Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2017). Whether you survived or not, you are a winner because you came in ahead of anyone who didn’t write.
May 8th is the official day for the Reflections post, so here’s mine.
This is the first time I had taken part in the April A to Z Challenge, since I only found out about it this year–on April 1st! My first post, Letter A, went out on time, but my Theme Reveal posted on April 2, once I had my theme and a direction.
Theme: COMPONENTS OF LITERATURE
From the A to Z Challenge site’s Just One More Thing! post, a few questions:
What did you like best?
The best part of the challenge was the sense of connection and community. I discovered many bloggers with interesting blogs. I even found 2015 and 2016 challenge posts.
I also loved the idea of themed posts–writing them and following other people’s themes throughout the month.
What did you like least?
It was tax month, so it was a bit of a pressure cooker. I made it work. I even wrote two Taxing Tax Time acrostic poems (included with my post links).
What worked for you and what didn’t?
The new setup for the challenge worked beautifully (though I’m not familiar with how it worked last year). What I found particularly helpful:
- The introductory post announcing the challenge and rules.
- The calendar for which letters to post on which days (no need to count).
- The ready-made badges for Theme Reveal, Blogging From A to Z 2017, individual Letter badges, and Survivor badge. These streamlined the process and made it so easy to post each day!
- A post each day for each letter on the A to Z Challenge site where bloggers could comment and include a link to their letter post for that day.
Interesting A to Z Challenge themes
- Earlier Years, theme: My memories of life on the farm in the 1950s and 1960s
- Iain Kelly Writing, theme: A to Z Jigsaw Challenge: a series of entries to a continuous story featuring Anders Sand, based on the objects in a children’s jigsaw–now a complete crime thriller story
- Write Through It (Susanna J. Sturgis), theme: title unknown, but these excellent posts are on writing and conventions
- Less Beaten Paths Travel Blog, theme: Wanderlust
Two A to Z Challengers whose posts I followed have released ebooks of their month of A to Z posts:
- Its PH, theme: A to Z Idioms and Reflections post. Ebook: Poem for an Idiom
- Allison Maruska, theme: Story Stuff A to Z. Ebook: S is for Story
A to Z bloggers posted on themes of life, poetry, history, science, photography, travel, writing, and much more. Look through the comments on the A to Z Challenge blog.
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