Monday, July 24, 2017

Quaker Alphabet Blog 2015-2017 - Z for Zed - The End

This is my last post in the Quaker Alphabet Blog. Since 2013 I have been through the alphabet, writing about Quaker related subjects, four times. Most of the other people who set out on this journey together have moved on to other things and it is time for me to do the same.

I have found this a useful prompt for my blogging - although sometimes no prompt is loud enough for such an arch-procrastinator as myself. The alphabetical structure has sometimes been difficult - not many names begin with Z, although some do, and some letters are much more difficult to find subjects for than others. I was particularly proud of X for Xylography!

I set out to use this format in part to continue to write about lesser-known Quakers of the past and I am happy to have done that. Of my biographical posts the most viewed has been Annie Elizabeth Clark. I certainly intend to continue with this theme and it will be a relief not to have to squeeze my writing into the confines of the alphabet.

Occasionally my alphabetical posts have been historical in other ways and there are themes there which I may try to expand on in future.

Another strand of my blogging has always been the autobiographical and when my life experience and my Quakerism have intersected some more personal posts have appeared in the alphabetical sequence.

So this is not really an ending. I am leaving one particular framework behind but I hope I can use it as a stepping stone to more writing. The difficulty that the alphabet structure was meant to remedy still remains - how to make myself sit down and write. To find out whether I have made any progress there you will have to watch this space!


Tina said...

I have enjoyed your blog and would like to use parts of it for printing on fabric. Hope you will not refuseerission. Tina Helfrich

Gil S said...

Thanks Tina. In general I would be happy but I would like to know which parts you will be using. If it is illustrations rather than text you may need to ask permission elsewhere and I would be happy to give you references.

Nancy said...

I have just discovered your blog and am sorry to see it has ended. In many ways I identify with what you have been doing. I am 85, a livelong Quaker, and have recently finished a biography of Joanna Slocum Mott, a Quaker minister born in the Rhode Island Colony in 1642. I am now trying to put together a sort of memoir, consisting of personal pieces entertwined with comments on the testimonies and references to my Quaker ancestors as they struggled with life. All this for my great-granddaughter, now 1.
If you write more, or on another platform, please let me know!