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A to Z Reflection (and an announcement!)

Pinned until after the reflections week! FYI, I was the “LGBT+ Comics Characters” theme.

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So, that was fun! I missed out on the A to Z Challenge last year because April means finals, but I knew I wanted to do it this year, and it was just as good as I thought it’d be. I didn’t get to visit as many other blogs as I wanted, but I’ll keep visiting in May for sure! Guest posts on Jadis for Part Time Monster and the Joker for Sourcerer were particular highlights as well.

My theme, LGBT+ Comics Characters, went over really well, I didn’t get a single mean comment, and I hope I helped y’all find some awesome comics to read! If you missed any, here’s a complete list of the characters/titles, with some bonus characters at the end. On the topic itself, I was pleased to note that even mainstream comics have a lot of LGBT+ characters to choose from, but on the other hand it’s still a tiny, infinitesimal number compared to all the comics characters there ARE. And isn’t it odd there were so many gay male characters and even a few bi men, but no trans men at all?

On a blogging front, this was exactly the shot in the arm I needed. I wasn’t discouraged over the past six months, I still loved blogging and wanted to be posting, commenting, reading, and everything else, it was just really hard to get started again after school and graduation sucked up all my energy last fall. Posting every day on a topic I’m passionate about, and visiting others’ blogs en masse, gave me a million blogging ideas. I very much enjoyed having a daily structure and theme, but I’m ready for some new experiments!

Hence… the Announcement!

Starting May 19, I’ll be running a weekly feature on LGBT+ issues and pop culture, henceforth to be called #queerpop on all social media! This column can (and will) include character features like those from A to Z, and plenty of comics posts from me, but will expand to all kinds of other media. Reviews, interviews, essays, spotlights, news… Movies, TV, books, comics, the web, actor and creator stuff… all fair game.

#queerpop will run on Tuesdays simply because I happen to like Tuesdays, so we’ll just see how that goes for a bit. We’re waiting to start just because I’ve got a lot of posts backed up from April and sundry blog events in which to participate over the next few weeks, so, take this time to spread the word! I’m already lining up some great guest posts, I think you’ll all be thrilled. If you wanna write for #queerpop, email your idea to hannahgivens@outlook.com!

Expect a further update on the blog schedule, with lots of links to cool people, in the Sunday Post. Even before that, though, don’t miss tomorrow’s book club discussion on this blog, Part Time Monster, and Eclectic Alli. We’ll be discussing the novel Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, and I’m pretty sure a good time will be had by all!

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23 thoughts on “A to Z Reflection (and an announcement!)

  1. Just found you today while I am doing my A to Z Road Trip. Loved the reflections post and I am glad the A to Z Challenge gave you a shot in the blogging arm. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and sorry your comment got stuck in spam for so long! I’ll have to keep a closer eye for that while roadtrippers are coming through. 🙂

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  2. This is what I love about the challenge, one thing leads to another and here you are with a new focus and plan. I need to do the same. I am finding your blog through this reflection and saying congrats for finishing. This was my 3rd year, and I always enjoy it. I’m not a comic reader, but will be here cheering you on as you find fellow enthusiasts. Cheers!

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  3. I’m glad you didn’t get any mean comments. That just shows the power of this community. 🙂

    I’d love to do a guest post, but I lined up to do a guest post on two other blogs already, and I don’t want to overbook myself… (haha) I’ll look for openings later down the line, though. It sounds wonderful. 🙂 I even have an idea for a post.

    Congrats on reaching the end, again, and for getting motivated and inspired! Huge boons to have!

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  4. Yaaaaaay! For all of that! 😀 I’ll be back for sure. Lamb happens to be one of my top 3 ever favorite books 🙂 And incidentally I am also announcing a new regular feature on my blogs on Monday 🙂 Cheers!

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    1. Fantastic, I’ll look forward to your thoughts! (And I think a lot of people had weekly-feature ideas coming out of A to Z, which I think is awesome. I’ll definitely looking forward to yours! 😀 )

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