Monday, May 1, 2017
Just One More Thing! (#atozchallenge)
Did You Finish the Challenge?
If you made it through to the end of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, give yourself a big pat on the back and accept a hearty cheer of congratulations from all of us. That was some feat and you are well deserving of recognition for having achieved it.
As a survivor of the April A to Z Challenge you have earned the official A to Z Survivor Badge to wear proudly on your site to show all of the world your amazing accomplishment. Feel free to copy the badge image which you see above and paste it on your blog sidebar or wherever you'd like to display it.
By letting everyone know that you've got some great A to Z posts to read if they missed them in April, the Badge will be a reminder for them to go back and check out the work you put into the Challenge. The official posting days of the 2017 Challenge may be over, but your Challenge posts are there for posterity and we hope that everyone will go back to visit posts they missed in April.
A to Z Challenge Reflections Post
Even though the alphabet posts are officially finished for 2017, there is one more thing we ask of all of you who participated in this year's Challenge. In what has become a yearly tradition, we invite each of you to join us with your own A to Z Reflections Post.
Past participants will likely be familiar with this Reflections post, but for those of you who aren't sure what we're talking about we'll explain. On Monday May 8th we invite everyone to provide your thoughts about the 2017 Challenge. What did you like best? What did you like least? What worked for you and what didn't?
You can tell us about favorite themes you ran across during the Challenge. Or tell us about some of your favorite posts. You can even tell us your favorite posts on your own blog. We want positives (lots of positives we hope) and we also want to hear the negatives (though we hope there won't be too many of those). Bottom line though is that we want the truth about what you thought about the 2017 Challenge.
This year it's especially important for us to hear from you since we tried the new social media method and discarded using an official Linky List. Your input will help us make decisions about next year's A to Z. Your constructive suggestions can help guide us in making the 2018 Challenge better.
How Do You Do the Reflections Post?
The official Reflections Post day is next Monday May 8th, but you can put yours up anytime between now and then. We will do the same as we have done throughout the month of April by posting an announcement on this A to Z Blog and putting up one on the A to Z Facebook page as well. Just like you've done in April to spread the word about your daily posts, you can post your Reflections link in the A to Z Blog comment section, on the Facebook page, on Twitter, or anywhere else you normally would do such things.
In other words, promote your A to Z Reflections Post in the same way as you've been promoting your other A to Z posts. And even if you haven't done much in promoting posts, by visiting the Reflections posts of the other bloggers and leaving your link in your comment on their post you should reap some visits to your own post.
Please help us with Challenge feedback by putting up your own A to Z Reflections Post. At the same time you might be helping others by sharing your ideas or you might be getting more visits to your April posts. This is intended to be a win-win situation for all of us so we hope you'll be a part of this annual tradition of the A to Z Reflections Post.
Please Take the Survey
Also co-host J. Lenni Dorner has put together a survey where you can tell us what you thought of this year’s challenge: what worked for you, what didn’t work for you, what you’d like to see, etc. It’s open until May 20, so you have a couple of weeks. Take the survey here. This will also be of great help to us.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about the Reflections Post then please leave them in the comment section below.