Reflections on the #atozchallenge

Well, this post pretty much sums up my A to Z Challenge – a day late! While last year I had a plan of what to do and what to write about, this year I very much went with the flow and didn’t write any ideas down on paper. This was liberating in some ways; I was able to think about what I was feeling each day, or had read something that I wanted to pass on. In other ways, it was terrifying to have no plan at all, no pre-screened ideas and did result in a few of the posts being done late at night, but there was only one day that I missed it completely so posted twice the next day, so I don’t think that was at all bad.

As with last year’s challenge, I started out very well with visiting other blogs, doing my requisite five blogs a day, and I did find some new blogs to add to my Reader and some lovely new people to follow on Twitter as well. Sadly, due to my ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ approach to this year, I wasn’t able to keep this up after about half the month, but I have resolved to keep[ visiting some of the blogs on the Linky now that the challenge has ended. I was also able to comment on all those blogs whose authors commented on mine, so I was pleased with that.

There were, of course, blogs that I regularly visit anyway whose authors were taking part; Kirstyes devoted her challenge to writing about aspects of her book-in-progress, while Jay at Jay’s Insight turned her blog into a travel guide as she used many of the letters to represent places she’d been on her travels – supported by some great photographs.

I very much enjoyed the challenge, as I did last year and I think some of the posts were a surprise even to me in the end. I’m going to have a look at the stats later and see which of them were the most popular through the challenge, so I shall leave you know with the warm glow of achievement – well done fellow challengers :0)

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6 Responses to Reflections on the #atozchallenge

  1. Betty says:

    Congrats on finishing!! And two years in a row!! I didn’t have a theme, but tried to map out something for several letters ahead of time and write them a few ahead of time. Some came easy, some were hard, L for instance, go figure πŸ™‚ It was an interesting adventure though; just not sure about repeating it next year!

    hope tomorrow is a good one for you!

    betty

  2. Well done, an impressive achievement to have kept up with the challenge and life with two young children πŸ™‚

  3. Boysmum2 says:

    I too am grateful that they are leaving the website open so we can still visit people after the event, might even make it through the whole 1900! I can dream.

  4. It is a tough challenge to keep up with but a great one for meeting new bloggers. One of the things I will take away from this year is to plan in advance. I will now pop by the two blogs you have recommended. You have a new follower πŸ™‚

  5. Andy says:

    Hello.
    Visiting from the Post A-Z Road Trip.

    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    It was my first time taking part. I did struggle near the end since I doubled up & posted for the first time too for NaPoWriMo. Visiting and also keeping up with my regular readers was tough, but I intend on taking part again next year, provided I still have any life left after visiting everyone who signed up for the challenge…all 1718 of them! Thanks for sharing.

    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn…

  6. Evalina says:

    Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn’t visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I’m visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that…

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