After a two year hiatus from the A to Z Challenge, I dove back in this year and had a blast! For my challenge, I blogged about Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. Click here, A to Z Challenge 2015, or the link above if you want to check out my 26 posts.
At dinner time our family takes turns sharing the Highs and Lows of our day. In that vein, here are my random thoughts on the A to Z Challenge 2015...
- A BIG High for me was my challenge theme. I am a HUGE fan of the Twilight Zone, in fact it as the thought of blogging about it for 26 days that convinced me to take the plunge after my two year absence. In the past I blogged about cookies and books and wrote poetry to match my vacation spots. Those were good years, but they were hard years. I like baking, but 26 cookies in a little over a month (I started early as suggested by the A to Z co-hosts) is a lot of baking! Blogging about 26 vacation spots was fun, too, but the poetry writing really stretched my brain. I said all that to say this, choose a theme you love and is easy. I still had to research to do my Twilight Zone blog posts, but the research was fun and that is what the A to Z Challenge is all about.
- Another high was not killing myself trying to visit everyone. I decided to take the co-hosts advice and set a goal to visit five blogs a day. On most days I was able to visit more, but if I only visited five, I didn't beat myself up as in past years.
- I also enjoyed learning new things, meeting new bloggers, and making new friends. That part of the challenge is always a big HIGH for me.
As for the Lows...
- Time tops the list. Even though I had two weeks of blogs scheduled before April 1st, I still felt like I needed more time. As one blogger said, "April is the fastest month of the year." It seemed like the month flew by. I'm not sure it if was because I was having fun, or if it was because I was so focused on the letter for the day, I didn't notice the days of the week flying by.
- Another low for me was blogs that were cluttered with ads, badges, marketing, etc. I understand the need for self promotion, but I didn't enjoy navigating around all the promotional material to find the A to Z post.
Overall, I consider the A to Z Challenge 2015 to be the most successful of my trio. I had fun and made a few Twilight Zone converts along the way. Anytime I spend creating new T.Z. fans is always time well spent.
It's also the first Wednesday of the month time for another IWSG post where we writers help each other deal with our insecurities. A warm thank you to Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his team of Ninjas, for providing writer's a safe and supportive format to speak openly, and without fear, about the insecurities that come with the craft of writing. Be sure to check out the IWSG Facebook page where writers can garner support more than once a month.
My insecurity for this month is simple, will I be able to do the A to Z again next year? I certainly hope so.
Were you a part of the A to Z Challenge this year? Are you going to do it next year? Are you a fan of the Twilight Zone? If not, check out this link for all 26 of my A to Z posts. Hopefully, your next stop will be in the Twilight Zone fandom.