The Blogging A to Z Challenge has officially ended. We Bloggers have been asked to share some of our thoughts, suggestions and lessons learned with the masses, and I am happy to oblige.
As a first-time Challenge participant, I went into this hoping to figure out how to write every day at the same time. It sounds so tidy and complete. Well, unsurprisingly, that did not happen, but I did learn that I can prioritize my personal writing – up to a level just under my professional writing – and that was indeed surprising.
Another exciting benefit was being exposed to a wide variety of new and different blogs. I learned from each blog’s content as much as I learned from the organization, the presentation, the length and the feel. I connected with bloggers I never even knew existed, and whose sites I would never have had time to search out without that handy Challenge List.
And I succeeded in completing thirty days of almost daily blogging. There were lessons in that, as well. I have to admit that I love pressure, I hate to let others down and I thrive on deadlines. I discovered that I have even more ideas for future blog posts, magazine articles and books than I thought I did – and that’s an awful lot!
My only request, suggestion, observation is that it would be terrific if similar challenges could be shared on the Blogging A to Z Challenge website. I am excited about this approach to blogging – motivation through sheer terror of missing a deadline – and look forward to participating in future challenges, in particular A2Z 2016 !
In closing, I have to thank the co-hosts, the facilitators – the folks who do the work of making this Challenge such fun for the rest of us while keeping up with their own blogs, work, lives. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.