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.
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?"
- https://georgesgpworld.uk - Guinea pigs!
- https://mainelywrite.blogspot.com - poems based on personalized Maine license plates
- https://scr4pl80.wordpress.com - paper crafting cards and mini-albums
- https://deborah-weber.com/blog - opening the Cabinet of Wonders (our brains) with unusual words
- https://thesoundofonehandtyping.com - A-Z words, but with a twist. All the words contain X.
- https://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com - another fascinating April with folktales from around the world! This year it they were alphabetical fruit tales!
- https://msdarkstar.com - Alphabetical posts, on random subjects.
- 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.
- http://poojapriyamvada.blogspot.com - A-Zs of Mental Health, which was more interesting than it sounds! Plus, very educational, and hopefully helpful to readers.
- https://positivecookies.blogspot.com - A-Z word haiku
- https://noloveforfatties.com - cute short stories based on the images on a child's quilt!
- http://curiousasacathy.com - iPad and pencil sketches from The Little Mermaid
* 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!
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.
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.