Do you know what the #AtoZChallenge is?
I know many of you do because I met you during last year’s challenge, but for those who don’t, the A to Z is a blogging challenge.
It happens every year in April. We’re challenged to blog every day during the month, except on Sundays. And following the order of the letters of the alphabet. You can do it any way you want, about anything you want, as long as your post is inspired by the letter of the alphabet on a specific day. Last year I read blogs about storytelling, travels, films, serialised stories, writing craft, crafts in general.
Some bloggers go random, many others have a theme. As soon as I hear ‘theme’, I thought, ‘I’m doing it!’
I know, some bloggers think that a theme is constraining. Personally, I don’t think so. I think a theme gives you direction, and for me, it was inspiring. Sure, some of the letters are hell to come up with, because you can’t choose anything you want, but that’s a little price to pay for a challenge that in my opinion ends up being more cohesive and satisfying.
Last year I blogged about the Roaring Twenties, and I’m sorry for you, that’s what I’m going to do this year too, except my theme will be even more specific.
Are you ready? This is what I’ll be blogging about.
Just like last year, most of what I’ll be blogging about comes from my research for my stories. This year’s challenge is based on one of my favourite research books, The Jazz Revolution by Kathy J. Ogren.
Many people don’t realise (I certainly didn’t before I started researching) that jazz had a huge impact on 1920s America (and partly Europe). There’s a reason why the 1920s are also called the Jazz Age – and not just because jazz was the most popular music of the time. As Ogren thoroughly exposes in her book, jazz was the expression of a profound change in the American society of the time, but it was also part of the cause.Jazz was the expression of a profound change in 1920s American society, but it was also part of the cause #JazzAge #Jazz #HistoryofJazz Click To Tweet
Born in shady places in the South of the US, inside the African American community, jazz finds its roots in blues and the hardship it expresses, but also looks with hope to the future. In the 1920s, it spoke of the freedom a prosperous society can offer and the change working on the minds of people even when that freedom isn’t achieved. Black musicians of the Jazz Age gained recognition, and advanced integration as white musicians went to listen to them to learn that music that crossed every line. Women vocalists gained and advanced freedom of expression for every woman, even while battling commodification of their image. Jazz expressed the fast life of the new century, the unpredictability, the fear and excitement.
I have 26 posts to bring you on this journey. I hope you’ll come along.
A – African American Origin
B – Blues
C – Call and Response
D – Dixieland
E – Emotions
F – Films
G – Great Migration
H – Honky Tonk
I – Improvisatoin
J – Jazz Controversy
K – Kansas City
L – Lindy Hop
M – Musicianers vs jazzmen
N – New Orleans
O – Oral Tradition
P – Primitivism
Q – Quotes
R – Race Records
S – Sensuality
T – Tempo
U – Union
V – Vaudeville
W – White Audience
X – XX Century
Y – You Ain’t the One
Z – Zest
Today is Theme Reveal Day. Bloggers are revealing the theme they will blog about during the challenge. You can find the complete list here. Now excuse me as I delve into it.
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I’m sitting out the Challenge this year.
Oh, that’s a pity, Mee.
But you’ll read it, won’t you? At least, read mine! 😉
Sounds like a great theme! I love the fashions of the Jazz Age.
I admit that this year theme was fantastic to write (I’ve already written nearly all the entries). I know this subject a lot better now… which is what I was after 😉
Off to see your theme, now.
I look forward to your theme – last year’s posts were fascinating and it sounds like this year’s are going to be just as interesting. Here’s to all that jazz 🙂
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Hi Tasha, happy to see you back 🙂
Are you doing the challenge too?
Jamie Dorner @Penminion
I’m looking forward to that. New (old) jazz recommendations are always welcome.
Mine will be more a foray into society and the way 1920s understood, experienced and used jazz. I hope you’ll like it anyway 😉
This looks like a wonderful theme.
Hope you have a wonderful time with the challenge!
The same to you, Misha. I’m heading over to your blog. Let me see your theme 😉
That looks great! It’s not an era I know much about – but you’re right, the influence certainly hit Europe… even if it was a little later than it did in America.
It was also a completely different experience and meant completely different things for Europeans. But that’s a story for another challenge… maybe 😉
Sounds very interesting! Looking forward to read and know all about the Jazz Age this April. Cheers 🙂
Hope to see you around. It’s a fascinating subject. I’ve learned so much while preparing this challenge.
Have a fantastic April!
Awesome theme! What a cool era. I don’t know much about it other than the basics, but it’ll be interesting for me to learn more about that time.
thanks for stopping by, Ann. I’m sure your challennge will be fantastic! 🙂
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Very interesting theme. I enjoy listening to jazz, but I don’t know much about it so I’m looking forward to learning lots from your posts!
I hope you’ll find it intersting. It was a very intersting journey for me, I learned so many unexpected things.
Heading over to your blog, now! 🙂
Wonderful idea, see you in April!
thanks for stopping by, Yolanda. See you in April 🙂
Sounds like a great theme. And you mentioned above that you have already written most of the posts! Gulp! I just decided on my theme! Still got all the planning to do! Oh, but, I’m looking forward to all the craziness next month! See you around!
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It will be a fantastic challenge, Chicky, I’m sure of it 😉
Last year, I only had a week worth of posts when I started the challenge. This year I want to try and be ready when the challenge starts. Let’s see how it goes.
Your theme is so good too.
Sounds like an interesting theme. Jazz is such an eclectic art form.
See you in April,
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It was an awesome subject to reserach. I hope you’ll like it.
Your theme is so cool! I love mystery stories!
Gail M Baugniet
Luz all that jazz! Look forward to learning the A to Z of the roaring twenties.
Hope you’ll like it, Gail.
Your theme sounds like a lot of fun too. Can’t wait to start reading 🙂
A very unique theme, educational and interesting at the same time.
Thanks for stopping by, Nilanjana
Oh my, for some reason, I think that writing poetry during the AtoZ is a challenge in the challenge 🙂
Cool! I don’t know much about the history of jazz, specifically from the 1920s and how it impacted society, so reading your A To Z posts will be a neat learning experience. 🙂
I hope you’ll like it, Sara 🙂
I enjoyed researching it a lot. I lerned so many things.
Stephen T Tremp
Cool baby cool and all that jazz! Good luck with A to Z.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I absolutely love your theme. I can’t wait for the challenge to start 🙂
Yesss!! I am all for this. I loved your posts last year too, so this will be a treat 🙂
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Really hope you’ll like it 🙂
And let me tell you that your theme for this year is absolutely awesome!!!
LOVE – LOVE – LOVE 🙂
I look forward to being entertained and educated on this fun topic.
Thanks for stopping by, Molly. Your theme is quite fascinating… and romantic, isn’t it? 😉
I love Jazz! This sounds super cool. Great topic! Count me in.
Hope you’ll like the ride 🙂
Thanks for stopping by.
Great theme choice! I am excited to hear all about it, and learn new things!
Thanks for stopping by Tawnya. I’m intrigued by your inspirational theme 😉
I like your theme. To start with it has something that i had never heard of. Jazz the music, in 1920s? Great!! Looking forward to read more.
Hi Parul, so happy to see you here 🙂
Can’t wait to read your theme about women.
Looking forward to your posts! Good luck! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Nibha. I like that you’re writing a story during the challenge. I admire people who do it. I wouldn’t be able too. Serious!
Cool follow up to last year, so looking forward to April.
You know, even if it’s a kind of follow up to last year’s challenge, this was quite a different beast. But I really enjoyed it.
You’re planning an amazing challenge, Roland! 🙂
Wow, that’s a very specific theme.
Thanks for stopping by, Claudia. I always love travel themes 🙂
Sounds like a great theme. See you at the A-Z.
Hi Teresa, thanks for stopping by.
Well, may I say that your theme is pretty unexpected. What are you planning? 🙂
I have to apologise and say that I don’t think I lasted through your theme last year, but I think I’ll check in on your Jazz series!
Hi Anna, happy to see you back 🙂
You have a theme that is kind of a follow up of last year too, right?
Good luck with the Challenge! It sounds like a really fascinating theme. I’ve got all the posts for my main blog written, edited, and scheduled, though I’m still working on the posts for my secondary blog.
I remember you said you had those posts ready last summer. I was so envious.
My posts aren’t done yet, but I’m close. Hoping to be able to do some graphic too… but I don’t know.
Have a fantastic challenge!
Wow! That sounds fantastic! I quite like jazz, and know something about the Jazz Age, but I’m sure it won’t even scratch the surface of what you know …. I’m going to follow you in April to immerse myself in the world of jazz!
Thanks for stopping by. Hey, then we’re going to learn something both of us. I don’t knwo wnythign about your chosen theme either.
It will be a fantastic challenge 🙂
Barbara In Caneyhead
I am absolutely thrilled with your theme choice, Sarah! Looking forward to it!
Thanks Barbara. You have a good one too 🙂
Happy reveal day!
This is a great theme for you and I’m super excited to read these. I know almost nothing about jazz.
Thanks Robin. Hope you’ll like it.
I’m soooo interested in your theme!
Timothy S Brannan
This should be a lot of fun! Looking forward to it.
Thanks for stopping by, Timothy. There has been a time when I was a RPG gamer too. It was great fine, I’m kind of sorry I don’t play anymore. Exciting theme 🙂
Sounds interesting (as before!). Have fun this year!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. You have an historical theme too. That’s so cool! 🙂
Sounds exciting! As you know, I’m not doing the challenge this year which, in theory, gives me more time for reading what everyone else is doing. Let’s hope so anyway.
I hope to see you here often 🙂
I’m trying to ahve all my posts scheduled before the challenge starts, so to have more time for networking. Mhm.. let’s see how this will work out.
You have a rich treasure trove from which to extract historical gems. The Twenties was a great era for music. This should be an excellent theme.
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I hope I’ll be up to the task. The Twenties were indeed a special time in so many ways 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Love the 1920s, love Jazz, count me in 🙂 All the best!
Hi Zeljka. Hope you’ll enjoy the challenge.
Your theme is one of the more unique I found. Yeah, it’s kind of a travel theme, but it’s the mode that I like 😉
I’m so happy I read your post! I’ve just recently started enjoying Jazz and I am excited to learn more about it! Happy Challenge 🙂
Hi Jen, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
Your theme about plants is also so intersting. Can’t wait for the beginning of the challenge.
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
This going to be a fun theme. Jazz is so much and so special. All the best.
Hi, thanks for stopping by. Your 100 a day challenge sounds really challenging to me. I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Have a fantastic April!
I remember reading some of your themed posts from last year. looking forward to seeing what this year brings 🙂
Hey, what do I see? Another gilr doing 100 words a day challenge.
Girls, I’m really in owe of you!
Ooohhh! I’m definitely going to be following you. This is my first year in the AtoZ Challenge and I have chosen the theme of The Golden Age of Hollywood.
Well, I’m heading over your blog right away! I already know I want to follow your challenge 🙂
I don’t know much about jazz, but I think this would be a great way to learn. Sounds interesting!
It’s such a fascinating part of history… though, yeah, I find most of social history fascinating 😉
Can’t wait to read your theme. If the intro I read is anything to go by, I know I’ll be laughing through it the whole way!
Sounds fun! I love jazz. A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c’est Fantastique
Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll enjoy my theme.
I don’t knwo a word of French. Maybe your theme will teach me something 🙂
Wow, you’ve gotten a phenomenal response to your theme reveal! It sounds like it will be really educational. Like a lot of people, I have an appreciation for some jazz, but I don’t know much about it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll enjoy my theme.
Some of your posts of last year were really creepy. Are you going to creep me out this year too? 😉
Interesting choice. I can’t wait to see what you do with Jazz. I know nothing about it now, so I know my knowledge will increase.
Hi Rhonda, thanks for stopping by.
A photo challenge from New Zealand? Count me in 😉
Jazz.. Looks like we’re going to get a lot on our plate this April.. and your theme is really interesting…
All the best 🙂
See you around 🙂
Hi, and thanks so much for stopping by.
A challenge in the challenge for you too, eh? I think that writing posts in a set amount of words is sooooo difficult. I’m in owe of you girls.
and all that jazz :>
You bet it! 😉
Love it. Last year at this time I was taking a class about jazz and blues, which fit in well with your theme. It’ll be good for a refresher!
I remember you mentioned it during the challenge last year. Hey, I hope you’ll add to the discussion as it will unfold 🙂
That is a great theme! I’m sure it was fun to do the researching that you did to come up with the jazz songs, etc., from the 1920s! Have fun with the challenge!
Hi Betty and thanks for stopping by 🙂
Actually, it won’t be much about the music in itself, but more about that social environment that allowed jazz to be born and that was then changed in part by the action of jazz.
Yous sounds like a fantastic theme 🙂
Great theme, and I love the idea of listing the post links all in one place. What better place than your theme reveal post?
It is very handy, especially when the challenge is over. Do copy the idea… I copyed it from someone last year 😉
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jazz exposed us to musicians we wouldn’t have heard otherwise, that’s for sure.
Jazz was a very complex phenomenon that went beyond music. I hope to expose that 🙂
J E Oneil
That sounds really cool! And I missed last year, so I definitely want to see this year’s. Teach me about jazz.
I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂
Your theme about words is so intersting. Words have so much to say.
Super! I can’t wait! THIS is why I’m not participating this year: so I can concentrate on following! I just bought 3 Helen Humes CDs. She was from Louisville, my hometown. 🙂
That’s a drastic decision! 😉
Well, last year was my first, and since I had to ran after the letter sof the alphabet, I had little time to network, espeically on the second half of the month. This year there are good hopes that I’ll be (kind of) ready when the challenge starts, so I hope I’ll be able to network a lot more.
J Lenni Dorner
J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
April should be exciting. I’m looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
My blog has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
Hi Lenni, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
I am following your blog. Can’t wait to read your posts… and especially your excerpts, since I don’t think I’ve ever read anything of yours.
You know, I intended to do the parallel challenge, but on the second day already I was behind. I suppose one challenge at a time is enough for me 😉
I know so little about Jazz – I look forward to learning! Good luck in the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by, Stuart 🙂
I’ve seen many bloggers are going to blog their book during the challenge, but I think your take at it is the most fun.
I loved your theme last year and I know I will love it this year as I adore Jazz! Looking forward to your posts, Sarah!
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Hi Lori. I’m so happy you liked my challenge last year enough to check in with me again.
Well, your theme reveal is quite entiecing. I had to join 😉
Intriguing theme! I know you will be writing some fascinating posts. I’ll be checking in to see what you are up to.
And I hope you’ll like what you’ll see 😉
Can’t wait to read your mermaid theme!
Sound like a great theme. I love jazz. Maybe not as much as some people, but I’ve come to find it very relaxing. Either the vintage 20s era jazz or the modern day, Diana Krall type of jazz. It’s all good.
As for the theme, I think it’s a good idea to have a theme. As you say, it gives you direction and makes your readers interested in what you are producing. If you hook them one day, they are more likely to come back the next day to see what the next letter will be. Without a theme, they know it’s hit or miss and may give it a miss if they are pressed for time.
I agree with you, Jeffrey. Having a theme is good for so many reasons. And I hostly think it’s more fun 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Two things.. one that we are so glad that you are a part of the BlogChatter community .. and two Jazz is a fascinating idea to cover. I enjoy the genre of music but have limited knowledge so will follow your posts. Catch you in 2 days! gosh.. April is already here isn’t it?
Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
It’s tomorrow! And I’m still not ready!!!!
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