Blogging from A-Z April Challenge Reflections - or, how'd it go?

Now that I've successfully completed the A - Z Blog Challenge (www.a-to-zchallenge.com), posting each day (except Sundays) in April, it's time for a Reflections post.  Time to sit back and think about how it went, what was good, what could have gone better, and what blogs I enjoyed visiting.

One, I wanted to do something quite different from last year (A-Z of Gardening), as well as something more of a stretch (beyond my regular garden blogging).  I accomplished both by starting a new blog for original poetry, just for the challenge!  I posted twice before the challenge to set the stage, as it were.  I wouldn't have created a poetry blog without the challenge, and wouldn't have written 26 new poems!  I enjoy writing poetry, but seldom for sharing (other than high school and college courses), so this was a bit scary. 
Two, I regularly read more blog posts than I normally would have.  I had my favorites I'd check regularly each morning.   Several were blogs I'd read last year during the A-Z Challenge.  Will I continue to read my regulars throughout the rest of the year?  Not in most cases.  For the Challenge many of the bloggers I read diverged from their "usual" topics, and the Challenge themes were what I enjoyed reading.  Once the Challenge ended they reverted to their usual posts.  I did not check in on all the participants, there were too many for my allotted "Blog Challenge" time!  I didn't visit blogs that were obviously off my topic interest.

Just who were my "regulars?" 
  • http://paperandpigment.blogspot.com - my second April reading this blog, and one of the only ones I receive email updates on.  Hard to define the Challenge theme, but the blogger is an amazingly talented artist.
What interested me in reading a blog on a continual basis? 
* Interesting subject matter.  That could be folktales, unusual words, poems based on personalized license plates (very unique!), or craft projects
* Common interests.  Guinea pigs, mental health
* Just plain interesting writing made several worth my daily visits
* Continuing participation from A all the way through Z!  

The Negatives:
I had far fewer views than expected.  Far fewer comments than hoped for.   I would have thought the Challenge would be the way to spread the word of a brand new blog, but it fell far short of what I'd hoped for.  I averaged less than two comments per post!  I am not alone in this, the fewer comments and views,  I have read some other Reflections posts sharing the same concerns. 

To sum it up, after last year's Challenge I didn't think I'd participate again.  But, as the Challenge sign-up grew near, I changed my mind and joined in.  I will continue to post new poems, not daily by any means, but I'll try for once a week (I just have to put my mind to it, and make it a commitment to myself!).  Next year?  As my late mother used to say, "Never say never," so I'll leave that decision open until sign-up time 2020!

Thanks for the fun, hosts!
Thanks to all who participated (especially those bloggers I read!).
Thanks for those to visited this blog during the Challenge.  Hopefully you'll drop by once in a while to see any new content.

Comments

  1. Howdy
    First, congratulations on getting to the finish line. 26 poems in a month sounds like the start of a collection!

    I also had the drop in comments as the month wore on. It's a frustrating part of this. I know I got overwhelmed with my serialized story by the third week and my blog hopping got chopped to pieces. Something I hope to rectify over this next month.

    Never say never is the right thing to do with creating. Good luck.

    Stuart
    Tale Spinning

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      My mother learned to "never say never" when she said with conviction she would never live in a particular town. Ended up not just living there, but had her first child there! I say "I hope I never have to" about things (like eating squirrel!).

      Did you know your profile has a link to a former website? No link to Tale Spinning. It's something with a domain name up for sale. Expensive name!

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  2. Sorry I didn't comment more frequently. Sometimes I'm at a loss for what to say after reading a poem. Nevertheless, I enjoyed your posts and I hope you had a good time, and I hope to see you back next year!

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    1. Oh, you were one of the regular commenters! You had enough on your plate without visiting every blog to comment every day!
      I did have a good time, and that's what counts more than views!
      Thanks for that true and honest comment about not knowing what to say. Sometimes it seems I find myself at a loss for words and a "that's an interesting thought" sounds like I couldn't think of anything nice to say!

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  3. I received a lot less comments than I expected too and ironically, this is the first year I've managed to visit every blog on the sign up list so I expected more comments than usual. It's great that the challenge inspired you to start a whole new blog
    Debbie

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