Monday, May 4, 2015

A to Z Reflections 2015

Last month was my first time participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I learned about it on March 28 by seeing the badge on an online friend's blog. With only 4 days' notice, I signed up.

The first week I wrote half the posts over the weekend and the other half during the week. This was a nightmare because my weekdays get crazy. After that first week, I learned to write the following weeks' posts over the previous weekends. This prevented me from doing much writing on my current manuscript, but for only one month I figured I could use the break.

It was fun visiting the blogs of many of the other participants. Some of those blogs have very interesting/unique concepts. Wow there are some creative people out there! I'll mention a few here that I enjoyed the most, in no particular order, with their A to Z topic, :

Colin D. Smith - 100 word flash fiction
AJ Blythe Cozies - Inspirational author quotes
Star Trek - SciFi Blog  - Star Trek
I swallowed a basketball - Songs that make me happy
Chronicles from the Man Cave - Television shows
Home School Dad - Nouns
Write Away - Mystery writing 101

I gained several new twitter followers and my blog's daily hit count increased quite a bit. My blogger pageviews graph now often looks like a neurotic rollercoaster, up/down/up/down. Time will tell if those hits continue into the future.

I'd prefer the survivor badge be square like the original badge and the daily letter-badges. Not a deal breaker tho.

This challenge took a LOT of time, but it was fun, a nice break, and I'll probably do it again next year if I can. Thanks to the organizers and to everyone who participated.

Now I have to start coming up with my usual blog stories starting next week! Hope to see you all back soon.