Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My Reflections on the A-Z Blogging Challenge



I must admit I was nervous at the start of the blogging challenge. How daunting to think up 26 posts starting with each letter of the alphabet. Still, I did it last year so thought I’d try it again.

When running short on time, I would whip up a silly rhyme. Worked every time! Hey, that rhymes! I’m a poet and didn’t know it. GROAN!

I’m not one of those types who plans ahead much so decided to just wing it and write my post on the day of each letter. Sometimes it was a scramble to get it done but I managed. I can see the advantage of writing the posts ahead of time but I doubt I’ll ever do that. It’s just not in my nature to plan ahead all that much. It drives people crazy around me but that’s how I operate. I need that pressure of a deadline to get it done.
Over the month, I was treated to so many wonderful blogs to read daily. I learned about wonderful places to visit, great recipes to try, movies to watch.  I shed a tear, had a laugh or got a lump in my throat over many of the posts, but all in a good way. It was so inspiring and uplifting.

I enjoyed reading the posts from India as they were very exotic and different from my Canadian experience. And yet, there were many similarities, too.

My only regret is that I couldn’t read and comment more as there are so many great bloggers out there that I’m sure I missed. It was a joy to connect with the ones I did. I will try to get caught up with replying to those who were kind enough to comment on my posts.

Many thanks to Corinne for organizing everything. I found the spreadsheets with the groups very helpful in making sure to comment on blogs in my group. Made it easier to keep track and it was less overwhelming, too.

Thanks also to Vidya and Shailaja for all the support and all the great tips about blogging.  I loved Shailaja’s humour as she gently scolded us to get moving and write something. *Rubs sore butt from where Shailaja’s boot kicked me to get the writing done” OUCH!

I enjoyed the daily challenge so much that I had to have another fix and now I’m doing the Story a Day challenge over at another site. Just can’t get enough!

I hope to keep in touch with everyone though I know it’s hard. We get busy and involved in other things.

Thanks for the great experience and for all the support I got on my posts. I hope to take part again and see you all next year.

12 comments:

  1. I thought your posts were very entertaining. Your rhyming gave me a new appreciation of poetry. Winging it worked well for you. I'm so glad I was able to meet you through this challenge.

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    1. I'm really glad I met you, too, Loni. Hope we can stay in touch. I enjoy reading your zany writing and sharing about writing.

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  2. You were amazing all through the challenge! Even on the days you said you weren't happy with the post, they came out brilliantly. Congrats on surviving the challenge and jumping straight into the next one. That takes courage, woman :D Oh and so glad you added the Followers badge to the site. Ah yes, my boots were rather pointy right? Thanks for the mention :)

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    1. Thanks, Shailaja! I was inspired by people like you and your pointy boots helped on days when inspiration wasn't enough! I'm trying to keep going on the Story a Day challenge though I didn't manage one yesterday but I did one today.

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  3. Yes, it was a great month, wasn't it.

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  4. Congrats !! And I know this challenge has been addictive and I have somehow convinced myself to take it easy this month!

    Reflections on A2Z Challenge-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Thanks, Nabanita. Enjoy your taking it easy!

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  5. Congrats on finishing. I just went back for a read and you had a great Challenge. I was lucky enough to find you thanks to Shailaja V who shared this post Google + . Glad to be your newest follower :) ~ Rhondi

    www.yagottalaughaboutit.com

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  6. Thanks so much, Rhondi. Appreciate the kind words. I must check out your blog!

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  7. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    I love to see how different all take different approaches to the challenge: planning it out, winging it, wishing they'd done things differently or satisfied with how it went. There really is no right or wrong way to do it. :-)

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  8. Hello there.
    Thanks for sharing. Just stopping by to congratulate you on completing the A-Z Challenge! I'm making a short pit stop from the A-Z Road Trip!

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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