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

Body Butter

All about Being Brilliant

Andy Elvis Presley

Feeling Crazy

My Starring Role

Invader Cow Friends

Damaged Flowers

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!

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  1. Great post Sue. I found you through the Catholic Bloggers page over on Facebook. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    1. Veronica,

      I did some tidying up around here and a new visitor arrived! Thank you so much for reading my posts and stopping by. I appreciate your comment!

  2. I went back and read them all. Every single one. (you know how I reeeaaallly love your stories!). It was especially good to find a few I'd missed - written back before I even knew what a blog was! I laughed again and smiled again, and cried at the incredibly poignant "Feeling Crazy." As far as an introduction to your blog, this list seems an ideal cross section. Wonderful!

    1. Nancy,

      You read all the posts? Thank you! I am guessing there's a lot of earlier posts that not many people have read. I don't know whether they are worth pulling out of the archive though. Sometimes I am so dissatisfied with old posts, I feel like rewriting them. I wonder if you know what I mean! I am glad you think I made a good choice of posts. I wonder what I shall put on the list next time...

  3. Yes, I'll be there. Guess what? Last night, I couldn't sleep so I decided to read on the Kindle. Imagine my surprise when I finally finished Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories....! And, of course, it was very good and also filled with sorrow at the loss of Thomas and timely since we are contemplating moving ~ AGAIN.

    You really are gifted when it comes to writing Sue. Thanks be to God and may he bless your A~Z challenge.

    1. Michelle,

      You read my story in Big Hearted? Wow! I'd forgotten about that. Actually I haven't even read that story myself since it was published. I'm too afraid to! I'm glad you think it is okay!

      Moving house is very difficult. It's exciting in one way, but hard work too, and it can involve a lot of goodbyes and grief. I must say, after 25 years of moving from home to home, I am still overjoyed by the fact we now live in our own house and have been able to stay in one place for the last 5 years. If you do move, I hope and pray you find the perfect place and house for your family. St Joseph will help you, I'm sure.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and blessing. I am looking forward to sharing my clothes stories with you next week.

  4. Yes I'll be there right along with you. :)

    1. Lisa,

      You'd better be there alongside me, because I don't know if I'd be doing this challenge if you hadn't told me you were doing it! I look forward to reading your posts!

  5. Have fun and they will come. Act a little crazy too and they will follow you lol

    1. Pat,

      Great advice! Crazy? Sometimes I'm serious but I have a crazy side too. It often appears when I least expect it. I had a lot of fun writing some unexpected silly stories last year. I'll just start writing my posts and see what happens! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment. Your words started me thinking and led to a post.


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