I started blogging 6 weeks ago.
And a week after that, my attention was drawn to the A-Z blogger challenge on the Writers’ News Talkback website.
My book was due to be published, I had a gazillion things to do, and like an insane woman I decided to also take on the A-Z Challenge.
And not only take on the A-Z challenge – as well as posting a blog with information about an endangered animal, I decided to write a poem AND draw a picture. And not only do this once a day – but try to get them done as soon as possible, ie do more than one a day, so that the end of the month (when my book came out) I was free for other commitments, as I was also going away on a poetry retreat and had to have time to prepare.
It definitely sounds insane now I write it out – it takes me ages to draw and ages to write, but somehow, it got done! Although I did stay up till 2 in the morning sometimes. I think my hair went a little greyer as well.
What have I learned?
1) The point of blogging. It was a mystery before.
2) I work well under real eye-watering pressure.
3) How to work a blog (I was floundering at the start).
4) How to comment on various different blogger blogs, something I could never do – I found that I had to go in to my cookies and set the Blogger site as an accepted site. No other site has made it necessary to do this – but this solution worked and helped my commenting problems!
5) What a lot of fun blogs there are out there – so many about writing, and many about green issues, fab photos, brilliant illustrations, boundless insanity and also some poetry. Blogs were not something I visited before, but I will be doing so now!
Things I would like to have had:
1) ¬†Instructions for WordPress as well as Blogger.
2) A page which lists the steps in the A-Z challenge, with a link to each part in the steps from the previous year to understand what happens.
3) A less confusing list for all the blog sites – ie no info at the top except what the list is, but perhaps the buttons which can take you to random blogs – I didn’t find those until the last day!
4) Is there any way of getting rid of blogs that don’t do anything/advertise/fall behind more quickly? I joined late and therefore the 5 blogs after mine rule meant I spent ages trawling through people who were just advertising, people who hadn’t bothered to even start blogging (had to check their site to make sure I wasn’t missing it) and people who had given up at H but were still on the list even by M etc. This was demoralising and meant I had less time for the people who were doing it – and in the end I gave up the ‘5 after’ rules and just did random visits.
Although I have to admit I did find some lovely blogs who had given up, and of course there are always mitigating circumstances.
I would like to thank the organisers for their hard work on what must be a gargantuan task, and thank all the people who visited and commented on my blog.
After blogging for 6 weeks I now have 293 followers and 4 and a half thousand hits. ¬†This has to be good!
Picture ¬© Liz Brownlee A-Z blog here.