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April A-Z Challenge: Reflections Post

May 15, 2017

Here it is halfway through May and as yet, I haven’t published my April A-Z Challenge Reflections post. This probably reflects the way the blogging challenge went for me this year.

This is the third year that I have participated in the challenge, and the first that I found to be a really hard slog and not really enjoyable. The reason for this is that I definitely chose the wrong theme this year. In 2015, my first year, the theme I chose was people or places in my family history. In 2016 I blogged about places in Victoria, not necessarily related to my family history. This year I decided that my theme would again be people in my family history. My plan this year was to blog about the people who were more distantly related to me than those I blogged about in 2015.

One of the problems with this theme was that many of those more distantly related were lesser known to me. In many cases because of the letter of the day, I had to choose a person that I had virtually no information about. Due to the pressures of the challenge, there was no time to do any research during the month.

I really was poorly prepared, and this caused me to stress every day about my post. There were a few letters that I couldn’t post about as I had nobody in my family tree by that letter – either christian name or surname.

Another thing that went wrong was that I didn’t get to visit as many blogs as I  had intended.

But there were positives. I did find some gaps in my family history that I need to work on, so now have a ‘to-do’ list of research questions that need answering. I intend this list to be attended to over the next few weeks. I had some really lovely comments on my blog. I always appreciate comments, and am ever surprised that my blog does have readers. Of the few blogs that I did visit, most had family history themes. Some of those blogs I was aware of or already following, but there were a few blogs that were new to me, and that I really enjoyed.

I am committed to visit blogs of other challengers over the next couple of weeks.  I am particularly keen to visit blogs, other than family history or genealogy blogs. In previous years I have found that one of the joys of the challenge, was finding blogs on a huge range of topics and themes. I’m looking forward to catching up with more of these also.

So, will I be back for April A-Z in 2018? I’m really not sure. If I do join the challenge again next year, maybe it will be on my fitness blog, instead of here.

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3 Comments
  1. I thought you did a GREAT job, Jennifer, although I certainly can understand your feeling of being rushed before you could research each ancestor thoroughly. Although I do not indulge in the A-Z Challenge (it would drive me nuts to not delve into each person’s life as deeply as I would like), I do force myself to work on blog entries daily. Some posts take weeks or months before I publish them, so I certainly understand why you wanted to tell the complete or as near-to-complete stories as possible. Best wishes!

  2. You’ve one up on me – I haven’t managed a reflections post – YET. BTW Your stress didn’t show through in your posts.

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