Another April gone.
Another A to Z Challenge completed, and it is time to reflect on this challenge. If you survived it too, congratulations! If you didn't - well, you tried!
It was my third, and it was organized just a little differently than previous challenges. I want to thank everyone who read my blog during the month of April, both long time readers, and new. I hope you will stick with me.
It's been an exhausting month.
My theme was Traveling Through Time and Space.
Like reflections on the still water of a stream, my thoughts have completed their journey, and are back home.
Here are some of the new blogs I encountered during the month long journey:
Write to Inspire - Shirley Corder blogged an entire month on How To Build a Better Blog. It was an excellent series.
Hilary Melton-Butcher at Positive Letters - Inspirational Stories. Rare breeds of animals are of great interest to me, as a former "homesteader".
Nilanjana Bose at Madly-In-Verse with a beautiful series on the Arab culture.
And there were the old favorites. I don't feel I want to name any of them, because that means I have left some out. And, I didn't get to everyone I wanted to. I ignored some of my old favorites, because life intruded, as it has a habit of doing.
Now, briefly, responding to some concerns of the organizers:
We went "list-free" this year. I do think that was, to use a cliche, a double-edged sword. I didn't have to click on links where people had given up, or had them there just to have people click on them. But, on the other hand, it was hard to keep track of blogs and if I had visited them. Also, because of the time-zone difference, living on the side of the world that reaches a day later than others, it seemed I was always late to the party by the time I dropped off my link.
I also felt there was too much emphasis on social media. Not all bloggers are comfortable on Facebook or Twitter. And, as for Instagram, I just joined it last night (more out of curiosity than anything else). I always liked A to Z because it was not social media dependent - you had a list of participants and you clicked on their link to get to their blog. Now, it seems like a lot of the action has moved to social media, and it saddens me.
I do understand, though, why the moderators (there are several, they all work hard and they all deserve our thanks) had to do this.
So. Will I do A to Z again next year? Maybe. There is something addictive about blogging about a topic that starts
with A, then running through the entire alphabet. I admire those who pick a hard theme.
And now, back to my normal daily blogging schedule, with a new "Music Monday" tomorrow.