Friday, March 25, 2011

Accepting the Challenge

703936_juke_box Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve signed up for the A to Z Blogging Challenge organized by Arlee Bird and his awesome crew of helpers.

So during the month of April there will be a few changes at Hearth Cricket. Don’t worry, nothing weird. Some participants in the Challenge theme their posts, but I’m just going to be following the A-Z bit and posting pretty much what I always do: musings, bits of the writing life, recipes, this ‘n’ that.

Except I’ll be posting six times a week as we work our way through the alphabet. Given my current writing schedule and approaching deadlines that might seem a little insane. And indeed, it might be. But I’ve become convinced that the benefits outweigh the difficulties in this case. (Thanks a lot, Pat. ; >)

For one thing, participating in the challenge will bring more traffic to this blog. That doesn’t mean Hearth Cricket will be for everyone, but if folks are unaware it even exists how can they decide whether they like it? More traffic eventually means more followers, and more followers means more exposure – to individuals and to blog search engines.

It also means I’ll be visiting the blogs of other Challenge participants(there are over 600 at this point!) and could very well find some really great ones to follow. Just the other day I learned Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries in addition to a whole slew of other fiction and nonfiction – most recently An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days – has a blog called Lifescapes which is right up my alley – writing, recipes, gardening, knitting, green and light living. Now that I’ve found it, it’s on the Hearth Cricket blogroll in the sidebar to the right – just in case it’s right up your alley, too.

Writing can be so solitary, and I’m doing plenty of that, thankyouverymuch. This is an opportunity to write AND connect.

One change will be that I’m dropping the Sunday Week Links feature for the month of April because Sunday is the only day of the week I won’t be posting. Get ready for six posts a week throughout the month, though.

Whew! (I sure seem to end a lot of my posts that way anymore ; >)


  1. This should be fun. Looking forward to it.

  2. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Creative Blog Award.

    Go to and pick up your award.


  3. I hope so, Dru!

    Deirdra, thank you so much!