This was my first time doing the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. I had just finished up a 47-Day Lenten challenge and was feeling pretty burned out. But I’d been looking forward to this since I heard about it after the fact last year. So I jumped in with both feet!
I leaned two interesting things right off the bat. THEME is very important. I picked “feeling words” as a hat tip to my wonderful daughter who is such a great mom and is always saying to her boys when they get frustrated or tongue-tied: USE YOUR WORDS. I wanted to pick words that went with “I feel (felt, am feeling, etc.) _________, and follow it with an anecdote from my life about that word. It turned out to be a bit harder than I thought! So I reckon it’s important to be careful of the theme you’re choosing for this challenge. Make sure it’s broad enough.
The second thing was, I’m not good at planning ahead. I’m definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type scribbler. (In writing I think they refer to that as being a “pantser.” 😀 ) That tends to make my blog pretty eclectic, and I like it that way.
I thought it would be easy to quickly visit five blogs a day after doing my post, but I made it a point to leave comments instead of likes, and found that took me a great deal longer than I thought it would. (I shouldn’t be so gabby!) Instead of the 150 blogs I was shooting for, I only managed 72. And talk about diverse! I “learned things,” as Special Agent Dwayne Pride might say on NCIS: New Orleans. I wish I had time to follow every site I visited.
As it was, I ended up following three new ones and I picked up over twenty new followers. That was an added bonus. And everywhere I went, folks were so courteous and interesting. What a great bunch of people to do this challenge with. Plus the folks who were “making it work” (a Tim Gunnism from Project Runway — I’m a diverse TV show watcher,. 😀 ) were right there when I had a question. Thank you, guys, for your diligence.
In looking back over what I’ve written I thought, I ought to put these in a binder or something and keep them all together. They represented a lot of memories, vulnerable stories, and a great deal of hard work.
All in all I was very pleased with my experience and definitely am looking forward to doing it again next year!