I've completed my fifth Blogging from A to Z Challenge. After ten years of blogging, including blogging daily since the end of April, 2011 (proof of my insanity?), I think I have a handle on how difficult these challenges can be. No one should hang their head low if they didn't finish If you did finish, congratulations!
So, how was the Challenge for me?
This fifth challenge turned out to be a challenge in an unexpected way. My desktop did die partway through March, and my monitor died right after I got a new desktop. And then there was this - My "I" post, on Ithaca, New York, somehow was deemed by FB as being against their "community standards". No further explanation. As a result, I couldn't (and still can't) post blog links on Facebook. Nor could I "like" posts of others on Instagram until I took a link to my blog in my "about me" section off.
My regular readers have read my complaints. It's been educational (and you are welcome to visit my I post from April - I just don't dare post a link to it.) I am not going to let this hurt me. But it annoys me because it makes it harder for you, my dear readers, to connect with me. And, there is no appeal (I tried). They basically tell you that's the way it's going to be.
It did teach me a lesson - don't depend on social media.
Don't beat yourself up if you can't keep up with reading of other blogs. I failed miserably this year. I think this has become the weak spot of this Challenge, with so many people participating. The moderators just didn't have the man/woman power to delete inactive blogs from their master list.
What I ended up doing, after some frustration with the list, is going to blogs I was already familiar with and seeing if they had other A to Zers on their blogrolls. And, I was fortunate - I found a couple of new favorite blogs from bloggers who left comments on my blog.
I think I may have not visited one or two and if yours was one of those, I'm truly sorry.
What didn't I like about the Challenge? The same thing as in previous years: Finding a blog that interests me, and then finding, after May 1, it morphs into something completely different. Or, worse, it sits, neglected.
And, The Future
The older I get (and I am now officially a senior citizen), the more I realize how precious life is. I understand, more and more that I shouldn't "sweat the small stuff". But, on the other hand, I know that our lives are finite. Most of us don't know when the ending whistle will blow. Today? Next week? Thirty years from now? That knowledge isn't granted to us.
I have lots of the beauty of the world to share with you. I hope you will continue to read my blog, which is a lot more than my April theme of "Finding America Through Photos".
|Columbine, Monticello, May 1, 2019|
I want to thank everyone who read my blog during the month of April, both long time readers, and new.
And thank you, again, for visiting me today.