Ze Wrap Up aka Reflections on the AtoZ Challenge
Reflections on the A to Z Challenge
I had a chance to visit nearly all of the challenge participants. I have never encountered so many anxious bloggers, those first time participants wondering whether they could do 26 posts and blog about something from A to Z. Each year I participate in the We Work for Cheese writing challenge, a challenge in the truest sense of the word, the hosts think up bizarre, mind-bending topics. I've been to that virtual bloggy boot camp. (Love it actually, it is a writing romp).
Back to reflections: There were the bloggers who signed up, and then forgot to post. There were the universally-hated captcha comment forms - we beg and plead a blogger to turn off, but they don't. Ah, perhaps they do, if I really want to reach out to a blogger, I'll struggle through that captcha nonsense.
My recommendation for those newbies who join up next year, draft your posts a month in advance, have a germ of an idea and just put something down. For approximately 5 or 6 of my pre-drafted posts, I composed totally new ones. Do the hardest ones first. I thought "no biggie" on U, V, Y and Z but they did end up to be a biggie, I had a struggle with those letters.
I would recommend all of the bloggers that hosted this challenge and many, many others that are so talented.
I like the odd, quirky, elegantly simple or just plain unusual blogs. I found a few lesser known ones that delight me, listed in alpha order they include:
A Daft Scots Lass http://gillianhefer.blogspot.com/
Closet Geek Gurl http://closetgeekgurl.blogspot.com/
Hill Blocks View http://hillblocksview.blogspot.com/
Moonwynd Studio http://moonwyndstudio.com/
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy http://oregongiftsofcomfortandjoy.blogspot.com/
Stephen Z Metal's blog http://stephenzmetal.wordpress.com/
Wildfire Lady http://wildfirelady.blogspot.com/
Wounded Warrior Wife http://woundedwarriorwife.wordpress.com/
What I didn't anticipate was the flurry of followers that this challenge garnered (60+ and still adding). *Woot woot* Welcome to all my new readers - It was a blast!
Now I feel like this mute Chatty Cathy
19” Chatty Cathy doll with rooted hair, sleepy eyes, vinyl head,
plastic body arms and legs. Received in played with condition,
the eyes, head, arms and legs are discolored,
a 2” crack on the side of her bottom.
The voice box is not working. AA
An upcoming challenge I will be participating in ~