This was my eighth year doing the Challenge on my main blog, sixth on my secondary blog. Very uncharacteristically, I didn’t start writing my posts till March. Twenty came from my “Too Young, Too Soon” series on my old Angelfire site, but they all required extensive editing and expansion, as well as gathering photos. Most of them read like entirely new posts!
I’d originally planned more double-topic posts, and a few triples, but realised that not only would unnecessarily bloat my wordcount, but pull attention away from one main subject. I could always go back later to spotlight these people another year.
I also originally planned to go against my theme of lesser-known silent stars for the V day, featuring my beautiful Rudy Valentino, but I’m glad I decided against that too. Conrad Veidt has been one of my heroes since I learnt about his heroic anti-Nazi stance in October 2015. He was more than an incredible actor, but a lion of a human being.
For whatever reason, I’ve had really bad luck with links clicked on for the last few years! So many blogs had interesting names or themes, but I discovered that person hadn’t blogged in months (or years!), or quit participating early. Others have also noticed participation seems to be down the last few years.
Other blogs were hard to navigate, like putting A to Z posts on an entirely separate page, or posting multiple times a day and not putting the A to Z post on top, or putting a hyperlink to it at the start of the top post. Still other bloggers had no commenting option, or there were a lot of big graphics and text blocks to scroll through before finally finding the A to Z post.
I was quite turned off by bloggers using their theme to promote their businesses. I’m fine with a theme inspired by one’s business or art (e.g., fine arts brands, writing advice, recipes from your bakery), but not out and out telling bloggers to, e.g., hire you as a genealogical researcher or hawking merchandise from a pyramid scheme!
Having one big list was much more convenient than all the daily lists in different places, though its length and volume did prove a challenge in scrolling. I’d be happy to volunteer with maintaining next year’s list, as I did in 2015.
Art Acord (17 views)
John Bunny (28 views)
Eric Campbell and Charley Chase (20 views)
Marie Dressler (18 views)
Ernest Torrence and Julian Eltinge (13 views)
Pauline Frederick (10 views)
Raymond Griffith (13 views)
Bobby Harron (10 views)
Rex Ingram (7 views)
June Mathis (13 views)
Karl Dane (8 views)
Max Linder and Harold Lockwood (10 views)
Thomas Meighan (5 views)
Nita Naldi (12 views)
Olive Thomas (10 views)
Marie Prevost (12 views)
Lidia, Letizia, and Isabella Quaranta (8 views)
Wallace Reid (6 views)
Larry Semon (11 views)
Fred Thomson (14 views)
Lenore Ulric (13 views)
Conrad Veidt (10 views)
Anna May Wong (13 views)
Xuan Jinglin (6 views)
Yevgeniy Bauer (9 views)
Zhang Shichuan (5 views)