I am so thankful I took the time out from my busy schedule to participate in the A to Z challenge! The growth I have experienced has served to define who I am and how I can best interact with the public in the future. If you have not planned to write a Reflections Post, and you have been part of the Challenge in April, please do...it will help us all! Click here to see the details.
Reflecting back on the Challenge, here is my summary:
Things I've learned:
Ins and outs of running a blog (I have far to go in this category)
Turning off word verification
Scheduling a post
What draws people to my blog and make comments
I.e.photos, part of my story, memoirs of travels
It was extremely helpful to receive tips from the A to Z Blogging Challenge hosts beforehand, which smoothed the way...thank you one and all!
I have immensely enjoyed:
Meeting new people, viewing a variety of blogs, and following those that had similar interests to mine and from whom I could learn.
Commenting on other's posts, and replying on mine...it strengthened my communication skills
I'm so grateful for all my new followers...although I did not reach 100, I did more than double my readership! With their help, I will develop content that will benefit many.
I was disappointed because:
Not everyone visited or commented on my blogposts...had all participants visited 10 blogs a day, and commented on every one, as was requested, I would have received at least ten comments a day. I was faithful to visit 10 a day (in order), comment on each one (even if I couldn't fully appreciate the post or theme of the blog), and reply to all the comments left on my posts.
A few sites had suggestive images...
On average, one out of 10 blogs I visited had no intention of participating in the challenge, or, gave up early on, yet their links were still on the list. I wasted precious time visiting them, when I could have been commenting on a faithful participants post.
Since this has been such a positive experience for me, I will continue to:
Visit 5-10 blogs a day (from the signup list) when possible, leaving a comment, and following those who are "kindred spirits."
Post 2-3 times a week, as I discover what content would draw and keep followers.
Join the Challenge again next year!
Congratulations to all those hard working bloggers who made it successfully to the end!
Before I say goodbye, I would like to share links to a few participants who's blogs I have enjoyed and am following:
Joy2journey for BJ's love of home decorating
31 days Early I Rise for Elizabeth's love of Biblical Wisdom
2encourage for Pam's love of God's Word
1st Writes for Dawn's love of Lizards
Up on Haliburton Hill for Joanna's love of all things Victorian
AtoZmommy for Tracy's jump into the Blogosphere
The Slow Dripped Life for Carrie's love of wellness
Bible Bloggers for Brianna's clever Bible Character Diaries
Kylie's Creative Play Place for her love of the "Very Hungry Caterpillar"
W.I.P for Lynda's love of photography
Thank you, friends, for sharing your treasures with me!
What was your favorite part of the Challenge? Or, which of my posts did you enjoy the most? What would you like to see in the future?