This post was supposed to go up at the beginning of May but a lack of Internet connection scuppered that plan!
I have been saying this was my 4th A-Z but, on reading backwards, I find it was my 5th. Why, oh why, would I inflict a month of, nearly, daily blogging. Various reasons and none of them really to do with my life up here as an author.
A) It is fun,
Well the challenge is short enough to handle. 26 blogs in 30 days. Do-able just - I begin to flag every year around the V mark:)
B) It is enjoyable also, because one can meet so many new bloggers, those one might never find in the busy overcrowded world of words up here in cyberspace. There is a chance to wander off piste and visit subjects one misses when trying to build an author platform.
C) I enjoy challenges to my normal. It is easy to get caught up in writing and miss life. Easy to stay where one is comfortable, especially as one ages. Challenges up here, be they reading or writing ones, help to shake the liver up a trifle. Result = a little rejuvenating is created.
D) Apart from last year's A-Z (where I blogged about the history of English language) I have found personal themes, nothing to do with writing really, except, of course, my life informs my writing.
The first was a look back on my travels, the second on our wonderful and mysterious world, the third year I looked back over nearly 7 decades of reading, this year I was pondering the different gardens I had known and their influences on me.
This reflective theme has made me contemplate various aspects of my life, brought back memories half forgotten, helped me see the patterns and chances which has made me the person I am now. It has been relaxing fulfilling and informative to me.
Helping me to view a whole life rather than scattered fractions.
This is the reason why I blog A-Z on this blog site. It has nothing to do with my writing life it is kept for the personal. It was the first blog site I ever had and remains for all its quirks my favourite.
I enjoyed the first A - Z best because it was just possible to visit everyone during the month - there are so many entrants now that the task is impossible if you have other things to do, like living:) the list is kept up and some brave souls spend the year visiting. The popularity though is amazing so many of us wanting to tie ourselves up in knots on so many varied subjects.
I say well done us.