This is my third year participating in the A to Z Challenge. This year I blogged a series of sketches about the free people formerly enslaved on the Cleage plantations in Athens, Tennessee. I also wrote about some of their descendents.
I found myself (once again) spending pretty much all day, everyday researching and writing up my posts. I thought I had already done a lot of the research but once I started writing people up, I found there was more I wanted to know about their lives. Sometimes I spend a lot of time looking and did not find the information. Other times, it would appear unexpectedly.
I had a limited amount of time to visit other blogs and tended to visit the same ones when I found some I enjoyed. It was difficult to find blogs that I was interested in by the hit and miss method I employed using the gigantic list. I had more luck visiting people who commented on blogs I already enjoyed. I also followed people I knew from past challenges and other prompts I participate in throughout the year, Sepia Saturday for instance.
Three of the blogs I consistently followed were: MopDog, Stories I Found in the Closet, and Tell Me Another. I think it would be a good idea to mention blogs we especially enjoy during the challenge. I need all the help I can get to find those I enjoy. A blog I found late in the challenge through a comment on someone’s fb page that I will be catching up on and following is Modhukori. Three blogs that I visited regularly from Sepia Saturday were: Bob’s Home For Writing, Family History Fun and Anne’s family history.
I will be doing the challenge in 2016. I like the way it makes me think about my topic and dig up information and actually write it up. My tendency is to get lost in researching. I am very glad that Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out thought up A to Z and put it into action.
A list of my posts for the April Challenge with links.
- Abraham and Amanda Cleage
- Bart Arnwine
- Charles A. Cleage
- Buffalo Soldiers on Bicycles – Clarence Cleage
- “Dick” Cleage
- Emma Cleage
- Fannie Cleage
- George Cleage
- Henry Cleage
- “I” is for Introduction To My Investigations
- Jefferson & Rachael Cleage
- Kristin Cleage
- Lydia Cleage
- Mary Cleage and William B. Loving
- Nelson Cleage
- Orlena Cleage
- Pearl Cleage
- Questions Answered About Amanda Clegg
- Ralph “Pete” Cleage
- Sallie Cleage
- Tennessee Cleage
- United States Colored Troops & Cleages
- Virgil Cleage
- William Henry Cleage
- eXtra! eXtra! John Cleage Injured in Explosion!
- Yvette Cleage
- Z is for Zero Cleages