Reflections on the A to Z Challenge 2018

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge this year was careers and occupations. I had all my posts written and scheduled before the end of March as I was going away for at Easter and the challenge began on Easter Sunday. Because of this I missed adding my early posts to the daily lists, but I don’t think that affected the number of views. I had linked up with a few participants on Twitter using the Master list, which I found helpful. There were not as many signed up this year as in the last few years. I wonder whether that is partly due to blogging being less popular generally.

Reflections in a beck

Reflections in a beck

I had time to visit quite a few blogs. The list below is not complete, but these were the ones I found the most interesting. Because I missed the beginning of the challenge, there are others, I’d have liked to keep up with, which I have yet to visit. One is a haiku puzzle, another is French phrases. I haven’t caught up with Hilary’s blog about Canada either. It is harder work to read about unfamiliar places, than about those nearer home. A to Z about Lewis Carroll’s books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (favourites of mine) poems inspired by Maine vanity plates (car registration plates) by Donna JT Smith  April Hoeller with lots of lovely photos. Janet’s smiles – a blog I discovered after the Q post invited us to share our links. I commented that mine ‘might put a smile on your face’ and Janet visited. Like me she enjoys craft and her posts are about a large shop crafters would enjoy. a veteran A to Zer, who chose British rivers this time. Bookshops two words and a poem by Sue Viseth sketching Peterborough Cathedral. I have followed Lynne through earlier A to Zs. The blog of the A to Z founder, Arlee Bird. This time about decluttering or not! A member of the Association of Christian Writers looking at Christian fiction. Although she hasn’t had time to complete every letter, her blog is still worth visiting. A to U of Art Journalling by Zannie Women writers (some better known than others) inspiration for her writing commented on my blog towards the end of the challenge. Her theme is similar to mine, but her context is different. French phrases Haiku puzzles

Thanks once again to Arlee Bird for inventing this challenge and finding the time to visit and comment, also to Damyanti Biswas and others for their encouragement on G+ and J Lenni Dorner for retweets. and to John Horton for the WordPress simulcast and ironing out technical problems with that and Facebook. and to Jeremy for the badges

Thanks also to the A to Zers and other blogging friends, who visited Sue’s Trifles and liked, rated or commented on posts.

Also to those, who linked to this blog or a specific post including and

One disappointment was that no clicks to Bible Gateway were recorded in my WordPress stats.

5 thoughts on “Reflections on the A to Z Challenge 2018

  1. Congratulation on finishing the challange! Doesn’t it feel good? 😉

    I’ve noticed there were a lot less blogs partecipating this year too, but I don’t think that’s because of the general status of blogging. I actually wonder whether it has to do with the announcement coming so late. I myself wasn’t unsertain the challange woudl happen and I didn’t start preparing as early as I normally do.
    But I’m happy it did happen 🙂

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  2. Congrats on finishing the challenge and thanks for mentioning me! Your posts definitely did put a smile on my face and that’s what it’s all about! I see you have a few things on your list of categories that I am going to have to explore. I’ve done a couple of 365 picture projects but 365 days of writing prompts sounds fun too!

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  3. Thank you so much for your thoughts on 2018 and for being a part of this great Challenge once again. I think we could see an upturn in participation for next year’s 10th annual Challenge.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. Congratulations on completing the challenge, and thank you for participating! It’s true we didn’t have as many as we’ve had in years past, but as Arlee says, given that next year is the tenth, we’ll probably see an upturn.

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