Would you believe I almost titled this R is for Reflections??? lol I'm probably speaking in alphabet in my sleep. This post is a brief reflection on how I did the A to Z Challenge. There's a list of other bloggers who are participating in the A to Z Reflections, you can find on Arlee Bird's blog here.
If you're looking for my SPRING CARNIVAL giveaway, it's the post below this one, or simply click here.
First of all, I found it really enjoyable. There was never a day where the obligation felt tiresome or boring. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Plus, seeing other bloggers out there on the same letter was just a lot of fun. The navigation buttons were awesome and I kept mine for just random blog hopping. I didn't get to nearly as many blogs as I wanted, but with well over 1200 blogs, I don't think anyone did.
I loved how Alex J. Cavanaugh picked actual bloggers from A to Z and each day mentioned a blogger and linked to their site. I also loved Nicole Ducleroir's and Jessica Bell's idea of writing an emotion for each letter and having the readers guess by their writing skills. I came across another blogger who did films A to Z and thought that was pretty cool.
Mine were pretty random, but I tried to stay in the realm of blogging and/or writing. Here's what I did: Right before the month started, I made a list A through Z and jotted down some words for each. When that day came, I chose the word and just wrote. Sometimes I'd schedule the post from the night before, but mostly I wrote them bright and early. I focused on keeping them short, because with all those blogs to read, nobody had time for long ones. Sometimes words would change or I'd get a better idea for a future letter.
Almost every day, a new blogger popped by to say hello or start following, and I found some started following without commenting. Both are cool for me, but I've found it makes it much easier for me to find and follow back when they left an actual comment. I don't always have time to go through Google Reader, so I usually scroll through my comments section to visit blogs. Anyone else do this? I find it the easiest way, and of course I want to return visits to my top commenters before anyone else.
I basically treated the A to Z thing like a job, just added it to my daily duties to make sure it got done. But it was a job I loved doing. It got my creative juices flowing and was just a ton of fun.
I really and truly thank each and everyone of you who stopped by and left comments and supported my endeavor. It made all the difference in the world! I read and savor each and every comment, so thank you so so much!
Now, I'm taking a few blogger days off to refuel and revise some stories. But I'll be making rounds visiting your blogs and catching up with those I've missed. The Spring Carnival giveaway lasts til May 8 so be sure to leave a comment on that post to be entered.
Do you have any comments regarding the challenge and how it worked for you? Even if you didn't participate, what did you think of the whole thing? I'd love to hear them....