#AtoZChallenge Reflection!

I successfully completed the A To Z Blogging Challenge!  I’m still amazed I managed it (and am already planning for next year!  I really enjoyed the challenge I set for myself, to explore the concept of “Telling Tales,” in short posts.  I’ve written a handful of short stories through the years, but they have never been “my thing,” so it was really a challenge for me!

I loved the way that this challenge helped me connect with other bloggers — I participated in the Thursday evening twitter-chats (on my commute… which always made for an interesting time), and ended up guest-posting on two blogs!  I also ended up bringing in some guest posters.  This was my first time at this event, and I really look forward to continuing to visit the blogs and nurture the connections made during the month.

I learned that planning ahead is kind vital, as is writing ahead. I have to settle on what my theme for next year is going to be — but I have plans to try and write a bunch of the posts throughout the year so that April itself can be more dedicated to visiting other people’s blogs.

I also learned that, while it may seem like a fun idea to combine different events, it’s kind of crazy to do so.  Next year I wont run a Taliana event at the same time!

And finally, I learned just how awesome guest posters are!  I am already planning (and hoping) to start having some more regular guest posters (as well as doing some more guest posts on other blogs)

Eclectic Alli’s A to Z:

A – Artistry (part of Taliana’s Spring Adventure, and an Insecure Support Group Monthly Post!)

B – Burning! (part of Taliana’s Spring Adventure, Co-written with Sam).

C – Confusion and Caution (part of Taliana’s Spring Adventure).

D – Danger Lurking out of sight (part of Taliana’s Spring Adventure, Co-written with Raevenly).

E- The Cost of “E”

F – Farm Farewells

G – Gods of Faded Memory

H – Humanizing History

I – Imagination  (I wrote a review of Island of the Blue Dolphin as a guest post over at An Unconventional Librarian)

J – J the Squirrel, by Super Special guest poster, Josh.

K – Karen, a Holocaust memory.

L – Lotte, a Holocaust memory.

M – Menachem, a Holocaust memory.

N – Newlyweds: Mary and Elkanah Walker

O – Ocean Offerings

P – Silent P, by guest poster Tom

Q – Questing

R – Restricting Religious Interpretation (1500’s style)

S – Slugs Eat Anything That Is a Plant, by Super Special guest poster, Adel.

T – Time Slip, by guest poster Bohemian Nerd   (My post: Tittynope and Tetractys can be found on her page!)

U – Underwater Adventure in the Bathtub, by Super Special guest posters, Isabelle and Jenny.

V – Vacation

W – Writing, and other ways of telling tales.

X – Xander and the xoanon

Y – Being Yoder, by guest poster Rebecca.

Z – Zachary Zombie Hunter and his pet Zebra, star in “Catching some Z’s”

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16 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge Reflection!”

  1. Congratulations! It feels nice to make it. It’s a great idea to come up with a theme and try to get everything ready before April. I didn’t read everything, but I enjoyed what I did read. I especially liked your 6 year old guest blogger.

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  2. Congrats on finishing. What’s a Taliana? I wrote all my posts ahead, and even started visiting about 2 wks ahead, but that seemed not to be time well spent, as very few of those visits were returned. Good luck with your writing.

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    1. Taliana is the main character of a story-blog-hop I’ve been hosting. I invite people to write stories around a specific theme and them weave her through them. It’s fun, but a fair amount of work, and trying to combine it with A to Z proved a challenge!
      Thanks!

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  3. I’m glad you learned the value of guest posts! My guests were amazing & I’m thrilled I had them write for me. It adds perspective and relieves some of the workload.

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  4. Great job! I think any time a blogger can finish the challenge and feel great about what they wrote, it’s a huge win! And I also loved your kid guest bloggers, J The Squirrel was my favorite. : )

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  5. Just finding you now through your reflection. You did a lot of work to participate. I’m pleased for you that it was so successful. Visiting new blogs is a great adventure. I always learn something new. Thanks for your reflection.

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  6. I think it is such an amazing experience! Perfect opportunity to either try new stuff -forms, genre, etc, or see how much one can explore and research a chosen subject. Amazing, loved it and happy to discover so many fantastic blogs (yours including 🙂 )

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  7. Hello, I’m visiting from A-Z and found you through the reflections list.
    I read Farm Farewells and was touched by it. I will be back to read more of your posts.
    Congratulations on a job well done with the challenge!
    LyndaGrace http://www.lganhouraway.com
    ( Even though I have a wordpress account, I use blogger)

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  8. Hello there.
    Well done for completing and surviving your first challenge!
    This was my second year taking part. One thing I took away from last year was preparation so I did pre-write my posts and thankfully Blogger allowed me to auto schedule them to post on the relevant days. This was a huge helper for me as I could not be online everyday and it ensured I kept my sanity during April! I even managed to visit more than 450+ blogs, including yours. The original signup list is so extensive, but at least I have until next year to shimmy my way through (lol).
    Thanks for reflecting.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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    1. Yes, pre-writing and pre-scheduling was SO helpful to me this year — though I jumped on the boat kinda late in the game, so the amount of time I had TO pre-write was less. I’m looking forward to having a full yera to prepare this time around!

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