A to Z Reflections



I've known about the A to Z Challenge for a few years but never had the courage to participate, until this year. And I'm so glad I took the plunge! I plunged even deeper and volunteered to be Minion to help encourage other bloggers and ensure the Challenge moved forward.

At the end of March the nerves did set in and there were a lot of ‘what ifs?’ What if I can’t keep up? What if nobody is interested in what I have to say? What if I fail? But then, I realized that ‘what ifs’ are just excuses and should, 95% of the time, be ignored (the other 5% are solely reserved for ‘what would I buy if I won the lottery?’).

April came and I was focused. I didn’t do much preparation, just the first five posts, which was good for me as it forced me to write to a daily schedule and write in the moment. This was difficult on the occasional day when my brain refused to function but I worked through it.

The concept of the Challenge also gave me the opportunity to widen my blogging readership and introduce myself to new people as well as keep in touch more regularly with bloggers I already know. There are some amazing and interesting people in the world and it was a pleasure to communicate on a daily basis.

On the whole, even though the Challenge was time consuming, I enjoyed every day of it and will participate again. The fun far outweighed the stress.
Thanks to all at the Challenge Team who are responsible for making this event happen and for ensuring it was a positive experience for all participants.

Happy Blogging!



Comments

  1. 'There are some amazing and interesting people in the world and it was a pleasure to communicate on a daily basis.'

    So absolutely agree, Nicola.

    Congratulations on your awesome successful challenge in your first year!

    Best always,
    Nilanjana.

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    1. Thank you, Nilanjana. It was a pleasure to read your posts. I look forward to visiting more often :)

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  2. you did a wonderful job with the challenge

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  3. I think you did brilliantly - your posts were very enjoyable :-) xx

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    1. Thank you for all your encouragement throughout, Teresa.

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  4. Glad you took the plunge and had fun! Thanks again for helping me.

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  5. So glad you have a good challenge - it can be so much fun, but takes so much time too :). Congrats on making it all the way through.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings

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  6. I really enjoyed your A TO Z posts and never once sensed your stress in them. Great job! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Roland! Your posts kept me going and made me smile each day.

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  7. I enjoyed every one of them, Nicola. Congratulations and am looking forward to staying connected. :)

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  8. I've done the challenge a couple of times, but always made sure I'd written the posts ahead of time. I never felt organised enough to write as I went. It is exhausting, but well done for making it to the end.

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  9. I agree, the fun does outweigh the stress. And you find so many cool blogs that you might not have otherwise. Glad you took the plunge!

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    1. There are lots of interesting blogs I came across due to the Challenge. Thanks for popping by.

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  10. I enjoyed your posts. You really did a terrific job and made every day interesting.

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    1. Aaaww thank you, Susan and especially for all your support and encouragement. Much appreciated.

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  11. It was a fun month, and i'm glad we met!

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  12. It is a huge Challenge, but I always feel like it's worth the time and effort when I find new and interesting blogs and learn something. I never fail to do both. Yours was among my discoveries this year and I'm glad.

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    1. Thank you, Lee. I enjoyed learning all about Cuba too :)

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed your first Challenge. I'm bummed that I didn't participate this year when it was your first time. There's always next year. :)

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    1. You had a lot going on with Seismic Crimes :) Thanks for popping by.

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  14. Awesome! Congrats on finishing the Challenge. I'm sad I missed it, too, but maybe with a bunch of pre-planning, I can manage it next year. :)

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  15. Once the Challenge gets hopping it does eat up a fair amount of time, but it is fun as always.

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    1. It's just lovely to read what other people have to say :)

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  16. That sounds like a very positive experience, Nicola!

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    1. It was hard work but lots of fun :)

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  17. Yes the Challenge can be tough but is always worth it. I met you through the challenge this year so I'm glad to add you as another blogger I enjoy visiting. Hey Nicola.

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    1. I'm glad to have met you too, Sheena. Have a great week.

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  18. It's really fun to meet new bloggers. I did the challenge for several years. And yes, it gets crazy, but it's definitely worth it.

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    1. It's great to read what others have to say. Such interesting people in the world. And lovely too!

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  19. Yes, the challenge is time-consuming, but such FUN...and a great way to meet new bloggers/authors.
    So glad I met you. I really enjoyed your posts.
    Writer In Transit

    P.S.Did you receive the e-book that you won at my blog?

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    1. I'm glad to have met you too, Michelle. I've grown my reading list exponentially :)

      I did receive my prize, thank you and thanks to Cherie :)

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  20. It was my last year, but I'll be cheering you guys along! I always make a few great new friends out of it.

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  21. I figure, it's only once month and I like the challenge of writing to the alphabet. I also find it to be a great way of discovering new blogs :)

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    1. It is a great way to meet new people :)

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  22. I've done A to Z twice and really enjoyed it. Met a lot of fun online friends during it. It's also when I learned how to schedule posts. I loved that. :D

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    1. I relished the challenge of writing each day.

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  23. Congrats on making it through your first A-Z Challenge!!

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    1. Thank you, Lynda. It was such a joy.

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  24. Congrats on finishing the challenge.
    I agree. The fun does outweigh the stress.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. I've met so many new lovely bloggers :)

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  25. Congrats Nicola, I'm vising you via Susan Gourley's blog to say hi. I'll try to visit some of your A-Z posts too. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Thank you, Courtney. Great to meet you!

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  26. Here I thought you have been an old pro at this:) This was my third year and I enjoyed it but I didn't visit as much as I wanted to...I just couldn't keep up. I tried not to stress and do the best I could. I enjoyed your posts and thought you did a great job.

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    1. Thanks so much, Birgit. I enjoyed your posts too. And I loved your artistic touch :)

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  27. thanks for visiting my blog regularly, good luck for future writing

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  28. Congratulations on completing your first A to Z Challenge! Sorry I missed your posts, but I'm visiting now, with the A to Z Challenge Road Trip. I also noticed you signed up for my "TMI: 26 Things About Me" blogfest. Thanks for joining in and I'm looking forward to your post. We have Germany in common and probably some other things as well. Cheers!

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