Last year I decided to take on a challenge from my author friend Tui Snider, namely, to participate in the 2016 Bloggers A to Z Challenge. It was not easy. The rules of the challenge are to post 26 blog posts, one a day, except on Sundays, and all based on a self-defined theme and in alphabetical order. You can see my entire list of last year’s posts with links on my Reflections Postfrom May 2016. Check it out at http://lessbeatenpaths.com/a-to-z-challenge-complete-list/
Ultimately, despite the grueling challenge, I have decided to tackle it again this year. Read more to see the theme!
As a travel blogger (and sometimes blogger of things odd and quirky and offbeat), I plan on keeping my theme along the same lines. From the time I was 5 or 6 years old I have had a wanderlust-filled life. My desire to see the world has continued into my 60th year of life.
My best definition of wanderlust comes from one of my favorite authors, J.R.R. Tolkien. He is famed for the quote “Not all those who wander are lost.” This comes from a poem (“All That is Gold Does Not Glitter“) in “Fellowship of the Ring,” one of the three books in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The unique thing about WANDERLUST is that it doesn’t just have to be on travel. It can be defining course in one’s life. I even created a Selfie Meme with a play on Tolkien’s words. “Not all who wonder are uncertain.” Life is full of discovery and I hope to show a few wanderlust discoveries over the month of April.
Novelist Roman Payne wrote in “Europa: Limited Time Edition”
“Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.“
So, come wander with me along the glorious paths of discovery as I chart a course from A to Z in April.
Beginning this year, I will participate in the exciting Blogging from A to Z Challenge which has been going on since 2010. The challenge has each blogger select a theme and then do a post thematically from A to Z during each day of April , except Sunday. My blog is number 1337 out of 1670 participating blogs.
What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?
Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too!To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.
This is my 1st year to try the A to Z blog challenge. I followed some of my other blogging friends in previous years and found it to be lively and fun! Plus, it’s a great way to find interesting new blogs to read! I found a few new ones as a result.
My 2016 A to Z Theme is…
This year, my A to Z posts will take you across the back roads of America to many unique towns, some known for their names, other for unique sites in town.
Beginning April 1 watch for a different post each day. Each one will feature a few towns that begin with the letter for that day and will include a small blurb about the place as well as a picture. Some have quirky names, some have quirky and off beat places to see. All are fun and worth a visit if you are anywhere close to them.
Hope you will have fun with it and visit some of the other great blogs out there.