Monday, May 7, 2012

A to Z Reflections


Today is A to Z Reflections Day. I almost didn’t post and then I though, ah, come on, don’t be a jerk.

So here we go. First, I want to thank all of the organizers and sponsors, co-sponsors and participants. I know this was a big undertaking and from everything I could see, it ran smoothly and without a hitch. You guys and girls did a wonderful job. It’s nice, really nice, to think that so many people pulled together to do something for others with no reward in mind other than a great experience for everyone. Thank You!

My personal experience with A to Z taught me a few things about myself. First, it helped to define why I blog. Second, it confirmed that I do not like to be told what to do and when to do it. Third, it helped me understand what I write best.

I must admit I met some really nice and interesting people. I also have to admit that without the encouragement and help I received from others I would have dropped out. Then I would have been disappointed with myself and sunk into a ‘blue funk’ for days. (What is wrong with me?)

I picked up between forty and fifty new followers, and I’m not sure why. (I was not near as diligent as most of you at following others and I didn’t visit half the blogs I thought I would. I have a hard time not checking in on my friends and seeing what they are up to as opposed to seeking out new people.) I appreciate the new followers and hope I can find the time to check in on them from time to time, but when it comes to regular daily comments, I have a few places I’m loyal to (probably because they put up with me and some of my crazy comments) and then I run out of time. Also, I hope new followers won’t be disappointed in my erratic posting schedule and some of the wacky things that I say.

In all honesty I need to say that I probably won’t participate in the A to Z Challenge again, but that’s not about the Challenge that’s about ME. (As a matter of fact, I asked a friend to tie me to a chair if I even made noises like I was going to sign up next year.) And, that’s not to say I won’t be checking in on some of you next year, to see how you’re doing. It’s probably something very one should try at least once.

9 comments:

  1. And I will be there to untie you from the chair!

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  2. awww...you did so well (and that W post was really great - and so were the others). At least you finished! I stepped off the map at "S". I'll still keep reading your posts :-)

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  3. You did a wonderful job finishing, so congrats to you.

    It was tough right around M, but it does feel gratifying to finish what you start, right?

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  4. Great posting. I enjoyed reading tho I got lost somewhere. I had to work a couple days a week and It was kinda hard keeping up to all the reading and the commenting. On the next Challenge, yeah what Alex said. :)

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  5. Congrats on completing the challenge. I understand not wanting to do it again. It was harder than I imagine. If I do participate next year, I want to plan my post way in advance and be as short as possible. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


    Eat Live Move

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  6. I don't like to be told what to do either, but the option to have completely random posts was fun for me - made me feel like I was in control. I felt that way about NaNoWriMo. If you remind me to never ever do that again, I won't let you A-Z. :)

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  7. NITRO ~
    You and Arlee Bird appeared in a very weird (and kinda funny) dream I had this morning. You can read all about it by clicking HERE.

    If you think you can interpret it, give it a go. Good luck with THIS! I haven’t Clue 1.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

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  8. Glad you stayed with it til the end. And never say never. By next year you may be ready for another go.
    What's with McCarthy's dream anyway?


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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