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The Alphabet in August

August 1st, 2011

Last fall, a friend of mine did a special scrapbook and she had to come up with words or ideas to describe herself for each letter of the alphabet. Since it’s always good to exercise your creative side, I thought it would be great to do it here on the blog.

It should be a fun exercise to think about words to describe myself for each letter, some will be easy and some will be very difficult for sure – like X & Z. I’m not sticking to positive traits either, since I’ve got just as many bad traits as good ones!

If you want to get even more creative grab those scrabble letters, fridge letter magnets or a pen, pencil or paints and try to come up with creative photos for each letter. If you don’t have time to do that, you can use mine from my Flickr Photostream. I’m having a good time trying to come up with interesting ways to display the letters for the photos each day.

If you’re participating on your blog make sure you link to your post each day in the comment section (CommentLuv will do it for your). Let me know if you’re joining us on your blog and I’ll try to make a blog roll for this challenge. We’ll be taking Sundays off for quotes as usual and for a break. The image below is on my Flickr Photostream if any of you want to use it on your blog. You can get really creative and try to come up with photos that match the letter for the day or you can use the photos from Flickr. If you’re taking photos and you’re on Flickr make sure you add them to the Alphabet in August Group.

You don’t have to post every single day, you can always do a weekly post – but I’d highly recommend you give it a try. Exercising our creative muscles daily really helps develop them. Who knows, you may find you enjoy blogging every day!

I’m certainly excited to see what you all come up with for each letter, I hope you’ll join in each day!

Who’s in? What do you think the hardest letter will be?

30 Comments to “The Alphabet in August”
  1. louisa @ TheReallyGoodLife on August 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I started my list when you first mentioned it a month or so ago – I’ve got ideas for everything bar ‘M’ and ‘Z’ — will have to keep thinking!

    I don’t think I’ll have time to post every day but I’ll certainly try to post a batch at least once a week :)

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    • Susy on August 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

      So far I’m having the most trouble with X.

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  2. goatpod2 on August 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The only letter I had trouble with was X.


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  3. Candie on August 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I am in! I think my challenge will be to post everyday but I need to start doing that anyway so this is a good kick in the pants!

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  4. Erika on August 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’m in…but I didn’t start a list though I knew about it. So a letter won’t be hard just starting will be hard. LOL


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  5. MAYBELLINE on August 1, 2011 at 10:35 am


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  6. Chas on August 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m in!
    When do we start? Tomorrow?
    I am guessing x will be the hardest, z may be tough though.

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  7. Annie on August 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for putting up the Ethel glove give-away; I won a pair!! Yea!! Just wish they made welding gloves. Ha!
    If I had time to participate in this Alphabet thing you are doing I know the perfect word, for me, starting with “X”! Xanthippe : an ill-tempered woman.
    LOL! I love that! Thanks again!

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    • Susy on August 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      YAY – glad you won! Ethel is a child company of Mechanix – perhaps they make welding gloves.

      Love the word BTW – great word for X!

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  8. nic@nipitinthebud on August 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    oooh, what a creative challenge (I suspect some cheating, I mean, creative spelling may come into play for x!). My blogging has become so irregular this year that the discipline of posting daily will be valueable in itself. Count me in :o)

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  9. K.B. on August 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I’m in! Hardest letter? X, of course. Also, there are a few letters that I have more than one entry for – I need to find a way of saying the same thing to fit another letter :)

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  10. the alphabet in August « Nip it in the bud on August 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    […] Susy at Chiots Run has posted a challenge to bloggers to use each letter of the alphabet to describe themselves, each day throughout August (with Sundays off). The discipline of posting daily will be quite a challenge in itself for me but I’m intrigued by the idea of expressing a single word in pictures and I’m hopeful that it’ll launch me back into more regular posting.  Does anyone else fancy taking part? Don’t worry if you’re not a blogger or don’t have time to post your own version you can still join in by posting your own word in my comments box each day. See you tomorrow when A is for … […]

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  11. Missy on August 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Very excited about this one! Can’t wait to see how you incorporate the letters into your photos.

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  12. Judy on August 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I think I already signed up on NDIN. If I’m allowed to put an E in front of X it shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, I’m in trouble for X. I’m not a xylophonist, nor do I have x-ray vision. This should be fun. I’ll have to see if I can find some old letters from the children’s toys for photo fun.

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  13. Whit on August 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’m in. Thanks for the creative outlet!

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  14. Jaspenelle on August 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m in, but oh dear, I am a day late it seems… Better late then never? I’m thinking that Q will be the most challenging, my life is anything but quaint, a little queer maybe though…

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  15. greg becker on August 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I really like this idea, the simplicity of one word is great. I came across you via nipinthebud’s excellent blog, and have now started my own illustrated allotment alphabet. The first word is ‘Apathy’ inspired by the effect august’s weather has on me.

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  17. Jaspenelle on August 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I was thinking if enough people take their own photos, you could make a flickr group for this project you know?

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  18. Avidly | Realisa on August 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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  19. Lisa on August 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I am following and posting, too.

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  20. Joanna on August 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I would love to join in and have just started now. Hope I’m doing it right. It sounds great fun. Joanna

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  26. Compostwoman on August 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Done D is for, just now

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    • Lynnep on August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm arrived here very late, having only just started my blog two days ago and got here via Nic at Nip it in the Bud. I’ll start Alphabet in August tomorrow and try to do two letters a day till I catch up.

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