Thursday, 7 May 2015

A-Z Challenge Reflections

So, Spring has Sprung, the grass is 'riz, especially in my part of the UK where the traditional April showers have decided to wait until May. The A-Z, my first one, is finished. What can I say? I did it! What did I learn? That organisation and inspiration can co-exist happily together. That's quite a lesson for this INFP serial procrastinator. Knowing that I was off on holiday on the very last day of the challenge forced me to be organised and use the pre-schedule feature (all my posts were written the evening before). I surprised myself at how disciplined I was about keeping to plan, even if some of my blogs were written very late indeed!

Serendipity played a large part in my challenge. I'd started with no particular theme in mind. Maybe using one might have resulted in better quality of writing, however, this being my first attempt, I thought it best to keep to a simple pot-pourri. It worked beautifully and I'd great fun linking a piece of music to the topic. OK, some were a teensy bit far-fetched, certainly but it made blogging far more fun.

Could do better.... Next time round I'll need to try and engage more with other A-Z ers. I visited some lovely blogs and have met some great bloggers but I found it quite exhausting on top of writing my own. More organisation needed on my part, I think. Thanks, though, to everyone who commented or joined the site, especially Betty who posted words of encouragement nearly every day. Thank you again, you kept me going!

I said at the beginning that I hoped that taking part in the challenge would help me rediscover  my blogging mojo. Whilst it's not quite back on full force, it's certainly on its way.


  1. You are welcome :) I think it is easier if you have the posts written beforehand, that makes it easier to visit other blogs :) First challenge I did, I hadn't prewritten posts and it was a struggle to get it all done! I do hope you take part in the challenge next year!


  2. The A to Z Challenge is a great way to create twenty six new posts in one month. The picture here shows you live in quite a beautiful place.

  3. Thanks, Julia. Is that the photo up top? Sadly, I don't live there (would that I did!); it was taken in the Western Highlands when we were on a walking tour there a few years ago. Loved some of the photos on your blog. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Betty is a peach, isn't she? I didn't find you during the challenge but I am here today on the road trip. I will look around and hope to meet you somewhere around the bend!

  5. I've still to get going on the road trip; my list of Things To Do offline is as long as my arm just now! Thanks for calling by. I'll start the journey by hopping over to your blog.

  6. Just now getting around to visiting the blogs in the challenge. April was a busy month for me. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!


  7. This was my first year too and I didn't have a theme I am debating one for next year!
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip

  8. My theme developed as it went along! At least we've plenty of time to think of a good one for next year.

  9. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing your first challenge! This was my second year taking part. I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip. Love your header image!

    Entrepreneurial Goddess


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