A to Z Blogging Challenge 2018

This is the first year I’ve participated in this challenge here on WordPress. For those of you who know me, I love a writing or photography challenge. So when I stumbled across the A to Z challenge this year (April) on WordPress, I decided to do it. It was massive fun.

One letter for each day of the month around a theme.
I cannot say it was a delight every day, but in hindsight, it was!

October 2018 update: I won a guest post on the A to Z Challenge blog for completing the post-challenge survey. This post tied into the A to Z Challenge idea as well as a new focus for my blog . Here’s the post if you’d like to read it: A to Z Feel Good List

What’s in this post?

A reflection on the challenge, an overview of my theme and lists all the posts for 2018 and an introduction to Dabelle.

A-to-Z Reflection [2018]Reflection on the 2018 A to Z Challenge

Well, this is the first time I’ve participated in the challenge and I found out about it by accident. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to try it but had no idea what to expect. I had no idea for a theme either. So I trolled through the Theme Reveals to see what others were doing. That’s when I came up with my theme idea. As the month progressed, the theme became a lot more refined.

I tend to be a finisher, so even though there were times when it was hard, I pushed on – after all, what would an A to Z challenge be if there were gaps in the alphabet. There are my Virgoan perfectionist tendencies coming out!

I dealt with the pressure of doing a daily post by writing most of the posts for the upcoming week at the weekend. At the beginning of the month, I roughly planned which words I wanted to use to go with the images I already had (see below), so all I had to do was write the stories to go with them.

It was good fun and in the end, I was delighted with my theme and how it panned out. I want to send a big thank you to everyone who visited, liked or commented on my posts. You can read all of them here. The experience made me re-think my blog and its focus and I’m making a few changes as part of a blog spring clean, with new posts for certain days of the week and so on. I do hope you’ll like the changes! Let me know what you think.

I also enjoyed discovering other blogs who were participating in the challenge, although I didn’t get time to read as many as I wanted during April. But there is still time to catch up with them. I want to thank the organisers of the challenge for all their hard work and efforts to keep our spirits up during the challenge!


A few years back I took a series of photos based on the alphabet using my small Legographer friend, Dabelle but I did not write any stories to go with the photos. As I will be leaving South Africa soon to return to the UK to live, I decided to include some of my favourite South African words in the month, choosing one word a day to match the letter and to incorporate it into a short story.

As for Dabelle, she likes nothing better than a quest, something to investigate. So, off she went, happily looking for a word each day and finding out what it meant. PS: The South African word is explained at the bottom of each post.


Dabelle was born nameless in the Lego factory but now lives in Africa with me and my teenage son and a whole bunch of other Lego characters. Like me, Dabelle loves travelling, and she is a photographer too. She will go just about anywhere and do just about anything for a photo. Her motto is “one hand for myself and one for the camera!” Click on her image to find all her stories!

Hello my name is Dabelle

I am planning for Dabelle to be a permanent part of this blog from May 2018. She’ll have her own Wacky Wednesday posts.

Super-sleuth and Legographer Dabelle – her quest to understand South African English from A to Z

Click on the link below to read the individual posts and brush up on your South African English at the same time!

Dabelle A to Z-001


With love from South Africa – the place where they think they speak English

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