Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Reflections on the Challenge

A-to-Z Reflection [2014]

When I decided to join the Blogging from A to Z challenge, I knew it would be a busy month! I usually post a blog once or twice a week, and here I was committing to posting Monday through Saturday for the entire month of April.

It was a lot of work, but I had a good time writing the posts, visiting other blogs, and making some new blogging buddies.

I heard some bloggers actually wrote many if not all of their blogs ahead of time. Not me. I did have a theme—creativity—and I did have some of my topics figured out. It wasn’t difficult for me to come up with each topic, though, and often I changed to different topics than the ones I had planned.

Some of the topics required research, so those took longer to write than others. But I like doing research, so that didn’t feel like a chore. And I hope my readers enjoyed the posts and maybe learned a thing or two!

I didn’t have any real technical issues with the challenge. The only thing is I did have trouble posting to some of the blogs. The A-to-Z Challenge Team suggested that bloggers turn off certain tools that restricted comments such as the captcha. Personally, I find this can be irritating when I don’t get it right the first, or second, or third time…well before that I’ve given up and moved on. On other sites, I had a hard time seeing where to leave the comment. Maybe I missed something, but on some sites, I figured out if I “liked” the blog (which I don’t mind doing per se), the comment section would appear.

I want to thank the organizers of the challenge and my co-host Alex J. Cavanaugh and his helpers listed here.

Tomorrow’s blog: some exciting news!

About lindacovella

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens.
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8 Responses to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Reflections on the Challenge

  1. I wrote all my posts ahead in March. It really helped me spend more time visiting. You had some great posts and I had fun reading. Looking forward to reading more.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

    • lindacovella says:

      Thanks, Patricia. I admire you guys who wrote your blogs ahead of time. That’s a good point about having more time to visit! Maybe next year… 🙂

  2. I pre-scheduled my posts. It didn’t take too much work though, because the only thing that changed from post to post was the book illustration…
    I really enjoyed your theme, and will be lurking here at your blog from time to time, to check out the posts I missed… 🙂
    Writer In Transit

  3. I wrote my posts in advance, but that didn’t matter because I changed my mind so many times. 🙂 However, it is great to have a theme, keeps things organized in our minds.
    Congrats, Linda. Well done!

    • lindacovella says:

      Silvia, that happened to me with my topics. It does help, though, to have *something* done in advance, no matter how little! Congrats to you, too! You’re the one who influenced me to join the challenge. 🙂

  4. clicksclan says:

    Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    Like you, if it was too hard to leave a comment I would move on. I’m more flexible about it outside of April but during April I just don’t have the time to spend trying and trying and trying to leave my comment. It does annoy me a bit when people make you jump through hoops and then it says it’ll be posted after moderation, I can understand being cautious but if someone wants comments you’d think they’d make it easier!

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