Okay, so last year, I started my own blogging challenge, so I would continue researching and writing about my family history. A couple of years ago, I found an old genealogy site by Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although the writing venture had ended, I followed it anyway, and it opened up a door of incredible discoveries about my family. As my year crept to a close, I longed for another writing quest, but I could not find anything. That fall, I got busy and created my own writing challenge called My Tales, and I opened it up to other writers. It was a fun experience, and I did have a few bloggers participate on a regular basis.
Once the year came to a close, I didn’t know what my next move should be, for I learned that Amy Johnson Crow had started up her writing prompts once more. One fellow blogger enquired if I were going to continue. Although I hated to see it end, I didn’t see the point since I knew I wanted to follow Amy’s new prompts for the year.
Still, I started wondering about some of the things my bloggers, friends, and family had stated. One blogger told me that she enjoyed my site and enjoyed writing challenges, but she also shared that she just couldn’t bring herself to write about her family. Even my own grandkids had their spin on the family tales. While they loved the history, they wanted to know more about my life and their mom’s childhood too. With that in mind, I decided to give My Tales another shot, except this time I would focus on prompts that could involve more individuals, for it could still include genealogy buffs as well as folks that love to write about life.
This time, I will do bi-weekly writing prompts, and I hope participants will continue to share their stories. Here are the January Themes. Happy Writing!
January 6 – 12 – Memorable Mail
- What’s the Most Memorable Thing You Ever Got in the Mail?
- A love letter? A present? An award? A school acceptance? A check? A note from a long-lost friend?
January 20 – 26 – The Classic Nickname
- What Nicknames Have You Ever Gotten or Given?
- Did your dad call you Slugger or Princess? Did your younger sibling mispronounce your name, so you were stuck with your own special tag? Or maybe a coach or a teacher provided you with an amusing moniker.