So I managed to just about survive this years A-Z Blogging Challenge. There were a few moments where I was on the verge of failing, but with a bit of perseverance I made it. Usually when I take on a challenge such as this I'm all enthusiastic for the first week but then I flag a bit before giving up altogether. This happened with the NaNoWriMo challenge last year. I had my ideas but I hadn't done enough planning beforehand, which meant I got more and more behind and gave up after a week and a half. I was more than a little disappointed with myself. This being at the back of my mind gave me more of a push to make sure I succeeded this time.
I did fall behind a couple of times and posted more than one post on some days. I even did a two-in-one post as a quick-fix catch-up. Overall though the whole experience was brilliant. It's helped me get into a habit of blogging more regularly and I'm thinking more about what to blog about. I keep a running list when something pops into my head so I've got a few posts in the pipeline. It has been a few days since my last post, mostly due to illness, but my mind has still been bubbling with ideas.
The challenge has also increased my number of followers, for which I am very grateful, and I have discovered some other blogs to which I am still following with interest. I'm making more efforts to comment on other blogs and make contact now.
The thing I have taken away the most from this challenge is definitely having more confidence in my blog. So watch this space, for more posts and probably more improvements too along the way.