"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

My first blogging challenge

Well you've gotta love a last minute entry. I've procrastinated and umm-ed and aahh-ed about this for a while now, but have finally bitten the bullet. An encouraging fellow blogger, Leanne from Cresting the Hill, suggested that as a new blogger I might like to participate in a challenge for the month of April - the A - Z blogging challenge. She told me it involved writing 26 posts for the month, one for each letter of the alphabet. Posting every day except for Sundays. I know!!

What? 26 posts in one month???
At first I thought there was no way I'd be able to find a theme for which I could write 26 separate posts in one month (I didn't realise at the time that you actually don't need a theme, but anyway........). I started to feel a bit of pressure, and several times just abandoned the whole idea, for this year anyway, telling myself that as a newbie blogger I just needed to get into the rhythm, get my blog established, and then see what the next few months would bring. But it kept coming into my mind, and I'd see other bloggers posting about how they were going to give it a try (or do it again).

So while I didn't feel that I needed to prove anything to anyone, I did think it might be a fun thing to do, and who doesn't love a challenge! What really made up my mind about it though, was that I am fairly bursting with blogging enthusiasm at the moment. I realise this is probably my "honeymoon period" and there will no doubt be inspiration and ideas droughts to come, but why not make the most of my current excitement, right? Honestly, right now I could spend all day writing! In the end I decided that surely there must be something that would lend itself to some short(ish) posts that revealed something of who I am. How hard could it be? And then in bed one night, where I get most of my best ideas (besides those I have in the shower or while driving) and where I also seem to "write" the most amazing blog posts (that are largely forgotten by the morning, drat), it came to me.

Music is often the background theme to life
Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad was, and still is, a big music fan, especially classical, and as children we were often subjected to privileged to listen to some amazing orchestral pieces (which we did not appreciate at the time). He usually spared us the opera, although I happen to enjoy some opera now. So I have a lot of classical - and a bit of opera - in my collection. As a teenager I discovered my own classics - a whole lot of 60s and 70s rock music - and some not-so-classic (......... ummm, Leif Garrett anyone??). In the 80s my collection of vinyl expanded to include some Christian artists and the odd pop album. The 90s saw the necessary addition of PlaySchool, Bananas in Pyjamas, and The Wiggles, both on cassette tapes and those new-fangled CDs. In the 2000s I discovered some amazing female artists that I still adore, and even now I love to discover a new voice or band and add to my collection.

Farewell to vinyl
These days my vinyl collection is boxed, and without a turntable anymore it seems like it might be time to ditch them all, but being a bit nostalgic I can't quite bring myself to say goodbye to my LPs yet. I also still have a few cassette tapes, but again, nothing on which to play them. My CD collection takes up space in a cupboard and only gets played in the car very occasionally, since these days I play my music almost exclusively from digital sources.

Et voila! An A - Z theme
Before I knew it, I had a theme, not to mention a few posts already brewing in my head. So over the month of April, starting tomorrow with the letter A, I will be posting The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection - fun, a bit frivolous, occasionally serious, and lots of reminiscing for me! With the help of my alphabetised iTunes library, hopefully it won't pose too great a challenge. I missed the theme reveal, but I'm still a registered participant, so bring it on!

Maybe some of my musical history or my musical present will resonate with you - we may even have some favourite songs in common - but at the very least I hope you enjoy reading about and listening to mine!


  1. Hi Sue I've just discovered your blog, even though I am friends with Leanne from Cresting the Hill, I hadn't heard of your website. I will definitely be following you in your AtoZ Challenge and I'm taking part also. I would like to offer you to join our weekly link up that Leanne and I have called Midlife Share the Love Party. It is each Wednesday so just let me know if you want to link up and I can send you the details. Looking forward to reading your first 'A' in AtoZ.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. Hi Sue, thanks for your comment and your kind invitation. Leanne has also been so helpful and encouraging to me in getting my blogging restarted. I have to say I'm a little trepidatious about the A to Z challenge, hoping I can keep up with the daily posts, but looking forward it. My posts will be a bit of fun I hope. I'll be reading yours too!! Thanks for stopping by xx


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