An Alphabetic Assassination Attempt

the blank page waits

It's stare down time. Who will blink first?

If there is one thing we bloggers seemingly can’t get enough of, it’s this: A good challenge.

It’s not enough to say, “I will blog every day.” Which, by the way, is no small effort.

For some of us, blogging every day isn’t enough. We need more. So we came up with the idea of challenges to push us creatively in directions we might not have otherwise gone.

Challenges are popular in photographic groups. I have to admit, these can open your eyes and help you see the world in new ways that would otherwise have never occurred to you. For example, if I wasn’t part of a photo group I may never have found myself pointing my camera at a roll of toilet paper in a quest to capture the word “white.”

In the blogging world there is a group called NaBloPoMo. That stands for “National Blog Posting Month.” The purpose of this group is to encourage bloggers to to “post something every day.” I accepted that challenge for the first time in November 2009 and I haven’t missed a day since.

To keep things interesting, they’ll issue different challenges on top of posting every day. For example, in December 2009, the NaBloPoMo challenge was to “give” something every day and then “blog it out.” I managed to blog every day that month, but wow, talk about crash and burn on the “giving” thing. That was hard.

A to Z Blogging Challenge

That brings me to the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A friend challenged me to this challenge, and I accepted. After, of course, congratulating her on it being a fiendishly clever assassination attempt.

The idea is simple. Starting on April first blog every day (skipping Sundays) using each letter of the alphabet for inspiration.

So hang on for 26 days of alphabetic blogging as I attempt to layer that on top of everything else I’ve got going on. Did I happen to mention this challenge is actually an assassination attempt?

When a writer would sit down to a typewriter (back when those things used to exist) they’d find a blank page staring right back at them. So it is for us bloggers. We click the “New Post” button and there it is: A blank form. The blogging equivalent of a blank sheet of white paper.

That’s intimidating enough. Now, for the rest of this month, there will be a 1/26th challenge layered on top of that per day. Let’s see how I do.

This is my “A” post for the April 2011 “A to Z Blogging Challenge.” Hopefully the blog title made that clear.

16 responses

  1. wow, just wow… good luck mate, I think you will need that and loads of coffee to survive this month… but I will be watching and reading… so come on, bring on the B… πŸ™‚


    1. “Bring on the B.” That would make a great blog title. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for watching. I’ll try to “B”ring it.


  2. Love the blog title πŸ˜€ I wandered over from the Challenge. Best of luck to you in your assassination attempt (oh, and the whole blogging every day thing ;))



    1. Thanks! I can see this challenge is going to be fun and introduce me to new people. I’m very excited by that and I appreciate the cheers. Now to figure out how to be “bold.” πŸ™‚


  3. Lovely, I just did my own a-zed, which was far less challenging. I think I scheduled it to post tomorrow…I forget. I fill every idle hour with blogging, it seems. I need to practice music more. Blogging (at my level of “intellect”) is easier. Bon chance!


    1. Why and how was it less challenging? Just because it was a list? It was still fun to read along as you populated that list.

      Blogging consumes me, too. Much more since I gave up on the troll-filled forums.

      Merci, bon ami!


  4. That sounds really hard! Why do you do this to yourself?

    Good luck! I’m wondering what the letter ‘X’ will be about?!


    1. Honest answer? Because I enjoy pain and suffering so much, and I truly get off on being pathetic.

      No spoilers, but X will be for X-Box. Is that cheating?


  5. hey there:)

    your blog title caught my attention. but you’ve got competition as far as being the guru of negativity.

    a DE-motivational specialist? lol what a riot!


    1. Hey, thanks. I sincerely hope I’m bringing you down.

      What’s this about competition, though? You know someone claiming to own my little tip of the mountain? That’s okay, because true gurus welcome competition. It is a great way to expand consciousness regarding their chosen area of interest.

      If someone superior to me at negativity comes along, I will gladly fling myself down the mountain.


  6. All I can say is “Heh heh heh” (that’s my evil laugh!). πŸ™‚


  7. […] An Alphabetic Assassination Attempt from Shouts from the Abyss, well worth watching him going from A-Z each day and also if he is still alive afterwards […]


  8. This sounds like a fun challenge! I would try it myself, but I think we all know by now blogging consistency is not my strong point. Just ask the last two weeks of the 30 Days of Truth challenge. πŸ˜‰


    1. LOL! Sounds like you gave them the truth. πŸ™‚

      So what was that challenge about?


      1. A different question every day that you had to be totally truthful about (shocking, right?) — some of them were real stumpers, let me tell you.


      2. Ah yes. Now that you mention it, I think I remember you doing that!


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