Today we have some honest thoughts about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2011 from Karen Walker whose blog is author karen walker...following the whispers. Karen's a wonderful lady who is always on a quest for truth, a topic that she usually talks about each Tuesday. Her reflections post doesn't ignore the negative, but tells us that the good outweighs the bad.
|Thank you Elizabeth Mueller|
created this award for all the a-z participants.
Isn't it lovely?
The a-z challenge is over. For those of you who may not know what this was, it was a challenge to blog 26 days out of the 30 in April using each letter of the alphabet. Lee, whose brainchild this was, has asked the participants to summarize their thoughts and feelings about it. That fits in with my getting back to normal post today, so here goes.
I had reached a point where I didn't want to blog every day - it was too time consuming and took way too much energy away from other things, like writing my novel. But I felt my blog had reached a kind of plateau. I was right. I had become complacent.
To be a successful blogger, you must continually reach out to new bloggers. That means clicking on blogs you find listed on blogs you regularly visit and things like that.
The a-z challenge made it easier to do that, because they were all listed in the linky tool provided. I simply had to go down the list. Unfortunately, there were 1200+ participants, which meant lengthy times at the computer to get to all of them before the challenge was over. That was the downside. Also, there were many links that weren't viable and many people who signed up, but didn't participate.
However, the upside far outweighs the downside. My blog went from 189 followers to 358, just about doubling. Comments increased exponentially as well. I don't think that could have happened without participation in this challenge. So, I am very grateful.
Would I do it again? Depends on what's going on in my life at the time. I enjoyed it. Do I want to keep blogging every day? Probably not. Unless I pre-write and pre-post, which is what I did for the challenge and it is the only way I could have managed it.
I would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit and leave comments. I have met so many wonderful new bloggers. I only hope we all find a way to stay connected. I have added a bunch of new blogs to my blogroll. How to keep up? That is the question.
So, for today, I am grateful things are back to normal and I can blog any ole time I want.
As with any challenge worth accepting you have to consider the good and the bad. It's not all wine and chocolates. Sometimes you get some sardines and Brussels sprouts. Personally, I happen to like sardines and Brussels sprouts so it's not so bad. Thank you, Karen, for this honest look at the A to Z Challenge. We're thankful to have blogging friends like you to open our eyes to the truth every now and then.