Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blogging from A to Z: K is for Kickback (and, Kickin' Back)

During the month of April last year, I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge - one alphabet-themed post per day (except Sundays).  I had such a good time with it that I'm doing it again this year.  I'm loosely organized on the theme of downsizing, minimalism, and small-home living that I've learned in 14 years of living on a small boat.  I'm starting with A is for Anchoring Out, Anger-ing Out, and ending with Z is for Zout and Zwarte Peper (Dutch for salt and black pepper). Click on the A to Z logo on the lower left sidebar for links to many other bloggers participating in the challenge.

Jus' kickin' back -- photo by Mike Baird via Wikimedia Commons

When I worked in government contracting for the Army in Colorado, kickbacks were a very bad thing.  If you google "kickback" you will find it is "a payment made to someone who has facilitated a transaction or appointment, especially illicitly." In other words, taking a bribe to make a decision about awarding a contract that may not be to the best candidate, and not in the best interests of the taxpayer whose dollars you are spending.  Illegal. Jail-able.

The kind of kickback I want to do today, though, is different.  I want to kick the limelight back onto some of the other blogs I've been enjoying at this point nearly halfway through the A to Z blogging challenge.  And I also want to enjoy the other meaning of the word "kick back" -- put my feet up and relax about generating thoughtful blog content today.

Shoutouts to my fellow boating bloggers in A to Z Challenge:

SV Cambria - Blogs from the Boat
The Cynical Sailor and his Salty Sidekick
The Larks of the Independence
Till the Butter Melts

And a few other simplicity/minimalist/alternative life blogs in the Challenge that I'm enjoying:

Quietude Road
Roaming About: A Life Less Ordinary
Second Thoughts First

And a couple of blogs about things I never knew anything about about before the Challenge:

Counterweight Press
The Multicolored Diary
Finding Eliza

Just fun-to-read:

The Girl Who Wrote It All Down
Lissa Johnston
Working in Words


  1. Thanks a lot for the mention! I was just thinking that I would probably not have the energy to keep up with this challenge if I wasn't having so much fun reading other people's blogs and getting comments on our page.
    I'll have to check out the other bloggers too! - Lucy

  2. Thanks for the shout out! And the tips for other blogs to check out.


  3. wow - thanks for listing me as fun to read. I try to splash about and kick back too. Great K post

  4. I enjoy reading your blog! I really liked the Jones' one. Isn't it interesting that there is always something or someone to whom we can compare ourselves, even out on the open sea. Sounds like you lead an interesting life. How many people that travel/live on a boat have pets? Just curious... And if so, how do they do on the boat? Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge. Keep up the good work!

  5. Thanks for mentioning our blog! I hope you have been able to sit (kick) back and relax a bit today. I am trying to figure out how to write a few shorter blogs as well in the near future, because this A-Z challenge is becoming just that: challenging to keep up! :-)

    Some of my favorites are in your list. How interesting that some people just find each other somehow...

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary