Reflecting on the April A to Z Challenge

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI hope y’all enjoyed the A to Z Challenge last month here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows. I certainly did.

Normally, after a challenge like that—the kind that stretches a person into different habits—I would have taken a couple of days to decompress a little and reflect on the adventure.

It’s a good thing for me, I had zero down time between the end of April and when I had to leave for the DFWCon. There was no time to think about how I would go through a kind of withdrawal from blogging.

On May 1, I felt as if I was forgetting to do something. You know that feeling when you’re supposed to do something important, but you can’t quite remember what it is and the thing that it is eludes your thought all day. I know you know. The rest of the day, I occupied myself with DFWCon preparation.

Now, I’m back from that awesome writers’ conference (more on that in another post, because I need to reflect on the glorious afterglow of that event first), and today is the day for the A to Z Challenge Reflection post.

During the challenge, I found many new bloggers to follow and met interesting and thoughtful bloggers right here. I’m grateful for the new connections!

A few things I wish had been better:

  • BlogSpot is a nightmare for commenting if you’re not a blogspotter. Even logged into my Google account, it wouldn’t take my comments. Sometimes my OLD wordpress.com account would work. But why would I use a profile for a blog that is just going to point people back to my home here? Frustrating.
  • There were not enough hours in the day to read all the posts that I wanted.

The organization and coordination of over 2000 bloggers is quite an undertaking, so thanks to the people who put it all on!

Thanks to everyone who stayed with me during the challenge—whether you read every post or a few. I learned some things about myself along the way. It took me to the penultimate letter of the alphabet {the post for Y (Young Love…)} to figure it out. I’ll probably spill the beans about that more another time. Better late than never, right?

Your turn now. Which posts did you enjoy the most in the challenge? Did you also survive the challenge?

10 comments on… “Reflecting on the April A to Z Challenge”

  1. This is my first visit here – and I am glad I am here rather than not at all, right? Many congrats to you for sticking with the challenge and getting through those frustrations as they popped up.

    The organization was phenomenal this year as was the lead up to the event was fantastic… I really enjoyed the chats a lot! I hope our paths cross again – perhaps in 2015?
    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z


    • Diana Beebe


      Hi, Julie! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon. πŸ˜€

  2. Again, Diana, great job on the blogging challenge. As for blogspot, try using Name/url next time you want to leave a comment. A favorite blogger of mine is on blogspot, and I have not had any trouble when I use name/url. Also, glad you had a good time at DFWCon.
    Karen


    • Diana Beebe


      Thanks, again, Karen!

      I tried using the Name/URL option. It worked only a handful of times. It wasn’t consistent. πŸ™ On a happier note, DFWCon was fabulous!


    • Diana Beebe


      Of course! Zonkey is a great word! Your visits always brighten my day. πŸ™‚

  3. mega congrats! i know that “what am I not doing” feeling so well! I look forward to your conference wrap up post. I saw you in the photo with WANA Mama! How fun!


    • Diana Beebe


      It was a fun weekend! WANA Mama was not-surprisingly fabulous and hilarious. One of these days, you’re going to have to join us up here. You know you want to. I’ve been eying the conferences that you’re going to soon—so close!!

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