Monday, March 20, 2017
Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge: It's About Time
Once again it's time for the official A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal. This is the time when those participating in the upcoming 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge will reveal their themes for the month or, if there is no theme, provide us with a preview of what to expect next month on their blog. What follows is my story and my plan...
A Theme Evolving
Prior to last years 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge I already had a few themes considered for that year. But as plans often go, those old ideas got pushed to future years and I came up with my 2016 theme of Manhattan in January of that year. Then later, after the April Challenge had ended, not only did I still have those old ideas in my queue, I had come up with a couple more along the way during April. I've found that in blogging I'm often inspired by posts by other bloggers that will give me ideas for posts for my own. Which, incidentally, is a good thing for any of you to keep in mind if you sometimes find yourself lacking in inspiration for ideas to write about.
During the course of the year that followed the 2016 Challenge, I wavered between this idea or that, all the while writing down particularly good ideas to be stored in my blogging queue. Come January of 2017 I was pretty well settled on an idea, but within a matter of weeks changed my mind. As the approach to each of my Aprils has been since first beginning to do the A to Z Challenge, my mind becomes focused on thematic concepts and the words that might alphabetically fit those themes. A to Z has become a way of conceptualization when I think in context of blogging or writing ideas. A bit of a fixation one might presume, but I'd prefer to see this thinking as inspiration with organization of thought.
I guess I've developed a bit of an A to Z brain!
My 2017 A to Z Theme
My theme is a natural since it is something that we all think about and thereby to which we can all easily relate. It's About Time--my theme that is. I'm officially calling my April theme "It's About Time" which also is my own declaration of having come to that decision. So many themes from which to choose and this one comes to me will having lunch one day. You can read that story in my recent Battle of the Bands post, which I'd encourage you to read and vote on if you haven't done so already.
Just think about all the times you yourself speculate or worry about time. Our lives revolve around time scheduling. We often keep an eye on our watches when something goes on longer than we'd like or revel how quickly time flew when we've been having a great time. Without time, especially in our often rapid-paced and highly scheduled society, our lives would be in near chaos. Communal activities would never get organized and we would continuously be late. Of course without time the concept of lateness would not particularly be relevant, but neither would the idea of being on schedule.
Our world and each of our lives thrives according to time. We have days of births as well as all of the other special days of our lives. Why, heck, we have days period! Without the definition and management of time we wouldn't have days, weeks, months, or years. Aside from the essentials of existence like air to breathe, liquids to drink, and food to eat, time is one of the primary forces that gives us our humanity--our ability to reason and plan for our futures. Or for that matter remember our past in more than just random images. Time is a reality of this world and time is the measurement that helps up organize the realities we encounter in life.
There's so much to write about the topic of time and it would take a lot of time to write about everything regarding time. I will barely touch upon all that time is, but in 26 days during April I'll try to cover a few thoughts that interest me most. Though time can serve us, time will always be our master. In April of 2017, "Time" will be the master of my A to Z Theme.
If you've decided to participate in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and would like to reveal your theme or, if you don't necessarily have a theme, you can tell us about your plans, goals, or impressions about April by putting up your own Theme Reveal post. You can link to your post on Twitter using hashtag #atozchallenge, or you can post on the A to Z Facebook page, or leave your link in my comment section today, or visit the A to Z Blog to leave your link. Or you can do all of these things and whatever else you can think of to promote your post. Today will be essentially a test run for the social media linking we'll be doing in April and this will perhaps give us some idea of the success of the method as well was provide some indicators of strengths and weakness.
Give it a try to see how it works for you. And check all the aforementioned sites to see who else is posting their own Theme Reveals. This can work, but it is up to you bloggers to make it work!
Have you found any other Theme Reveals so far and if so how did you find them? What have been some favorite 2017 A to Z themes that you've found so far? Are there any particular aspects of "Time" that you think I should cover during April?