Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2016 April A to Z Challenge! There were so many outstanding themes by talented bloggers worldwide; 1344 in all. This was my third year in a row and I’m going to keep doing it until I get it right. Intentions to have all entries pre-written before April 1 have been stymied for one reason or another, every time. February was supposed to be A to Z prep month, but I got sick instead and couldn’t do it. March is busy season offline, so only A to H were ready at the start. It’s impossible to keep up with blog visits and comments when you’re writing posts every day and that’s my biggest regret. Apologies to those I missed!
Picking a theme is never easy and I stick to the “write what you know” adage. The first year was all about Travel & Culture and the second expounded on Favourite Words. This year, I chose to draw on my life-long experience with dogs. Click on the image to view a complete list of entries:
DOG BREEDS & ANECDOTES
One advantage of participating in the A to Z Challenge is more exposure for your blog. Views for The Doglady’s Den increased by a whopping 89% over March and surpassed last year’s increase of 58%. The most popular post was B is for BICHON FRISE, but the largest turnout came on the first day, as there was a related Battle of the Bands entry as well.
The biggest benefit, of course, is the social interaction and support, plus the joy of discovering interesting new blogs. Connections made during the A to Z Challenge often lead to enduring online friendships. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to read and comment, especially these frequent visitors:
My only pet peeve this year is, as usual, about comments. A few people obviously didn’t bother to read the posts and left short generic remarks. along with their link, of course. That pisses me off and is no better than spam! Then there are the bloggers who never reply to any comments at all. I can understand time constraints and overwhelming volume but at least make an effort, otherwise, why bother? Rant over.
Thanks and congratulations to the A to Z Team,
without whom none of us would be here:
Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily (W)rite
Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Author AJ Lauer
Pam Brown Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @ The Sound of One Hand Typing
Co-Hosts and Helpers
WE DID IT!!
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REFLECTIONS POST LINK-UP.
Have you started thinking about next year already?
Did you enjoy your A to Z Challenge experience?
Looking forward to you comments!