I have made a decision. I've signed up for the Blogging from A –Z Challenge. I know April is going to pass in a blur of writing. It’ll be a hectic month but I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun too. I’m going to enjoy spending time playing around with words, as I try to come up with some interesting posts.
This year, I’ve decided to base my posts around a theme. I’ve never done that before. I guess this will restrict what I can write about. But it will also keep me focused. It will be an added challenge trying to come up with 26 interesting ways to write about one thing.
So what’s my one thing, my theme? It's items of clothing. I guess we are all interested in clothes to some extent. But will everyone be interested in my posts about clothes? What will I write? I'm not really sure. I doubt I'll be posting any fashion tips. I‘m just not cool enough for that. I’ll just start with an item of clothing beginning with a particular letter and see where that leads.
And what if I get fed up with my theme? Well, there’s no rule saying I have to stick with it. I’ll just toss it away and head in another direction.
There’s a networking side to the challenge too. I will be checking out some new blogs, and I guess I’ll get some new visitors to my blog. What will they think? Should I get out the broom and tidy things up around here before they arrive?
What do you look for when you visit a new blog? Do you just read the first post? Do you scroll through the first page? Or perhaps you sample a few posts from the ‘most popular post’ gadget in the side-bar?
I had a look at my most popular posts. Are they really my best posts? Are they representative of my writing? I don’t think they are. Do you ever wonder how some posts ever get to be so successful? I do. Sometimes a post suddenly reappears, back from the dead, and I wonder why. Sometimes I wish certain posts would stay buried in the archive out of sight.
Anyway, I decided to get rid of the most popular post gadget. I replaced it with my own list of hand-picked posts. These aren’t necessarily the posts with the most page views. They aren’t necessarily the best written posts either. But for some reason I like them. I think that’s important. If we don’t like our own stories, how can we expect others to like them?
You might remember I wrote a top ten post some time ago. I tried to make my new list very different from that one, but three posts refused to give up their places. I don’t think I’ll keep this list forever. It might be fun to change the posts every now and then.
So what's on my list? I tried to include a variety of stories. Here they are, in no particular order...
Why I'm Wearing Stiff Undies
All about Being Brilliant
Andy Elvis Presley
My Starring Role
Invader Cow Friends
St Joseph’s Sofa
The Problem of Naming a Baby
In another week’s time, the blogging challenge will begin. Hopefully, some visitors will arrive to read my posts. They might look around. They might even glance at my blog post list. But if they don't, that's okay. I shall have fun anyway, writing post after post after post.
Will you join me?
You can also find me on my Sue Elvis Writes Facebook page. It's a public page so even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still read the posts and comments. I often post links to resources and other interesting stuff. I'd love to see you there!