A-Z Challenge – Reflections.

The A-Z Challenge felt really low key for me this year.

It was my second year with this blog so I think that played a role. Less first time jitters, less “have a thing or two to prove” mindset 🙂 NOt only that…we’re in the middle of a pandemic! There is a certain fog that comes with that too.

Instead of making a point to visit participating blogs starting April 1, this year I visited blogs as they signed up on the main list, a little bit at a time in the month beforehand! Last year, visiting the blogs and commenting on every single one grew to be most stressful. This year was much more relaxed and enjoyable.

I did follow Blogger blogs but rarely went to visit. I feel bad about that but as a person with a lot going on, the incompatibility of the two blog platforms grew to be too great a hinderance . If it wasn’t right in front of my face, it got lost in the swirl of all the other things I had going on.

I ended up visiting all blogs on the list, up to April 1, and at my last count that number was a whopping 430 blogs! Wow. There were over 500 blogs to join by the end of sign up. Out of those 430 blogs I followed 18 new blogs that interested me. As other people visited me, I popped in to visit them and followed a few more too. I also stopped following a few blogs as time went on. Last year, I found it so cringey to go to a blog and comment for the sake of commenting. SO I made sure the blogs I followed met my personal criteria so that I’d be better able to interact in an authentic manner. I’m not a good faker 🙂

My intention going into this challenge was to go easy on myself and be genuine. I wrote my posts ahead of time so I could really focus on my comments and the blogs I followed. I was kind to myself if I couldnt think of something to say or if I just didn’t feel like reading anything that day too.

My theme was ” I don’t know” and that was fun to write. I really enjoy the thrill of the unknown and of course I LOVE learning new things. Even if that new thing is simply- I still don’t know. My theme allowed me to write about a variety of subjects, which is totally my jam too!

The people I met were lovely and kind and fun to engage with too. I found a lot of smart,funny,creative and interesting new blogs to read and the experience was overwhelmingly positive. Something that was especially appreciated during these weird times we find ourselves in.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being your authentic self and thank you for seeing me, too.

Love and Squishy Hugs!

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17 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge – Reflections.

  1. To your own self be true. Love and squishy hugs says a lot about you. I hesitate about that because one I’m actually a bit shy, and second when a guy does it I worry a woman will feel creeped out. – David

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    • 🙂 You made a poem! Would you believe I’m a bit shy too? LOL I really am!
      As for creeping women out, I think it all depends on the context and relationship you have with the person. I feel safe with my readers so I feel safe to virtually hug them. If I send a private message talking solely about hugs though-that’s creepy! but if it’s out in the open and you have an affectionate friendship with the person, I think that’s ok. I worry about seeming creepy too! I’ve not yet had any creepy guys here, so that’s a blessing! Instagram is a whole other story,lol. Word choice matters too. Squishy hug is waaay different than “hold you close to my body” hahaha. You could give someone a Bear Hug…that doesn’t sound creepy. It’s nice! I feel sad that we all have to worry about this. Platonic affection and hugs ought to be normal by now.

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  2. Congratulations! I wanted to get a better start on my posts so I would have more time for visiting and commenting, but that didn’t happen. Best intentions, sigh. It seems like your system worked well for you, though. You visited an astounding number!

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  3. I feel this to my very soul. My first year I tried to visit at least 3-5 blogs a day. I didn’t always leave a comment but I tried to find something to say. It was, as you said, stressful. I found a lot of amazing blogs though so it was worth it. As the years went on I spent less time worrying about reaching that sweet blog count and focused on topics I found interested me. I still tried to find new blogs to follow but it was difficult when going to blogs of different platforms.

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  4. What a difference a year makes, huh? Its been a year and a few months since we started following each other, and honestly, you’re a highlight of my online life. ❤

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  5. Just getting to this also. I agree the vastness of the number of blogs makes it impossible to see them all. I’m sure I missed to many good ones and commend you for visiting so many at first! I tried to use the spreadsheet that talked subject and cherry picked the ones that sounded intriguing. It worked well and as time went on some were dropped and others added. I liked sticking to the 30 or so I read every day. It’s a commitment and glad it only lasts a month.

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