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A to Z Reflections post 2019 #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary Reflections badge

This year I was undecided about whether to take part in the A to Z Challenge. It is more difficult to find a different theme each year. With hubby’s encouragement I began preparing for the challenge at the beginning of March and had most of my posts ready by the beginning of April. All of them were scheduled before the middle of the month. I also scheduled Tweets – one for each post and some of my Facebook posts were also scheduled. I gained a few extra blog followers in April.

Early in the challenge I visited a few blogs, which were new to me and also blogs I was already following from previous A to Zs. Later I was too busy to keep up with any blogs on a regular basis.

I am including two lists of A to Z blogs I have visited this time.

List 1: Blogs I was not previously following:

https://shilpaagarg.com/

https://thequietwriter.com/

https://thesoundofonehandtyping.com/

https://looseendoftheredthread.wordpress.com

https://libbysommer.wordpress.com/

http://meinthemiddlewrites.com/

https://hortonious101.wordpress.com/

http://www.ladyinreadwrites.com

http://bestbookishblog.com/

https://trishafaye.wordpress.com

List 2: Blogs I have been following from previous years

http://jemimapett.com/blog/

https://scr4pl80.wordpress.com/

https://wordwacker.wordpress.com/

https://dustingthesoul.com/2019/04/

http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/

https://atozchallenge.wordpress.com/

In one of the posts from the A to Z Challenge team a question was asked: which 10 people/bloggers have been most influential in your blogging career? My list is not exactly 10!

My daughter, who was a blogger before I was

Hubby, who has encouraged me

Paul Wilkinson and other bloggers I followed early on

Arlee Bird who founded the A to Z Challenge and has been an encourager every time I have taken part

UKBlogAwards for which two of my blogs were short-listed for the UK Blog Awards 2014

Rarasaur, whose challenges I took part in for a good while

The Daily Post from WordPress.com, which no longer issues daily challenges and photo challenges

The Association of Christian Writers, for which organisation I contribute a blog 7 times a year

Once again, I have enjoyed the challenge. However I didn’t feel that there was the same excitement about it that there has been in previous years. This was possibly because fewer bloggers signed up for the challenge. I won an ebook from Jemima Pett in a raffle she ran during the challenge, which I have yet to download. I am looking forward to reading it.

Many thanks to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge team, especially Arlee, John and Jeremy, whose badges I have used. Also to everyone, who has bothered to read my posts and like, rate or leave a comment. Perhaps now April is over some people might find the time to click on my links to Bible Gateway and read the passages I have selected. Comments are closed after 30 days, but it is still possible to comment on my pages including Blogging from A to Z 2019.

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The Blogging from A to Z Challenge Road Trip

Each year after the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge there is a so-called Road Trip. This is for participants and supporters to visit more of the blogs, which took part in the challenge.

This year I have decided not to sign up for it.

In previous years I have signed up and failed to visit many more blogs than I followed during the challenge itself. This year the terms of signing up are particularly stringent. It is a commitment to visit all the other blog, with the possible exception of those with adult content.

Bloggers are invited to link their favourite post on their own blog from the challenge.

I have a few favourites on mine.

A is for Architect attempted to set the tone.

B is for Bank robber was a bit cheeky. I had in mind a couple of books I have read, which I didn’t include in the post: From Prison to Praise by Merlin Carothers and Jonathan Aitken’s book Pride and Perjury: An Autobiography. Both autobiographical books tell of how the writer’s time in prison led them to faith in Christ.

H is for Horticulturalist gave me the encouragement to continue writing, when I discovered that a name I had chosen was particularly appropriate to the subject matter. It is also the only post, which I illustrated with one of my photos.

X is for Xylophonist has a link to a Youtube video of a very talented musician, who happens to be deaf.

Z is for Zoologist mentions my concern for environmental issues.

If you wish to comment on any of my A to Z posts, my About page is still open to comments.

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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.

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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. http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/theme-reveal-aspects-of-british-girl-in.html

http://dustingthesoul.com/ A to Z about Lewis Carroll’s books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (favourites of mine)

http://mainelywrite.blogspot.co.uk/ poems inspired by Maine vanity plates (car registration plates) by Donna JT Smith

http://quagmire53.blogspot.co.uk/  April Hoeller with lots of lovely photos.

https://scr4pl80.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/ 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.

https://bobscotney.blogspot.co.uk/ a veteran A to Zer, who chose British rivers this time.

https://stephenyhoughtlin.com/ Bookshops

http://artistpath.wordpress.com/ two words and a poem by Sue Viseth

https://lynnelives.wordpress.com/ sketching Peterborough Cathedral. I have followed Lynne through earlier A to Zs.

https://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ The blog of the A to Z founder, Arlee Bird. This time about decluttering or not!

https://auntyamo.com/ 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.

https://theartistsdate.blogspot.co.uk/ A to U of Art Journalling by Zannie

https://lapidaryprose.wordpress.com/ Women writers (some better known than others)

http://jemimapett.com/blog/ inspiration for her writing

http://www.su-sieeemac.com/ commented on my blog towards the end of the challenge. Her theme is similar to mine, but her context is different.

https://evelyneholingue.com/ French phrases

https://wordwacker.wordpress.com/ 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. http://www.damyantiwrites.com/ http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/ and to John Horton for the WordPress simulcast and ironing out technical problems with that and Facebook. https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/ and to Jeremy for the badges http://www.beingretro.com/

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 https://nikisthoughts.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/meet-greet-a-z-challenge-edition-2/ and http://mrsdashsayss.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/tontwi-to-z-survivor.html

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