Thank You A to Z
April was a month of madness for me, a month where I am totally blogged out. It has been challenging in more ways than one – firstly because I undertook two challenges at once albeit unknowingly. But what I learnt about this was that YES I CAN DO IT.
The A to Z challenge also taught me that it is far easier to plan and have an actual theme. I thought it would be easy to just wing it – wake up in the morning and write about the first word that comes to mind. Well, let me confess that this was far difficult. But I didn’t have a theme to start with because I didn’t exactly know how the road would take me. I discovered that I have a natural tendency to veer towards food so quite obviously my next year’s theme would be food related. So that’s one thing sorted out for next year’s challenge.
The A to Z challenge has a wide reach – over oceans and continents and spanning several generations. This amazing community is creative and I couldn’t get over how some letters inspired exactly or almost similar thoughts ( J had many bloggers write about Judgement) while at other times the same letter evoked so many varied responses.
I met some very interesting bloggers on the blogosphere which was both revealing and depressing. Revealing because several bloggers who have a large number of followers are not really good writers and I was astonished that despite their several grammatical mistakes they have a huge following. Consequently, this left me depressed at times and made me wonder about continuing blogging at all.
Finding my voice – Now that was something I was finding rather elusive. What exactly is my voice? I must confess that I kind of found it during this challenge.
But I also realised that despite my years of blogging there are several things I still need to address –
How to link back to other blogs
How to engage readers and other bloggers
How to grow my network
How to add graphics and pictures to my blog
These are areas which I am still grappling with. When I see other blogs with pictures I wonder how they manage to source them. Which search engine are they using? What sites do they use?
How much time do they spend on their blogs?
But all in all I enjoyed this challenge. I came across some lovely bloggers like Suzy, ( whose unique narration of the Ramayan leaves one spellbound), Athira, (whose wandering mind blew me away), Swati, (whose unique theme of writing a novella linked to a Novel got me hooked) Vineetha (whose void thoughts often made my hair stand), Shalzz (whose 26 hours before marriage really got my heart beating) and Inderpreet. (whose theme of Indian Writers introduced me to some new Indian authors) I got encouraging comments from Debbie (whose blog I enjoyed reading!) and got prompt support from Arlee (the Bird who started it all in the first place!) when I needed some help. And of course I can’t thank Corinne (you need a special hug for your everyday gyaan I can’t do without) and Vidya who truly smiles in an inspiring way) for their enthusiasm and encouragement.
So thank you all and thanks to those who I’ve forgotten to thank too! Thank you readers and fellow bloggers for your comments.
And thank you A to Z for this Challenge. I look forward to meeting you all next year!
Thanks also to Write Tribe that introduced me to this in the first place.