Monday, May 4, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Reflections on the 2015 Challenge

Overall thoughts?

In the four years I have been doing the A to Z: Challenge it has grown quite a bit! Over 1500 is a lot of bloggers. I'm sure I have only reached a fraction of those bloggers. The visitors, that I know, who have stopped by my blog I have visited. The ones who are on my feed (okay those are mostly the same). I was able to visit a few sites from the A to Z facebook page. Kudos for the page! Also I have been working my way through the sign up list on the A to Z page to visit different blogs. It is a slow process. I will definitely have plenty of blogs to visit during an A to Z; road trip. Has the challenge grown too big?Visiting some of the blogs I found a few people didn't finish the challenge. I can certainly understand that. Those blogs and writers reminded me the challenge is truly a challenge. Is there a blog I should not miss? Feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thoughts on my blog and the challenge

As a writer of my blog I found the challenge did help me find a balance among topics I had been searching for in my blog. Like always I tried to keep my posts true to what readers may find on my blog the other 11 months of the year. Two of my most successful posts of the challenge also featured photography by me so I was pleased with that. The other two most successful were my Battle of the Bands post but they double dip blog hops.

What I liked the most?

I was able to stumble across a couple of my old writing friends in the challenge. Probably through my own fault I lost track of what they were doing so it was nice to visit their blogs. One of them is Phillip Veghese Ariel's writings and another is Julie Du Pre's Precious Monsters. I was also a winner of Liz A's Laws of Gravity blogs. Everyone likes to win! Well it has been a great challenge and now another 11 months until the next A to Z; Challenge.


Shady Del Knight said...

Good stuff, Mike! I like what you wrote here reminding everybody that the A to Z was a challenge. There's no shame in dropping out along the way but, at the same time, there is great pride and satisfaction in going the distance.

I discovered your blog, not by means of the A to Z, but through the BOTB gang. I am very happy to meet you and to call you friend and I greatly appreciate your decision to follow me as well.

Liz A. said...

I did the same--that is, my blog reflected what it's usually like in months that are not April. Congrats on making it to the end.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

There may be a little stuff going on in between. :)

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Mike, I definitely enjoyed your A-Z, and you're right about the photography. I think you've a good eye for it! Of all the variety-type blogs, I enjoy yours the most. I like the way you keep us updated on musicians, and other interesting entertainers. Then there's the sports page... you have so much talent. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm looking forward to the remainder of the year, and how this A-Z will showcase what you gleaned!

mike spain said...

Shady I am glad to have you following me! I enjoy your blog and your comments. I am glad I stumbled into the BOTB gang.

mike spain said...

Liz thank you! Barbara I hope!

mike spain said...

Dixie you are way too kind! I am glad that you are enjoying my blog. Hopefully there will be some interesting things to blog about in the future.

Arlee Bird said...

Good to hear your thoughts on this year's Challenge. It's really difficult to get to know even a fraction of the participants and there are so many good ones. I'm surprised at those who have said they've been doing the Challenge for 3 or 4 years and I don't ever remember visiting their blogs before. It's a great time during April, but it is a bit overwhelming.

Thanks for joining again and leaving your Reflections on the experience.

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

mike spain said...

Arlee thanks for your comment. Thank you for all you do with the challenge.

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Finding you through your reflection. Sorry I missed you during the challenge. I am just realizing that I can't go back and look at a few of your posts from this reflection, which I would explore. Not sure who to tell that problem too. I have already written my reflection with opinions of what works and doesn't. It was another great experience for me and sounds like you are pleased too Cheers.

Mary Burris said...

Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

Mary @ Jingle Jangle Jungle

mike spain said...

Thanks Mary!Stepheny thanks for visiting sorry for the issues.

Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there.
Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thanks for visiting me along the way too. Just meandering through today from the Road Trip.

Entrepreneurial Goddess

Random Musings said...

This was my first year and I'm already looking forward to next year! I think it's really interesting seeing what everyone chose for their themes!
Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip