On the 1st April I entered the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The idea was to submit a blog post everyday starting with the letter A as the theme, then B and so forth. I am gutted that my blog has changed onto this new format and for some reason my scheduled post for yesterday did not work so my Z post went out on the first of May.To complete the challenge we are asked to write a post about the experience, what we have gained, learnt from it etc.
The great bitsI have actually really enjoyed the challenge. I struggle for time to do anything at the moment and knowing I didn’t want to fail this challenge, I managed to find the time to write a post (almost) everyday.
I really enjoyed having to try and think up something to blog about beginning with the relevant letter and this led to a really diverse set of posts – instead of the normal family and everyday trivial posts I normally do, I wrote about all kinds of things from family, days out, travel, history, medical based posts, current topics and it opened a new way of blogging to me.
The challenged asked you try to visit at least 5 different blogs a day and although I didn’t manage 5 every day, some days I did 10 or more so on average I think I managed this. I have discovered a whole new set of blogs to follow, I discovered very different types of blogs and styles of writing and especially enjoyed it when I came across posts for the same subject and yet they were all so diverse.
I have gained about 20 new followers which for me is mega amounts and that in itself has given me a boost.
The not so great bitsThese are niggles really – I found it quite annoying that I couldn’t go and visit everyone’s blog who came to mine as very few left their URL – it’s not something I do either but might change that now. As there were around 1900 entries it was impossible to find the relevant people – so if you did visit me and I never returned the favour, it’s not because I don’t want to.
Not everyone turned off word verification and I don’t think I did either (this is my lack of knowledge and the fact I struggled to get disque set up so was riled to muck around with it). I don’t mind the word verification but am I the only one who sometimes (often) struggles to actually make out what the letters actually are!?
I tried to visit some blogs which were private or not really participating. I found it a bit odd the private ones had signed up in the first place.
Would I do it again?
Yes I think I would.
So to the organizers, thank you very much for the chance to take part in this. I really enjoyed it, visited many new blogs and met and gained some lovely new people x