Reflections on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2014

survivor-atoz [2014] - SMALLI succeeded at the A-Z in April Challenge! It was my first time taking part and I did it.

I learnt a few things when blogging. It was definitely a good idea to keep to a (vague) theme. The majority of my posts were to do with films, whether that was a review or a list of my favourite films beginning with the M or talking about favourite secondary characters in film. The rest of my blog posts were to do with books – I had reviews, I talked about World Book Night and I talked about some of my favourite fictional families.

There were a few posts that were to do with neither books nor films. I had a post on TV shows I’d like to watch and then a few really random ones about names, university and livejournal – those were definitely the letters I had a hard time associating with films/books.

I wrote ahead a lot of the time. Before the first of April I had 10 blogs written (unfortunately they weren’t necessarily for the first 10 letters of the alphabet) and sometimes I had to write the post the day before but I was never too stressed because I had a rough idea what each post was going to be about.

I think one thing that would have made the experience easier – especially in terms of connecting to other bloggers – would be that when people sign up they had to put what their blog was (generally) about. It was hard sometimes clicking on someone’s blog, seeing all their posts were to do with nature and not having anything to say about that. It would make finding those with similar interests much easier and then I wouldn’t have had to click on maybe 7 blogs before finding one I actually felt like I could comment on. I think I went through all those who said films and books were their interest and enjoyed reading/commenting on those posts but I bet there were more blogs on those subjects that didn’t state it.

I did try to visit at least 5 blogs a day but that didn’t always work due to real life commitments but on Saturdays and Sundays I did try to make up for that. I did always go to someone’s blog if they commented on my and did my best to return the favour, and I always replied to comments left on my blog (maybe not straight away but within a couple of days) I simply liked some peoples blog posts because I did like them but didn’t really have anything to say – the same thing happened on my blog which I think is fair enough.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve made friends by taking part in this challenge but I have been made aware of more blogs and more blogs have been made aware of me. I enjoyed taking part in (and succeeding at) the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2014 and I am definitely going to sign up again next year.

Now just gotta figure out how to put the badge on my sidebar…

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6 comments

  1. Most of the blogs I read, liked and commented on were from twitter. They pop up when I open my laptop, so that was easy. (That’s how I’m reading your reflection post) Also most people who read mine were from twitter. I did try to read at least 5 a day but I found it a challenge like you. Some blogs had a lot of stuff on it and I couldn’t tell what I was suppose to read. Those things are minor compared to the fact that an avenue is provided for me to write and someone will read it. Keep moving forward.

    1. I definitely think I should have used Twitter more – like you say it’s a good way to find a variety of blogs.
      Indeed. I think it was a great way to make me write and think about the sort of thing I ant to write about and it was a definitely a good way to reach a wider audience.
      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    Like you, I found there were quite a few blogs that I couldn’t really find anything to comment on. Occasionally I left a generic post saying ‘good luck with the challenge’ but I prefer to leave relevant comments.

    1. Thank you!

      Yeah I found myself leaving those sort of generic comments and felt kinda bad about it because I really wanted to leave something more informed or constructive but it was about something I knew nothing about. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one with that problem.

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