The Big Reveal Bloghop

The Big Reveal Blog HopMina and David are hosting The Big Reveal blog hop today so that folks participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge can share their themes together. I was already planning a post about my theme and why I picked it, so finding this hop-within-a-hop was perfect timing.

Last year was my first A to Z, and like most things that challenge me, I had a love-hate relationship with it. It was amazing meeting so many new blogger friends, many of whom I still chat with regularly in the blogosphere, but writing new blog posts every day nearly put me down for the count. If I was going to participate again, I had to do things differently this time.
Well, Jocelyn, why don’t you write your posts in advance like the sane people do? *falls to the ground laughing hysterically* Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.
Besides the rampant and appalling procrastination, I think my biggest issue last year was I made things too complicated. My theme was actually six different themes, one for each day of the week. The variety was supposed to keep things fresh for both my readers and me, but it ended up keeping me from finding a blogging groove. I also put a lot of unrealistic pressure on myself that every post had to be hysterically funny and deeply insightful at the same time. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen either. 
So I needed a simple theme, but the clock was ticking and I couldn’t think of anything. Then a few weeks ago the 15 Minute Tweet Tales word of the day was contronym, which is a word with multiple definitions that are the opposite of each other. For example: dust can mean to remove fine particles (dust the furniture) or to add fine particles (dust the cookies with sugar). 
Despite my love of words, I’d never heard this term before, and it kind of blew my mind. I mean, how weird is English that we have words (turns out quite a lot of them) with meanings that are complete opposites AND we actually have a word to describe that illogical phenomenon? Fascinating! Well, at least it is to this word nerd. Speaking of word nerd, here’s my tweet tale using the word contronym: Tiger was excited to hear he was being fixed, thinking his stolen claws were being replaced. Poor kitty didn't know about contronyms.
As I hit up my old friend Google for more info about this new-to-me word, I found several lists with example contronyms. A whisper at the back of my brain pointed out that the words seemed to be covering a considerable span of the alphabet. I felt a thrill – could this be it? Had I finally found my theme? With more research, I found a contronym for every letter but two. Close enough! I’ll just have to be creative on those two days. 
I’m really excited about my contronym theme. I’ll get to explore more about this concept that has captivated me, and the posts should be relatively simple. Each day I’ll post a contronym and its contradicting definitions plus something fun to illustrate them – it might be pictures, maybe a tweet tale, perhaps a very short story, or any other ways I find to get creative. I hope you’ll drop by during A to Z to revel in word nerdiness with me.
But if that’s not enough to entice you back, then how about cute doggie pictures? Like last year, each day I’ll feature one of the Rish family dogs displaying the letter of the day. They’re too cute to miss! To give you a sneak peek, here’s the video I put together last year for the A to Z Video Challenge:
The Blogging from A to Z challenge is tough but rewarding, so if you’ve never participated before, you really should try it. Click here to sign up. Hope to see you around the alphabet in April!
Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge this year? If so, are you going with or without a theme? Care to share your theme? Have you already written your posts?



Rebeccah Giltrow's picture

Wow, your theme sounds AMAZING!!  I will definitely be stopping back during April.  I love the English language and all its anomalies,  so this seems right up my street!  Good luck with it all :)

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)'s picture

Oh wow! Love reading your Tweet Tales and learning new words. My stream goes by so quickly sometimes I miss them though. :) But I will definitely want to come back for this theme! Love it! Good Luck, Joceyln!Jamie Dement (LadyJai)

Carolyn Brown's picture

Tweet tales! Sounds like this will be fun!

Jackie F.'s picture

Woot! Great theme!

Dani's picture

Someone mentioned Tweet Tales too. I'm so interested about this. I'll be stopping by for sure!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Rebeccah - Thanks! The concept of contronyms is really a strange one, and I can't wait to dive in further.

Jamie - I'm glad to hear I'm entertaining and educating you at the same time with my tweet tales. :-)

Carolyn - I hope it'll be fun. :-)

Jackie - Thank you!

Dani - Yeah, one of the tweet tale regulars told me she's doing longer stories with the #15tt words - I'm excited to read them.

Michelle's picture

Hi Jocelyn. Hope you're well! *waving*So you're giving us a double treat! Words and cute doggie pictures!My theme is also based on words...See you during the A to Z challenge!

Medeia Sharif's picture

That's an awesome theme. I look forward to your posts.

Yve's picture

That's a pretty clever theme, and a mind-blowing word indeed. Good luck with that! It would probably infuriate me if I tried it. Haha. 

Patricia Lynne's picture

That sounds like a fun theme. I can't wait to see your words.

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Sounds like a fantastic theme. Looking forward to it.

Carrie-Anne's picture

What a great theme!  I love language and learning new words.

Tui Snider @mentalmosaic's picture

I was so excited to see you on the list for the A to Z theme reveal! I enjoy your #15tt on Twitter and am excited about your theme. Contronyms - how fabulous are they? I look forward to seeing the great posts you come up with this April. ~Tui

Mina Lobo's picture

That's awesome, didn't know that word existed! And LOL - poor Tiger! :-D

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Michelle - *waves back* Yay, another word lover doing a word theme - word nerds unite!

Medeia - Thanks! Are you participating again this year?

Yve - Thanks, I imagine by day six I'll be frustrated trying to think of ways to be creative with the way I present the info.

Patricia - I hope it will be fun!

Natalie - Thank you!

Carrie-Anne - I love language, too and that's why I couldn't believe I'd never heard of contronyms before.

Tui - Glad to see you'll be jumping into the challenge this time.  And contronyms are sooo fabulous!

Mina - I don't know why they don't teach contronyms in school - they're so fun! And. yeah, poor Tiger had an unpleasant suprise waiting for him.

Medeia Sharif's picture


Damyanti 's picture

Contronyms! I learn something new each day -- look forward to your AZ posts! 

Allyson Lindt's picture

I've learned a new word today. Neat :-D I thought about pre-writing my posts too...and then two months passed and it was yesterday and nah, not going to happen. Looking forward to your posts!

Al Diaz's picture

Well, that will certainly teach me a thing or two about English words. Will prove interesting!

Tina Downey's picture

From one word-nerd to another, that is an amazingly AWESOME totally cool theme.  Also reminds me of Amelia Bedelia dusting the furniture...



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Ida Chiavaro's picture

word nerds - I love it.  I love your contronym theme idea too and can't wait to read your posts during the challenge.  I'm doing words from my magic spirit card deck (plus other emotions) and after reading about your experience during last year's challenge I hope I can steer myself away from debilitating disorder - must be insightful, funny, word perfect syndrome.  - oh and I LOL'd at that idea of preparing in advance too.  Good luck with the challenge. 

Lexa Cain's picture

Oh! I vote for cute doggie pics!I'm sure your contronym theme will be very educational. My hat's off to you that you're even doing the challenge. I can barely think of an idea to post once a week - posting every day seems like a crazy amount of work. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Damyanti - Learning is fun! :-)

Allyson - Yeah, both last year and this year I planned to pre-write, but it never seems to actually happen.

Al - I hope it's interesting to others and not just to me. :-)

Tina - Thanks! I totally thought about Amelia Bedelia too and how the book illustrates the concept of contronyms without ever explicitly naming them.

Ida - Yeah, this challenge is really tough on us procrastinators, especially when we happen to be perfectionists too. Good luck to both of us!

Lexa - There will definitely be cute doggie pics! I think it's like writing a novel (or giving birth so I hear) - while it's happening you claim you'll never to it again, but then you look back on it with fondness.  

Valerie Lawson's picture

love your idea for the a to z challenge.  i talked myself out of it thinking it would be so difficult to come up with 26 posts with a theme. keeping it simple seems to be key.

Stephanie Scott's picture

I agree, the simpler the better. I also made my theme more complicated last year, and am doing my best to keep it short and tailored. My theme is Influential Women Authors. So far it's been fun to put together. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Valerie - Thanks! And, yeah, I learned the hard way last year that keeping it simple is the best way to attack this challenge.

Stephanie - Ooh, I like your theme!

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