Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Reflections of the 2012 A - Z Challenge

      Yesterday we were supposed to reflect on our experience with the 2012 A to Z Challenge.  How do you describe something that was exasperating yet exhilarating; frustrating yet fun;  time intensive but worth every minute.

     First, I would sincerely like to thank everyone involved in planning and overseeing the challenge.  This took a lot of time, effort and dedication and I appreciate your hard work. 

     This was my first effort at the A to Z Challenge, or any other challenge that requires you to blog every day.    I didn't decide until the night before it started so I had no time to get a head start on writing posts.   I was glad for the suggestion that we choose a theme.  I chose A to Z Memories as my theme and was so glad I did for several reasons.  Having a theme just made it easier to write one post after another; I didn't have to waste time trying to find a topic.  I sat down the first day and made a list from  A to Z, then proceeded to think of memories that would make an interesting post.  I would strongly suggest this for any new challenge participants next year.  It can save a lot of time and stress later.  I was also glad I chose that particular theme because it was so much fun taking those trips down memory lane.

     I would love to have gotten around and read every participants blog, but unfortunately, that just wasn't possible.  Life does get in the way and time restraints just don't allow for reading as many as I would have liked.   Not as many new readers got around to my blog as I had hoped either, but that's okay.  The ones that did are really nice and have some great blogs of their own.  I found several new blogs that I enjoy reading and made some new friends.

     One thing I learned from this challenge is that I am definitely not an every day blogger, at least not on a regular basis.  It was a challenge but one that I met head on.   I am proud to say I posted every letter, and posted them all on time.     Would I do it again?    No...maybe....probably...ask me again next year.   For now, I am glad for the experience and proud of the feeling of accomplishment finishing it has given me.







Until next time...that's my view.
Kat

20 comments:

  1. Great job, Kat! Like you, I wasn't able to get to as many blogs as I would've liked either, but I really enjoyed each of your posts that I read. I think it's great that you were able to do this on the spur of the moment. It took me months to decide what and how I was going to write. I'm glad you did it and hope you will again next year.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. With a little more time to plan ahead I probably will do it again. Thank you for your support.

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  2. Kat - I enjoyed many of your posts. It wasa bit overwhelming, but it waas nice to hear what you learned and how you approached it! Great job!

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  3. Yay you for meeting the challenge head on! I'm with you.. Not sure I'll do it again, maybe I will.. Yeah, ask me next year.. Lol.. :) I am so looking forward to "normal" blogging now.. If there is such a thing! :)

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    1. Thank you MiMi. I've enjoyed you stopping by. I too am looking forward to things getting back to normal.

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  4. Visiting from A/Z post challenge reflections. WTG for finishing! I'm with you; I did enjoy the challenge this year, but not sure I want to repeat it next year. Like you; I don't consider myself an every day blogger; once or twice a week is usually my regular schedule. I also think having a theme is a good thing (I didn't, LOL). Your theme of memories sounded like a good one!

    betty

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    1. Thank you Betty. The memories theme was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.

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  5. You done good Baby Girl! I enjoyed the entire month and I am also taking a lot of time off reading now. Spring has Sprung and I finds me outside a lot! I also finds me likes it out there. LOL
    Anyway...great job and I'm very proud of you. ♥

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    1. Thank you Jo. I can always count on you for support. XOXO

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  6. I enjoyed the entire month of your posts! It was fun. Congratulations for making it through to the end! I was right there with you enjoying your submissions each and every day.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Kathy. You amaze me at how much you manage to keep up with. Thanks for always supporting me! XOXO

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  7. It was a good challenge Kat. I am glad to have had the core of the GBE2'ers and the Writing Post behind me as an anchor, that helped when the seas were rough sailing.

    I love this: "Would I do it again? No...maybe....probably...ask me again next year." Can I clone it? grinZ It's too soon to ask now. And to think I signed up for the NaBloPloMo (I think that's it) write a novel in 30 days for the month of November! Well, it ought to be an experience yes? ;-)

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    1. You always make everything look so easy and effortless. It's comforting to know you struggle like the rest of us. Exactly what does NaBloPloMo mean? And yes, please feel free to use anything I write that is worth repeating! XOXO

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    3. Okay let me try that again. I don't know what happened to my foot long post, but it took part of the first sentence, connected it with part of the last sentence, and left out the middle. looks around for cyber goons

      NaBloPoMo is part of the BlogHer network.

      NaNoWriMo is the one that has the write a novel in the month of November Challenge. (see why I get confused??) The idea is to start and finish a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. November is also my birthday month... I will be 50 this year and I want to have one novel (at least) completed before the end of the year :-)

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    4. Thank you and good luck on your novel. BTW - 50 is not bad at all. I will be 60 on my next birthday in January.

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  8. You expressed the paradoxical nature of the Challenge. And I still haven't made it to all of the participant blogs--working on it.

    Thanks for giving us your thoughts on the Challenge. Glad you could join us for the 2012 edition.


    Lee
    A Faraway View

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    1. Thank you Lee for co-hosting the challenge, and for stopping by!

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  9. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. Like you, I didn't get to as many as I would have liked. Thank you for stopping by and reading mine. I hope you will come back!

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