Sunday, May 1, 2016

Reflections #AtoZChallenge

My schedule is chock full the rest of May so...here goes.

Twitter was my number one tool this year. Because of the time zone difference (I'm East Coast USA), I could read posts going live from Austalia, India, etc. the evening before which allowed me to get the jump on reading/commenting. I also gained around 400 followers and met a lot of people.

Views: I averaged anywhere from 200-400 views per day.

Visiting/Commenting: I kept up until the last 10 days or so. Then I fell waaaay behind. But I'll be using the Linky to continue visiting blogs over the summer.

I learned about: new recipes, vacation spots, endangered animals, scifi terms, dream interpretation, DIY tips...and read some great fiction and poetry. Too much good stuff to mention. So many talented people out there!

I found out that: the post I thought was wretchedly boring generated the most comments and interest, while the post I loved writing the most (letter V) was all tumbleweed and crickets. Too long? Too boring? Bloggers worn out by the end of the alphabet? It's always fascinating to find out how readers respond to different posts.

What I will do differently next year: I always say that I'll be more organized. But I won't be. Writing is like that sometimes: you're on fire one day, and the next you're sitting in your pyjamas, pulling at your hair and staring at a blank page/laptop.

The take away: it was challenging. It was fun. It was hard work. And it was fun. Thank you to all of the organizers, hosts, co-hosts, minions and participants. What a fantastic blogging adventure!

Peace out, and thanks for reading. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

6 comments:

  1. Nicely summarized - I'm not sure if I've visited your blog before, oh wait, yes I have, I recognize that post on Water now. Congrats on all those new twitter followers, glad that you really used that to your advantage! I think blog hopping should be 75 % of the challenge ideally, meaning the more time you hop and comment, the more views and comments you receive in return. Please feel free any time to visit me and include a link to your blog as part of your signature. Maui Jungalow

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  2. I agree this challenge was fun and manageable as opposed to NaNo which makes me want to rip my fingernails out. You made out like a bandit on Twitter followers and page views - nice!

    BTW I put together a Listly of participants who are also doing recaps here http://list.ly/list/17Wd-2016-a-to-z-challenge-wrap-ups

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  3. Congrats on all the new Twitter followers. This year I am trying to write more, read more, see less TV and chat less on the phone :)

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  4. I'm glad to see the back of the Challenge although I enjoyed it. I was burned out in a major way. I think a lot of other people were as well, so at the end there was very little energy to go around.

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  5. You summed up the glory and the agony of the AtoZ very well! I'm glad you found the Challenge satisfying! In celebration of surviving the Challenge, I've posted a little something.
    Barbara
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    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  6. Doing flash fiction for the challenge is so impressive, it takes real commitment!

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