Friday, May 3, 2013

Reflections on the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge

May 3, 2013

So you’d think I’d be all blogged out by now, wouldn’t you? You’d be correct and I am, but not so much so I can’t finish the challenge out with a ‘reflections’ post. Hmm. The bad grammar in that last sentence - I should be ashamed (but I’m not).

If you followed along at Between the Keys you already know I chose the theme “It’s All About the Books” for the 2013 A to Z.  Between the Keys is both a personal and a promotion blog, so the theme fit. Here at my blog is where you can get to know me. I post all sorts of things depending on my mood of the day. So far in 2013, I happen to be in full author mode.

In 2011 I did the A to Z Challenge by the seat of my pants. It was fun, I enjoyed it, but I’m a planner by nature. I like organization in major undertakings, which the challenge is. Last year I created a calendar and worked out the daily topics, but didn’t have a theme. This year it all came together - a calendar and a theme. Good thing, too, because I have a lot of writing projects in various stages of completion so doing some promo on the backlist was very helpful as a timesaving device.

Following the calendar, which was truly the foundation of my plan, I began in January to compose the opening statements. By February I was pre-scheduling the posts, and by March 31st, I was looking forward to the 2014 A to Z Challenge. (Yep, you read that correctly. I mentioned 2014.) Each Sunday evening I checked the pre-scheduled posts to make sure they were good to go and could rest easy I was prepared for the week.

Once the month started, I tried to get around to various blogs, leave a comment, and join as a follower if they were on blogger. I’m not well versed on wordpress or other blog hosts. A lot of blogs didn’t have a “followers” list, which made me question if Between the Keys needed to have one showing, but I think it does so I left it in place.

I even got in the spirit of the cute individual letters someone created and made 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge board for them over at my Pinterest page.
The one thing that did happen was Between the Keys became the target of a spammer. It’s not the first time this has happened but it did force me to turn on the word verification. I know we’re not supposed to do that because it annoys folks and discourages comments, but I simply couldn’t risk some of those comments getting through. Call it my Executive Order privilege.
Did I enjoy the challenge? Of course! Would I have mentioned 2014 if I’d had enough? My hat’s off to Arlee Bird, the organizer, and his support posse. They do a great job and I’m sure each of them spends a lot of time on this project annually. The bottom line is the A to Z Challenge is a mechanism to build a community of bloggers and gives people a way to get a glimpse into the lives of fascinatingly normal people.
And there it is. Another challenge met and conquered. From here it’s on to 2014 and whatever theme, or non-theme, strikes my fancy when the time to create my calendar rolls around. 
Peace to us all.



DayDreamer said...

Wow, getting ready for 2014 even before this years had kicked off, hats off to you let alone Arlee. I liked the letters too, hope they're back for next year.

KC Kendricks said...

I know. I can't help myself I enjoy the challenge so much!