This is the third year I’ve participated in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The first year I did it, I used the NATO spelling alphabet (alpha, bravo, Charlie, etc.) as my theme. Last year, I used players from Chicago White Sox history.
I was, sadly, completely stuck for a theme for this year. I considered using another spelling alphabet (such as the able-baker-Charlie system the British used in World War II), but too many of the words were the same as I had done two years ago. I also considered doing something similar to last year, this time using players from the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves/Doves/Bees/Beaneaters, but thought that might be overkill.
I finally landed on a theme: pick random words and write blog posts on them.
Not much of a theme, huh? Maybe not, but then, this blog really hasn’t got much of a theme. It’s the Seinfeld of the blogging world most of the year, a place to post my ROW80 statuses and share two YouTube videos by a single artist on Tuesdays. It’s only during the A to Z Challenge, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge, that I really have much to say here.
I always admired the great columnists in the newspapers. People like Mike Royko, Bob Greene, Clarence Page, Sidney J. Harris, Roger Simon, Eric Zorn, Mary Schmich, Aaron Gold, Irv Kupcinet, Herb Caen… even if I didn’t agree with them, I read their columns and was amazed at their ability to find something to write about every day. Newspapers have lost their significance in the world at large, and now we find that kind of writing on blogs. I’d like to join that tradition. The A to Z Challenge gives me that opportunity, to come up with something fresh every day.
So, my theme is “random topics.” Hope you like it.