The 2016 A-Z Blogging challenge ended nearly a week ago, and we have had time to relax, regroup, and now reflect on a month of blogging.
This was my first such challenge, but it will definitely not be my last. In fact, I may challenge myself to do a similar blogging spurt during the holidays (we shall see…)
What did I love about this challenge? Let me count the ways:
1. I LOVE the A-Z format. It gives structure to writing while at the same time forcing creativity. Some letters spawned several different choices, while others barely sparked one. But necessity is the mother of invention and thinking outside the box gets the job done. (for example: houseboats became Y for Yacht).
2. I participated in my first Twitter chat and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship! It took awhile to learn Tweetdeck, and I would often forget the hashtag #azchat, but the moderators were patient and welcoming. I looked forward to our Thursday night get-togethers and that is probably the one thing I will miss most.
3. I met some new online friends, either from the chat sessions or from blog visits, whom I hope to remain in contact in the months to come. People such as:
- Sarah who is a fellow writer and shared great writing tips
- Sarah (from Italy) who is incredibly knowledgeable about the Jazz era and taught me something new each time I visited her site
- Ellen who wrote her own Nancy Drew mystery (my favorite childhood series) while teaching me about boating terms
- Clao who lives in Germany but took me on a voyage around the world. I added several bucket list places by reading his blog