Once again, I have arrived to the party late. I am always that person, the one who finds out about everything at the last minute or after the fact. Usually, this includes events or classes that I would liked to have participated in or a television event or series that I would liked to have watched. I either miss out on them completely or I miss too much information after something has started making it difficult to catch up to the rest of the group. Is there any hope for me to arrive at any party on time?
Well, maybe there is. Yesterday, I received an invitation to accept the “Blogging from A to Z April Challenge”. This is an annual challenge that began in 2010 and encourages participants to post every day in April (except Sundays; apparently, bloggers get that day off for good behaviour), totalling 26 days of posting. The kicker? Each of the 26 posts has to match a letter of the alphabet. For example, April 1st must begin with the letter “A”, April 2nd the letter “B”, April 3rd a “C”, and so on. While not mandatory, it is recommended that a theme be used by each blogger adding further interest and stimulation to the challenge. Personally, I see that recommendation as more of a dare – oh, yeah? Just watch me theme it! – which makes me want to participate even more.
The premise behind the challenge is to have fun (definitely up for that), to create a blogging habit of writing every day (definitely need that), and to make new friends (definitely interested – have you ever checked some of the blogs that are out there in the blogsphere? You never know whose path you might just cross.). This sounds like a win/win opportunity benefitting both those participating in the challenge and for those reading the blogs.
Registration for the challenge began back in January and yesterday was the last day for it. In the past, I would have decided to pass on such an invitation feeling that I was too late to jump onto the party band wagon. But YC’s voice was going off inside my head reminding me of my promise to try something new and step outside my comfort zone. Soooooooo, I decided to register with only 14 hours remaining so that I would at least be registered. If I decided closer to the April 1st start date to not participate, it would be easier to withdraw rather than trying to get in on the challenge.
Being rather pleased with myself for actually registering for something under the wire, I sat back and began considering what my theme would be. That’s when I realized what the date was and, according to the challenge calendar of events, yesterday was ‘Theme Reveal’ day. This is when bloggers post what their theme is going to be for the 2016 challenge. Friggin’ hell, I had appointments and a supper date ahead of me so I knew that I would be revealing nothing except that I had arrived late to the party. Oh well, at least I was registered, right?
Sooooooo, I have decided to go with the old ‘better late than never’ adage and post my big reveal tonight. Never one to do things the easy way, revealing my theme tonight is having an unexpected side effect. I am feeling somewhat like a rebel, a rule breaker, an A to Z Challenge bad ass. I am woman hear me roar!
Now for the big theme reveal. Drum roll please …..
Since I have already begun my #365grateful gratitude challenge, I have decided to combine both challenges together. For the month of April, I will write about something that I am grateful for that begins with the letter of the alphabet for that day. However, rather than being grateful for something obvious, such as “Today I am grateful for apples” for the letter A, I am going to challenge myself to think outside the box and write about something not as obvious as apples such as aardvarks, Adirondacks, armpits or something like that. Hopefully, you get my drift because I am not exactly sure that I get my drift. Somebody has to be the better person here and I am counting on you to be that person. You. Can. Do. It.
So there it is. My big reveal. I’m not sure how big of a revelation that it amounts to, really, but I am pleased that I have at least decided to forge ahead and not just dismiss it until next year like I normally would. This is big for me, people, this stepping outside my comfort zone and participating in something that will have over hundreds of other bloggers actively participating in as well.
Now I am off to figure out how to add the 2016 Challenge Badge to my blog. After that, I am supposed to use some sort of Linky Link List to visit other blogs participating in the challenge; bloggers who arrived at the party early and who revealed their themes yesterday. This part of the challenge is to create an “opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers, create links to one another’s sites, scout out and bookmark themes that we will look forward to, and lure in wandering participants with our awesome theme”. While I am not so sure that my theme is worthy of the adjective awesome, I do hope that it is of interest to some and will bring a smile or two to my followers, especially YC, for I need to get his voice out of my head for a wee bit.
Anyway, I must run and get going on this challenge party business because, goodness knows, I want to arrive to the April 1st blogging A to Z Challenge party on time. Wish me luck!
A to Z Challenge Bad Ass: 1
Late slip: 0