April 2013 A to Z Challenge: 26 days. 26 posts. (Sundays are freebee days. *clap* clap* clap.*)
I joined the A to Z Challenge last year and despite some nail biting and hair pulling, I finished. Booyah.
Would I do that again? Hmmm.
But here it is again, the 2013 A to Z Challenge with 1969 participants lined up at the starting line. How many of us will make it to the end? Well, one day at a time. Let’s just see how it goes. How far will we get before life interferes and brings us back to reality? In the meantime, let’s have some fun.
My theme for this year is . . .
Writing PLUS Grammar You Can See.
Through the month of April, I plan to give examples of how a strong knowledge of grammar can help writers produce more effective writing. More effective writing improves communication.
Along the way, I plan to throw in a cat or two. Sorry, they just have a way of sneaking into my blogs.
B is for Blogging Bliss, Booboos, and Booyahs
Blogging is a good way to develop your writing skill. Take a letter of the alphabet and write a brief commentary on it, add a picture, and post. Easy. Right?
Last year I published 67 posts before I caved in and took a hiatus. I went through the whole blogging learning curve, from dimwit to getting it. I managed to finish the A to Z, then added an equal number of posts on random topics of food, travel, weather, health, grammar, cats, and assorted other you-name-it topics.
Then along came a cold and nasty winter along with brain freeze, travel-to-warmer-climes wishes, and drat-it-all, family health issues. Blogging fell by the wayside, until *tadah* the announcement of the 2013 A to Z Challenge. Memories of blogging past seemed blissful. Yes, I can do that. I did it once. I can do it again. I remembered the double-punch-in-the-air booyahs I gave myself when I published blog post number 26 in 2012. What could be more fun?
Theoretically, it should have been easy. I pulled up my dormant WordPress blog, raring to go. But yikes. It looked different. It was uncooperative and frustrating. Sometime during my absence, WordPress came in and changed a few things.
I couldn’t find my old media. I couldn’t pull up all my photo folders from my computer to select media (only some of them came up). I couldn’t remember how to add widgets.
Draft after draft disappeared. I typed and saved and typed and saved only to see my best wording and glamorous writing get swallowed up by who knows what? Whatever. Not once. Multiple times.
One post. Four hours and nothing final to show for it. Paranoia set in. I started saving drafts every two minutes, but I still lost my most recent draft.
Now I see. Part of this process is learning humility. Developing patience. Building character. I had to start back at the bottom of the learning curve again, back where it says, “Dimwit.” Boohoo.
Okay, enough of that. Thankfully, I have already found some helpful advice from other AtoZers. Thanks, guys.
Along the way back up the learning curve, I outsmarted WordPress and printed off a hard copy of my post, well, several hard copies. Why hadn’t I thought of that before?
I also knew WordPress must be saving these drafts somewhere, but where? After a little exploration, I found “Screen Options” and under that “revisions,” and there I found draft after draft of my post all neatly numbered and dated.
Now to solve the widget puzzle.
In the meantime, booyah! B is done.
So What? Who Cares?
When out to dinner with friends a month or so ago, the topic of blogging came up. “Who reads your blog?” someone asked. The obvious answer, “my husband; my sister-in-law, Carol; and my blogger friends.”
Without readers, our blogs would have little purpose. We are all in this A to Z Challenge together. Reading each other’s blogs and making comments motivates us to keep going.
Blogger responses to my A blog mentioned a few grammar pet peeves: apostrophe abuse, contractions abuse, and plurals abuse. I’ll write about these in future posts. Thanks family, followers, and friends for your comments.
The Last Meow
Since this is B day, here’s a little cat humor for you. What do cats read on B day?