This is the fourth year I have taken part in the A-Z Blog Challenge, and I enjoyed it very much, as usual. Thank you to Arlee and all the other organisers and minions for their hard work.
Here is my traditional little photo of my assistance dog in celebration of having finished again:
This year has been different in a few ways.
I wrote many of the posts in March and scheduled them, finishing in the first week, in the main. This meant I had more time to leave the poems for a while and fiddle when I could see them more clearly.
I also had more time to visit other blogs.
I also at last learned why I had been finding it impossible to comment on some Blogger blogs – the problem seems to be with Google and Chrome. If I use Safari, or my laptop, I can comment – hooray!
I tried to comment on every single WordPress blog apart from those that really did not appeal (AC or overtly religious). I keep finding more so not sure I managed that!
And I have been visiting all the Blogger blogs not already visited – especially those with poetic names!
Many blogs had names that bore no relation whatsoever to their content – and had no clue by category code, either. Oh, how much easier would my life had been if I’d known who was a poet – I’m sure I must have missed some! Please, next year, make sure you linky name gives a good idea what you are doing.
Some excellent blogs had few or no comments. Why? Surely they should at least had some, from the people making their way down from above. Could it be because they weren’t commenting themselves?
There were a lot of blogs that were so long it just took too long to read them. 300 words max makes reading enjoyable and commenting easier!
There were more blogs than usual it seemed to me that had given up and had not been removed. It’s one of those small irritations to find someone finished at G and the letter is now U.
But it’s a positive and rewarding exercise, and I found some lovely, exciting, interesting blogs.
What would I like to see? Blogs divided into categories. You could put your blog into a maximum of two. Then you would be able to visit all the ones you were really interested in and then do ones that intrigued you by name after.
The list wouldn’t look so daunting.
You wouldn’t have to have a key right next to your window to check what those darned categories had been shortened to.
Or at the very least names of blogs giving the content of the A-Z, not of the blog in general.
Free chocolate for everyone that makes it through! That wouldn’t be difficult, would it?
Thank you to all the lovely people who commented on my blog, especially those that commented on almost every one. Here is a list of some of my favourite blogs and bloggers this year:
Ben at http://benjamindraws.com/
Birgit at http://createdbybb.blogspot.co.uk/
Anabel at https://anabellibraryworld.wordpress.com
Veronica at http://owlwonder.com/
Helen at http://atozofrome.blogspot.co.uk/
And lastly, I noticed as I went through some of my notebooks that I sketched many of the animals as I was thinking, so I photographed them and here some of them are – mostly at the beginning of the alphabet, as I couldn’t find one of the ones I was using last!
My next big challenge will be photos of Lola my assistance dog with lots of Shaun the Sheeps from Wallace and Gromit – last year we visited 80 Gromits to raise money for Lola’s charity, Medical Detection Dogs. If you’d like to see some, the entries are in my sidebar.
So long, A-Z Bloggers, and thanks for all the fish! Sorry, visits!