This year all my posts (on the Names of God) were prepared and scheduled in advance. I did edit a few of them before publication, but mostly they were ready. Use of a standard structure was intended to help anyone landing on a random post understand what the series is about. The downside of this was that on Google+ all the notifications looked the same and it was impossible to tell which posts had been +1ed. Some other bloggers avoided this problem by including an identifier (a letter or number) into each opening paragraph.
When commenting on blogs, especially on blogspot blogs, I used my link to my A to Z blog. I now have three blogs, so it is helpful to direct busy readers to the appropriate blog. My gravatar profile also does this. I used Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to promote my posts.
I have renewed friendships with some A to Z Bloggers from previous years and “met” several more. It is difficult to find a balance between encouraging other bloggers and promoting one’s own blog in comments.
Having been a blogger for around 34 months I have a greater awareness of life in other parts of the world. I also interact with people of a wide range of ages and from various backgrounds. Many are living with restraints due to ill-health. A to Z serves to increase this awareness of the lives of others.
It would be a disappointment if after a month of blogging from A to Z and visiting other A to Zers I did not have a list of blogs to visit.
These are all blogs I was following by the middle of the challenge. They were in my WordPress reader on 16 April. Some of them are bloggers I have been following for over a year others recently discovered. Not all completed the challenge. One lost her internet connection. I do not know what happened to the others. I hope they are OK.
I do not think that failure to complete the challenge due to external circumstances is a total disaster. It is surely better to sign up with the intention of doing one’s best, than not to sign up at all. Blogging is only a part of our everyday lives. For people, who were unable to complete the challenge, there is another chance with weekly posting.
Since the middle of the challenge these bloggers have found me (or I them).
Another great A to Z! Many thanks to Arlee Bird and his team of co-hosts and helpers.
Many thanks also to my loyal readers and new followers. I appreciate your interest. I hope you have been and will continue to be entertained by Sue’s Trifles. If you have followed Sue’s considered trifles, perhaps you’d consider following one of Sue’s other blogs as Sue’s considered trifles is drawing to a close.
In particular I’d like to mention the following bloggers, who regularly “like” my posts and/or comment.
Arlee Bird Founder of the A to Z Challenge and blogger extraordinaire. His blogs are Tossing it out, A faraway view, Wrote by Rote, A Few Words and he also looks after the A to Z Challenge blog He is also the author of the most comments on Sue’s Trifles!
Hilary Melton-Butcher who has been blogging from A to Z about Cornwall.
If I haven’t mentioned you, I apologise. Your visits and comments were appreciated. Please, say,”Hi” in the comments here!
One note to the Co-hosts and their teams of helpers: Many WordPress bloggers have their spam filters set so that any comment with two or more links goes into the spam folder. Unless the blogger is vigilant, the comment may never be seen.
Conversely, WordPress bloggers check whether you have any comments in your spam folder – you may have had more engagement than you realised!
Regarding comments. I have trashed a very small number of comments during this challenge. Some did not make sense to me. One very long comment was almost entirely in capitals. In the context of social media, I understand capitals (uppercase letters) represent shouting. I am not here to be shouted at. My posts were intended to invite readers to explore the Christian faith, not to tell them that they must adhere to it in a particular form.
As in previous years, traffic to my blog has increased in April. For those who are interested in such things I have taken a screen shot of the old stats page.
The stats go back to the start of my blog in March 2013 and include three A to Z Challenges. The month with the most views so far was May 2014 post A to Z.
Sue’s new blog is Sue’s words and pictures This is a blog with photos taken using a phone camera and descriptions (of places and plants, for example).
And here is a link to an important A to Z, not part of the challenge. https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/extending-gods-grace/