I recently hit some milestones with my blog including passing the one year mark, and reaching my hundredth post. While those were exciting moments for me, I want to continue to challenge myself and to grow my site while developing content that will connect with my readers.
Last year I participated in the A to Z Challenge for the first time and I am looking forward to taking part again this year. I love the creativity that comes from working with constraints such as those provided by the A-Z challenge.
Weekends in Maine is about optimizing life in Maine. Last year, my posts were all related to Maine but since my entire blog has that focus it seemed a bit like cheating when deciding on a theme again for this year. It didn’t really feel specific enough. So instead, I’m going to drill down and focus on one particular area of Maine.
My A to Z challenge posts will highlight things that are “made in Maine”. I will be featuring local artisans and creative businesses throughout the state that caught my eye. It’s been fun to research and learn more about all the great things that are made right here in Maine. I’m a huge fan of the buy local movement and think it’s exciting to discover something made locally. It’s probably why I’m a craft fair junkie.
I’m also an even bigger fan of treading lightly on the planet so wherever possible I have highlighted companies that have a focus on sustainability and environmentally responsible products and practices. This won’t come into play for every post, but on those letters where I had a choice between multiple companies, I usually leaned green. It’s a bit of a sub-theme.
Once you start looking deeper, It’s amazing what you learn that you had no idea existed in the world. I had an abundance of choices for each letter, other than “X”, but I’m sure I’ll figure that one out too even if I have to get “creative”. Because isn’t creativity what it’s all about?
Please visit my blog again in April to see all my official A to Z challenge posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what other people are going to do with their A-Z challenge too. One of the best parts of the challenge last year was virtually meeting other bloggers.
What is your theme? Have you seen any other themes posted this year that you’re especially excited to visit during the a to z challenge?