Sunday, May 1, 2011

Reflecting on the A to Z Challenge

So, this is it...The A-Z Blogging Challenge is finished.

To all my fellow A to Z-er's:  We made it.  We've crossed the finish line!

First of all, I have to give another shout out to the hosts of the A to Z Blogging Challenge:
Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out
Jeffrey Beesler at World of the Scribe 
Alex J. Cavanaugh at Alex J. Cavanaugh 
Jen Daiker at Unedited 
Candace Ganger at The Misadventures in Candyland
Karen J Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain
Talli Roland at Talli Roland
Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs 

These people all did an amazing job of putting this challenge together!

I really enjoyed participating in the A-Z Challenge.  My blog was only a few days old when the challenge started.  I was excited to be joining, but a little nervous at the same time.  I had (and still do have) very little experience with writing blog posts.  Could I write a blog post every single day?  Could I come up with something interesting enough to write about for each letter?  I didn't know!  But I did write every single day (okay, I did miss W and X due to illness, but I made them up!)  I still don't know I I came up with interesting enough topics, but I don't think I did too bad on that front.  

I started off trying to write something I like and something I don't like for every letter.  Turns out I couldn't always think of a don't like for certain letters!  But then, I had a couple of posts that were only "don't like" letters.  Some days I wasn't sure I was going to get my post up before the day was over, but I made myself sit down and write my post.

I've met some new friends and found some really great blogs through this challenge.  I've also gained a few new followers who have left me some very encouraging comments.

I'm a bit sad to see this challenge come to an end (but a little relieved that I can relax too!), but I'm excited to do it again next time!  And in the mean time, don't worry, I'll keep writing!  Whether you want to hear what I have to say or not! ☺

As for the April 2011 A to Z Blogging Challenge...


  1. Congrats for making it to the end! It is a great jump start in this blogging world. I strongly recommend not losing momentum... sure, you can cut back from every day, but I definitely recommend keeping it up at least 3 days a week. Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi Jamie, nice to meet you, even if the challenge is over! Seems like I'm finding lots of great blogs from the blog hop list. I did the A to Z challenge too. It was great fun and met lovely folks but I'm glad it's over. I like to follow teachers especially because most of my writing has been for kids. I have a children's novel that will either get published by a publisher or by me in the near future! (My agent is working on it :-)

  3. For having such a new blog, it's great that you decided to do the challenge. I think that is a nice way to get your blog started on a good path and also grow your blog by gaining new readers.

    I like the way you ended this reflections post.....that's right, keep on writing!

    The Madlab Post

  4. Congrats to you for crossing the finsh line. it has been fun!

  5. Congrats! you did a great job...etc etc

  6. Congrats Jamie; I will stop by and visit. I missed so many wonderful blogs! Glad we made it to cross the finish line~ Well Done on your Reflection post~

  7. Congrats on completing the challenge..!
    Sounds like u had fun..

  8. only a few days old when you jumped in? congrats to you for finishing!

  9. Keep writing .... we all have something to contribute! Congrats on competing the challenge.

  10. This was a great way to start a new blog and like Hart said, keep the momentum going. And visit other blogs and comment on them. You will build up a following and soon be well established in what you do.
    Congratulations on making it to the end and thanks for blogging with us in April.

    Tossing It Out

  11. Congrats for completing the challenge and what a lovely style you have :)

    Blogging daily does take focus and for ALL the A-Z-ers, well...YAY :)

    Hope you continue sharing with us!

    Cheers :)

  12. Congrats on finishing! You took on a big challenge for such a new blogger! Are you up for another one? Shannon @ The Warrior Muse and I are joining forces in another challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you'll join us!
    Tina @ Life is Good


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