Back in February I read a post by my friend Corinne Rodrigues of Everyday Gyaan which was all about the upcoming Blogging From A To Z Challenge. I'm always up for a challenge - especially a blogging challenge! - so I was immediately intrigued and decided to learn more.
Basically, the idea of the now-annual event is for participants to blog their way through the alphabet in April, posting on a topic beginning with the letter A on April 1, B on April 2, and so on, all the way through the month (with the exception of Sundays) until finally arriving at the letter Z on April 30. (You can find some background and a more detailed explanation of the challenge here.) Posts may be based on a theme, or not - the only guideline is that they must follow the prescribed letter of the day. It's a fun way to add some structure to your blog posts and connect with other bloggers who are doing the same.
I remembered seeing posts from others who participated in this challenge in previous years, but had never signed up and committed to doing it myself.
That is, until this year!
Since I'm attempting another 365 consecutive days of blogging in 2014, and am (so far) off to a perfect start, I thought I'd piggyback on what I'm already doing and jump in on the Blogging From A To Z Challenge for April. I signed up for the challenge, joined an AtoZ 2014 Facebook Group, started brainstorming about a theme, and finally joined an A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal BlogFest... which brings me to today.
Theme reveal day!
When I was debating possible themes, I knew I wanted something different, lighter, a little more fun and a little less "thinky" than the sort of thing I often write. I wanted my April posts to be focused on creativity and growth. After a long, grey winter, I wanted something cheerful and fresh and visually appealing.
So the theme I chose is... drumroll, please...
Tangling from A to Z
Back now? OK, here's what I'll be doing.
Every day in April (excluding Sundays), I'll...
- learn three new tangles, each with a name that begins with the appropriate letter for the day.
- create a 3.5" square Zentangle®1 tile which incorporates the three tangles I just learned.
- share photos of my process and links to instructions (in case you're interested in doing some tangling yourself!).
(I'll still be posting on Sundays, of course, though it won't be as part of the challenge theme - Sundays are reserved for the Gratitude Linkup, which is fast becoming a lovely tradition on Alphabet Salad!)
Some challenge days my posts might just be captioned photos, but I'm not ruling out the possibility of including some wordy rambles, depending on the mood of the moment. We'll just have to see what transpires!
So I'm looking forward to a creative, energized, growth-filled April, with a blog that's awash in pretty images and inspiration. And I invite you to come along for the ride!
Are you participating in the A-Z Challenge?
(It's not too late to sign up!)
1 The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.
(Original post in Alphabet Salad.)
Laurel Regan blogs about life as she lives it at Alphabet Salad - "an eclectic assortment of rants & ramblings."
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