The blogosphere has grown very quiet these past few weeks. But no need to fear – we haven’t all given up on writing. We’ve just retreated into our writing closets, working furiously on the material we’ll need to carry us through another exciting A to Z Challenge this April!
Take the A to Z Challenge!
If you haven’t heard of the A to Z Challenge, the concept is simple. Writers agree to post new material on their blog every day during the month of April (with the exception of Sundays), and each post corresponds to a letter of the alphabet (So April 1 is “A,” April 2 is “B”, and so on…).
Each writer also agrees to visit at least 10 other “A to Z” blogs per day, and comment on at least 5 of these. The result is a huge increase in traffic to your blog, and the opportunity to discover several wonderful writers out there who may just become long-time friends.
What the A to Z Challenge Did For Me
Last year about this time I had just started The Artistic Christian. As a brand new blogger, I really wasn’t sure how to go about connecting with other writers and felt as if I was on the outside of this beautiful writing community looking in. At the time I had about 37 followers, and decided to throw caution to the wind and take on the A to Z Challenge.
At the end of last April, I had over 100 followers, had learned a great deal about how to build a blog, and had met several writing companions who I still follow and stay in touch with regularly a year later!
Revealing My Theme for April 2015!
While it is not necessary, writers are invited to choose a theme which will inspire their posts for the entire month – just in case posting daily for an entire month isn’t enough of a challenge! March 23 was selected as the official day for the much anticipated “Theme Reveal,” and though I’m a day late, I’m very excited about my theme for April and wanted to share it.
My theme for April 2015 will be “The Classics.” If you’ve followed The Artistic Christian for any length of time, then you know that my goal is to examine art and culture from a Christian perspective. Each day I will examine a piece of art, musical composition, book, or film which was created with such excellence that it has earned the title of beloved classic. As a Fine Arts professor, I’ll examine what the original artist or author did to make their work such a success and what tips modern artists can take to hone their own craft. Also, as a seminary student, I’ll also examine the eternal themes that each work includes that have resonated deeply with the hearts of a world-wide audience and that can serve as powerful illustrations for contemporary Christians.
It’s going to be a fun ride, and I couldn’t be more excited! If you’re a fellow writer, you really should consider jumping into this challenge. If you do, let me know… I’ll be sure and stop by to see what creative way you’ve decided to write your way through the alphabet!