A Simple Theme For The 2017 #atozchallenge

The 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge starts a week from this coming Saturday, as I’m sure you know, and today is the day we all reveal the theme we’re going to use, if in fact we’re going to use a theme.

Two years ago, my theme was “words that start and end with the same letter.” This year’s theme is similar to that. It was an idea I got from watching Jeopardy!.

Words that end in the letter after the one they start with

A week from Saturday, my post will have a topic that starts with “A” and ends with “B.” The following Monday, the topic will start with “B” and end with “C,” and so on through the month (except Sundays), until Sunday, April 30 (this being a year that April either starts or ends with a Sunday), when the topic will start with “Z” and end with “A.”

Those of you who have followed the blog for some time know I maintain all my regular features (Monday’s Music Moves Me, Two for Tuesday, etc.) during the Challenge, so you can expect to find multiple posts each day of the Challenge. The Challenge posts will be tagged with #atozchallenge so you can find them in the list on the right side of the page. Also, because of the logistical changes we’ve made to the Challenge this year, I’ll be leaving a comment on the Challenge blog each day with a direct link to that day’s post, as well as updates to Facebook and Twitter which you can find using the #atozchallenge hash tag.

In honor of the occasion, here is a promo from ABC, announcing their fall lineup for Friday nights in 1970…

I look forward to hearing about what your theme is!


My Theme for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge (#atozchallenge)

Click on the image to see everyone else doing a theme reveal!

Last month, I did a Stream of Consciousness Saturday post about contractions, and I started thinking about words like “suitcase” or “keyboard,” which aren’t contractions but are somewhat related. Now, those words are compound words, words made up of two or more words (suit + case, key + board), but I mistakenly called them portmanteaus, or portmanteaux if you prefer. Deborah Drucker (whose blog you really need to read, if you don’t) commented that she had only ever heard the term in reference to luggage…

A portmanteau (image: Photobucket)

That’s one use for the word, but I was thinking in terms of portmanteau words, like “smog” (smoke + fog) or “Prevacid” (prevent + acid). Merriam-Webster Online defines portmanteau (the word type, not the luggage type) this way:

a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog)

We use portmanteaus all the time, sometimes without knowing that they are. I didn’t know, for example, that cyborg (cybernetic + organism) was one. Ditto vitamin (vital + amine), endorphin (endogenous + morphine), and transistor (transfer + resistor). They’re like compound words, but they typically only use portions of the words (morphemes) to constitute them.

I think you get the point. I’d give more examples, but then I wouldn’t have anything to write about next month. Instead, join me starting a week from Friday as we take a look at…



My A to Z Challenge Theme!


You might remember that, the day signups began for the 2015 Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I was so excited that I just couldn’t wait until I could tell people what my theme would be, and I posted it that day. When I did so, I received a comment that told me nicely, “Well, we were all going to wait…”

Was my face ever red…

Anyway, as I mentioned in that post, I had originally wanted to turn the A to Z Challenge on its head and post words that ended with the letter of the day. I wasn’t sure I could get away with it, but I started coming up with my word list, and discovered that there were words that started and ended with the letter. At that point, my theme for the challenge became “words that start and end with the same letter.

So, I’ve been working on my posts for this year, and I do have to admit, not all of my “words” are actually words. One or two are abbreviations, I have at least one word that’s a stock ticker symbol, several are company or product names, and there are a couple that start and end with the same letter because they are the only letter. Anyway, be with us a week from Wednesday, April 1, as this year’s Challenge commences. All of these blogs will be participating in the Challenge, so there should be lots of fun stuff to read.

And, if your blog isn’t on the list, why not? Come join us! It’s oodles of fun!

One week from today!


Next Monday, March 23, is the date of The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest! On that day, bloggers from all over the known universe who are participating in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge this April will be revealing their theme, the one commmon thread that links together the 26 posts they’ll be writing and posting during the month!

But wait, you say… I haven’t signed up for the A to Z Challenge! Well, what’s keeping you? I’ve already mentioned what a great time it is, and all the new and special people, bloggers like you and me, you’ll meet (in case you need a refresher), so I’m certain at least your interest is piqued. The challenge is explained here, and you can sign up here.

But wait, you say… I haven’t got a theme yet! Well, you have a week to come up with one… actually, you have a little over two weeks, since the fun doesn’t begin until April 1. The Theme Reveal is next Monday, but hey, if you aren’t ready by then, you can reveal your theme when you are. The Theme Reveal is not a requirement. If you need more time, by all means, take it. This is fun, but hey, the whole challenge is a regular riot. Don’t worry about it.

But wait, you say… I wasn’t going to have a theme this year! Guess what: neither did I last year. I just came up with my words and posted on the appropriate days. Here was my theme reveal from last year. I still had fun.

Like I said, this is a fun challenge, and you’ll meet a lot of fun people and have a lot of fun. I know some of you have a busy April coming, but if you have no plans, come and join us!

Clicking on the graphic above will bring you to the page where you can sign up for the Blog Reveal. Hope to see you there!