A to Z Challenge 2014 Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2014] (1)

First of all, I’d like to thank the A to Z Challenge Team for their encouragement and support throughout the challenge (I’ve listed their links below), everyone who stopped by my blog, and all who have followed my blog. It was wonderful to see so much activity and read the comments that were left.  I visited many blogs of other A to Z-ers and made some new blogging friends along the way.

When I first signed up, I was excited about the Challenge, but also unsure that I would be able to write something for each letter. Would life get in the way of seeing it to the end?  The night before the first posting, I almost backed out.  April was such a busy month for us.  I stayed with it, and I am so glad I did. I had a fantastic time writing my A to Z’s!  I can’t wait to do it again next year!

When I started my posts, I didn’t want them dispersed throughout my blog roll, so I set up a separate page for the A to Z Challenge. I love the way it turned out, and got a lot of compliments on it. I linked back to my home page. The page is static, so it didn’t update on my blog roll with each successive post to it. This I found to be a disadvantage. Also, since it was a static page, I could not schedule posts.  Because we were out of town for part of April, that meant I had to prepare those posts ahead of time and log on wherever I was to add the day’s post. In the future, I could work around using the static page by posting a notice on my home page, but the problem of not being able to schedule remains.

Next year I will unquestionably prepare my posts ahead of time to avoid last-minute panic. Even though I had planned what I was going to write about for each post, I still had to figure out what I wanted to write (which was not always what I thought it would be) and find the photos to go with the day’s post.

If you’d like to find out more about the A to Z Challenge, or read other’s reflections of their blog experiences, go to the A to Z Challenge.

Here is the A – Z Team with their links:

Arlee Bird: Tossing it Out
Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins: [Being Retro]
Nicole Ayers: The Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian

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