Daily Post: The ABCs of Blogging


I never know what will inspire me to write a blog post, until I’m writing it. Sometimes I plan and think and plan some more; other times something hits me and Ka-boom (see below*), I’m furiously writing! Some posts are deeply meaningful, while others are humorous or whimsical, or informational.

I like Michele W’ at WordPress. Of course I don’t really know her–– though I did meet her at BlogHer 2014, and was enormously amused to realize that her gravatar is a photo! We were chatting at the WordPress help center, and I suddenly felt like a geeky fan, as I made the connection between the very cool photo I’ve always seen, and the real WP guru. It’s not enough that we share a love of semi-colons, but face to face she was super helpful, funny and kind. Ok, so maybe I am a geeky fan, and I may get off topic occasionally–> back on topic:

I don’t do the Daily Prompts very often. That said, they can be very inspiring… which takes me back to what inspires a post. Well, Michele’s Alphabet City prompt inspired me this time. These are words for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet, that represent why I blog; what inspires, impacts, motivates me; how I feel about/when blogging, or what I get from blogging. This is my alphabet of blogging!

  1. A- Admiration, Acknowledgment
  2. B- Blog, Blogging, Blogosphere
  3. C- Connection, Commitment
  4. D- Delight, Determined
  5. E- Energized, Exposed, Emotional
  6. F- Friends, Freedom, Forgiveness
  7. G- Grief, Gratitude
  8. H- Honored
  9. I- Inspiration, Inspired
  10. J- Joy
  11. K- Ka-boom!*
  12. L- Lucky, Linked, Love
  13. M- Motivated
  14. N- Naked
  15. O- Organized
  16. P- Present, People, Playful
  17. Q- Qualified
  18. R- Random, Real
  19. S- Sincerity, Support, Spontaneous
  20. T- Thankful
  21. U- Ubiquitous
  22. V- Validation, VOTY’15
  23. W- Writing, Writer, Word Press (see gratitude)
  24. X- Xanadu
  25. Y- You, Yes,You!
  26. Z- Zany

Note: Ok, admittedly, X- Xanadu is weak, but if you know what Xanadu is, then I can say that blogging metaphorically takes me there. But, the link takes you to a video that I couldn’t resist… not the “an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty” that the dictionary’s defines it as, and how I feel about blogging (admittedly a teeny bit over-stated). But we can all agree that Olivia Newton John, with a Gene Kelly cameo and those dancers, and the 80s hair and style, are infinitely more amusing, right? Also, of note: L-Linked… I don’t mean linked, like the links I’ve included in this post, but the incredibly awesome links I’ve developed with other bloggers and readers. That, THAT, is really why I blog. Right there. Linked. Final note: only after posting, and getting comments, did I notice that this was supposed to be a photo prompt! What?! Duh! So, here’s a “photo” of ABC: 


Again, who knows why one prompt inspires, while other equally good ideas don’t. Today I saw this Daily Post and I felt the ABCs of blogging speak to me. Thanks for the inspiration, Michele. Final note: That last link, ABC– after putting Xanadu, how could I not redeem myself with this? I mean epic. Really, watch it and dance. (Takes me back to a happy time and a mad crush–– when a crush on Michael Jackson was uncomplicated and fringe was so cool. And just like that, I’m down the rabbit hole of YouTube Jackson videos!)

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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28 Responses to Daily Post: The ABCs of Blogging

  1. LOVE that Xanadu video. Here’s one from Tina Marie that only mentions Xanadu. But hey, it’s soul train, so I had to share it. Haaaaaa.

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  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Hmm, I’m trying to figure out the naked one…


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  4. I thought of the O.N. John song as soon as I read the word. My dad loved her.

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  5. That was a fun blog, Dawn–thorough, interesting and fun. 😀 — Suzanne


  6. Cathy Ulrich says:

    So glad to have met you here on the Blogosphere, Dawn. And then to get to meet you in person last year! Great, great list!


    • Thanks Cathy. It’s been so wonderful meeting so many incredible people, who I feel I know (and can be naked with)… not to mention the joy of meeting in person! That was icing. Butter cream. Icing… oops, not good for naked writers. 😉

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  7. Enjoyed your ABC’s, Dawn, but did you know you’re linked in the Photo Challenge? 🙂


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  8. I was hooked by what I want to call originality of style. Your style is quite unique. I haven’t quite read something written the way you have written this. Full of fun, wisdom and creativity. You also reminded me it was a photo challenge. I forgot the photo side. Your walk through the A B C is very interesting and creative. Thanks for sharing and getting me inspired.


  9. Mike Lince says:

    I have to admit, as soon as I saw you were going to list blog-related words for each letter of the alphabet, my first thought was, ‘What is she going to use for “X”?’ ‘Xanadu’ was X-cellent!! I love it. You made my day! – Mike

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  10. Kourtney Heintz says:

    As a writer you embraced the spirit of the post in your way. 🙂 Love your K entry.



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