You know when I think of the end of the A to Z Challenge this song comes to mind…
Bit dramatic huh?
So there is something I want to say as a support to everyone who took the A-Z..points to the picture below…..
I apologize it is my ironic dry sense of humour and no, I didn’t hate it for everyone whispering “oh my she must have really hated it!” But I won’t deny it certainly took on the word ‘challenge’ and lived up to it.
It was like a love/hate relationship. I did pre-schedule my posts and if I had not I would have crumbled, so I really take my hat off to those who didn’t and what works for some, doesn’t work for others.
I also knew that during the whole process I would be away for a week and the Blogging 201 Challenge came up which I really didn’t want to miss as I had started off my WordPress life doing the zerotohero earlier on in the year so I sort of had some kind of odd sentimental attachment to doing the 201 Challenge.
I enjoyed the fact that it forced me to really think of something that was streamlined. I love vintage, it was a huge challenge to find vintage pictures that were copyright free AND that matched the emotions that I was quoting about. I didn’t get it spot on every time, but did the best with what I had.
I also love emotions, hence why this was included as a theme of mine and my obsession with ‘quotes’ really came to the front with this challenge and this is something that I hope to continue as I had a lot of positive comments from my readers as to the particular ones I had chosen which spurred some really interesting conversations.
What would my advice be to others possibly entering next year.
Pick your theme
I cannot advise whether to pre-schedule or not, it depends whether you are an adrenalin junky, what topic you are choosing etc
Make sure you reply to all comments
I did not put my URL when I commented and deleted those that did on my blog, just because I don’t like it, ones avatar should link back to ones blog, but have up a commenting policy beforehand if this bothers you so it doesn’t offend anyone when it is removed.
Make time every day to blog hop/read/comment ~ this really does take time.
Sign up for the official A-Z e-mails this really helps too.
What would have made it more helpful to me?
I would have loved to know which participants were on wordpress and which ones not. Only because there is such a huuuge number of participants from different blogging boards and I found that the ones from WordPress would be more likely to reply to a comment and or continue a dialogue/follow etc.
I didn’t do it for the followers, more for the experience, curiosity to see what it was like, but of course it is nice to meet new people and yes get a few followers.
I struck up some great conversations, mainly with my existing readers, some new, had a handful of new friends with whom I hope to create a great blogging relationship.
I also enjoyed conversing/supporting and seeing my other blogging friends who did the A-Z and what would pop up on their post each day.
Would I do it again?
That I can’t answer LOL, I still havn’t quite gotten over this one yet, maybe because I am a bit of a masochist like that!
So a BIG OLD THANK YOU to everyone who supported me on this great adventure!