Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A-Z Blogging Challenge - A Reflection and IWSG post


So, have we all recovered from the intensity that is the April A-Z Blogging Challenge? If you have, then why not head over to the main website and sign up for the reflections post, which is running from 5th-9th May.
Share your ups and downs of the whole experience, what you've learnt, what you'd do differently next time and if you'd even come back and do it again!

I'm rolling this post in with my IWSG post for this month, as the Challenge has left me with some insecurities about my blogging practice.

I enjoyed the Challenge much more this year than in previous years. I had a clear idea of what my theme was going to be and had scheduled more than half of my posts before it had even begun. This was a huge improvement for me I must say. I always have great intentions of getting super organised ahead of time but it never usually comes to fruition.

I was pleased with how my theme worked too, the posts were nice and short which I think is key for something as huge as this. I for one will revisit more blogs if I know the posts aren't too lengthy or involved. There are a lot to get through on that sign up list!

There was one aspect of the Challenge where I know I failed, and that was the social and networking side of it. I didn't get around to visiting half as many blogs as I would have liked to on the list, but hopefully the list will be around for a little while yet so I can work my way through and catch up with them over the coming months.

My commenting was also pretty rubbish. I managed to comment on a few of my regular follows who were taking part, and I commented on a handful of new blogs too, but it was a pretty poor show really.
I was also very slow to reply to all you lovelies who took the time to comment on my posts, in fact there are still plenty outstanding. Add to that the new people who discovered my blog through A-Z and commented, to which I still have to respond ...

All in all I'm feeling pretty lousy about the whole commenting thing right now.

But still, I'm going to pick myself up as best I can, I know where my weaknesses are now and all I can do is try and improve.  I must say a huge thanks to anyone who did comment on any of my blog posts, you truly are the best and have given me the kick in the Yaris I need to sort myself out!


First Weds of every month 
For more information on the amazing entity that is the Insecure Writers Support Group, click on the link and head over. Here you will find everyone else participating and it's well worth a browse to see what's everyone's insecurities are. Trust me, you're not alone, there are plenty of us on the same wavelength.

 Happy IWSG Day!



  1. I think its hard to comment regularly while in the full heat of participating in the A to Z. Don't be too hard on yourself. My team is trying to visit 5 blogs a day from the list. We'll be visiting all year!
    I'm visiting from the A to Z list. One of my team's blogs is Poetry of the Netherworld.

  2. Don't feel bad about your commenting. It was hard enough just to post once a day, much less worry about comments. Take a break and relax a bit!

  3. I definitely didn't do as well on the social networking aspect of the challenge - that's always the part that I struggle with. You're not the only one! :)

  4. I also struggle with the visiting and commenting side of the challenge because I only get online a couple of times a week and tend to give priority to the blogs I already follow (and then check out the A to Z blogs and comment on them afterwards). You're not alone. :-)

    Well done for completing the challenge, I really enjoyed reading your posts.

  5. I wish I had a chance to comment and network more than I did as well, but we can still do it. I'm glad those posts will still be up! :)

    S.K.Anthony: IWSG

  6. I don't think anyone got around to all the blogs they wanted to visit. It was all I could do to maintain, keeping up with blogger buddies and returning comments. you did good commenting today though!

  7. Being organised for the A-Z makes a HUGE difference.
    And commenting on all the blogs is a challenge in itself!

  8. I don't join A-Z because i know I can't comment that often, even during the one month. Congrats to all those that succeeded at A-Z :)


  9. blogging successfully is hard work! all the commenting, i like doing it, it just takes so much time! i post less than i used to and one reason is so i can keep up with commenting back!

    and some folks are continuing to go thru the list
    congrats for being more organized and making it thru! thats quite a task as it is =)

    and thanks for commenting on my cover reveal!

  10. Don't be too hard on yourself - from participating the two previous years, I know commenting is by far the biggest part of the Challenge! I just stepped up my commenting intensity, reading blogs while cooking dinner or helping my daughter with homework. (She's a smart cookie and doesn't need that much help!) You can only do what you can do, but I think if you have just one lasting friend from the Challenge, that's a win. :)

  11. Hello there.
    Thanks for sharing. Just stopping by to congratulate you on completing the A-Z Challenge! I'm making a short pit stop from the A-Z Road Trip!

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