It's the second week of May already and I think I've finally recovered from the A-Z Challenge! This was my sixth year participating and as usual it was both fun and challenging! I got the chance to meet a number of great new bloggers and there were a lot of posts I really enjoyed.
Every year I tell myself I'm going to write all my posts in advance and every single year I fail to do that. Even though pre-writing would make the Challenge much easier for me, I think I've just come to the realization that part of what I love about the Challenge is the writing every day and the kind of frenzied pace that my mind is forced to work at in order to get my posts done. I don't have time to second guess my topic for the day or to spend the day researching instead of writing, I simply have to go with my gut and write.
This year I had a lot of pictures that I needed to include in my posts to show the place or places I was featuring. This took a lot of time and I wish I had at least planned out my photos well in advance, as that was more time consuming than the actual writing. So that's my number one time saver for next year, take all needed pictures and organize them in advance.
My biggest regret every year though, is that I don't get to visit enough people on the list. I know there are so many great posts that I just don't have time to see. The first year I joined, there were only a couple hundred people on the list, but now with over 1300 participants it's practically impossible to get to everyone! When I come across a theme I like, I want to keep going back to read their next posts which makes getting to new people harder.
I'm thinking maybe next year I'd like to add links to my favorite bloggers' posts of the previous day to try to get the word out for more people to connect and find one another. Because aside from the writing, the best part of the A-Z Challenge is to meet new people and experience life from their point of view for a moment.
Thanks to all of the Co-hosts this year for running a great Challenge!
Have a great week!