Well, that's another A-Z challenge over and done with!
Er, no, actually - the challenge for the month of April might be over but trying to get round all the 1,650+ bloggers taking might take just a little longer! ;-p
This year I scheduled my posts every few days so that in theory I would have lots of time to visit other blogger - alas, 'life' and family got in the way of my free time, so that I haven't had chance to get to as many blogs as I would have liked, although I did try to make a point of responding to everyone who left comments for me.
And thereby hangs a tale because some comments did not link back to a blog, but to the Blogger's a/c, some of which only showed the blogs they followed. True, I could have used the email option, but with time in short supply I'd rather just go straight to their blog. In future, make it easier for people to contact you (and why would you want to hide your blog in the first place....?)
This year I found far less obstacles (captcha/moderation/approval) on blogs I actually visited - so that is an improvement - thank you everyone who made it easy to leave a 'calling card'! ;-)
Of course, some bloggers decided to write VERY LONG posts each day - I'm sorry, I had to give up on a few due to the time factor. Those that intrigued me have been noted so I may return but I feel the A-Z challenge, by its very nature of introducing us to new blogs and Bloggers, means that 'short and sweet' wins the day.
What I missed most this year was not having a 'surprise me' button on the blog hop (it may have been available but I didn't see it anywhere.....?)
Giving bloggers the option to use a code to indicate what subject they were blogging on was a good idea, so I had fair idea of which ones I'd prefer to read, with the limited time available - the only thing that would improve this (for me, anyway) would be so have each category separately listed (e.g. all the Craft/CR together, likewise a separate list for Writers/WR, etc.)
Finally, I am in awe of the 'hosts' with such an overwhelming number of entrants to keep track of - well done, medals all round! Weeding out the non-starters, spam and those who ground to a halt must have been an onerous task for you all.
Now, I shall keep the list handy and as and when time allows I shall try and get to a few more blogs over the coming weeks and months. (before we start all over again with the A-Z 2014!)