Recap and Reflections on Endwell: My Elementary Years — Including all twenty-six posts in the April 2020 Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Thanks for joining me on the journey and leaving so many supportive comments along the way!
When the April 2020 Blogging From A to Z Challenge ended on April 30, I was happy to be among the survivors who completed the online marathon — for the third time!
After generating twenty-six posts in just one month, I am craving a return to the more leisurely pace of weekly blogging as I continue to explore my ancestors’ lives and the research techniques I used to find them.
Yet I thoroughly enjoyed taking a deep dive into my childhood this year and writing about my elementary years in Endwell, N.Y. — particularly as a positive creative outlet during the coronavirus quarantine.
Stay tuned, as I may follow up with a sequel about my early adolescence next year! Meanwhile, please read on for my RECAP and REFLECTIONS on this year’s A to Z Challenge.
RECAP OF “ENDWELL: MY ELEMENTARY YEARS”
Below are links to all A to Z posts about Endwell: My Elementary Years…where my genealogy journey germinated. Please check out any you may have missed. Comments are still open on the later posts — and I love hearing from readers!
- Theme – Endwell: My Elementary Years
- Arriving in Endwell: My second childhood home
- Brothers and boondoggle
- Christ the King Church
- Darn: I change fifth grade classes
- En-joie Pool and Elk’s Bake Shop
- Flooding Susquehanna River
- Grandparents and Aunt Rita
- Howdy Doody and Hooper School
- Italian ancestors and Indian Arrowheads
- Jell-O and other culinary delights
- KDKA and radio mania
- Lightning bugs and lakeside lily pads
- Miss George and my theatrical debut
- Norm: My thirtysomething dad
- Overtown: An Endicott escape
- Peg: My thirtysomething mom
- Quaker State Motor Oil and the alphabet car game
- River rats and rabbit names
- Sisters: What a surprise!
- Trick or treat and Halloween mayhem
- Upward and onward: Sixth Blogiversary!
- Vacations and visiting relatives
- Weeping willow: Our backyard tree
- X-pletives deleted: I learn to curse
- Youthful pastimes: Parties, skating and dust-bowl biking
- Zap! Adolescence begins
REFLECTIONS ON THE A TO Z CHALLENGE
Excellent participant list. Overall, I found this A to Z to be less hectic than in the past — in part because the participant list identified genealogy and family history bloggers to help me focus my visits/comments. I’m glad the organizers listened to our requests for this!
Quality over quantity. I mainly visited/revisited A to Z bloggers who made thoughtful comments on my blog — and in turn, I gave their posts my attention. I also visited/revisited bloggers I met during past challenges. I learned so much from all the blog posts I read and commented on — and from the comments I received. These connections were particularly meaningful as we collectively sheltered at home during the rollout of the COVID-19 quarantine.
Embracing memoir. My blog focuses on ancestral research — exploring my forebears’ lives and placing them in historical context.
But it’s also important to include ourselves in the mix — to leave behind an online diary like the ones we wish our ancestors had left.
So I followed up the early childhood theme from my last A to Z Challenge with blogs this year about my elementary years. And I was again gratified by the positive feedback and parallel childhood experiences that visiting bloggers shared.
Many thanks to everyone who visited, subscribed, followed and commented on Molly’s Canopy. You made my third A to Z Challenge so rewarding. And I hope you will stay with me throughout the year as my genealogy journey continues!
Up next: After a brief break, regular blogging resumes at Molly’s Canopy. Please stop back!
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