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The A to Z Road Trip and my blogging plans

Yesterday I signed up for the Blogging from A to Z in April Road Trip. Last year I took part, but I’m not sure how many blogs I visited. Some years I haven’t signed up due to previous failures to visit many blogs. There are so many blogs and time is limited!

Badge courtesy of Anjela Curtis

As well as the official Road Trip list I shall be using links in my Reflections post to visit blogs. I have already started on this.

My future plans for this blog include my regular Thursday posts and possible extra posts on Saturdays with my responses to the paint chip poetry prompts from Giggling Fattie, who was one of the participants in the A to Z Challenge this year.

On Sue’s words and pictures I intend to continue to post a photo each Wednesday for Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC). Hopefully I shall also post on some Saturdays with photos of places I have visited.

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What I am writing in November

November is a month when there are traditionally lots of online writing challenges. Once I took part in Blog Every Day in November. This year I have signed up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), not to write a novel, but to carry on writing my childhood memories, which I started many years ago. I shared some episodes here on Sue’s Trifles back in 2013.

At the end of October Linda Kruschke announced that she will not be setting any more Paint Chip Poetry challenges. It has been fun and has taught me a lot. My Paint Chip Poetry page will not be updated again. I need to change my pinned tweet, which has been a link to that page for some time.

Sue’s Words and Pictures is still a participant in Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge on Wednesdays.

I also take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter. During the darker months I am unlikely to Tweet every week with flowering plants I spot. The challenge through the winter is to find 10 plants in flower each week. On Sunday I found 22 different species growing wild. I saw two others, which had been planted for educational purposes.

On Wednesdays I sometimes tweet with the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday to show how other organisms depend on plants.

The writing group I belong to is still meeting on Zoom. There is an assignment to write for that every two months.

I am still writing poetry. I have joined an online poetry group which meets once a month on Zoom. We are given a topic to write about between meetings.

I intend to post on Sue’s Trifles every Thursday.

If you are a writer, what are you writing?

If not, what are you reading?

My Blogiversary post for 2021

It was 23 July 2012 when I published my first blog post on Sue’s Considered Trifles. I have not added any new material to that blog for some time, but it could be useful to writers wishing to know which phrases were in use in the second half of the 20th century.

Tomorrow will be 23 July 2021, so that marks 9 years of more-or-less regular blogging. Sue’s Trifles, which has become my main blog, is a bit younger having its first post on 25 March 2013. I chose the theme Pachyderm for reasons I explained here. It is perhaps a little twee. Should I change it?

At first my posts were written in response to daily prompts from WordPress, but these were discontinued. Since 2013 I have taken part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge every year and in 2016 I also completed the challenge on Sue’s words and pictures, which I began in March 2015. My first post is here.

My What’s new page lists all my writing adventures, if adventures is not too exciting a word for my exploits!

Nine years is a long time and my off-line interests have changed gradually as time has gone on. My favourite games are now Rummikub and Triominoes, with Scrabble and Upwords demoted to occasional use. Even before the pandemic I had stopped going to the craft group, the reading group and an embroidery group, which may all have been mentioned here on Sue’s Trifles.

I am far more involved with social media now than I ever imagined would be the case. When I began blogging, I was unaware that it was social media and that I’d make online friends among people in various countries, who also blog.

My first reviews of books I read appeared on Sue’s Considered Trifles as a page or pages. Gradually book reviews have become the major part of my blogging activities. If you had told my 10-year-old self that this would be the case, she would have been incredulous. Having to write a review of every book read and to queue up to show the review to the teacher before being allowed to choose another book, led me to choose the thickest book on the shelf in the classroom! (Writing and queuing stole valuable reading time.)

I try to include occasional craft posts and faith posts, or reflective posts such as this one for those readers, who perhaps followed Sue’s Trifles after reading posts in those categories. I am currently rereading the psalms, attempting to keep up with another blogger, who tweets every day. A few years ago I joined in with his #psalmtweets.

Lockdown has affected both Sue’s Trifles, where Paint Chip Poems have become a regular feature, and Sue’s words and pictures, where photo challenges have provided a source of inspiration rather than outings to places of interest. At the time of writing a few posts of local interest are in the pipeline and one has been published already.

As restrictions are lifted in the UK, I am spending more time outside the home – if only in the garden! In fact gardening is seasonal. I have returned to my voluntary job and am attending some church services, but not singing in the choir.

Although I carried out my garden survey this year at the end of March, I have not yet found time to compare the results with those for previous years.

My word for the year, Focus, has proved helpful as I seem to be able to work more efficiently than at some times in the past. There are always distractions like other people’s blogs to read, conversations to join in with on social media and podcasts and videos by blogging/writing friends.

My quiet times continue to include the Bible reading notes I mentioned here.

I also try to keep my contents and other lists up-to-date, although they seem to be of more use to me than to my valued readers.

What about the future of my blogs? Book reviews and paint chip poetry are likely to make up the majority of my posts on Sue’s Trifles. The photo challenge posts on Sue’s words and pictures are likely to continue on Wednesdays with posts on some Saturdays about places visited or events, such as a steam train passing along the local railway line.

Thank you for reading my 959th post on Sues Trifles!