Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reflecting on Blogging from A to Z 2015



The opportunity to reflect as an integral post for the Blogging from A to Z April (2015) Challenge, is a sign that this event is well thought out. Going through a challenging event with a large group of people lends itself perfectly to reflection. It is because of the organizing of A to Z from the Theme Reveal, through the 26 days of alphabetically organized blogging, through to the summarizing reflection that I decided to participate for 2 years in a row. In my "S" post Stick-to-it-ive-ness post I thanked Arlee Bird and the countless minions and assistants for their organizational work and support before and during the challenge. Bravo and thanks again!




Planning

My regular readers know I'm fond of divination and am never too far from a crystal ball of one sort or another, I had no idea of the process or outcome of this challenge. I say this even though I participated last year. 

Process





With my life being incredibly full, to the point of being hectic at times, I had no choice but to take a leap into this event. I decided on a theme and then wrote on that theme on blogging days. I didn't have the time or inclination to prepare my posts ahead a time. My blogging is always spontaneous. Apart from one post, which was scheduled just to give it a try, I blogged as the day arrived. Using this method I only missing a handful of days because I was called away to address more pressing issues.


Clarity





As the days progressed I grew into my theme. I took ownership, realizing I could interpret the theme of exclamation points and their overuse in anyway I desired. My process led to great clarity and by the end I saw new things about myself as a blogger.




Camaraderie

I'm seeing now, each year is different, with unique visitors, readers, comments and bands of people coming together through a sense of camaraderie. 
  • Thank you to my regular readers who stuck around for this somewhat specialized series of posts.
  • Thanks to the folks who I linked up with last year, who came and read, as well as commented on every post!
  • Welcome to new members and followers through a variety of platforms. Thank you too for sticking around, reading, commenting and sharing your unique insights.
I'm so happy to have found a new audience and new people whose blogs I enjoy. I wasn't so sure about this A to Z stuff by mid-alphabet as a blogger. I'm glad I stuck around and saw it through.




15 comments:

  1. I'm impressed you wrote the posts on the day. I tried to meet new bloggers early on, but once I got into the flow I stuck with visiting and returning visits to the same people. I felt bad about not reaching as many new people, but I think that's the way I can keep it manageable.

    I'm looking forward to reading what you post about for the rest of the time!

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    1. Thanks for your visits here Annalisa and keep coming! I did the same thing as you regarding finding new bloggers so don't feel bad. There are blogs you click with and those that you don't--the natural flow of the universe.

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  2. I can't believe you wrote your posts that day. I could never do that. I would've crashed and burned and whined and cried. Haha!

    All the amazing people who come out for A to Z is really the best part. :)

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    1. You're a funny one Chrys. I bet you'd of been just fine.

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  3. Well done for sticking it through Stephanie. Your posts were always a joy!

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    1. As were and are yours. Thanks Susan.

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  4. Congrats! Great to see your posts again this year.

    Beth
    www.BethLapinsAtoZblog.wordpress.com

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  5. Congratulations on your success of spontaneity. Job well done. And we appreciate hearing your Reflections especially considering the positive nature of it.

    Our thanks go to the bloggers such as you.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. My pleasure Arlee! Thanks to you as well.

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  6. Just now getting around to visiting. April was a busy month for me. Visiting from the Reflections Linky. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary www.JingleJangleJungle.net

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    1. Will stop by soon Mary. Thanks for the visit.

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  7. Hi Stephanie - congratulations on finishing and just enjoying the posting ... it's fun meeting new friends and commenting back and forward ... the camaraderie is wonderful isn't it ..

    Great to see you and hope you'll enjoy the Road Tour .. cheers Hilary

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  8. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip/Reflections linky.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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