A- Z Challenge Reflections
This is my first Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and now that it is over, and I have blogged from A-Z, one post daily, during the month of April, I find that many participants do a “reflections” post.
When I first came across the challenge, I thought it would be fun and could be a way to get me back into the routine of blogging regularly. My posts had been very sparse due to time and work pressures.
I can’t say that I started the challenge with a bang that is for sure. My start was delayed, as I spent the first few days of April in Canberra attending CONGRESS2015. So, immediately I found myself in catch up mode and was planning on pulling out until I gave myself a severe talking to. I had, at least, planned the titles of the first few posts, which was a bonus. By the end of the first week, I was caught up and didn’t drop behind at all from then until the end.
I found posting daily to be a challenge, which didn’t surprise me, but it did give me the kick start I needed to reinvigorate my blog and revisit my family history research, which has been ignored lately.
My theme of blogging people or places relating to my family history turned out to be much more useful to me than I expected. It enabled me to see gaps and unfinished bits and pieces in my research. I now have a list of research tasks that need to be done which will give much needed focus to my research. Feeling a little more organised has also re-energised me and I’m looking forward to a trip to the archives very soon.
One of the advantages of doing this challenge was the many bloggers I came across for the first time. I’m amazed at the variety of blogs out there. It seemed to me that most bloggers chose to blog the challenge on a theme. Many bloggers were really very imaginitive with their chosen theme.
I came across Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin when she commented on my blog, so of course quickly checked out her blog. I found her A-Z posts really interesting so popped in regularly. Due to time contstraints, I didn’t often comment on other blogs. I do regret that I didn’t show more support so I will improve on that in the next challenge.
Thank you to those bloggers out there who commented on my blog. It really meant a lot to me to have people visit for the first time and give feedback.
I will definitely be doing this challenge again, when it comes around in 2016. Already I’m starting to think of possible themes. Just to really challenge myself, I am considering also doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge on my Fitness Blog in 2016.