Monday, 4 April 2011

Make like a frog....

....and hop!

Or, to put it another way, anyone up for a blog hop?

This idea has been gradually evolving for a while now, but I think it might be ready at last :-) As many of you know, I love numbers; however, I also love words and letters. I'd love to host a blog hop with an alphabet theme. Anyone in?

A letter B letter C letter D letter E letter F G Ben Eine Letter h letter I letter J letter k letter L letter M letter O stud P Vintage brick letter Q letter R s T letter U Roman numeral V [5] letter W X Peeling Y (Silver Spring, MD) Z
Images from Spell with flickr. Not sure why 'n' isn't showing...

Here's how I see it working:

It would be lovely if we had 26 people, because there are (of course) 26 letters in the alphabet. Well, there are for me, 'cos I'm English. If anyone from overseas who uses a different alphabet is interested in joining in, we can discuss how that would work (and I'm happy to make it work!) Fewer than 26 people would be fine, we'd just use fewer letters :-) (I also have a back-up idea just in case more than 26 people sign up!) I figured that we would each take on a particular letter, and base a blog post around that letter. I'd probably have to allocate letters randomly so we didn't end up with lots of one particular letter and everyone fighting shy of Q, X and Z.... But you see, even with a 'tricky' letter you could build a blog post! I have a few ideas to get you started, and you'd be most welcome to take it in a new direction if you wanted, too!

Possible ideas:
  • Write a blog post where you use your given letter as many times as possible
  • Write a blog post where you use every other letter of the alphabet, but completely avoid your given letter!
  • Create a scrapbook layout or other project where you make use of your given letter, possibly by using a title which begins with that letter, or incorporating it in some other way
  • Find an example of your given letter on a road sign, street name, poster, book cover, piece of graffiti, magazine, advert, map, car licence plate, etc, etc, and photograph it
  • Find as many examples as possible of your given letter as above, and photograph them all
  • Make your given letter in an interesting way (eg out of sticks, stones and leaves, or kitchen utensils, or clothes, or children, etc, etc) and photograph it
  • Make a card or other project in the shape of your given letter
  • Write a blog post which is in some way inspired by your given letter, however tenuous that link may seem!
So yes, there are lots of possibilities with this, and I don't want to be prescriptive at all. If you can make a link between the letter of the alphabet you've been allocated and the post you share on your blog, that's fine by me!

The blog hop would run on Sunday 17th April, at 2pm BST (that's GMT+1). If you're in a different time zone, you can visit this site to find out what time that will be with you. That should give you a bit of time to organise the contents of your post :-) You'd need to set up an autopost so all the posts go live at the same time, but if you haven't done this before and you're not sure how to go about it, just let me know and I'll talk you through the process. It's easy, I promise!

Anyone in? Please email me: ispeakmelsh {at} hotmail {dot} com with your blog address and I'll get in touch with further details. Let me know by this Sunday (10th April) please, so I'll know if this will work and can put the list together! Hoping to hear from you soon xx

**Edited to add: The list is pretty much full now - please see my note towards the end of the comments below! Sorry to anyone who missed out and is disappointed, but I do hope you'll come along and visit us on the day**

37 comments:

Amy said...

So, reading along I am thinking 'YES' what a great idea and we need a good old blog hop, and I am even happy to have one of the 'dodgy' letters ... but alas, I will be away .... hmmmmm, I think it will be too tricky for me to participate this time around.

I can watch from afar :-)

Denise said...

I am so glad I had a day's holiday today,I can send you an email right now !xx

Mary B said...

I'm in I'll email you right now this sound fun. I have already got every letter of the alphabet using architecture around my town. so probably got a head start.

Donna said...

Sounds fun but i think it might be too tricky for me. I'll email you anyway :-)

K said...

Sounds a fab idea, count me in hun :)

(shall email you in a sec to make it official)

scrappyjacky said...

I'm in,Mel....despite the dodgy letters!!!!

Angelfish said...

This sounds very interesting! I'd love to join in please:)

Fiona x

Jinnag said...

I am happy to give this a whirl if you#ll have me? Thanks

scrappysue said...

What a fun idea! So wish I could join in, but will be on vacation with pretty much no Internet (darn!).

Sian said...

I'll join in! It always takes me a few days to get my head round a challenge like this and then I come up with an idea at the last minute (she said with her fingers crossed)!

Jimjams said...

Yes please Mel :D I lurve numbers and letters and punctuation (especially the apostrophe) too :D

debs14 said...

I am so up for this! Just hope I don't get a 'dodgy' letter ;-)

Peonies and Pennies said...

I would love to join in. I have emailed you seperately.

~c~

Melissa said...

I've emailed you Mel - sounds like a fun blog hop.

Surefiredaisy said...

I'm up for this - I'll e-mail you now. :)

SFD x

Kimberly said...

I would love to play along. We could do something like Cathy Z. did with her "Me: The Abridged Version" class where you use each letter of the alphabet to tell something about you. She based ii on a book she read, "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Whatever you decided, I'd love to participate.

Ginger said...

I'm definitely in for this Mel, it sounds like lots of fun!!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm in too...but will need a tutorial on 'autopost' as I'm at work all day on Sundays...but don't want to miss out!! I'm off to email you right now!! :)

Cheri said...

Yep I'm in! Off to send you an email!

Kirsty.a said...

Sounds fun and I'll be watchign but I too am away and my Smartphone internet connection is not reliable enough for me to take part. Shame.

Miss Smith said...

Eeek!

Execellent!

Beverly said...

well, participation interest is hopping right along brahahaha I'm in dodgy letters and all!

Heather said...

yes yes yes!! sounds like fab fun :)) emailing you next thing xx

Tracy said...

Hi Mel,
I would love to join if you still have space!

humel said...

Just a quick note - even taking into account my 'back-up plan', this hop is filling up fast! There are only a few spaces left now, so if you do want to join us, please let me know as soon as possible :-) If you've commented here but I haven't yet received an email from you, I'm holding a place for you and I've left comments on your blogs; please email me as soon as you can so I can firm up your place! Thank you xx

Michelle said...

I'd love to join in if theres still a place!??? As u've seen I did the A-Z year last year! lol :)

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oooh, what a great idea! Hope it's not full already - I'll email you now!

furrypig said...

ooh am I too late??? Off to email as I soooowant to join in xxx

humel said...

Wow, thanks everyone for a great response :-) I'm still waiting to hear from a couple of people who've expressed an interest but not yet emailed, but if they all now get in touch then the hop is full - so sorry if you missed out... If you want to be a 'first reserve' though, in case anyone doesn't manage to email me in time, please let me know. I'd let you know by this Sunday (10th) at the latest so you wouldn't be putting something together at the last minute!

Alison said...

Don't think I'd have been able to participate this time round,as I have houseguests that weekend, but it sounds right up my street! next time hopefully. Thanks for all the lovely lovely comments you left on my blog, Mel
Alison xx

Sandra said...

Sounds like fun, although I won't join in this time, I'll certainly follow you all:)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Such a great idea for a fun blog hop, Mel! Thanks for organizing it!!! ♥

Winnie said...

Sounds like fun Mel, I'll be sure to come back and have a look, even participate if you're going to run it again. :D

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

damn too late!

scrapchick said...

Oh darn on too late but look forward to following what you all post! Sounds interesting!

jillconyers said...

Too late to join, but I'll be back to visit. I'll email you to be on the reserve list.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Silly question here - what do you mean by GMT +1 ? I see a GMT on the list, is that what I use?

If I calculated it correctly that's 7:00 Arizona time for Carrie and me. :o) Thanks, Mel.