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Friday, February 26, 2016

#atozchallenge Meet Your Co-Host: John Holton


John Holton (photo: Mary Holton)

This is my fifth Challenge, my second as a co-host. I started my blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing, on Wordpress in January 2012, specifically so I could participate in this Challenge. I had been toying with the idea of blogging for a while, anyway, and had in fact started several blogs in the past, all of which I was embarrassed to leave lying around. It gets its name because a stroke nine years ago deprived me of the use of my right hand, but I wasn't about to let that stop me. What encouraged me was reading about the author Walter Wager, who wrote novelizations of TV series and tie-in novels based on them. I read somewhere that Wager only had one hand, and I decided that, if he could do it, so could I.

I blog daily, which I started in July 2014. I have a few regular features, and participate in a number of blog hops I've found along the way. I'm also technically inclined, and found a way to simulcast my blog to one on Blogger, which I talked about last year. This year, I created the Challenge's Pinterest and Google+ pages. I also participate in the weekly chats on Twitter. See what happens when you retire?

You can find me at either of my blogs, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. I hope to get to know many of you during this year's Challenge! See you soon!

20 comments:

  1. Hi John - congratulations on facing your adversity full on ... like the amazing piano players - one-handed ones .. and there must be others. Sounds like you're achieving loads .. and if you're technically inclined that really helps - I'd love to get better at that - perhaps a goal for this year.

    However will see you at the A-Z .. other bits and bobs - we'll see! Cheers and enjoy that co-host role - you're obviously well suited to it ... and a great asset to the team - Hilary

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  2. Never let one hand stop you from doing anything!

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  3. Hi, John; You certainly have accomplished much in the blogging world! It definitely helps to be technically inclined, as well. I couldn't handle daily blogging on a regular basis, typing with two hands. Once a year for the A to Z is hard enough. See you there!

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  4. Kudos for keeping that hand typing. Cheers.

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  5. That's a great post, John!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Heather

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  6. You sir are an inspiration when it comes to focusing on one's strengths, as well as a testament to man's (or woman's) ability to find a way to do the things we truly enjoy. Cheers to you! Also it's cool how so many blogs were started because of the A to Z Challenge.

    ~Nicole

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  7. Hi, John ~ This will be my first challenge, and I'm both looking forward to it and a little nervous. Your post gives me the gumption to move ahead with it. Thanks and good luck!

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  8. You are an inspiration to us all. Kudos to you for finding a way to do your thing via cyberspace. I must admit I was geeked up to do the A-Z Challenge, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder who would want to read something from me EVERY day. What topic would catch any interest? I don't want to bore people. Staring glassy eyed at the screen, I'm sure they would scratch me off the list. Thanks for the info on simulcasting WP to Blogger. I had NO IDEA that was possible. You are widening my horizons. Thank you.

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  9. You are an inspiration to us all. Kudos to you for finding a way to do your thing via cyberspace. I must admit I was geeked up to do the A-Z Challenge, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder who would want to read something from me EVERY day. What topic would catch any interest? I don't want to bore people. Staring glassy eyed at the screen, I'm sure they would scratch me off the list. Thanks for the info on simulcasting WP to Blogger. I had NO IDEA that was possible. You are widening my horizons. Thank you.

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  10. Bravo for you, John. I understand the difficulties as my hubs had a heart attack a year and a half ago and is having mobility issues now. I'll be looking for your blogposts in April!

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  11. Nice to know a bit more about you, John!
    You're a good example of what can be achieved with a bit of determination.

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  12. Hi John, Hope to catch up in April

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  13. Hi John.
    You are a one-hand-wonder...a real inspiration!
    I'm partially techno-challenged...but trying to improve.
    Nice to meet you!

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  14. Hi, John. My mother in law is a stroke survivor and we also help care for her son, who is developmentally disabled. This is my second year participating at A to Z and I know it will be fun. Happy to meet you! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  15. I LOVE getting to know you better. And also? the Pinterest pages are the best!

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  16. That is inspirational! Pleased to meet you.

    One of the techno-clueless brigade. But participating in the A-Z improves me marginally every year despite myself, so I should be okay in another 10 years time...

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  17. Hi John, I signed up yesterday but couldn't see my name there. Does it need to be approved? I've not done this before and am looking fortward to the challenge

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  18. Happy to be back, and that I get more chances to "hang out" with you, John! I think you're my favorite "forced" lefty! =D While my topic of choice this year isn't your cup of tea, I'll still be glad to blog through the alphabet with you.

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  19. Great to meet you, John! I'm looking forward to my 5th Challenge as well.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  20. Thanks for co-hosting and I am always a little envious of those with tech skills. This will be my sixth challenge, and I love the life it brings to my blog each year, as my writing seems to sag in March.

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