Monday, May 7, 2012

Reflecting on the A to Z Challenge Reflections Post



I heard about the Challenge back in December of last year, and debated whether I was going to do it.  This site had existed for about 6 months and I was having problems getting into the blogging thing.  I finally made the plunge and signed up for it.  I was at first daunted by the task of posting once a day, mostly because I can go a little overboard when I start writing and just keep going no matter how far off point I get, so the suggestion of keeping posts under 500 words definitely helped me to keep length under control.  Also I didn't feel so bad when I had nothing to say.

I did learn some things though.  I learned that ubermensch is a word. I learned that I CAN think of something to put down even if it was just a YouTube video with a description.

Easiest post? Luck, a piece of fiction that I thought up in a few minutes while laying in bed one morning.

Hardest? V-Day.  I had already gone the route of just listing words that start with U, and I didn't want to repeat myself.  So, I just rambled on for a while about words that start with V.

Best part of the Challenge?  Getting to visit some great blogs.  I didn't get through the entire blog list.  Sorry, I only have so many hours in my day.  I did find a few that I enjoyed visiting daily.  I also loved receiving visits from others to my blog and I got really excited every time I got a new comment on one of my posts.  I am, however, a bad visitor in that probably 75% of the blogs I visited I didn't leave a comment.

So, overall I would call this a complete success.  I am notorious for starting things and not finishing them so I'm really proud of myself.  I went ahead and added a page up there at the top with a list of all my A to Z posts, in case anyone wants a walk down memory lane, or in case any stragglers come by and want to see what I did last month.

Special thanks to all my followers and for everyone who left me comments.

And a final note:  During the Challenge I did 5 posts of fiction.  I remembered that I really liked writing fiction.  So, I decided to start a second blog called A Creative Exercise that will be devoted to writing.  I'm one of those insane people who plan to keep more than one blog running.  So, hop on over to my second home. I've already posted my first message to the masses.

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19 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I participated in the very first one two years ago and it changed my blog forever.

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  2. It was kick in the pants I needed to start writing again.

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  3. Thank you for all your visits to my blog during the Challenge :)

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    1. Thank you for having a blog to visit :P

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  4. Joined both your blogs! I"m with you on wanting to take this 'writing' thing further. It is TIME!..

    I found you through the A-Z reflection linky list!!! Glad I did!

    www.hammockinthehoneysuckle.blogspot.com

    Carrie

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    1. Thanks for joining both blogs. I guess it's now or never on the writing thing.

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  5. Jumping over to your new blog!

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  6. "I am notorious for starting things and not finishing them so I'm really proud of myself."

    Well done!

    "I went ahead and added a page up there at the top with a list of all my A to Z posts, in case anyone wants a walk down memory lane"

    I did the same. It feels like a badge of honor, but also practical. :)

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    1. I like the practicality, and it's kind of a brag.

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  7. I enjoyed your posts! Congrats!

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  8. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I am also one of the weird ones with mulitple blogs (3) and it makes it easier when they all have different lines of thought.
    Good luck with your writing!

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    1. Thanks.

      I debated whether I wanted to do a seperate blog and decided for my way of thinking it would be easier.

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  9. Congratulations on completing the challenge, it's not an easy task. here's to next year!

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    1. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be either. I am definetly looking forward to next year.

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  10. It was a great challenge. I love to hear what everyone else got out of it. I found some brilliant bloggers and learned that prep is key.

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  11. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that...

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