Monday 7 May 2012

Blogging from A to Z: Reflections

Ah! This was supposed to go up yesterday! I post on time, every day, for a month... but then can't make a one-off deadline. :P

Ok, so during the month of April, I took part in the "Blogging A to Z Challenge." We are asked to debrief at the end to give feed back to the creators. I noticed that some people did this the day after it ended and here I am a week later... I was busy, ok? Had an epic birthday weekend celebrating 3 family birthdays. Got one more coming up this next weekend. :)

Here are some of the items they listed as possible reflections:

  • How did your journey through the alphabet go? Did you meet new bloggers with similar interests? Are there any you would like to feature and share with others?
    •  It was really fun. I like being challenged and love doing research. I didn't go to in-depth this time but it did still take some work to find items for all my themes each day. I did find some awesome bloggers that I will continue to follow! I think I'll do another post with an A to Z blogroll.
  • What were the highlights for you? (lowlights too...we want to hear it all)
    • My favourite parts were playing with photos from my personal collection and friends for the 'country of the day'.
  • Did you enjoy posting daily? What was your biggest hurdle? What was your easiest task?
    •  I had my posts mostly written out before the month actually started and I added photos in once or twice a week to stay on top of things so it didn't really feel like I was doing the work daily. I was obsessively checking my stats, though. :P
  • Was time management an issue? (I know, silly question, when isn’t time management an issue - but, it is worth reflecting on)
    • No more than usual... (see above)
  • And what about your content - did you have a theme or did you wing it? Was it easy to come up with ideas for each letter, or were some harder? 
    • My theme was sort of an 'evening in' with a wine, cheese and fruit plus a book, music album and movie of the day and then added the country of the day just before it started. Thanks to various wikis I could do the research fairly easily. Some letters had more options to play with, though.
  • How about commenting - did you stumble upon lots of sites still using word verification? Did this prevent you from leaving a comment? What worked for your blog? 
    • I turned off CAPCHA and got no spam comments myself. Most blogs did not have CAPTCHA on. I do it anyway. I like the challenge of trying to get those things right. :P And sometimes they make me laugh.
  • What will you do different next year? (Yes, you are doing this next year, you know you are, even if your brain is telling you to run for the hills - it appreciates the exercise)
    • I plan to do it next year. It will probably be very different. I'm fairly new to blogging so still finding my voice. This was an experiment for me in a lot of ways.
  • What pearls of wisdom do you want to share with the Co-Hosts of this event? (We would love to hear from you and know what you think would make this awesome event even better)
    • If possible, I would find it helpful if the linky list could have a brief description or tag line for each of the blogs participating. There is no way I had time to get through the full list but I might have found more appropriate blogs to follow if I had some idea what I was clicking on. :) Maybe have an additional blog post where everyone could be listed with a small summary or something...
 So, there you have it. Good times had by all!


  1. I don't think I ever saw this blog during the Challenge, but it certainly sounds like a great theme. Very creative.

  2. I'm with you on the "obsessively checking stats" thing. Still doing that! Gah!

    I like your idea of each URL being accompanied by a brief description. Another idea that's been floating around is categorizing blogs, so folks can direct their commenting/following energies towards things of interest to them - I think this would be great!

    Some Dark Romantic

    1. Yeah, I'm sure I missed out on some real gems whereas there were a bunch I scanned through that were just sort of 'meh'. No offence to anyone, it's just that we all have different interests. :)

      And yes, still checking... It's the sudden spikes that really make me wonder. They don't seem to relate to anything... I get a lot of spammy hits from Russia for some reason. :P

  3. Somehow I missed this blog during the challenge but will make amends for that.

    I also turned off comment moderation and have been pleasantly surprised by the lack of spam. My main reason for having it was so that I'd get an email notifying me of new comments. Turns out Blogger do that anyway and their spam filtering is pretty good too.

    1. Welcome 'here'! I still have tonnes of blogs to visit from the challenge, too.

      Yeah, blogger is pretty good for stuff like that. I just wish they had more specific/historical stats available.

  4. Thank you!

    Glad you made it here, too. :)