So, another A to Z Challenge is in the books. I have to say that this year was tougher, and this is only my second year doing this challenge.
So, let’s start with some ways I could have done better. First off, coming up with topics was more difficult. I had to bring in some help for brainstorming. That’s where my Twitter followers came through. They threw some words my way, and I picked what worked best for me. Kudos to them. Second, the posts themselves could have been better. This go-around, I decided to prep my posts ahead of time, so I wouldn’t feel the need to write posts on-the-fly, making silly mistakes. Looking at them now, it felt no different than last year. I wanted to prep two to five posts at a time. As such, I rushed through them, without giving thought to editing. They were longer than what I wanted, like I was rambling. And I felt there were so many inconsistencies. I didn’t take the time to think about the topics thoroughly.
I feel like I got more out of this year’s challenge. One purpose is to find and follow new blogs in the hope of gaining an audience yourself. Last year, because I was so focused on getting my posts on my blog, I didn’t take the time to peruse the list of participants and see what they had to offer. This year, I bookmarked to A to Z website and picked out random blogs to read. Most were writing-related, but I found a few outside the realm. And as I found new blogs to follow, I gained new followers myself. But, it was frustrating that there wasn’t a way I could follow some of the blogs without being a member of that specific community. There was one or two I could keep up with through email. Most I had to bookmark. That isn’t necessarily bad, but I don’t have the patience of checking my laptop or iPhone every day for new posts. But to A to Z website maintains its list throughout the year, so I can see what bloggers generally post.
So, that’s my summary of this year’s A to Z Challenge. Overall, I got more out of it this year because I was able to do more. I can’t say if I would do it again next year. I probably won’t know until the new year starts. But maybe, I’ll have a draft of my novel completed. Then, that would be my theme. We’ll see. For now, take care. Until next year…maybe.