A-Z Reflections 2016
Thank you very much to my readers!
Some of the photos from the animals featured this year. And me, with Lola.
I thoroughly enjoyed my April A-Z 2016 challenge, which was number 5 for me.
I really hope everyone enjoyed the fun (but real!) animal facts and poems – plus the fabulous images.
The photos above are a xantu murrelet from Wiki, a yellow tit taken by John and Fish, a kea parrot, taken by Sid Mosdell, a marine iguana taken by Vince Smith, a pom pom crab taken by Hechtonicus, and a numbat taken by S J Bennet! Thank you to all animal photographers who so generously give their work on creative commons and those scientists that allowed me to show private pictures.
I found lots of interesting blogs and commented on more this year than I have in any year – mainly due to having written all my posts in the first week of the challenge and scheduling them. I did at least three a day, which was a challenge, when I had to research, write the facts about each animal, find an excellent photo of it and ask permission for its use, and write a poem! Just a couple..actually maybe just one poem was prewritten this year.
So with all that visiting, my A-Z Blog linky page was a sea of blue!
I found so many broken links – I presume these were because people had dropped out or not kept up, or were businesses. It was quite a waste of time clicking and finding just a broken link message – I wonder if the links could just be removed entirely next year?
Maybe a rule that any website or blog for a business can’t join the challenge at all?
You learn a lot from different blogging styles. it’s wonderful seeing how very different they all are.
One thing I would really love – the badges are wonderful (thank you Jeremy @Hollywood Nuts) but I would like an A-Z Challenge survivor badge the same dimensions as the first years I did it – the new ones are too long. If you did it for 10 years your whole sidebar would be taken up with A-Z badges. I like to keep mine neat, and I like them all to be the same. So last year and this year I have made my own.
Apart from that, great fun – I can’t imagine how much work it must be if you have more than one blog, or are helping run the whole shebang!
Goodbye A-Z until next year!
I’m off on a poetry retreat for a few days now, so will reply to replies when I get back!