Thursday, May 2, 2013

A to Z April blogging challenge - Reflections

This was my second year doing the challenge and I think my posts this year were better than last year's posts overall. The challenge for me was subject matter. Coming up with subjects to blog about is difficult as it is, but trying to fit something you feel you can talk about for at least a few paragraphs that is letter-specific is definitely challenging. (See what I did there?) Then, when you start getting to the end of the alphabet and the not-so-commonly-used letters and trying to find subjects for those letters, the challenge intensifies. Or it did for me.

As I look back over the statistics of the posts in this year's challenge, it's interesting to me to see which ones got the most traffic. This one had the most views: K is for Kindness followed second by this one: P is for Perfect. I'm not sure if they resonated with people, or if those were just the quirks of having a blog and some days just getting more traffic than others regardless of topic.

I enjoyed the challenge, though. I realize that I express myself best when I write. I don't do too bad in person, but if I can take time to think about what I want to say, I find myself to be able to express my intent more clearly and be more eloquent for sure.

Will I do the A to Z challenge again? I most probably will. And I phrase it that way because you never quite know where life will lead you in a year's time. It's certainly my intention to do it again. I think the more I write, the better I become at it and it feels good to complete something like this. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride that I followed through with the whole month's worth of writing. I got behind a few days, but I did post for all the letters.

I can't wait to read the other reflection posts to see how others feel about it. There is such a vast array of  people who take a part in the challenge that I'm sure the experiences will cover a broad spectrum. This is one of the reasons I love the A to Z challenge so much--getting to see others' blogs I might not normally see and learn and grow through the reading of those different kinds of blogs.


  1. I didn't even try to make my posts fit the letter, I made the letter fit the post. got quite the workout :)

  2. Having a theme for the month can definitely help with subject matter for each post.
    Glad that you had a generally positive experience and are considering next year.

    I'm now following your blog. So many sites I never made it to during April and just finding them in the Reflections list.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  3. I am glad you entered (and endured!) the challenge so I could find your blog. :) Fortunately, (or NOT!) I don't ever seem to run out of things to say. :D I enjoyed the challenge a lot, both the writing and the reading. It has been great fun, and like you I anticipate participating again next year--if I possibly can arrange it!


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