It’s hard to believe April is over, and my first A to Z Blogging Challenge has come to an end. Twenty-six days of blogging. Wow. Those days were incredible, at times tiring, at times chaotic, but they were always fun.
As a first time participant (and someone new to blogging), I didn’t know what to expect. But after reading the first emails — from Tina, Shannon, and many more — it became clear the Challenge was going to provide exactly the gentle kick I needed as a new blogger. Write, edit, then write some more.
Although I drafted my posts in advance, I edited before scheduling every article. So, first lesson learned: it’s possible to write/blog every day when surrounded by like-minded folks. Now can we extend the Challenge through May, please? … Ha ha.
Here are a few likes and an observation:
1. I met interesting people from all over the world (think I communicated with bloggers from 10-15 countries — how cool is that!);
2. I connected with writing friends — nicely added element of familiarity.
3. I discovered some amazing blogs. There are too many to name here, but you’re in my Reader and/or Subscription list.
I have to say, though, that I learned so much about Iraq from Ghadeer at Spill beans, about Brazil from Maggie at Expatbrazil, and about India from Phil at Philips com.
These are just from a quick recollection, but I came across many more wonderful blogs.
4. I gained followers (not sure as to the exact number, but more than I expected.) If I haven’t followed you back yet, it is my mission to go through my Followed and Subscribed list over the next few days and do just that.
5 I forgot all about W, but writing a post in a short amount of time was surprisingly easy at that point.
6. The only observation or dislike (for lack of a better word) was in the difficulty to comment on certain blogs. Finding the A to Z entries proved time-consuming (posts were not immediately visible, sometimes buried deep someplace). Searching cut into my time, and you know the saying: time is golden.
But all in all, the Challenge was a blast. I am happy I signed up for it and plan to return in 2014.
A great, big thanks to the A-Z team. You’ve done a SUPERB job organizing, hosting, and keeping us motivated. You made it look easy, but that’s probably far from the truth. Thank you to an amazing group of people.
I hope to see you all around post Challenge. And … we did it!!!