Saturday, May 4, 2013
Reflections on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2013
And in spite of the fact I had to do a lot of unexpected traveling due to illnesses in the family, which means I was not a good blog hopper at least two full weeks out of the month, I still met many new bloggers and reconnected with many from prior years.
What didn't I do quite as well this year? Well, mostly visiting other blogs. I did a few blog-hop binges, but there periods of time I had no computer access.
What did I do better? I found a theme (The ABCs of Behavior and Emotions) and a writing exercise that was so much fun I hated to miss a day. Yes, I still need to go back and write the stories of "Nadine the Naughty Newt," "Oliver the Ornery Opossum," and "Polly the Peaceful Parrot." The titles are the placeholders and as soon as I stop flying back and forth across the country, I'll finish those stories and announce the links for those who want to see what I came up with.
It was a lot of fun searching for adjectives and animals that began with the same letter and then crafting the little fable-like tale. It was also fun experimenting with a few dark endings.
I tried to follow the best A to Z blogging advice by keeping each post relatively short and making sure it was easy to leave a comment.
The one piece of advice I'd give to next year's participants is to make each post a stand-alone essay or story. If we want to visit as many participating blogs as possible, and we know we can't visit all of them every day, we are very likely to skip the blogger who's writing a tale that begins on day one of the challenge and continues to develop throughout the month. If we catch a post or ten during the month, we might leave a comment, but we will probably never have a chance to enjoy the whole story.
Will I do the A to Z Challenge again next year? As long as I'm still computing, I'll be on the list.