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Thank God April is over and the  #a to z challenge with it . It was rather  trying to juggle posts with my daily life that seemed to be spinning out of control by the day . But  I stuck on and I am glad I did because it helped me on my blogging journey.

This was my second year at the challenge and having learnt from last year’s experience, I decided not to wing it but actually have a theme. Since I’m largely housebound these days, I decided to blog about ‘The Things Around My House’. It wasn’t a breeze that I thought it would be especially when it came to certain letters – after all, the objects also had to have some added significance  to make the post more interesting – a background story, some sentimental value or at least a source of information. But I did get by and finished with aplomb.

I was simply amazed at the imagination of people the world over . Every person approached the challenge in a unique way.

#a to z challenge a mine of information

  1. I made a conscious decision to visit new blogs and learnt a lot about Harry Potter’s world through Vinay Ravindranath ‘s blog
  2. Titli’s posts on Incredible India made me proud to be Indian.
  3. Esha’s and Rajlakshmi’s travelogue made me want to take the first flight out to somewhere!
  4. Shalini’s entertaining account of the life of an Army wife needs to be read by all young women who are reluctant to marry into the Olive Green .
  5. Kala’s tips on home decor were invaluable and
  6. Dr.Roshan’s detailed analysis of sitcoms made me realise what an ignoramus I was.
  7.  Parul’s crusade against crime against women and posts of activists doing something about it really opened my eyes
  8. Damayanti’s reportage of her own involvement with Project WHY an NGO based in Delhi
  9. I learnt so much about herbs from Archanas blog.

Blogs that were entertaining

  • Twinkling Tina’s life experiences
  • Inderpreet Uppal’s short stories and Eloquent Articulation
  • Lata’s unforgettable couple Dia and Sameer
  • Seena’s delightful anecdotes of motherhood
  • Athira’s narratives of different women that addressed different social issues that women faced.
  • Rajalakshmi’s posts on Yoga poses made me envious of her mastery of the asana.
  • Ramya Abhinand‘s regular musings
  • Alana‘s stories from New York
  • Debbie‘s doggie tales

New discoveries

  1. Tamara Kulish
  2. Stephanie
  3. Hungry fork
  4. Kalpana
  5. Geetika
  6. Stephen AK
  7. Vamshi A Krishna
  8. Shilpa Garg 
  9. Nibha
  10. Chicky


I noticed that Damayanti and Shalini  and Debbie D were part of a group.How did they club up together?

Every day I would  link up with Blog Commenting Tribe , A to Zers and Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. on their threads  on FB . And would try and visit and comment on as many blogs as I could.

Some bloggers were enthusiastic and reciprocated with their comments and share but towards the end, I could sense that everyone just wanted to get on with it as it reduced to a mere trickle

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But it was fun, I made new friends along the way and at some level worth it.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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11 Responses

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    Thanks Sunita for visiting me and liking my posts. I am honored that you mentioned me. I now realise, i did not write about any blogs. I will do that.

    • Bellybytes says:

      No problems Lata. I think people who know that they are appreciated don’t always need a validation in writing

  2. Kala Ravi says:

    Yes, an incredible journey Sunita, that was an eye-opener to the massive blogging world around us! I really enjoyed all your posts and insights. Enjoyed reading your reflections too! Thanks for the mention, means much to me. It was indeed lovely connecting with you and interacting informally too through this challenge. You are an inspiration dear lady and your enthusiasm and zest are infectious! Cheers 🙂
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  3. RT says:

    Very few people reflect on things in their life. I love this post – and am glad it opened you up to new ideas…. you truly are an inspiration!!!

  4. Esha Dutta says:

    Beautiful reflections! Thanks a lot for mentioning me in your post. I feel truly honoured, Sunita. Your posts have been very entertaining always leaving me wondering as to what was coming next. I am so glad we took the A-Z journey together and shared our experiences – reading, sharing and commenting, prodding each other along when things got tough! It was lovely connecting with you…best wishes on the journey ahead! 🙂

    • Bellybytes says:

      Thanks! I must say it was the high standards of posts that I read that made me up my game. I realise that last year my approach to blogging was pretty slap dash and seeing all the effort you took to make your blog posts engaging made me understand where I was going wrong. Hope to continue meeting in the Blogosphere.

  5. Truly Happy says:

    Congratulations on surviving the challenge. I stumbled upon your blog today and I am so glad I did. You have a nice blog. I will spend some time reading all your previous posts

    Truly Happy

  6. Arlee Bird says:

    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge and thank you for sharing your experience in this post. Content wise and from the standpoint of your reaching out to other bloggers, I think you’re doing the right things where you should have an audience.

    One speculation that comes from my reactions to coming to your site is that there seemed to be a lot of pop-up activity concerning signing up and maybe other things. Maybe some visitors are scared off or turned off by the intrusions on the screen. I don’t know how many visitors this turns off, but it’s something I’ve heard bloggers mention in the past about bloggy things that drove them away from a blog they were visiting. You might want to experiment by removing some of the pop-up activity or changing it up in some ways.

    That’s all I’ve got for now. Keep at it!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Thanks so much for this advice . I think I’ll turn off the SumoMe and shareaholic stuff and see if this helps

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