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.


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

  2. 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 :-)

  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?

  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. :)

  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

  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. :)

  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’

  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?

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out