This was my first year doing the A to Z Challenge. I posted my thoughts on surviving and completing the Challenge the other day, but that was before I realized the folks in charge of the Challenge wanted to have an actual reflection written.
Since this was my very first time participating, I don’t really have any major complaints. It was a little difficult to find blogs similar to mine in that massive list of 1500+ blogs. I know many folks dropped out because I started out at number 1200-something and ended up at number 900-something. It would have been nice to have the blogs divided somehow. Few bloggers used the 2-letter coding system to indicate what their content was. I didn’t use the codes because there wasn’t one single code that seemed to fit an all-purpose/post-whatever-comes-to-mind/family friendly sort of blog like mine. I didn’t want to limit myself by selecting WR for writing or BO for books. I wasn’t even sure what LI for lifestyle meant! Maybe the coding list could be expanded (add categories), and maybe it could be a requirement that you have to select one or more categories or you can’t sign up. Maybe someone could set it up so that there are radio buttons to select more than one category when you submit your blog name.
The items that impacted me the most about the Challenge were:
1) The new blogs I found. I found several great blogs that gave me helpful tips and ideas or just plain amused me;
2) The new friends I made. See item #1. I am now following several new blogs; and
3) I learned that I CAN write short stories. The support and encouragement I received from readers helped me to keep going. Maybe it was the overall deadline/pressure of having to post every day (6 days out of 7) that pushed me along. Whatever it was, I loved it and thrived within that setting!
Thank you for creating this blogging challenge. I enjoyed the heck out of it.