Bonjour mes chers lecteurs! Well, April is almost here and it’s time for the April A to Z blogging challenge! sorry I’m a little late to the Theme Reveal.
I planned mine just under a year ago and did extensive footwork to get the material for it. I will admit up front that I am underwhelmed by the lack of a linky list this year, and am a little less enthusiastic about the challenge because of the extra work it’s going to take to find y’all A to Z’ers this year. But since I put so much work into my theme I will make my posts as planned!
My theme is…
Sous Le Ciel de Paris – Les Rues A à Z ! (Under the Paris Sky – Streets from A to Z!)
I set foot in every arrondissement of Paris, and found a street with every letter, and I did this all in 9 days! I survived to tell you the tale of some “lieux insolites”(quirky and unusual places) in Paris, places that I will definitely be exploring in more depth in the future! I will be doing this mainly in English, but for “m’améliorer” (to improve myself) I will add some French paragraphs here and there. Don’t worry if you aren’t a French speaker, it won’t take away from the main theme if you don’t read these, or if you use an online translator 🙂
I have (and have had in the past) a lot of trouble getting my Mac and Safari to “play” well with blogger blogs. No offense to the Blogger folks, who have a ton of awesome blogs, but I haven’t always been able to tell y’all how awesome I think you are because my machine does not let me comment on your blogs very easily. I have to try about three or four times to “prove I’m not a robot” and then sometimes it still doesn’t work. The only way I can think of to work around this is to use a Google log-in or to make a Blogger blog that just has one link, to my real page here at WP, but frankly, I’m not a fan of being “google-ized.” I find Google to be very invasive and I already have enough invasive entities inhabiting my computer. I use a few Google products from time to time just because it’s easier (like google maps, which you will see on all my A to Z posts!) but I have no desire to link them all up, and have them all talk to each other on my behalf! For me, it’s like getting a department store credit card. Yes, I know I’d get an additional 20% off my purchase today in exchange for giving all my personal information to yet one more place that could get hacked and complicating my bill-paying life for the foreseeable future and accepting a ridiculously high interest rate, but really, No Thank You.
Also, I took a look at both the FB posts and the “official” A to Z blog posts for the Theme Reveal, to see how easy it will be to find the interesting A to Z-ers that I have found in the past three years using the linky list. I thought it was confusing to sift through the comments to find the actual links, and frustrating to have to read tons of comments. I got tired of reading the comments and trying to figure out where I left off if I go out to a blog and then come back. I just spent 7 minutes leaving a comment on a Blogger blog that I thought was interesting. I had to try 3 times to get the captcha right and then I had to go back to the A to Z post and try to find where I left off from scratch. No fun! Kind of frustrating. Also, I skipped over the links that required cut-and-paste. Sorry to you folks who put those, I imagine you have awesome blogs, but the clickable ones are “easy” and the others are…less easy. I want to spend my time reading the blogs, not clicking, cutting, pasting, and fighting with captchas. (insert frustrated and sad emoticon here.) On FB at least everything was clickable. Don’t worry, I’m still intent on visiting lots of A to Z’ers ! I’ll just have to find you guys in a random and haphazard fashion and hope I can find you again to follow along with all the interesting themes! If you’re WP I’ll just follow you 🙂 and if you’re another platform I’ll try to make a “list” of my own.
Anyway, that’s why I won’t be posting links to my A to Z posts on the “official” A to Z blog. I will try to do it on the A to Z Facebook page, I guess. Honestly, I’m not a Super-Savvy-Social-Media-Guru. I have a Twitter account but I don’t “get” Twitter. I tried using Snapchat when I was on vacation, but wasn’t too good at that one either. If you’re interested in my theme, you’ll find all my posts here, or on my FB page, HERE. I think I still have my Twitter linked up, so you’ll see the posts there as well. I’ll try to figure out Twitter a bit better, but if I don’t Twitter properly in response to you during A to Z, please be aware that it’s not personal, it’s just that I don’t “get” it! 😛
I want to say thank you to the A to Z team, because this is a wonderful challenge, and it was my first real challenge and immersion into blogging. Because of A to Z I found a lot of blogs that I have now followed for years, some of whom I consider real friends. I appreciate that the “no list” format is much better for the all-volunteer A to Z team! Just wading through the comments on the Theme Reveal post gives me a taste of what life must have been like for the linky list moderators over the years, and as you have read, I think it’s overwhelming! So thank you thank you thank you for doing all this work. Will this be my last year at A to Z? I don’t know the answer to that one. For now I will leave it at “On verra ! ” (We’ll wait and see!) I will now henceforth leave behind my negative emotions concerning the new A to Z format and try to have fun. End of rant, I promise!!
C’est Parti ! On y va ! Allons-y ! Let’s go!