Friday, December 30, 2011

Another One Who Reached the Finish Line: Sue Harding

       Sue Harding may blog at I Refuse to Go Quietly, but she stayed noisily right up to the end in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2011.  Sue has her success story to tell today.


Well, that's the April A-Z challenge over for 2011! There's a sense of relief tinged with a bit of sadness - relief, because it's been quite a feat to think up and create something new and different for each letter (thank goodness for pre-scheduled posts!); and sadness, because the cameraderie of us 'all in this together' is at an end.

But is it?

I tried to look into at least five different blogs every day and leave comments and mostly I succeeded. Some were blogs where my interest was piqued enough to want to 'follow' - some have already become fixtures on my blogroll! So, what started as a chance to nosey through other people's blogs has grown into a desire to keep up with the musings of these hitherto unknown 'blogger-friends'. So, thankyou A-Z, for broadening my horizons and 'growing' my followers, too! (more than doubled!)

Thanks, too, for the wonderful 'surprise me' button - it was always an adventure to see where I'd land next! :-)

I'd also like to thank all who stopped by to view the eclectic posts on my blog - and for their kind (and constructive!) comments!

Congratulations to all who participated and made it through to 'Z' - I hope those who didn't succeed (for whatever reason) will be inspired to try again next year.

Most of all, thankyou to those who promoted, encouraged and facilitated the whole event and generally kept us on the right path throughout - esp. to Arlee Bird, for all your positive support!

So, the next few days are going to seem strange without the motivation of creating a new post for the challenge......but I'm sure I'll come up with something! (I guess you'll have to watch this space to find out!)


         Sue lived up to her blog name and we thank her for that. Now all of you make some noise about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and tell all of your blog friends about it. What the heck--tell of your friends who don't blog yet to start a blog and join us. The more the merrier.

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Congrats on the completion, Hope to see you in April.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And that's why we do the Challenge - to make new friends!

Trisha said...

I completed it this year too, and I find it funny that the posts that show up in my "most popular" list are STILL from the A-Z challenge. It's certainly a great way to meet new people and find new blogs/gers!

MISH said...

I think that meeting new people is the ultimate goal of the A to Z Challenge...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think if I set my goal to just five blogs, I'd do better next year.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. great post .. it's an amazing way to meet so many new bloggers ... I never tried the surprise button - I hope it'll be there next year! I just pottered up the list from my next number ..

I think I met you there .. and then found you had a connection with Eastbourne .. small world ..

Happy New Year everyone .. A - Z is 3 month's away and a day and a half ..

byeeeeeee here's to 2012 .. Hilary

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Awesome. I can't wait to try it.


SueH said...

I heartily recommend the challenge to any who are new to the idea!

I am already mulling over whether or not to stick to a theme next year...!

Hope to catch up with you folks and trust the 'surprise me' button will still feature.


Teresa Cypher said...

Congrats on the finish! It sounds like a wonderful challenge--and lots of fun! I can hardly wait...

Tina said...

Nice to meet you! Just paid a visit to your blog, and am looking forward to another great challenge year!
Tina @ Life is Good

Shannon Lawrence said...

The friends I made from the challenge are definitely my favorite part! It's such a wonderful way to meet fellow bloggers.

Pearson Report said...

I had a strange sense of emptiness after the A to Z was over; I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself!

This was a lovely reflection post - and those little dogs are just too cute!