Another April gone, in a flurry of snow, and of blogging.
A lesson learned.
I've completed my fourth Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Each year, in the first week of May, we are asked each year to reflect on this challenge. If you survived it too, congratulations! If you didn't, that's fine, too.
This fourth challenge turned out to be a real challenge for me in more ways than one. It was a good thing I had prewritten many of my posts, as my elderly mother in law ended up in the hospital twice. And now, she is hospitalized for a third time and all we can do is take it day by day.
My theme "Florida-Outside the Theme Parks" was a joy to write, and I had a good time putting the Challenge blog posts together before everything started to (as the saying goes) go south.
If I could give any advice to myself (and others):
1. Prewrite. It's near impossible to keep up.
2. Don't beat yourself up if you can't keep up with reading of other blogs. I think this has become the weak spot of this Challenge, with so many people participating.
3. Should you have a theme? I've always had one. That works for me.
What I don't like about the Challenge? Finding a blog that interests me, and then, on May 1, it either sits, unloved, for the next few months, or changes into something completely different.
And, in the end:
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, because I got behind - way behind- in visiting new blogs and commenting. I found myself sticking mainly to blogs I had found in previous years - old favorites.
I got to thinking that blogging, in a way, is like one of my favorite Beatles song, Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight/The End.
Because, in the end of a #AtoZChallenge, the effort you make is equal to the enjoyment you take.
THE END of another Challenge.