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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