As I think a lot of you know by now, I recently completed the A to Z blogging challenge. However, I didn't sign up officially, because I didn't have a Twitter account when it started and that's how I heard about it.
It was already underway by then so it was too late to register officially, but rather than wait a full year for the next one, I decided to take part unofficially. So I did my challenge mid April to mid May.
Unbeknown to me at the time, part of the challenge was visiting at least 5 other blogs who were taking part per day. Obviously, I didn't do this because I didn't know about it!
To make up for not doing the social part, I signed up for the post challenge road trip, which is basically a linky for all the people who want to visit each other. I completed visiting the 150+ blogs on the list, and commented to say I had finished.
I then got a reply to the comment off Arlee Bird, the challenge founder, basically telling me (in a nice way) that this is just the warm up. The real road trip is visiting all 1509 blogs that completed the challenge! That's going to be some mission, but I'm going to attempt it. I have until next April to complete it.
In the meantime, this is my reflections on the mini road trip:
I'll start with the good!- I found it very interesting seeing what others had chosen for their themes and what they had written about for each of the letters. I
- found some blogs that I will definitely be revisiting in the future.
- I found quite a few of the people I visited returned the favour, and from this I gained some new followers. Thank you to the people who are now following or reading my posts!
And now the not so good!
- A lot of the people adding their links to the road trip had left their general blog link rather than a link to their reflections post, or any of the A-Z posts. It was pretty time consuming looking around for the posts. Now I must hold my hands up and admit I did this! I had no idea how annoying it would be to others looking for the posts. I have now added all the links to one page and have added it as a tab at the top of my blog!
-There were about five blogs where I just couldn't find the A-Z posts! I ended up giving up and just leaving a comment on the most recent post. One lady did pop back and tell me where I could find the posts in her archives which was nice.
-The dreaded ritual of actually managing to leave a comment once I found the posts. I think there was 3 where I couldn't find the comment section at all! Also some of the blogs make you jump through a lot of hoops to leave a comment. I can't fathom out the logic of this - surely we all want to hear our readers input!
-I struggled to know what to write in the comments on some of the blogs, and I think some of my comments probably sounded a little generic, but it's not always easy, especially when you don't really understand the theme, or you don't connect with the material (that's not a dig at anyone. We all have our own tastes and even a really well written piece can be hard to read if you don't really get the topic).
I don't want to end this post on a negative so back to the good stuff :) I really enjoyed the road trip, and I would like to say a big thank you to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts. This must be a mammoth task to undertake! Thank you also to every A-Zer that's visited my blog, and thank you for all the retweets on the A-Z posts!
And finally, I would like to mention my 5 of my favourite themes I found so far! In no particular order:
1. Writing settings as characters. http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/
2. Harry Potter. http://fabulus1710.blogspot.co.uk
3. Bands and artists (music). http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/
4. Legal definitions. http://denapawling.blogspot.co.uk
5. Paranormal/spooky theme. http://www.jhmoncrieff.com/
I will check back in with my reflections of the full road trip when I complete it (part 2). I must warn you though that that could take some time!
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