Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blogging with a Theme

Sometimes I waver on my blog, not sure what it's about or what I'm doing here. This comes from lack of focus and purpose. And then April approaches and I get excited deciding on my theme for the A to Z Challenge and planning my posts. The focus returns for at least one month!

Besides discovering and meeting new bloggers, I enjoy the challenging process of posting the entire month on one theme. One year my theme was literary terminology; the year my cookbook came out, it was recipes; last year it was living in Guatemala.

Alex Cavanaugh interviews me this week for the A to Z Challenge Blog on my Guatemala topic. Pretty sure I'll do another aspect of living in Guatemala for the Challenge, because it helps me appreciate the wonderful land which is now my home.




18 comments:

  1. Please do! It was fascinating learning about Guatemala. And thanks for doing the interview.

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  2. It seems to be going well. And Guatemala must be fascinating...

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  3. I shall follow your blog with great interest as I'd love to know more abut Guatemala.

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  4. Hi Karen - you both look so happy and relaxed - what more could you want ... Guatemala totally fits your bill ... and yes come April ... more A-Z news please - especially as you have lots of XXXXsssss to use ... cheers Hilary

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  5. Great photo. Love seeing you beautiful people in that beautiful setting. ((( ))) from me and Jen

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  6. I look out my window from my work space and it is grey, leaves are falling, I see asphalt, cars and a drunk doing his best to stay on the sidewalk. I see your picture with the 2 of you, on your balcony/veranda with the lush foliage and a pretty home in the background and I say...you luck gal you! I enjoyed your interview and learning about your new home. What is one meal that you enjoy that is local and how does one make it?

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  7. Most Americans don't feel safe anywhere that qualifies as "third world," though this is not really rational. You are the exception. How contented you look out there on the deck... I assume it is not being eaten by the termites (you had mentioned on Alex's blog) as you are lounging? ;)

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  8. Hi Karen. I will go and check it out. I'd love to hear more of your life in your adopted country.

    Just in case you have me on your blogroll, (I think I've seen it here) I have changed my URL. I hope you will take the time to change it so you will get my spiffy updates, lol!

    New URL:

    http://dencovey.blogspot.com

    Thanks Denise :)

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  9. Thats a lovely picture of you and your hubby. Can't imagine moving to Guatemala though. A theme is a good thing for a blog, but I found it sometimes can be limiting also. Don't want to base it on one thing only.

    Have a good weekend.

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  10. Your comment about the A to Z made me laugh. Accepting that challenge definitely brings focus into balance. Love the images you post here. The weather and area look so wonderful! #sendheatmyway :)

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  11. I look forward to that series, as you portray very beguilingly the normality of your exotic lifestyle.

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  12. I loved your posts last year - yes, PLEASE! More on your new home!!!

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  13. I really enjoyed your theme last year. It was interesting and made me want to eat healthier as you talked about all the fresh veggies and fruits

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  14. The idea of using a theme for A to Z is a good one. It provides us focus in what we write as well as what we read when others stick to a theme. I do mini-themes sometimes during the rest of the year and lately I've been doing it in conjunction with my Battle of the Bands posts. This week I've been blogging about change and genre hopping.

    Look forward to your next A to Z theme.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  15. As far as I'm concerned, your theme can be about your new home. At least for a while anyway...

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  16. Glad you're still writing here, and what a lovely view you have. Best of luck on the new cookbook!

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  17. Five years blogging and I still struggle with "theme." I felt it was important to teach other small farmers and then I was all about the raw milk issues here in Illinois, then it was soap making and now back to school issues. As humans who are never (or shouldn't be) static I suppose our blogs shouldn't be either. I know I love reading yours so please keep up the posting whatever your focus is or isn't!

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