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Reflections on the A to Z Challenge 2021

This post includes

Introduction

I have been taking part in the A to Z Challenge every year since 2013 and can honestly say I have enjoyed this one the most so far.

The official A to Z Blog began by setting a challenge to find certain words in participating blogs. I copied the alphabet scavenger hunt and that became the basis for the first part of this post. I have added links to posts where I found the words. Thanks to the team for the photo of the challenge and particularly to Jeremy for the badges.

A to Z scavenger hunt

The Alphabet scavenger hunt was introduced on the official A to Z blog a the beginning of April.

Scavenger Hunt words

A is for — Apple

The blog of J Lenni Dorner
Bob’s Home for Writing
What Rhymes with Stanza?
The Great Raven

B is for — Bear
Crackerberries

E is for — Evil
PsalterMark

F is for — Flowers
auntyamo

G is for — Game
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
Blogging from A to Z Challenge (simulcast on WordPress)
auntyamo

Q is for — Questions ❓
More than Writers
Jemima Pett, Author
Jazmin Ruiz
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
(and simulcast on WordPress)

X is for — X-ray
Curious as a Cathy

Y is for — Yellow
Tossing it out

Z is for — Zipper
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
(and simulcast on WordPress)

More blogs I visited

Over the years I have added a number of A to Z participants to the blogs I follow in my WordPress Reader. I have added some more this year.

Although (or perhaps because) there were fewer participants this year than in previous years, the spirit of community seemed stronger.

Blogs I already followed or was aware of:

Tossing it out (The blog of A to Z founder, Arlee Bird)
The Quiet Writer
On my Way Home
A Multitude of Musings
Curious as a Cathy
Bob’s Home for Writing
PsalterMark
Are we nearly there yet?
auntyamo
Curious Daydreams
Jemima Pett, Author
Janet’s Smiles
HSD
Quilting Patchwork and Appliqué
The Multicoloured Diary
The Old Shelter WWI

New blogs I visited and/or followed (Some of these I have visited regularly, others I hope to revisit later.)

Second thoughts First poetry blog
My Ordinary Moments writing and photos
The Squirrel Nutwork
How would you know…
More Than Words book reviews
Crackerberries
Dena’s Ramblings
Jazmin Ruiz Visual impairment awareness
Musings of a Middle Aged Mom recipes
Chapters From My Life cancer awareness
whole 180
Facing the Mountain
Molly’s Canopy
worddreams…
uniquely maladjusted but fun YA story
Iain Kelly Writing
KIM L HINE

More than Writers is the blog of the Association of Christian Writers. Only one A to Z post appeared there as the blog was not a participant, but one of the contributing bloggers was! The link to the post is in the Scavenger Hunt section above.

This is perhaps the most comprehensive reflections post I have ever written. Even so, I apologise for any errors or omissions. If we have made contact during the A to Z Challenge and I have not mentioned your blog, please remind me in the comments!

My A to Z 2021

This year I began my preparations for A to Z a bit later than in 2020. We were in lockdown here in England in the early part of the year. By the beginning of February I had decided on most of the words for the letters and began to write the posts. I had all the writing finished in the middle of April, but continued to add finishing touches to my unpublished posts and embedded a video link in my J post after its initial publication!

While I was preparing my posts I learned how to use the Block Editor on WordPress and how to create a point to jump to in a blog post. I shall be making use of this knowledge in future as well as in this post!

I have had more traffic to my blog this April than in recent years. This year on Sundays I published either a post for a poetry challenge or a book review. I gained 26 new followers between the Theme reveal and the end of April. Thank you everyone for your support. I appreciate your visits and comments.

The official Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Reflections post and sign-up list are here.

Future plans

I intend to take part in the Road Trip this time. Some of the blogs mentioned above and others on the master list have caught my attention.

Which post should I link to the Road Trip list? I am interested in your thoughts, but reserve the right to choose!

I shall be blogging about books and occasionally more generally here on Sue’s Trifles as well as continuing with the paint chip poetry challenge. Over on Sue’s words and pictures I intend to continue with some photo challenge posts. When life is less restricted Sue’s words and pictures may begin to have posts about visitor attractions and places I have visited, which was its original purpose.

I have no plans for adding material to my first blog, Sue’s considered trifles.

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Reflections on the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge 2020

The A to Z Challenge is over for another year. It demonstrates that blogging is a form of social media. I’d like to start by thanking my readers and followers old and new. Without you there would be little point blogging! In particular thanks to these loyal followers for A to Z:

Katy Trail Creations

Dave, who shared links to some of my posts on his other blog

Fun with philosophy

Sue Viseth at An Artist’s Path

New Lune

Gyslaine LE GAL Romancière et Poète Français/Anglais

penned in moondust

Thanks also to Arlee Bird and John Holton for several comments and Jeremy Hawkins for the badges (including the illustration in this post, the letters, 2020 banners and mission accomplished badge)

As I had not been well enough to go out much for a while before lockdown began I had all my posts written and scheduled before the end of March. I did edit some of them later and kicked a few out into the world a few minutes ahead of their scheduled time as it suited me to publicise* them earlier.

(*I shared links daily on Twitter, my Facebook page, in the comments on the link to the A to Z Challenge page on Facebook, and sometimes in comments on the Blogging from A to Z post and its simulcast on WordPress, as well as in visits to other A to Zers.)

I learned some new things about the Easter story both while I was preparing the posts and as the challenge proceeded. It is amazing how a familiar story could have details which I had missed over the years (or perhaps forgotten!)

There are a number of bloggers I have been following since encountering their work in earlier challenges. Some of these had themes which interested me, or their blogs are so good that I read them although the subject matter was of little interest. Others I skipped his time. I missed some people, who did not take part this time.

There are so many interesting blogs I wish there were more hours in the day and the energy to live through them! Some blogs about folk-tales caught my eye.

My list (in no particular order) is perhaps not complete. If I have missed you from the blogs I have found, I apologise. I haven’t been as organised as I’d have liked to be! I wish I had been managed my response to comments better as well.

In my own words: Finding the humor and humanity in everyday life Diane Weidenbenner

The Quiet Writer, blogging about theatres, has an excellent menu featuring her earlier A to Z themes.

The Great Raven  Sue Bursztynski

Life of an Indian Immigrant in the USA | Landscapes

Frédérique

On my Way Home

A bird a day

Carrie Ann Tripp

Janet’s Smiles

Stephney Forgue Houghtlin

Sarah Zama’s Author Blog – Historical Fantasy Set in the 1920s (jazzfeathers)

Celia Reaves

Other diligent bloggers I encountered

Industrial Engineering Knowledge Center

ECLIPSED WORDS BY AISHWARYA SHAH

The Joyous Living

This post is long enough already, but I am planning another post inspired by the official A to Z blog about changes I have noticed in the blogging world. That will be in two weeks after my next post about books.

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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.