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I think I finally may have lost what little vestiges of my mind I had left.

After yesterdays little meltdown I went and signed up to the above challenge. I have never done anything like it before, never even showed that much interest in Nanoblomoporokolosoraymefarloso….. So what on earth possessed me to think that next month would be a good month to dive in and post 26 posts in a month. To make matters worse, they urge you to “create” a theme to the month so your readers have some idea of what to expect from your posts over the coming month.

Well as any reader of this blog knows, when you come to this blog, you never know what you are going to find. When I sit down at my keyboard it is a pot luck what is going to come out of my hands. My head is like a finely matured Swiss cheese at the best of times and at others it’s a stinking piece of Limburger left out on the side on a hot July afternoon.

I was going to go with a totally out of my head random 26 posts and let the chips fall where they may, but then inspiration hit and then my theme for this hell I have registered for came to me. I am going to leave it to fate to decide what these posts are about. As I had the idea, I wrote this down:

Each evening of the day before the post is due I will get someone at random to give me a word that starts with the letter of the next days Challenge. Then starting from the time I get up the next day I have to devise a whole new post from scratch including images to complete the challenge and get it posted in time to not default.

OK, backing up a little, and maybe I am teaching my granny to suck eggs a little here, but here is the premise of the challenge taken from the creator of the Challenge, Arlee Bird

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge. 

 Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

I didn’t just stumble across this, I was silently cajoled into this by Henretta Ross who made it actually sound like fun, but then when you add another new Blogger that I just started following who is also doing the challenge Holley Perry at ChasingDestino

I have bemoaned the fact that my blog reading list has been diminished due to writers giving up, well here I have a potential pool of 1284 (at latest count and there is still a week left before the challenge starts) of new writers who are actively writing. So much chance to expose myself to new people and new styles of writing. Who knows, some of their good habits might rub off on me.. and then again Monkey’s might fly out my butt and sing the Hallelujah Chorus in Pig Latin.

Doing this will push me, but it will also push the people who I ask for the challenge titles. They are the ones who have to spark me.

“Stick a key in me and turn me over baby!”

So starting next Wednesday April 1st, you’ll be getting Daily posts for 1 month and who knows what will happen in that month. It could be great, it could be pants.. it could be a great pair of pants.

Until Next Time…

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Paul Hurwood

Paul is a frustrated entertainer. From a young age he wanted to be Elvis Presley, but Elvis objected to lending out his Jumpsuits at the weekend. As he grew older he tried to be an Actor, things there didn’t go so well either… the spotlights kept missing him.

Now Paul enjoys sitting back and writing about Music, Doctor Who and Mental Health. He has a passion for the blogging platform WordPress and enjoys helping out practically with day to day use of the platform where he can.