A to Z Reflections Post 2016

At the end of the A to Z Challenge it is traditional to have a look back in the form of a reflections post.

I signed up early for this year’s challenge for two blogs.  I had been preparing my posts for Sue’s words and pictures for nearly a year.  My theme for Sue’s Trifles, the blog for A to Z challenges from 2013 onwards, came to me later.  The hardest part was finding suitable illustrations.  However I had fun with this.

My blogs were next to each on the on the sign-up list.  After all the linky invites bloggers to add another link.  When I was looking for blogs to visit I found that some bloggers had multiple blogs consecutively in the list.

I have visited quite a large number of blogs and left comments on some of them.  I have not always been prepared to jump through the hoops to leave comments.  For blogs, which are not on WordPress I tended only to leave one comment, even if I decided to follow the blog via the WordPress reader.

Initially I looked at the blogs immediately after my own.  I have kept a list of the links of many bloggers, who have been kind enough to visit my blog.  I have made return visits, where possible.

There are too many blogs to attempt to visit all of them.

I already followed at least eleven A to Z bloggers before the Challenge began.  This year some of them have themes which did not appeal to me much.  I have had to discriminate between posts to read.  In general I enjoy posts about writing and books.  Films and bands do not appeal much.

This does not make me feel that I am breaking any understanding about visiting other blogs.  There are plenty of people with similar interests.  As in life offline, friendships are made between people with interests in common.


Blogs I already followed:

  1. http://laurahile.com/
  2. http://marthareynoldswrites.wordpress.com/
  3. http://fortyandfantastique.wordpress.com/
  4. http://stephenyhoughtlin.wordpress.com/
  5. http://positiveletters.blogspot.com/ (Hilary was unable to take part this year.)
  6. http://seezooeyrun.wordpress.com/
  7. http://bloggingastrid.com/
  8. http://evelyneholingue.com/2016/03/21/from-a-to-z-all-these-little-french-and-american-words/
  9. https://silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com
  10. http://solveigwerner.com/2016
  11. https://auntyamo.com/
  12. https://miriamdrori.com/
  13. https://lynnelives.wordpress.com/

Blogs I have begun to follow as a result of this year’s challenge:

  1. https://nvrivera.wordpress.com/ one line a day story
  2. http://bobscotney.blogspot.co.uk/ wildflowers
  3. https://lunanoctis.wordpress.com/ craft
  4. http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.co.uk/ child of the 50s
  5. http://heartofareadywriter.blogspot.com/
  6.  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.wordpress.com/
  7. https://claowuepotpourri.wordpress.com/ (English and German posts)
  8. http://wordwacker.me/ (A haiku riddle a day)

This has been another excellent challenge.  Many thanks to Arlee Bird, all the cohosts, minions and participants.

Due to circumstances, I was unable to visit as many blogs as I’d have liked towards the end of the challenge.  However, having scheduled my posts in advance, I completed the challenge and tried to keep up with the comments on them.  I have renewed the acquaintance of  bloggers I discovered in earlier challenges and made the acquaintance of new blogers.  It has been very worthwhile.



8 thoughts on “A to Z Reflections Post 2016

  1. Hi Sue – thanks for listing me – though I was unable to participate – still I am ready for 2017 – all scheduled and entered! Relax now and rest on your laurels – congratulations on finishing .. cheers Hilary

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  2. It’s great that you got to a few new blogs anyway, and the list will be up for the rest of the year, so you should have plenty more time to visit and meet new bloggers. It seemed half the blogs I follow (and I follow a lot of blogs) were doing the Challenge, so I had my hands full just keeping up with them… Anyway, I’m glad you found the chalenge to be a worthwhile activity, and I look forward to seeing you next year!

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  3. I totally understand the situation of the circumstances of life. Blogging consumes time and we each do what we are able. You had me a bit stymied at times with your approach this year, but I’m dense like that at times. Nice how you brought it all together in the end. Well done for another April Challenge.

    Thanks for participating and for sharing your thoughts once again.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  4. Life happens. Hope you’re ok. You’ve left me wondering if my theme didn’t appeal. I agree that there’s only so many posts you can read of someone’s which doesn’t fit your interests. We did it and we finished it. Another April blogged through. See you again next year.

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  5. Congrat on completing the challenge 🙂 I like books ad writing themes too and many of the blogs I visited daily had those kinds of themes – mine was flash fiction so I guess it falls somewhere in this spectrum too! If the theme didn’t appeal to me, I still tried to leave once thoughtful comment just to sort of say I’d visited 🙂

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