A-Z Challenge Reflections #AtoZ Blog Challenge
This year I did many of the posts before, leaving about a third to do during the challenge. And some of my posts were written by the other two authors of my newest book, my guest bloggers – poets Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan.
I found this year very hard. Having one list to refer to and go down to find blogs to visit was SO much easier – particularly as when you have read them, the links changed colour, so you could track your progress and make sure you didn’t revisit if you didn’t want to.
Yes – some people wimped out, yes, some people were just there to advertise, but it was still much easier. When the links were dead it was quick enough to just go on to the next blog.
One list, one page to go to, what bliss.
I cannot post on many blogger blogs. This meant I was entirely shut out of posting my links on the proper A-Z Challenge page, as it is one of the ones I can’t comment on.
So I posted on TheBlogChatter and on the A-Z Facebook page. This meant posting in two places every morning – my blog was posted at one minute past midnight as usual, but of course I didn’t always want to stay up that late, so then the post was linked much later than normal the next morning. Very irritating. And time consuming, as the pages required different methods.
I suspect the same problems cropped up on the official page as I found – there were far fewer blogs than normal taking part, so finding only WordPress blogs which I could be sure to post on was hard work. Not only that, my memory is not brilliant and I found it hard remembering which I had posted on and seen and which I hadn’t.
I had far fewer visitors to my blog than in the past, partly because of this problem and partly because there just weren’t as many people taking part.
I’ve been doing it since 2012, seven years, and really this is not a better way on the part of the consumer – although obviously the organisers will have found it less onerous.
I suspect it won’t be any better next year unless some way of having a sign up as in the past is used. I suggest one page for each country. US, UK, India/Asia. Either that or broad subjects – Mixed, Cookery, Poetry, Novel/Author, Religious/Spiritual, and Health. Dividing makes any task easier and seem easier. And the organisers would be able to choose the group they were most interested in to go and see – an incentive if ever I heard of one.
If it’s like this next year I would be very sad, but I’d have to say – not again.
Hello to everyone who visited me and who I visited, lots of interesting blogs to read as usual, congratulations to everyone who finished, and thank you organisers, thank you BlogChatter, thank you the admins of the FB page, and thanks in particular John, for visiting!
If you have enjoyed reading my posts this year, and you’d like to read about more extraordinary women, why not buy the book Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, by me, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, pub. Macmillan – link below, press on little book!
Recently nominated by North Somerset Teachers Book Awards!