A New Appreciation for Blogging
Finally my reflections post on the awesome Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! This was my first year participating and I'm very glad that I did. I gained a few new followers and began following new and interesting blogs myself. That is probably the best part of the challenge, the networking that it creates. I know that I will continue to follow many of the blogs and bloggers I discovered throughout the month.
It was also a great exercise to blog everyday (except Sundays) for a month. It puts your writing and creative muscles to the test.
I joined the challenge only a few days before it began so many of my posts were written the same day or one day in advance at the most. I did however, try to make a list of what my topics would be about in advance. This helped a lot although a few ended up being switched up in the end and others I had to come up with the day of (X, W and Y are prime examples).
Because of this chaos I wrote without a theme which I didn't really mind. I would love to do the challenge again next year though, and might toy with a theme then. It will probably help with the timing of my posts as well as allowing me to comment and visit more blogs than I did this time around. By scheduling more posts in advance I would be able to dedicate more time to visiting and commenting.
I did managed to post every letter, some just in the nick of time and only once did I have to make a make-up post (With Q) so I can't say that this year was a "perfect" run but I do feel I did pretty well.
I enjoyed many of the themes other bloggers came up with like writing about books you hate (Finley) or English words with Arabic origins (The Word Trance), Hungarian weirdness (Mop Dog) and drabbles, the drabbles were great(Colin and LG). There were more of course but I won't mention them all here.
One of the things that peeved me a bit was the way comments are handled differently in blogger and wordpress. If you have a wordpress account (which I do), it makes checking up on comments on other blogs so much easier. Whenever you go on a wordpress blog there is a bar with a notification that let's you know when someone has replied to your comment. It then allows you to add another reply easily without leaving the current wordpress blog you are visiting.
With blogger you have to check the box for notifications for new comments on different posts. Which is fine normally but when doing the challenge I found that my e-mail would be filled with different comment notifications from various posts on different blogs not just replying to my comments but all comments being made. It got to the point where I decided to simply not check the box to be notified by e-mail and only rarely followed up for replies manually.
This however is a Blogger/Blogspot thing and not much can be done by the A to Z team which did a great job overall. All in all the challenge was fun and I would definitely do it again.