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The 2020 April Blogging Challenge

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Congratulations, we survived March! What year is it? Where are we? Is it over yet?

For a few years, I’ve teamed up with various members of my family to do the April Blogging Challenge. Last year we took a break, and this year, none of my sisters were interested in taking on the challenge. But Mom was game. So for the month of April, you can expect a post every single weekday on either my blog or my mom’s blog. I’m posting today, tomorrow Mom will post on her blog, I’ll post again Friday, Mom will post on Monday, etc etc.

During this quarantine I’ve taken on so many new hobbies and projects that I don’t know how I can possibly keep up with everything. It was probably kind-of a dumb idea, because since I usually work from home I don’t even have that much more free time than I did before.

But, confession: I adore hobbies, and I adore projects. So I’ve been sewing things, learning French, making podcasts with Jenny, making videos, taking on more writing projects, reading more, trying to watch all the Marvel movies, playing more games and puzzles with my family, and cooking more often. Why am I doing this to myself? I’m baffled.

I say all this to warn you that this April Blogging Challenge, on my end, will probably be a bit more diverse and project-oriented than it has been in previous years. I’ll likely write about the projects I’m doing and the books I’m reading. I’ll post the podcast episodes, and if I can find the time to figure out the complicated open source video editing software I downloaded, I’ll post some YouTube videos.

Let me talk about the podcast a little bit:

Jenny and I thought it would be fun to record some silly rambling podcast episodes while we’re quarantined. We’ve been recording roughly every Tuesday and Saturday. The best way to listen to our episodes is by using a podcast app on your phone, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Google Podcasts, or PodBean. Up until now, I’ve been posting all the episodes on my blog as well. I will continue to do that, but because of the April Blogging Challenge, I won’t necessarily post the episodes here as soon as they come out. I might wait several days, and I might post several episodes at once.

That being said, here is our latest episode. In it, we talk about how we think this time of corona will change the world as we know it. We also brainstorm April Fools Day prank ideas.


I hope the April Blogging Challenge will help liven up your April! Remember to stop by Mom’s blog tomorrow for her first April Blogging Challenge 2020 post.

Quarantined with Jenny and Emily, Episode 4: How to be Attractive on Instagram

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and I’ve been struggling to get into a good writing routine amid the chaos of COVID-19. That can partially explain the lack of blog posts. As to Patreon posts, they’re coming soon, but man it’s hard to write a Patreon post when the thing that consumes your mind (coronavirus) is the thing you don’t really want to write about.

Oh, but April is coming, and with that, Mom and I are planning to bring back the April Blogging Challenge! Hooray!

In the meantime, here’s another podcast episode for you to listen to. In this episode Jenny and I help out a listener who want’s to make his Instagram more attractive to the ladies, and then we discuss the most unique church services we’ve ever been to.


Quarantined with Jenny and Emily: Episode 3

Episode 3 is here! “Quarantined with Jenny and Emily” should be available wherever you listen to podcasts. Or, you can listen right here on my blog.

In this episode, Jenny and I discuss all of the trends that have popped up on Instagram while everyone is bored at home. Then, we have an in-depth discussion of the new movie “Emma”, talking about what it does well and where it may fall short.

Quarantined with Jenny and Emily: Episode 2

Jenny and I have recorded episode 2 of our podcast, “Quarantined with Jenny and Emily.” It’s now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play, although I still haven’t been able to find it on Google Podcasts. Or you can just listen to it here on the blog, or follow this link to our podbean page. So many ways to listen!

Our second episode is called “A Petition to Instagram.” In it, Jenny and I discuss how we are so close when there’s a 9-year age difference between us. We also spend some time talking about personality tests, and then Jenny rants about an Instagram quirk.


Quarantined With Jenny and Emily

Jenny and I started a podcast! You can listen to our first episode here, and it should soon be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc, as soon as it gets reviewed and approved or whatever. I’m not sure when that will happen, but for now, you can enjoy it right here on my blog, or on PodBean.