Monday, 7 May 2012
REFLECTIONS - A-Z Challenge
I had just started a blog about 3 days before I came across the A-Z Challenge on Pinterest. I am so glad I did. I had absolutely no idea how to blog or even what I wanted to blog about.
I decided right away to join, I had no time to think about it because it was the last day to sign up. I was a little nervous at first and really clumsy about it. I began visiting and leaving comments and met a lot of wonderful, talented people. Oh, the talent that's out there! I felt out of my league a lot of the time but there were such nice people that I began to relax and just roll with it.
My posts were all done 'on the fly'. I had tried at one point to plan ahead but found that it was more fun to take it one day at a time. I didn't have a theme, but I hope to next year.
I especially enjoyed the blogs that used humor. There were two, in particular, that stood out for me. Although their style of humor differed from each other, they both had me laughing out loud. So I'm going to do a plug for them here. They are, in no particular order: Snow Shoveling In Canada and Seriously - WTH? Two very talented people.
I still have a lot of thinking to do regarding my blog, but two things I learned: get rid of the 'catch-it thingy' (which I did) so people could leave a comment without going through an obstacle course, and keep it short. My posts were kinda long at first - terrible, really. When you have so many blogs to visit, the short ones were the ones that I stuck around for and read through the entire post. So I tried to keep them short.
I reply to every comment I receive because I'm happy to have people take the time to comment and they deserve the acknowledgement. I know a lot of bloggers have trouble getting to the replies, but many of them did make mention of it and said they were trying to catch up. Others would acknowledge everyone in one reply, which is an excellent option when you're pressed for time or have a lot of comments.
All in all, I absolutely loved this challenge and am thankful to the geniuses who thought it up and to the hosts and co-hosts for running it. Thank you, thank you. I had a blast and can't wait to do it again next year! (I'm hoping to be a lot more organized be then). :)
Posted by Janyce at 13:50