Thursday, May 2, 2013
A to Z Challenge Reflections: It Wasn't a Nightmare!
From the beginning of the year I was planning on having all four of my blogs in the 2013 A to Z Challenge, but then the year started with a vengeance...
Some bouts of odd health issues and other funky distractions were big setbacks starting from the first day of this year. Add to that some computer problems that totally sidetracked me at times and I had the perfect storm of troubles to start me off of the wrong foot in April. My plans of having all of my posts prescheduled had not been realized and I was heading into April with nearly no content prepared. I had topics outlined, but that was it.
Toward the end of March I strongly considered withdrawing my dream blog and my memoir blog Wrote By Rote, but then decided that I'd try to keep them in and drop out if I couldn't keep up. I had solved my computer problems in the week before the Challenge was to begin, but no posts had been yet composed and I was feeling rather down about it all. I fully expected for this blog to be out of the running fairly soon into the Challenge.
Once I got started writing my posts I got into the swing of things. Keeping posts short and simple I was able to push out daily content. I usually kept ahead by about two days and that helped. Where I fell short was in my comments. My apologies for not making it around to as many blogs as I would have liked to have done. My new follower additions and low volume of comments certainly reflected my failure from the standpoint of networking.
The bottom line is that preparing ahead makes a big difference in the networking one can do. The advance preparation is imperative if one is attempting multiple blogs. The Challenge can be met without the preparation, but the networking will take a big hit.
I'm not sure about next year. If I can prepare each blog months in advance then maybe entering four blogs will be okay. I don't think I would do another day by day on multiple blogs. After all, in my view the A to Z Challenge is mostly a networking feat. That's how it all began. The content is always important if ones blog is to be taken seriously, but if you're not making the rounds to connect with new bloggers the true Challenge is not met. At least that's the Challenge for me. Just achieving the content is fine, but if no one is reading then there's not as much point in producing that content.
A note about my theme: In April I did an A to Z dream interpretation/symbolization study. Since in my opinion dream symbols are not totally universal I presented my symbols in regard to what they mean to me and might mean to readers as well. I closed with questions to allow readers to relate their own thoughts and experiences. We got some interesting insights from your comments. A big thank you to the few of you who regularly stopped by to leave a comment.
The A to Z may be over, but I'll keep dreaming cause the dreams aren't over. Please continue to visit A Faraway View. This blog publishes every Thursday.
**** My thanks to Thelmaz at WindowSphere: A Circle of Hope for recognizing A Faraway View as one her 26 favorite blogs during the 2013 A to Z Challenge.