematic series I could do. Tools of Legacy Makers maybe. We will just have to wait and see.