Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reflections on the A-Z

I thought I had a plan this year. I thought I had a theme. But on March 30th I panicked, thinking my ideas weren't quite right, so I scrapped them.  By 11:59 on March 31st I had an idea for "A" and that was it.  Flying by the seat of my pants I managed to make it all the way to Z and although a few of my posts were maybe not my best, I feel great about the challenge!

Some days the pace was grueling, but I loved having an excuse to post every day.  And it's great having the day's letter as a prompt to get me started.  I still can't believe how many different directions people went with their posts.

There were so many fantastic posts!  Some made me laugh and a couple made me cry.  I learned a lot about Louisiana over at Kittie Howard's blog;  Alex had a fab theme of highlighting fellow bloggers; Tara Tyler had some really funny posts with her word verification definitions and new book titles; but I think my all time favorite post was PK Hrezo's "Y" post where she got some great advice from the one and only Jedi Master Yoda.        
All in all it was a fantastic challenge!  Huge thanks and gratitude go out to Arlee and his awesome group of co-hosts for setting it up and running it:

Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs, 
Jenny Pearson at Pearson Report, 
Matthew McNish at The QQQE, 
Tina Downey at Life is Good, 
Jeremy Hawkins at Retro-Zombie, 
DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude, 
Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse, 
Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs, 
Karen Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain, 
Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought 2 Small. 

You guys are great!!!!   I honestly can't think of a thing I would change other than making more hours in a day for April so I could get to everyone's blogs.  

My favorite part of the Challenge is meeting so many great new blogger friends.  We have such a wonderfully supportive and creative bunch of people! A big thanks also goes out to all my new followers!  Love you guys!  :) 

I'm already looking forward to next year!  Hopefully I will have a theme by then.  I'm going to start thinking about it right away!  But since approaching deadlines seem to help me think more clearly, I'll probably wait until March 31st again.  Oh well! :)

Kathy :)


  1. This was my first year doing the A-Z, and I had a lot of fun. I also felt my posts were sometimes lacking, but that's all right. With 26 posts in 30 days, it's okay to have a few slip ups.

  2. I was going to plan it ahead of time too. Didn't work out that way. Never does. But next year...

    Great to meet you during the challenge!

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  3. It certainly was a gruellingly tough month. Sorry if I didn't get to visit enough. It was all I could do to keep my own going. Thankfully we can now draw breath and take things at a more leisurely pace.

  4. this month had its ups and downs for sure. Congrats on finishing!

  5. we all did awesome--i am already thinking about next year too!

  6. It was a great challenge. I love meeting new friends. Yay on making it to Z.

  7. Your post made me smile - I want to hug you... great way to express your thoughts about the Challenge :)
    See you around!

    English Speaking Zone

  8. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with reflections post!

    Evalina, This and that...

  9. Reflection is a good thing, You have done a great job on the A to Z Challenge...
    Hopefully you were able to use one of my banners/badges for the Challenge, had as much fun designing them as seeing them around the blog world.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    My New Book:
    Retro-Zombie: Art and Words

  10. I guess you made it the ultimate challenge in doing it the way you did. Whether you schedule ahead or write from one day to the next, it's all fun the way I see it. Happy to hear that your experience was a good one.
    Thanks for the Reflections post.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog