A to Z 2019 reflections

This was my eighth year doing the Challenge on my main blog, sixth on my secondary blog. Very uncharacteristically, I didn’t start writing my posts till March. The posts on this blog only began being researched, written, and edited on the 25th, which gave me scant time!

As always, I featured both female and male names on each day, and alternated which sex each post started with. There were no unisex names this year, since the Slavic languages are highly gendered. There are a few unisex nicknames for names with both male and female versions (e.g., Sasha, Valya, Vasya), but actual full names are much rarer.

Early on, I decided to feature a dozen names per post, with six for each sex. That included variations of the names, versions for the opposite sex, and nicknames. As promised, I tried my best to avoid names with the -mir(a) and -slav(a)/sław(a) roots, since I’m planning future posts devoted to such names. I’ll also have future posts featuring Slavic names with the -mil(a) and Tsvet-/Cvet-/Kvet- roots.

Since Slavic languages don’t all have the same alphabet, certain letters lent themselves more to certain languages; e.g., W came entirely from Polish, while J and H could only come from the West Slavic languages and a few South Slavic languages. I’d hoped to feature more Montenegrin names, but unfortunately couldn’t find enough that are unique to that language.

Obviously, X and Q were by far the trickiest letters to find names for, since they only naturally occur in Czech and Slovak, and the few names with those rare letters are all borrowed from other languages.

For whatever reason, I’ve had really bad luck with links clicked on for the last few years! So many blogs had interesting names or themes, but I discovered that person hadn’t blogged in months (or years!), or quit participating early. Others have also noticed participation seems to be down the last few years.

Other blogs were hard to navigate, like putting A to Z posts on an entirely separate page, or posting multiple times a day and not putting the A to Z post on top, or putting a hyperlink to it at the start of the top post. Still other bloggers had no commenting option, or there were a lot of big graphics and text blocks to scroll through before finally finding the A to Z post.

I was quite turned off by bloggers using their theme to promote their businesses. I’m fine with a theme inspired by one’s business or art (e.g., topics you researched for a book, subjects you’ve painted, recipes from your bakery), but not out and out telling bloggers to, e.g., hire you as a genealogical researcher or hawking merchandise from a pyramid scheme!

Having one big list was much more convenient than all the daily lists in different places, though its length and volume did prove a challenge in scrolling. I’d be happy to volunteer with maintaining next year’s list, as I did in 2015.

Post recap:

The As of Slavic names (55 views)
The Bs of Slavic names (29 views)
The Cs of Slavic names (28 views)
The Ds of Slavic names (24 views)
The Es of Slavic names (20 views)
The Fs of Slavic names (18 views)
The Gs of Slavic names (19 views)
The Hs of Slavic names (22 views)
The Is of Slavic names (19 views)
The Js of Slavic names (19 views)
The Ks of Slavic names (13 views)
The Ls of Slavic names (17 views)
The Ms of Slavic names (17 views)
The Ns of Slavic names (22 views)
The Os of Slavic names (12 views)
The Ps of Slavic names (15 views)
The Qs of (non-native) Slavic names (15 views)
The Rs of Slavic names (20 views)
The Ses of Slavic names (15 views)
The Ts of Slavic names (8 views)
The Us of Slavic names (14 views)
The Vs of Slavic names (16 views)
The Ws of Slavic names (12 views)
The Xes of Slavic names (16 views)
The Ys of Slavic names (10 views)
The Zs of Slavic names (26 views)

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2 thoughts on “A to Z 2019 reflections

  1. Carrie-Anne,

    thanks for the reflection and pitfalls to avoid when making and committing to an A-Z post in 2020.

    There have been fewer and fewer comment options since Google Accounts shut down in early April.

    Would love to see a post on Cvet-Kvet roots.

    [thinking of a neighbour of one of my first boyfriends who came by that etymology].

  2. Your ability to find names within your ‘restrictions’ impressed me – and thanks for the invaluable list of your posts. I sympathise with the problems you had with ‘dead’ links and difficulties commenting or accessing some of our blogs. The internet seems to get harder to navigate these days.

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