Before I list my own reflections, I’d like to invite you to add any comments sharing your own experience of reading my takes on the letters. One thing I so liked about this challenge is how it got me writing more frequently. It makes me wonder if readers thought that was a good thing, or a not-so-good thing.
But, enough procrastinating!
What I discovered
- I found myself fascinated by the letters and words themselves so the challenge became almost a celebration of language.
- My tendency to be interested in many different things and to be indecisive carried over into this challenge.
- I discovered some new words I either had not heard of or that I had never learned the meaning of.
- I can, if need be, pull together posts more often than I usually do.
- I have improv on the brain.
What I liked
Taking on a challenge to post most days of the month gave me a structure that got me writing much more frequently than usual.
The game of going through the alphabet is a simple and fun idea.
I actually learned things in the process of writing some of the posts, whether it was learning a new word or discovering something about myself.
I like when things go to unexpected places and that happened a number of times.
It was cool to know a lot of other people were in the same boat.
I really liked the random blog (“Surprise Me!”) button that some people added to their page so I could visit a random sampling of other blogs.
The challenge was well-organized with great support.
- I was impressed with how many people took on (and completed) this challenge. (Good job, everyone!)
What I liked not so much
I quickly noticed that many of the participating blogs were oriented around certain topics (like Young Adult fiction) that I did not necessarily relate to.
There were so many participant blogs to visit that I found it overwhelming. I think it would have been nice to have them listed by blog theme or emphasis.
I didn’t feel I received many visitors or comments.
The random blog (“Surprise Me!”) button was not set up for a self-hosted WordPress blog. I know I could have done more research into what it would take to adapt it, but I chose not to.
- Since many of the participant blogs were hosted on Blogger, I ran into quite a few cases where leaving comments was a pain. When I have to comment as either a WordPress.com or Blogger user, or use some other system I’m not hooked into, I hesitated (or outright refused) to leave a comment. While I have blogs set up on both WordPress.com and Blogger, they are inactive and I didn’t want my comments pointing back to them.
Overall I was very glad I participated in this challenge. It was actually fun to play the game. It was also more time-consuming than I expected. Between coming up with a take on each letter, writing the post, finding graphics and maintaining the discipline to post nearly every day, I found myself putting more energy into this blog than ever before.
Then there was the time it took to visit other participants and add comments. That was a great way to discover and explore other blogs, and it was fun to see the variety of takes on the challenge. Many people had chosen a theme they followed for the whole challenge. I could see how that would be a good way to make the collection of posts more coherent, but I was glad I had no theme because it meant each day was an adventure in seeing where I would go with the letter of the day.