A to Z challenge – reflections

survivor-atoz [2017] v1This has been my third year of A-Zing. In no particular order, my thoughts in reflection…

Time – oh to have buckets more of it. As usual I failed to plan everything up front or schedule enough posts in advance leaving myself a pitiful amount of time to read other people’s. It should be said, write the posts in advance and spend the month reading and commenting. But, I didn’t anticipate applying for a job in the middle of it and how having the kids off school for Easter would eat into my time.  Oh, shucks. Maybe next year…

Theme (Abbeys and cathedrals) – I’m glad I picked it. Rather like last year’s castle one, it was fun researching everything. I learnt a lot of things I hadn’t expected. The posts weaved into each other as I found commonality between places and their history.  I hadn’t planned to write posts on some cathedrals, knowing I didn’t have enough letters, but I managed to bring in snippets about them anyway with a little imagination.  I bought a blogging planner book earlier in the year and used it to jot down facts and ideas. It helped, but probably didn’t make a huge difference to writing the posts.

Connecting – It was harder to navigate to everyone without the linky list, so I relied on comments and signatures to click through. Where possible I add blogs to my reader so that I find people that way again. However, WordPress Reader is infuriating in how it manages blogs, especially those from Blogger. I’ve not finished catching up with blogs, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. It was good to find people again after a year!

Would I do it again? Of course. Why not!  Next year I might go for a completely different topic, less history. Flash fiction? Music? There are so many ideas to chose from. All I need is that elusive time!

See you next year 🙂





  1. Congratulations on another successful a to z challenge. I also found that it was harder to visit everyone without the linky list but like you I’m hoping to do some more catching up in the coming weeks. WeekendsInMaine


  2. Life does have an habit of getting in the way of our plans. You’ve noticed that too, uh? 😉


  3. Congrats on getting through. April is certainly a busy month with the holidays and everything. I really enjoyed your posts, it was great to soak up all that history and I’m actually surprised they weren’t all ready beforehand – they were so well researched and organised.


  4. Arlee Bird · · Reply

    Congratulations on another A to Z completed. I think WordPress has something against Blogger. I used to have a problem, but now I guess I’ve conquered WP so that all my comments go through with no problem.

    We’ll be assessing the issue of the list for next year. I didn’t have any problem with the way things were this year, but still having the list for reference is nice. And we get a better idea of how many bloggers participated. This year I’m really not sure how many joined us for the Challenge.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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