A to Z Challenge Reflections Post
This blog was born in an email conversation about the creator of the A to Z Challenge. Specifically, his politics. After the election he had said some offensive things, and it was hard to justify participating in the Challenge.
What's the right thing to do? Calling for a boycott wouldn't help. The creator of the Challenge wasn't talking politics at all for April. A boycott would have been petty and largely ignored.
Instead, we decided to have our own little protest, adhering to the rules of the Challenge. We decided to create a blog touting liberal talking points. Screaming into the void, as it were.
And, uh, we came up with the initial concept around March 21st... So, there was (quite) a bit of scrambling involved.
Luckily, we got a couple helpers, and somehow the four of us managed to get 26 posts planned, written, and posted in time. (I got Z finished on April 26th.) Quite the scramble.
Political discourse has gotten ugly of late. Peaceful protest is the way through. #resist
Each contributor to the blog was invited to reflect on her posts. These reflections follow:
I doubted my sanity several times during April. This was the sort of thing that should have been planned out in February. and there's a reason I don't do politics on my blog. I suck at it.
Somehow, I managed to "delegate" the first week of posts to others. Enough time to catch my breath. And the other contributors knocked it out of the park. I was blow away by how good their posts came out.
I never intended to scramble a Challenge, but this came up last minute. More planning time would have ironed out some of the kinks, but otherwise I think things went very well.
I am always up to a challenge. I wear my politics on my sleeve. So this was perfect for me, I am so happy to have been a part of this. I'm a proud member of the ACLU, a Planned Parenthood volunteer, and the parent of two millennials. I'm concerned about the world I'm leaving to my children and grandchildren, and this blog gave me an opportunity to express my thoughts on topics that concern me.