Hard to believe that both April and the A to Z Challenge are finished already! This was my second time participating and I had hoped to streamline it better than last year, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. All the more reason to celebrate the completion, yes? So many interesting themes and fascinating posts by talented bloggers worldwide!
Congratulations to all of you!
Big round of applause to Challenge founder Arlee Bird,
Co-hosts and Helpers.
[tweetthis]#AtoZChallenge 2015: Reflections, Congratulations and Thanks! [/tweetthis]
Last year’s theme, TRAVEL & CULTURE, was well received and I knew it would be a tough act to follow. Inspiration came by way of a post I read, entitled “13 OF MY FAVORITE WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE”. This appealed to the logophile in me and I had no trouble coming up with 26 “FAVOURITE WORDS” of my own. Thank you Diana at PART-TIME MONSTER for the idea!
For the 2014 A to Z, I had completed 15 of the 26 posts in advance and was scrambling towards the end. My intention to get them all pre-written this time was stymied by a busy March offline and a nasty head cold. When April 1 came along, only A to F were ready; the rest mere outlines. So much for leisurely reading and commenting! Instead, I spent most of the time writing and responding to those who visited me, plus dealing with various offline distractions. Apologies to all whose comments I haven’t replied to yet; still catching up!
Views for The Den increased by 58% over March, but fell far short of last year’s increase, (maybe I should go back to travel posts?!), which was a whopping 158%! Mind you, this March had 55% more traffic than the previous one. Of all 26 entries, the most popular was A is for APHRODISIAC. It’s true, sex does sell! 🙂 Least popular was X is for XANADU, but that’s natural when things are winding down. Enough of these boring statistics! 😛 Let’s move on….
It was an honour to be a guest contributor for Blog-A-Rhythm’s April A to Z Challenge and the response was wonderful! I enjoy this dynamic, supportive group. Kudos to our “godmother” Shailaja Vishwanath and admins Shilpa Garg, Sid Balachandran and Tulika Singh. Step on up to the B-A-R! Clicking the logo will bring you to my post.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to drop in,
especially these frequent commenters:
Michele Truhlik…..Blog: Angels Bark / AtoZ Theme: The A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! / Must-read for music lovers.
Elly Stornebrink…..Blog: Xpress Your Essence / AtoZ Theme: Heart Things, Heart Strings / Wonderful life lessons.
Arlee Bird…..Blog: Tossing It Out (+3 more) / AtoZ Theme: Elements of Blogging / Great tips and themes.
Cathy Graham…..Blog: Cattitude & Gratitude / AtoZ theme: Quotations / Beautiful imagery and creative poetry.
Mary Purpari…..Blog: Musings / AtoZ Theme: The LDS Church / Fascinating history, geography and doctrine.
Tasha…..Blog: Tasha’s Thinkings (+2 more) / AtoZ Theme: Fictional Deities & Demons / Fantasy fun.
Kelly Martin…..Blog: Kelly Martin Speaks / AtoZ Theme: Feelings / Excellent insight and advice for living well.
Laurel Regan…..Blog: Alphabet Salad / AtoZ Theme: Poetry from A to Z / Wonderfully creative poetry.
Parul…..Blog: Happiness and Food / AtoZ Theme: Women in India / Educational and thought-provoking.
Suzy….Blog: Someday Somewhere (+2 more) / AtoZ Theme: Love is in the Air / Excellent epic of the Ramayana.
Unlike last year, there were no complaints about Blogger vs WordPress comments and few technical glitches. Either everyone is getting used to both platforms, or, some have made adjustments. I did cut back a little on the anti-spam measures and also made provision for an extra link, previously two of the biggest issues.
Now that I’ve done this twice, I’m hooked and intend to sign up again, next year. Hopefully, plans to get all the posts pre-written will actually work out. Maybe I should start now! No, no, I need a break….
Although it’s finished, the friendships will endure.
Looking forward to your comments!
— Debbie D. (Doglady) (@DebbieDoglady) May 2, 2015