WOOHOO – IT’S DONE!
A post a day for 26 days. I never thought I could pull that off!
The A to Z Challenge first entered my consciousness in 2013, thanks to some friends who were participating. It seemed much too daunting at the time, yet I was intrigued and promised myself to give it a try this year.
On Feb. 11, Vidya Sury told us about the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal BlogFest. What a grand idea! Pick a theme and link up with like-minded bloggers. I went with “Travel and Culture”, having many experiences and photos to draw from.
I fully intended to start writing posts early and get them all pre-scheduled. Yes, well, we all know what can happen to the best-laid plans….At least I did get A to P written before the start but was scrambling after that. Next came the Facebook Group started by Corinne Rodrigues, where a master list of participating blogs was established and divided into groups. This gave me the opportunity to reconnect with some people I had met previously in The Writer’s Post (Facebook) Group and also meet several new ones. I chose to also explore outside the group and met even more great bloggers!
This challenge proved to be beneficial to The Den’s exposure, as the blog’s views and visits doubled for the month. Even picked up a few more followers! Thanks to everyone who took the time to drop in, especially these frequent commenters:
Laurel Regan of Alphabet Salad
Sammy d of bemuzin
Carol Graham of Battered Hope
Mary Purpari of Musings
Cathy Graham of Cattitude and Gratitude
Srilakshmi Indrasenan of I Am S(t)ri
Rajlakshmi of Destiny’s Child
Kathy Combs of The Giggling Trucker’s Wife
Michele Truhlik of Angels Bark
Nabanita of Random Thoughts—Naba
Beloo Mehra of Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal
Special mention to my Twitter friend, Guilie Castillo of Life in Dogs and to Arlee Bird, founder of the A to Z Challenge. He took the time to visit my humble little blog and it made my day! Without him, none of us would be here.
There were a few glitches with comments. Some using Blogger weren’t too familiar with the WordPress system here and voiced their concerns. Similarly, I have read comments from WordPress users who had difficulties commenting on Blogger. To avoid these compatibility issues in future, may I suggest you set up a one page “Blog” on the other platform, with all your links and your current blog’s RSS feed? This is what I did and had no issues with Blogger. Click here to see the page. These accounts are free and will only take a few minutes to set up.
I did have some problems when my own comments on others’ WordPress blogs started disappearing, either to be found in spam folders or not at all. Talk about lousy timing! Thankfully, this was resolved quickly.
Despite a few minor setbacks, the A to Z Challenge was a positive experience and I would definitely do it again! Next time though, I will make sure to have ALL posts pre-written and scheduled. There were more than a few tense moments during the second half!
Although it’s finished now, the new friendships will endure.
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— Debbie D. (Doglady) (@DebbieDoglady) April 23, 2014