Yay! For the fourth year in a row, I’m giving the #AtoZChallenge a try. Last year, I failed miserably and I have never been fully able to return to blogging the way I did for A to Z in 2016. In fact, April 2016 was the last month that I published more than nine posts. I am eager to change that, but I’m also quite scared. What if I fail again?
It doesn’t help that the list of participants both for the general challenge and for the theme reveal – that’d be this post! – is a rather hard to use Google spreadsheet. I hate spreadsheets and Google docs in general are quite hard to read with my rather outdated screen reader. I wish we’d still used old-fashioned InLinkz, but somehow that didn’t work for the team behind the challenge. At least, I seem to remember they abandoned it last year.
Today is the official theme reveal day. I’ve had an idea on my mind for months, and it’s totally not in line with my themes for the previous years. As a way of motivating myself to actually write without too much pressure, I wanted to do the A to Z of myself. I did an alphabet-based tag on myself shortly after the A to Z challenge in 2015 and would love to expand on the topics I mentioned then.
Later, I decided to loosen things up even more. In the eBook 397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas, the first 26 prompts are based onthe letters of the alphabet. For example, A is for Amazing (it asks you to write about the things or people you find amazing), B is for Beautiful and so on. Not all alphabetical prompts in this collection appeal to me, but some definitely do and some I could modify to suit me. But not all.
As such, my final decision on my theme for the #AtoZChallenge 2018 is to keep it vague. It is: A to Z of random reflections. My entries will most likely fall under the “Journaling” category on my blog. Unlike most of my posts from previous years, they will be deeply personal rather than mostly informative. It’ll be fun to find out how that appeals to my readers. I also hope that this will help me make a success out of the #AtoZChallenge this year. Wish me luck.