My A to Z Wrap Up

A-to-Z_Reflection_[2014]I signed up for the A to Z blogging challenge in March because I tend to work better with deadlines and expectations, so the challenge of blogging 6 out of 7 days a week seemed like a perfect fit.

Along the way, here’s what I learned:

Blogging consistently is hard work. Time and effort go into each post and on many days there seemed to be a shortage of time.

A theme might have helped me. Perhaps I’ll try that next year. Yes, I did say next year. I will so do this again.

There are a lot of clever and talented bloggers out there. The community aspect of the challenge overwhelmed me. A special thanks to everyone who stopped by and offered encouragement along the way.

I didn’t have a favorite type of blog to visit. I liked the diversity of jewelry, flash fiction, notable women, movies, books, random thoughts, and everything else under the sun. It was awesome to see the different thought patterns, interests, and talents.

Now that the challenge is over, I intend to continue blogging on a regular basis (am shooting for 5 days with two days off :)) and I intend to wander around and find other blogs to read and perhaps follow.

A special shout out to the hosts of the A to Z challenge! They spent so much time and energy helping create an environment where would could all learn, gather, and grow. Please visit their blogs.

Arlee Bird: Tossing it Out
Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins: [Being Retro]
Nicole Ayers: The Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian – 

If you’re an A to Z participant, will you do it again?

17 thoughts on “My A to Z Wrap Up

  1. I don’t blog every day since my goal is to keep my blog maintained but not daily. I think it depends on your priorities. Thanks for the blog recommendations, I like to see which blogs other readers found since there are so many!

    Here’s my A to Z wrap-up post. I also have an End of Challenge book giveaway going on for either contemporary romance or contemporary YA.

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  2. Hi Elsie – great recap and congratulations on completing the Challenge! I’m trying to visit some of the blogs I did not visit during A to Z. I have seen your occasionsl “likes” on my posts and appreciate your visits. Scrolling through your A to Zs tells me that you did a very good job of picking an interesting, and often unique, topic every day.
    Interviewing a YA author was an excellent idea! Your writing is enjoyable to read; i will be back to catch up on the alphas I missed!

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    • Thanks and to you too 😀

      I liked visiting blogs with themes to see what topics people chose. I may go the theme route next time. And I agree with your comments about X and Q. We are a crafty bunch:)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. I will definitely be doing this challenge again. I think that it really helped me as a blogger and a writer. I’m also someone who works best with deadlines so this is something that I will be looking forward to next year. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any other challenges that might pop up between then and now. If I find anything, I’ll definitely let you know!

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  4. I definitely was more focused with a theme. This was my third A to Z and the easiest because of the theme. Last year, I tried the theme approach but didn’t stick to it. I ran out of ideas. This year, I stuck with the theme all the way through. I’ll do a theme again next year.

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  6. I’ll be doing it again, for sure… but yeah, the community element was really overwhelming. Going to have to pace myself better next year.

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  7. My first year, I was themeless as well. It was exciting and rather insane, but exhausting as well. So from then on I’ve had a theme. But I find having a theme exhausting as well. I guess you can’t win. 😛

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    • Hi Trisha, Thanks so much for commenting.

      I think I’m definitely seeing more people recommending a theme. (And that’s great info for a first time survivor 🙂 )

      Did you have everything planned out before you started or just your overall theme?

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