Sunday, 6 May 2012
Reflections - after A-Z 2012
Well, all done and dusted for another year........but not quite!
To all who called in here to catch up on my daily serialised story, I would like to say a hearty THANK YOU! As promised, I have posted 'Approaching Zero' in full here (and I'd still value your comments!)
Last year I arrived at the sign-up for A-Z 2011 with barely a few days before the challenge commenced - hence my posts were an eclectic selection of various ideas and formats.
For 2012, however, I decided to be more organised and have a 'proper' theme and all that! Having chosen to write a story that was broken up into 100-word sections required a planned approach rather than the ad-hoc arrangement of last year.
To some extent, having all my 2012 posts pre-scheduled took a little of the breathless excitement out of things, although it did mean I had more time to visit more blogs, despite family commitments and holidays being added to the mix. Needless to say, I merely scratched the edge of the surface in that regard - SO MANY PARTICIPANTS!
The upside to the challenge - many new blogs visited and followed! (and much entertainment derived, too!) Also, now following other bloggers on Twitter! :-)
The downside - commenting was sometimes hampered by 'captcha' and (my personal bug-bear) the 'comments displayed after approval' variety. Having tried to write an engaging/witty comment in appreciation of a post, it's a tad annoying to have it whipped out of sight for later blog-host approval! Personally, I always like to see that my comment has displayed properly (yes, I know that's what the 'edit' feature is for....) but on at least one occasion I thought I had left a comment only to find later that it had never registered at all. :-(
Trying to visit everyone will take months - I hope to manage that! The 'surprise me' button was great fun as I had no idea where I'd end up - it was like a magical mystery tour.
Did I enjoy the challenge this year? Yes.
Will I do it again next year? Yes, indeed!
Will I be promoting it to all my blogging buddies? You betcha! (and actually, I did manage to persuade a new-to-blogging friend to join in at the last minute and her daily video-posts were a delight!)
Thank you to Lee and all the hosts for a sterling job - it cannot have been easy managing the great influx of blogging participants, but my goodness - what a tribute to you in seeing so many people taking part in this challenge together!
And now, what shall I think of for 2013.......? ;-p