2014 A to Z Bloggers’ Challenge

“The value of the goal lies in the goal itself; and therefore the goal cannot be attained unless it is pursued for its own sake.”  Arnold J. Toynbee

I have to admit to being both excited and scared out of my mind to begin the 2014 A to Z Bloggers Challenge, as this will be my first time entering it.  As of April 1, I will write about a subject based on a different letter of the alphabet each day, except for Sundays. Right now my mind is whirling like an out of control Ferris wheel debating what subjects I should write about. I keep flinging words and subjects out as if they were not strapped to their seat of my mind.  Of course then I worry that I haven’t picked the best word for that letter or that my writing does not describe the word well enough. Do you see where all of this is leading?  Maybe when I reach the letter “P” I should focus on perfectionism or panic.

Then I wondered if I should consider a main topic and attribute each day’s letter to addressing that subject. However, at this moment in time a main topic idea escapes me.  My shoulders are stiff and arched as if I’m an animal about to be pounced on by its’ predator.  Can I do this?  Then I shake myself, take a few deep breaths, convince myself I CAN relax then think about styles of writing I would love to emulate.

Erma Bombeck’s style of writing about family and life has always intrigued me.  My topics may head in that direction, but I won’t make any promises. I do enjoy stories with a sense of humor… so at times my attempt at humor probably will pop up like that unexpected mole that keeps hiding out in my yard.  You might even find an intellectual thought in the mix too.  I hope.

So please come to visit, sit down with your cup of coffee or tea to be comfortable, and I will attempt to entertain or educate you.  However, in the long run, I suspect the person being educated in this Bloggers Challenge will be me.

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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21 Responses to 2014 A to Z Bloggers’ Challenge

  1. Linda says:

    Yesssssssssss!! You haven’t been here since December 14. And your back with a vengeance…..Gwynn your going to do so good,
    You should make it about your life……as you know it now. Almost make it about your travels when you walked through the town, along the beach…..your daughter moving away…your life….it’s so interesting. And you write with such perfection and wit. I love hearing your thoughts, ideas..your great, Gwynn…your just a natural.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Linda, I’m laughing, but you are a sweetie and kind. God only knows what the others will say. I have already written about three letters, but as I mentioned, I’m already thinking about writing something different for A to C instead of what I wrote. I’ll use what I wrote for other letters… MAYBE! Being this public with my writing scares me to death. But THANKS for your encouragement!

  2. Susan Scott says:

    Gwynn, so pleased you’re going to be doing the A-Z! You’ll also enjoy it! I loved your introduction about it all, very image-ful!
    A theme is not essential.. Pop around to those in front and behind you on the list and comment on theirs, and do some jumping around to others on the list and leave comments-this is how one gets them to comment on yours.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      This is going to be such a learning experience. I see so many fun, funny, interesting, and inspiring writers out there in Blogger-land that I want to go hide. Well, hopefully, I’ll receive comments other than spam.

      I truly am looking forward to your Blog on the subject of Aging. I definitely have my two cents worth to add.

      Again, thank you for your support, suggestions, and help! You are fabulous.

  3. Coffee Lady says:

    This will be my 2nd year. I decided to “wing it” last year on whatever topic breached my caffeinated mind every morning. Lets just say, it wasn’t pretty. This year I hope to stay on a topic – or maybe not. Just keep it fun. No one is judging you and I made some good blogger friends that still stay in touch.

  4. looking forward to reading your posts. Best of luck with it.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Bridgina, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it would not let me. I didn’t have any of the sites, it requested. Thanks for commenting on my Blog. I too wish you LUCK!! I’m new to writing and blogging so this is REALLY going to bend my mind! It will be good for me.

      Take care of your health, and congratulations on finding out what is wrong with your health… Good Luck!!

      • Hey Gwynn, my bad, I had a button ticked because I’d had some junk/spam posts. I’ve unticked it now (so thank you so much for bringing it to my attention).
        Thanks so much for the well wishes, and can’t wait to get started on the blogging. 🙂

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Hey Bridget… at least YOU know how to do this stuff. I’m CLUELESS!!

          Have fun writing… is you see flames shooting out of the NW… that would be my brain gone up in flames!! 😉 Have fun!

  5. I can’t wait to see what you come up with during A to Z. I have done it for the past few years and have always grown from it. I hope to read many of your posts…. very soon!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ohhhhh man, I’ll tell you I’m SCARED!!! I have a variety of ideas… one is that I may do the A to Z Challenge again AFTERWARD just to help open up my brain! Do you happen to have a can opener handy? 😉 Thanks for commenting! I look forward to reading your Blog too.

  6. life is always good, my topics will be on various aspects of my own life, and I’m looking forward to reading yours.

  7. Those P words do sound like good ones to post on and if I didn’t already have a P I would say they work for me too, haha! Then I just checked my list and even though I “have” something I’m still tossing other words around. I don’t think I could do a main topic right now!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Since I’m a slow writer, or maybe just not prolific I have started figuring out what words I want to write about so I don’t freak out when the challenge starts. Like you, I doubt I will have a main topic except maybe for family or my life as that is typically what I write about I’ll look forward to seeing what you do. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  8. patgarcia says:

    Hi,

    I am sure you can do it. Proud of you, Lady.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

  9. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Pat, you are a FABULOUS cheerleader and supporter… THANKS!!

  10. Only just now saw this post, Gwynn. Sorry for not commenting sooner.

    Glad you have stepped up to engage in the A-Z challenge. I look forward to reading more.

    See you tomorrow, in that case.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Happy April Fool’s Day. Now I have been attempting to keep up with my emailing, posting, and writing. I may lose my mind in this blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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