Reflections on Blogging from A to Z

The A to Z challenge came as a surprise to me.  I had started blogging about eight months previously as a way of storing content which my daughter could view at her leisure – or not at all!

When I started out I knew nothing about the social-networking aspects of blogging, but I began to learn and to make blogging friends.  I started to take an interest in challenges, but (unless I could write them in the same style as my blog) they seemed out of place.  So, on the Monday of Holy Week I set up a new blog.  I had seen a new theme on WordPress (Pachyderm), which I really wanted to use and I began.  After a few days (and as many posts) I typed “challenge” into the “Reader” and soon found a blogger who had signed up for the A to Z challenge.  I was in time to join in and did so with no more ado.  Two posts on my original blog were about letters of the alphabet and I had been thinking about a few more, possibly to spell out a word or words, but it was difficult to find words which didn’t overlap in the letters used.  So an alphabet challenge was ideal.   My theme was alliteration.

I found five A to Z bloggers to follow from the outset and have added more during the challenge.  I was thrilled that Arlee Bird (the founder of the challenge) looked at my early posts and commented on two of them.  I have been following one of his blogs since then.   He used the same word as me for X on his Tossing it out blog.  My X post was of a slightly different format from the others.  I think xenophobia is a serious issue.

I have tried to visit and comment on blogs, but commenting on blogs on platforms other than WordPress can be fraught.  The html to provide a link to my blog does not always work, sometimes the comment disappears, other times it produces an error message.  I have learned to copy (as a precaution) any text I type into a box before clicking on any links, buttons or what you will…

…so I have not left quite as many comments as I’d have liked and people returning my visits have mostly found my original blog rather than the challenge one.  I am grateful for the new followers and hope to continue following most of the blogs I have been enjoying.

I have written posts ahead of time in order to allow for unexpected delays or demands on my time.  By the end of the challenge I was a week ahead with all the remaining posts scheduled to publish automatically.

Part way through the challenge I set up a facebook page for my blogs, but I only have a few friends on facebook, so I wondered whether I was wasting my time.  I had posted every post up to and including U, when I noticed there was a facebook page for the challenge.  So my  posts from Q onwards are linked there!

The five blogs I set out to follow are

Victoria’s blog

Rebeccah Writes

Never cry over spilled milk

life as a journey

Unveil the Other Side

Blogs I discovered and began to follow through the challenge are:-

Pressing in and on

Faith, Life and Compassion

A few words A blog by the founder of the A to Z challenge.

Writing under fire

Roll Away the Stone

Being Positive with a Depressive Soul

Stratoz

Ephesiansfour2

Fruitful Words

Mary e agius

Joe’s Musings

Writingwildly By Linda Garcia

I have visited other blogs too.  Only one blog shocked me.  One person who commented on my blog had marked his (AC) but I didn’t check the list before I clicked on it.  Live and learn.

Apart from alliteration I have had at least one Bible reference in each post.

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4 thoughts on “Reflections on Blogging from A to Z

  1. Nice! I’m glad you found us! Alliteration is an amazing theme! I’m out on the road trip, but I might have to come back and see what you did with it! Thanks for joining us, and thanks for mentioning your new friends. I’m sure they appreciate the kudos and shout-out. I’m glad you included your link in your comment at the A-Z Blog so that I could quickly come find you!
    I’m glad you included a Bible verse with each post. My favorite is Isaiah 40:31, and Romans 1:16-17. I’m a Bible study teacher in my “free” time. Precepts, an inductive method. So nice to meet you!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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    • Thanks for commenting, Tina. I’m not sure how many of my new friends are aware I’m following them. Unless they are on WordPress they’d only know if they read this post or I battled all the problems of commenting on other blogging platforms!
      I’ll look up your favourite verses. Sue

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