A few days after I had started blogging again, a blogger I follow posted her theme reveal for the April 2018 A to Z Challenge. https://promptlings.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/a-to-z-challenge-2018-theme-reveal/. As I read her post, I got excited because this Challenge sounded like a perfect way to develop the habit of writing every day. My life is less hectic now, and I felt there was really no excuse but to be consistent with my writing. I knew the exercise would help me to be more disciplined. I also enjoy and actually fare better, when I am working with a team or in a community. I thought this was perfect!
Without much thought to the process, I clicked the link and signed up. I did not post on all twenty-six letters, but I was glad that I was able to get as much done as I did. The A to Z Challenge April 2018 did serve its purpose for my personal goals. I have made blogging part of my daily routine. I didn’t get much feedback, but I did enjoy exploring other blogs. Because of my limited experience with blogging, I learned a lot from the different styles of writing, and of course, I enjoyed the creativity. It also encouraged me to take more pictures when I am out and about.
There were some issues that made the A to Z Challenge more demanding than it needed to be. The first was I was sick the first week of the challenge and the next week I was trying to catch up until I convinced myself that was not necessary. I breathed a sigh of relief and moved on. Second, my theme was broad and not clear – even to me. I chalk it up to the fact that I really had no clue what I was doing when I signed up, and I had no overall plan. Sometimes I felt like I was on Sesame Street trying to find a prompt from random words for the “letter of the day.” Somedays it was amusing to me as I sang … “the letter of the day is here…” in my head of course. I was able to come up with a post whether from my unfinished work or an idea that popped into my head while humming that tune all morning.
The only negative thing I can say is that for some reason I did not feel connected to the group. Perhaps I misread the instructions, and as I indicated I earlier, I didn’t understand the process. I tried to get back to the original page where I had signed up to review the instructions, but I could not find it. I did not understand it was a page outside of WordPress.com. I did not get the daily badges with a different letter each day. I still don’t understand much about the spreadsheet or how to post to a community page. I’m hoping this will get there.
Overall, there is no question that I would do it again. Thanks so much to the hosts for organizing it; looks like there was a lot more behind the scenes work than I realized. I’m hoping I can get things straight for next year. Looking forward to 2019. Lindi Roze