When my friend Leanne, from Cresting the Hill told me about the April AtoZ Blogging Challenge I had mixed feelings. I’m always up for a challenge but 26 days of blogging using the alphabet was a little daunting. My mind was racing as I wondered if I could keep up the pace, what would I write about, what theme would I choose.
There are many times over the 15 months that I have been blogging where I wondered ‘what am I going to write about?’ Sometimes I felt panic – ‘I don’t think I will write anything again!’. However, iinspiration usually arrives – albeit at the 11th hour and off I go publishing another post.
26 daily posts that were quality was a tall order but with some preparation and planning I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My theme was the A to Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle and I’ve since incorporated my posts into an online course with very positive feedback.
So what did I learn from 26 days of posting for the AtoZ Challenge?
It takes commitment to achieve anything worthwhile. Taking on a challenge for me means staying the course no matter how hard it may be. Once I had made the commitment to #atoz challenge I knew I would see it through.
Content will come – even though you think that you have writer’s block. Of course, it is much easier to write about a theme so I think that is something I would recommend to all taking the AtoZ Challenge – find your theme and the content will come. I felt that my writing and my confidence improved.
Planning your time is vital in order to achieve the output and also to keep a high standard. I actually read some posts about the AtoZ Challenge where it was recommended to start writing before day 1. This was great advice as I could incorporate writing posts for the challenge and then scheduling them for the appropriate day.
There are so many bloggers in this world
I was amazed at the number of bloggers that participated and equally amazed that there were very few with the same or similar themes. There was a great variety of themes and I also started to appreciate bloggers who write poetry.
New Friendships formed
During the 26 days ;virtual’ friendships were formed with those that I was following and those that followed me. I started to look forward to each day with anticipation and curiosity for what everyone would write about.
Highs and Lows
This Challenge was like a roller coaster ride at times with many highs and lows.
There were quite a few highs such as:-
- feeling proud about my achievement in completing the challenge
- connecting with others who provided positive feedback
- feeling excited with each post published
- feeling accomplished with the quality of the content I was able to produce
- my pageviews and comments increased dramatically
There were also some lows:-
- keeping up with commenting and visiting other bloggers
- feeling tired and spent at the end.
- When I finished the challenge I actually felt lost and a wondered if I could every reproduce another body of work.
I actually missed the challenge when it was finished
Although I was mentally tired after the challenge and doubted my future in blogging I found that I really missed the challenge. I missed the feeling of writing and posting daily about a theme that I was passionate about . I missed interaction with others who were undertaking the challenge.
Since we have finished I have taken a short break and am now back full of enthusiasm.
Would I do another AtoZ Challenge? – You bet I would!
Would I recommend others take the Challenge? – For sure!
Let’s Keep Sizzling!