Taking on the #AtoZChallenge

Taking on the #AtoZChallenge

Now that I’m settling into my blogging career, I’m noticing something – bloggers love challenges.

There are all kinds of them out there: the Daily Blog Challenge, the 30-day Blog Challenge, NaBloPoMo, the Photo Blogging Challenge, the Student Blogging Challenge, the Ultimate Blog Challenge. (The more I type the word “challenge” the more it looks like its spelled wrong.)

Although I’ve never done one, I can see the appeal. Writing is tough. Seriously. Most days, I sit down with my laptop, stare out the window and think, “…. oh look, a squirrel …” I’m amazed I’ve only written about squirrels once given how often I contemplate their daily activities.

In an effort to push myself a little harder, I’m going to jump in and do my first blogging challenge. I think I picked a fun one. It’s the April A to Z Challenge.

My mission is to blog every day in April (except Sundays) and use each letter of the alphabet as a prompt – so April 1 is “A,” April 2 is “B,” and so on. You’re smart people, you get it.

I have a theme of sorts. I’ll give you two guesses. No, it’s not squirrels. No, it’s not my kids. Although squirrels and kids combined could be interesting…Nope, too late. I’ve already chosen a theme: song titles.

Music is a big part of my life. I listen to it as much as I can, wherever I can. Sometimes I even listen to it in the can. So, song titles seem like a natural fit for this challenge.

In most cases, I won’t be writing about the songs themselves so much as how they fit into certain times and places in my life.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks coming up with posts ideas and jotting down notes, and I have to say, this challenge is a lot harder than I originally thought. My memories aren’t cross-referenced with an alphabetical list of songs. I’ve had to reach deep down in some cases. Like the letter J. I’m really struggling with that one. M is also a little sketchy at this point.

What this challenge means to you is you will be getting a lot more of me; roughly five times more. I apologize in advance if this is more of me than you signed up for.

It also means you get to zig-zag with me through some of the best and worst music the 80s and 90s had to offer. I hope you liked Amy Grant as much as I did. If not, I apologize in advance for “Baby Baby.”

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17 thoughts on “Taking on the #AtoZChallenge

  1. i’m not with you on BabayBaby (A Grant) but maybe there’s a Bawb Marlee song starting with J … “jah? will never let us down?” well the song title isn’t “J” but he sure does say “Jah” a lot …

    didja like mom&pop’s Monday Monday?

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  2. I’ve always found the various blogging challenges to be pretty neat and I find the concept of doing them to be logical and fun but I’ve shied away from them because I worried they could get to be a slippery slope for me and somehow make my writing not come out of a natural place or reflect honesty in my writing at that given point in time (and yet only writing when it “feels” natural hasn’t exactly helped my cause as my utterly bad lack of consistency and actual blogging would attest to). So at any rate, the challenge you’re putting yourself up against sounds cool. Music is also a big deal to me so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this.

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    1. I’m with you on the honesty aspect. If I didn’t have to stick to an alphabetical list, I think I would have some better posts (and songs – I’m seriously not promising this will be a Spotify-worthy playlist – you’ve been warned about Amy Grant). But I have also been less than consistent about posting in the past, so I’m hoping this will push me in a good direction. Right now its giving me panic attacks.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! I hope you don’t judge me too much on my musical tastes 😊 it is pretty questionable at times! I’ll make sure to check out your posts as well! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has to offer!

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  3. Good for you, Jean! I did a sort of A-Z challenge a couple of years ago (maybe only last year?) and for the most part I really enjoyed it. You might have convinced me to try again this year. Tune in April 1st! PS I’m not sure I can get behind Amy Grant, but I’m hoping Rick Astley (my 80s favourite) might make the cut. Looking forward to Friday!

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    1. You should do it! And, I loved Rick Astley, too! I would lay in bed and night and dream of immigrating to England so I could meet and marry him 🙂

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  4. Can’t wait to read the stories that go along with the songs that you pick. It’s a great theme. Music has such a strong connection to memories and specific points in our lives. I hear you on the a-z challenge panic attack. Had a few of those myself this week.

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