Reflection on the A-Z Blog Challenge

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

The A-Z Blog Challenge has come to an end, and I sort of miss it. Writing a daily (except Sundays) blog post gave me a satisfying feeling of achievement during a tumultuous month—workers traipsing through my house daily (except Sundays), no kitchen, piles of kitchen stuff hidden away here and there like a squirrel’s nut caches. Daily blogging also gave me a refreshing break from the novel I’ve been working on. I was stuck on a solution for the opening scenes, but when I tackled that task again in May, I made real progress. Blogging is good creative cross-training for a fiction writer, eh?

Q is for Quatsch was the easiest to write. The hardest? None, really. What was challenging was sticking to my declared theme: making the most of early retirement. I’m glad I have another eleven months to think up a theme for next year’s challenge.

This challenge has strengthened my resolve to learn more about the structure of blogging; I need to update my theme and become more proficient at using graphics and photos. The Word Press theme I’m currently using doesn’t allow me to create a blog roll in the side bar, so I’m shopping for a theme that will facilitate that.

The most enjoyable part of this challenge, beside the writing, was hearing from strangers around the world who share my interest in writing, travel, and the joys/challenges of this life stage. What are the chances that I’d otherwise make new blog friends in Australia and India? I hope the Linky list stays active so that I can continue to sample these interesting blogs.

My blog posts that got the most views, comments and likes were

  • D is for Daring
  • N is for No, Thanks
  • M is for Motherhood
  • L is for Love
  • I is for Impressed
  • V is for Vacation

As for complaints, no tengo nada. I found the website accessible and the guidelines easy to follow. And if some bloggers weren’t able to finish the challenge—so what? Life happens.

I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge. Until then, please stop by from time to time, and I’ll do the same for you!

6 thoughts on “Reflection on the A-Z Blog Challenge

  1. Mary B

    Congratulations on completing the challenge. I love how the challenge gives me inspiration for more writing as well. I’m sorry that I didnt make it to your blog during the challenge, but I intend to subscribe and keep up with your posts and visit you often.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle

  2. Keith's Ramblings

    Rhonda, we seem to have discovered each others blogs rather late in the process, all thanks to Reflection. My blog is coming up it’s tenth anniversary , and I’m still learning new ticks! Personally I find Blogger offers the most in terms of flexibility and creativity but then I’m biased! I’ll be back to take a look at your most popular posts just as soon as I have a chance.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings

  3. Around My Kitchen Table

    I found the A to Z Challenge challenging, not least because I entered two and also I was asked to cover sick leave at my previous employment (I’m now freelance) so was effectively working at two jobs for some of it. Even so, I really enjoyed it and felt a sense of achievement as I posted the last two Zs. I loved visiting people who I might not previously have considered Some weren’t exactly to my taste but were still interesting and others I really loved (like yours).

  4. A J

    Congratulations on completing the challenge! The Q post was the easiest for you to write??? Kudos! Q and X have always been the most difficult posts for me 🙂 I loved writing every day (except Sundays) too which is why I jumped on the Blog Everyday in May challenge LOL I’m hunting for a challenge in June now, just to challenge me!


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