A to Z Challenge Conclusion

A-to-Z Reflection [2014]

What a month it has been. When I first decided to do the A to Z Challenge, I thought … this would be great. Little did I know how time consuming it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the experience, the camaraderie, and the amazing new blogs I discovered. Which I am pleased to have found. But if I decide to do it again next year …

…well, here’s what I’m thinking:

  1. Definitely schedule the posts (again). It saved a great deal of time.
  2. Clear the whole of April. Meaning, make sure I have no other commitments.
  3. Don’t do a set theme (not like the one I used this time, anyway). It worked in the beginning, but repetition is a snooze-fest waiting to happen.
  4. Set simple goals of blogs to visit each day. I started with good intentions, but my spirit waned. My apologies to those I visited and wanted to return to, but never did.
  5. Never expect a return visit. This is one point that doesn’t bother me so much. I wasn’t in it to garner accolades and praise. I was in it to meet new friends.

A straightforward list as you can see. And not hard to follow if I put my mind to it.

Love and praise.

I would like to offer my thanks to the hosts and co-hosts of the A to Z for taking time out of your own busy schedules to put this challenge together. It was an astounding feat, and thank you for inspiring so many of us.

To the people I’ve met this past April. To the friendships I have made, thank you. I couldn’t have gotten through the month without your posts, support, likes and comments. You made the challenge a veritable feast of laughs, scares, tears and wonder. Special call-outs to LAINEY, LONI, SOPHIE, TASHA, SAM and DAMYANTI. YOU ROCKED LADIES!

Problems.

I only came across 2 problems that irked me through the entire month:

  • Captcha. Some of the blogs I visited asked for this. A few I thought … what the hell, just do it. After a while though, it became annoying. Probably a better idea to turn it off next year.
  • Non-participating blogs. Oh my, the amount I came across on the list! Okay, so maybe people changed their minds, but a small post saying so would have been a nice thing to do. Rather than me wasting my time searching said blogs for their A to Z posts. Sorry, I’ve finished ranting now.

In conclusion.

I guess it’s time to wrap this up. Kudos to those of you who made it to the end, you deserve a BIG pat on the back. To those that didn’t make it through to the finish, you are still winners to me for embarking on the journey. So everyone, hold your heads high and look forward to a rest (until next year).

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17 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Conclusion

  1. Brilliant post, I think a lot of people got frustrated by the “participants” who didn’t participate…quibbles aside it’s been awesome and I’ll be joining you again next year if you decide to do it again! In the meantime looking forward to carry on reading your blog. I’m so glad we met up x

    • Most definitely, and if you want to do it again … well, we should. Shouldn’t we?

      Aw shucks, *blushes* I’m glad I found you too, you crazy, tea-loving cat lady! 😉 xx

  2. Captcha began to get on my nerves too. Although it is default on for Blogger blogs and it’s not obvious. Not during the A to Z, but in between times I have suggested to bloggers to turn off the option and how to do it, since as the blogger yourself, you don’t actually get a captcha box. I’ve also turned off moderate comments, because I figured I’d rather get an occasional spam than have to rely on my going to my blog and okaying the comments before anyone else can see them, since, when I go to a blog, I find it encouraging to see other comments there. 🙂

    You make an interesting point about themes, I found it really helpful to have one, but I did pick a really wide one to do with a personal obsession, so I had plenty to write about ;P BTW – I enjoyed your theme, especially when you combined the first bits of Arlo’s story with the info about the other kids.

    Sophie
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles – A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX – A to Z Drabblerotic

    • I loved your theme! 🙂 And although I liked mine too, it could have done with being changed up here and there. For me, it appeared too repetitive. But thank you for your lovely comments. 🙂

    • Oh Keith, you’re making me blush, and that doesn’t happen often! 😉

      I’m glad to have met you too, and although I slacked a little in visiting your blog, I’ll make up for it in the future.
      I class you as one of my new blogging buddies, and I intend to keep in touch. 🙂

  3. Sarah, excellent take on the challenge! So glad to have made your acquaintance :)– we’re taking note of both the pleasures and peeves of the AZ!

    • Damyanti, you were a marvellous co-host, and I thank you for your many visits during the challenge. I’ll be sure to keep in touch and continue visiting your blog. Well, with the stories you wrote, how can I not! 🙂

    • We sure did! 😀

      No need for thanks, your posts kept me entertained, and I haven’t laughed that much in ages. Now get that damn book written! 😉

  4. Good points. I think a lot of us lose steam and many fall by the wayside. That’s what makes it a Challenge! The real reward is in finishing and having a community that you are a part of.

    We really tried to keep the list as clean as we could. After the Challenge started we got rid of over 200 links that were bad or not participating. We’re working to make things better!

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

    • Thank you for dropping by and commenting, Arlee.

      You are right, it is about the community spirit, and I’m glad I found a great bunch of blooging buddies through the A to Z. I understand it’s difficult to keep a check on non-participating sites, especially with the numbers that entered this year.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. It was time consuming, wasn’t it! And you’re right about taking a breather although, I’m even busier now editing the next issue of IWACA. But hey, what’s a few hours less sleep a day. 🙂

  5. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    I agree with you about it being frustrating when you found a blog that wasn’t being updated or hadn’t started.

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