Monday, May 2, 2022

A to Z Challenge Reflections: Gemstone Folklore

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I have completed my 10th A to Z Challenge!

My theme this year was Gemstone Folklore. You can now find a list of all my posts on this page. It was a theme years in the making, and probably the one that has required the most research ever. I greatly enjoyed it, and it seemed to resonate with people too!

Over the course of April, the blog had more than 10k hits and almost 300 comments (fun fact: diamonds got the most comments, go figure). Hits and comments both tapered off a little towards the end of the month - likely because every participant was running out of steam, and also because I got covid a week ago (owww), and did not have the energy to do as much visiting as I wanted to.

I have a lot to catch up on, in terms of visiting - there were a lot of awesome blogs and themes this year!

Here is a list of some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Fanni Sütő's Ink, Maps & Macaroons - she is a writer friend of mine who participated for the first time this year, and I had great fun reading her personal and honest posts about life intermingled with fiction

From Cave Walls - a fellow mineral & gemstone theme which I loved reading

Brizzy Mays Books and Bruschetta - a theme of Trailblazing Australian Women, from which I learned a whole lot, and put a bunch of books on my TBR about women's history

Sarah Zama's The Old Shelter - an A to Z veteran, Sarah once again brought a really cool historical theme to the challenge, this time about the birth of the New Woman in the 1920s

Anne E.G. Nydam's Black and White - an amazing and artistic theme about designing mythical creatures, and the many features they can have. You can tell it's well researched because she showed me a bunch of new creatures I didn't know about!

Story Crossroads - a fellow veteran with a folktale theme, about dualities in folktales :)

Literacious - the theme was Reaching Reluctant Readers, with a whole lot of cool advice on how to inspire childen to read

Deborah Weber - Pointed Ponderings, a series of posts based on rare and fascinating words. Deborah's A to Z posts always inspire me

Timothy S. Brannan's The Other Side - an A to Z of conspiracy theories, which was great fun to read, and also sometimes mind-numbing

Shout out to the A to Z Challenge team! I love working with you guys :)


  1. I'm glad you came out the other side of covid! And congrats on ten A to Zs completed.

  2. Wow! Ten years of A-Z? That's quite an accomplishment :-)

    Ronel visiting for A-Z Challenge Reflections 2022

  3. Gems and folktales - two of my favorite things. I felt like I hit the jackpot with your posts this year, and I can well see how much research and energy you put into this series. Well-done!

    Thanks for the kind shout-out. Thanks, too, for your work on the A-to-Z team.

  4. What an accomplishment to have completed the A to Z challenge 10 times! Hope you are feeling much better now!

  5. Great post! Sorry to hear you got Covid. Hope you'll be okay. Thanks for being a cohost at A to Z.
    ~ The Operation Awesome Team

  6. I hope you've recovered fully. Thanks for the shout-out - I'm so pleased I was able to introduce you to some new creatures. Your blog is always one of my favorites!

  7. Congratulations on your 10th year. That's awesome. I read a few of your gem posts. That is an interesting fact about the diamonds. I fond of rubies and opals... I wonder if you touched on I will have to have a peek see. Hope you are feeliing better.

  8. Congratulations on your 10 years of AtoZ wins and feel better soon!

  9. Another one is in the books! Congratulations on #10!

  10. Congratulations on ten years of A to Z challenges. I hope you recover quickly from the virus.
    Thank you for helping to administer the challenge. I look forward to catching up with lots of blogs during the road trip.
    Visiting from A to Z.

  11. Congrats on 10 years of AtoZ posting, that´s an amazing accomplishment! I hope you´re feeling much better right away, take things easy. Now that the challenge ended, we can catch up visiting. Thanks for the blog recommendations, I´ll try to visit them, too! :D

  12. Congratulations! 10th AtoZ is an accomplishment and kudos to you. I hope you are fully recovered soon. Yours is one of the blogs that I had hoped to read more and it's interesting that we overlap a little in other blogs we enjoyed. (I never did get a list of those together - sigh.)

  13. Wow! 10 challenges completed! I just completed my first and realized how much work it is. Of course, fun too! Doing 10 of them? Truly an achievement! Congratulations!

  14. Congratulations on completing the challenge! And on the 10 years -- that's quite an accomplishment! I enjoyed your theme and appreciated all that I learned about gemstones and their related stories.

  15. Congrats! 10 years is amazing! I've been here and now back again. It was fun to return to the challenge, and I had a great year too.

  16. Congratulations! 10 years. Wow!

  17. Congrats on finishing! Like you, I got busy in the latter half and didn't visit as many as I should have. Trying to make up for it now!