The best thing that any of us can say about 2020 is that it’s almost over. I’ve already started planning for the blog year ahead, and at the top of the list is "What will be my theme for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge?"
This will be my tenth year of doing the Challenge. Here’s what I did in previous years:
- 2012 – I used the words from the NATO spelling alphabet and wrote on each. That worked out really well, and I’m almost sorry I started with that one.
- 2013 – I chose players from the Chicago White Sox, primarily from the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. I got no visitors.
- 2014 – I went without a theme, just pulling words out of my head and writing on them. That worked out better than I thought it would.
- 2015 – I chose words that started and ended with the same letter. I had to get a little creative, but it went well.
- 2016 – My original theme was portmanteaus, words that are made up of parts of two or more words, and that went really well. Of course, on April 1, I chose as my theme for The Friday Five songs that started with the letter "A," and many people thought music was my theme for the year. So, I decided to do both.
- 2017 – Similar to what I did in 2015, my theme as "words that start with today’s letter and end with tomorrow’s." That went well. No, really.
- 2018 – Picked an easy one: eight-letter words. The entry for K, kielbasa, got maybe the most traffic of any entry on the blog.
- 2019 – To celebrate the Challenge’s tenth anniversary, I chose words that have an X in them, "X" being the symbol for "10" in Roman numerals.
- 2020 – I did words that started with re- followed by the letter of the day.
What should I do this year? Whatever it is will have to have an associated word for each letter, especially letters like X, Z, and J. Then I’ll have to come up with a word list (which will probably change a half dozen times between when I come up with the initial list and actually sit down and write the entries).
Well, I have a few months to decide on that. Meanwhile, I forge on.
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