This was my seventh year doing the A to Z Challenge with this blog, my ninth with two blogs. Much to my disappointment, for the third year in a row I had to suffice with a fairly simple theme, one I didn’t need to do a huge amount of research for. I remain hopeful I can return to more intensive themes in the coming years.
I didn’t start writing and researching my posts till early March. Last year, I didn’t begin writing my posts till 25 March, and had to fly through them to be finished before April started. Again, I hope I have much more lead time next year. Though I was born two weeks after my estimated due date and feel I do a lot of my best work at the last minute, procrastination isn’t a positive habit.
As always, I featured both female and male names on each day, and alternated which sex each post started with. Early on, I decided to feature six for each sex, except for a few letters with a wealth of lovely Estonian names. I didn’t want to shortchange them.
I ended up using a fair bit more names borrowed from other languages (primarily German, Scandinavian, and Russian) than I’d hoped for, but it wouldn’t have been accurate to only feature native Estonian names. The country was occupied by various foreigners for almost 700 years. Cultural osmosis was inevitable.
Unfortunately, I could only find one male Z name, and no male C names. Q, W, X, and Y had to be wildcard days.
Yet again, I seemed to have bad luck with the list. A lot of the links I clicked on never started the Challenge, or gave up very early. If you’ve not blogged in a really long time, why commit yourself to doing it six days a week for an entire month?
Early prep is so important, particularly if you’ve never done it before. When all your posts are written and edited in advance, you don’t have to stress about writing a new post every day in real time. Themes are also important. They make it easier to find topics.
The As of Estonian names (21 views)
The Bs of Estonian names (11 views)
The Cs of Estonian names (12 views)
The Ds of Estonian names (15 views)
The Es of Estonian names (7 views)
The Fs of Estonian names (11 views)
The Gs of Estonian names (14 views)
The Hs of Estonian names (12 views)
The Is of Estonian names (11 views)
The Js of Estonian names (7 views)
The Ks of Estonian names (8 views)
The Ls of Estonian names (13 views)
The Ms of Estonian names (7 views)
The Ns of Estonian names (6 views)
The Os of Estonian names (18 views)
The Ps of Estonian names (9 views)
Wildcard Q names (16 views)
The Rs of Estonian names (8 views)
The Ses of Estonian names (9 views)
The Ts of Estonian names (9 views)
The Us of Estonian names (7 views)
The Vs of Estonian names (15 views)
Wildcard W names (8 views)
Wildcard X names (7 views)
Wildcard Y names (5 names)
The Zs of Estonian names (26 views)