A to Z Challenge Reflections 2021
Well, another Blogging from A to Z April Challenge has come and gone. That means it's time for the Reflection post. What did I like? Learn? Thoughts?
First, I enjoyed participating, here, at The Versesmith (Poetry Forms A to Z), as well as on my other blog, Lisa's Garden Adventure (Flowers A to Z). Without hesitation, I'll do it again next year!
I visited some favorites from previous A to Z Challenges. I don't follow them, or often visit during the "off season," since many blog about things not up my alley when it's not A to Z time. I did discover a few that I will follow or check more often. My daily blog visits (only the ones who kept it up) included, in addition to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com of course, in order of how they were saved in my bookmarks:
Some were interesting last year, so I came back and found them interesting again this year. Others sounded like I might enjoy them when I browsed through a lot of theme reveal posts after checking the blog categories of interest. I also found a few searching for scavenger hunt items.
What interests me in a blog? Things I like! Photos. Animals. One blog shared places in Rhode Island. Now, if it had been Nebraska or Utah, I wouldn't have regularly read it, but my son and his wife live in RI, so I had a connection.
Sure, aren't there always? I am disappointed each year to find less than one handful of blogs on nature/outdoors. And, I'm always sorry when an interesting blog stops A to Z-ing midway. I know, things come up, but I can still be disappointed when really fun ones stop at O or P!
VISITING OTHER BLOGS:
I visited a large portion of all the blogs listed, but didn't get to all 307. I skipped the ones marked "adult," because I just wasn't sure how "adult" they meant! There are still author blogs to get to. Last year there were 510 participants, this year a big drop to 307. Still, a lot of blogs to visit, read, and leave meaningful comments.
ETA: I read on a reflections post something I forgot to mention. There were several (too many) blogs that made it very hard to find the daily A to Z post. I'll be honest, if I couldn't see it near the top, scrolling just a bit, I didn't bother looking for it. Maybe the blogger changed his or her mind, and there wasn't one to find. Or, they blog other things the same day and it gets buried. Just a suggestion to bloggers, make it easy to find the daily letter post!
I always left comments. I left many comments. Bloggers may not know that though, because I kept getting emails notifying me that my posts were blocked due to AOL emails not being accepted. Sure, AOL isn't the most popular anymore, but some of us still use it! I know in some cases my comments were NOT blocked, as I could see they had been posted. But, I do wonder just how many comments were blocked? I would spend a long time every morning reading posts and commenting, then my email would look below. I almost quit trying to make any comments at all.
I got more comments than in previous years. I appreciate each and everyone of them! I blog for fun, but for the A to Z it's nice to know someone is reading my posts. After all, anyone who has participated knows we put a lot into April, more than most regular posts.
Did I do the Scavenger Hunt Challenge? YES! I was obsessed with it! I found more than one for most of them, but W. Whale. I couldn't find a single Whale. I did find someone blogging about Wales, can I count that? Please?
A - Apple
B – Bear
C – Cobweb
D – Dragon
E – Evil
(the last monkey is described as being “evil”)
F – Flowers
G – Game
H – Hat
I – Island
J – Jewelry
K – Key
L – Leaves
M – Men
(about a man, mentions his brothers and sons, also men)
(names, many of them men’s, and their meanings)
N - Nuts
(Nutella is hazelnut spread, hazelNUTS!)
O – Orange
P – Pen
Q – Questions
- she always asked questions of her readers at the end of her posts
R – Rainbow
S – Scissors
- one of her links is "yarn scissors silk"
T - Tiger
- rail art Tiger
U – Uniform
- unicorns in uniforms
- uniform patterns
V – Velvet
W – Whale
not Whale, but Wales - https://maggie-itselementary.blogspot.com/2021/04/wait-where.html
X – X-Ray
Y – Yellow
- yellow bellied slider turtle
Z - Zipper
I appreciate all the time and effort the Team put into the A to Z. Thank you.