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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.

flying_by_the_seat_of_my_pants_by_spock_in_fast_motion-d3f6qgtThe 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 what-kind-of-bloggerabout 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!

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Picture Credits:
Seat of My Pants — spock-in-fast-motion.deviantart.com
Bloggers — qualityguestposts.com

 

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