Reflections on the April A-Z Challenge 2013

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The Blogging from A – Z April Challenge 2013 is done.  And I posted a majority of the days, in fact 84.6% of the time. I am a survivor!survivor_[2013]

General Reflections about the Challenge

  • I benefited from the accountability to post (almost) daily during April. Once I started writing I didn’t want to break my streak and so wrote something 22 out of 26 days.
  • I found out about the challenge the night before it started. Therefore I didn’t have any posts written ahead of time. Each morning I woke up early to write. I found this to be a productive and enjoyable time. I hope to keep up with morning writing.
  • What I did was to (mainly) finish up drafts that had been in my draft folder for at least a year. I thought these would be a snap to complete. WRONG. I still spent around 2 hours per post.
  • I went though my drafts and picked 26 to finish. (I did change 3 or so posts as I went through the alphabet.)  I put them in a list here and hot linked them as they went live. This helped me to focus on each day’s post. And since the title was already in “ink,” I was more motivated to finish it that day.

What I liked

  • I liked having the categories for the blogs. At the beginning of the month I went through the list and looked for the bloggers who had a craft  or writer blog. Even though I don’t do a lot of crafts or consider myself a writer, I like to read such posts.
  • I liked the requirement to turn off word verification. All the blogs I visited did not have this on.
  • I also liked the suggestion to read the five blogs after your name. With so many blogs on the list and having little time to read, I sometimes I didn’t know where to go. I was fairly regular about reading these blogs though.
  • Finally I liked the Facebook page which I discovered about at the end of the challenge.

New (to me) Bloggers I Enjoyed

I Will Participate Next Year

  • Even though I didn’t write according to a theme, I really liked reading the blogs who did so. So next year I will write theme-based posts.
  • Another thing I will do differently is to pre-write as many posts as I can. In fact I have already scheduled myself to do that January-March 2014. That way I hope I can spend more time reading posts in the A-Z Challenge.

Be sure to read my posts HOW TO Get People to Read Your Series: 9 Ideas.


NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories for the blogs and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.

During the month of April I posted 22 out of  26 days  (mainly) finishing up posts that have been in my draft file for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.

Today’s topic is Reflections on the April A-Z Challenge 2013.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. suesconsideredtrifles  |  . at .

    Thanks for the mention. Mine really is a new blog, started the last week in March! Sue

    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Great job, Sue. I look forward to (more) reading your blog this year.

  • 3. Yvonne Lewis  |  . at .

    Congratulations on the completion of the Challenge and the great Reflection Post.


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks, Yvonne. Congrats to you too

  • 5. blessedmama3  |  . at .

    Congratulations on completing this! I also hope to do more of my writing in the wee hours before the children are up.

    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks, Blessed. We will have to check up with each other on how well we do with this.

  • 7. DayDreamer  |  . at .

    That’s great you only found the challenge the day before it started and joined in and a clever idea to use started posts from your drafts list. I have also decided to pre-write at least a few posts before hand next time.

  • 8. Sania  |  . at .

    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and hope you have a nice trip to India! :)

  • 9. My Rite of Passage  |  . at .

    Susan, good for you making use of those drafts or they might’ve stayed in the folder for another year; your post has made me rush over to my ‘drafts’ folder … decided to revive some ideas, so thanks for that :)


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57 Things I’ve Done by March 2016

1. Bought Personalized 2015 Photo Calendar
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3. Wrote 2 Blackout Poems
4. Movie Marathon: The Good Witch Films (7 of them) -watched with Marsha
5. Movie Marathon: Star Wars: Phantom Menace
6. Family Special Time (Lennon, Kadie)
7. Movie Marathon: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship, The Two Towers, and Return of the King - watched with Lori
8. Gathered contents & sealed a time capsule to be opened July, 2018,
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57 Books I’ve Read by March 2016

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Inspiration Sandwich by SARK.
4. A Man of Grit and Grace: Paul by Charles Swindoll
5. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R Taylor
6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
7. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
8. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
9. I'm Glad I'm a Mom: Inspirational Stories of Love, Laughter, and Everyday Life by Hearts at Home
10. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
11. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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13. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
14. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant
15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
16. What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
17. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
18. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
19. The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent & Gary Smalley
20. The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
21. The Pursuit of God Paperback by A. W. Tozer
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26.. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
27. The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnson
28, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Todd by Jim Fergus
29. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
30. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
31. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
32. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
33. Laddie; a true blue story, by Gene Stratton Porter
34. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
35. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louise May Alcott
36. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
37. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross
38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
39. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
40. Emma by Jane Austen
41. Thrush Green by Miss Read
42. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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44. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
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