This was my 5th challenge and the most frustrating one.
Why? Although I was on leave until the 13th April, unexpected gigs popped up, which sucked all my time and energy. For the first two weeks in April, we were gigging 4 times a week, two weeknight gigs and two weekend gigs. Now that’s in addition to my normal part-time day job at the school. It was really hectic. I didn’t get to visit many new blogs. I barely made my regular rounds…
A quick look at my five year A to Z journey as follows:
Year 1 – random non-fiction topics – still finding my feet…
Year 2 – flash fiction based on a theme
Year 3 – interactive theme – the most fun of all the challenges – responded to comments and what ensued was loads of comments back and forth, amongst a more-or-less concentrated group of visitors. There was lots of camaraderie and laughter. However, I didn’t really visit a whole lot of new blogs, and isn’t that the aim of the challenge, to meet new bloggers?
Year 4 – interactive theme – also lots of fun – I didn’t respond to comments, but I got around quite a bit and discovered lots of wonderful bloggers, and made lots of new friends as a result – about 20-odd new followers signed up via Networked blogs.
Year 5 – flash fiction based on a photo, phrase and object – met a handful of new bloggers due to time constraints and didn’t get many followers via blog sign-ups; however, I did gain new followers via Twitter.
So what have I learned from the above? Here are some reflections…
1. Short posts are best! My posts from the interactive themes of 2013 & 2014 could be read in under a minute.
2. This year, I didn’t have as much fun as I had with the interactive themes of 2013 & 2014, but I DID get to write some flash fiction pieces and flex my writing muscles under a certain amount of pressure. Btw, I don’t like writing under pressure…
3. Pre-schedule your posts if you can. It eliminates a certain amount of stress, unless you’re one of those bloggers who had no choice but to “wing it” or maybe you thrive on spontaneity…
4. The theme reveal bloghop is a great head start. You get to meet bloggers in advance and take a peek at some of the themes beforehand, so it gives you an idea of which blogs may interest you.
5. If I discovered a theme I really liked, then I gave that blog a miss for a few days. After a while, I backtracked and visited the 3 or 4 blog posts all in one go. I know that, to some extent, it defeats the purpose of a-visit-a-day, but that system worked for me. What do you think about it?
Thank you to everybody who visited my blog and left a comment. Thanks to the new followers too.
It’s my intention to follow back and respond to all who visited my place.
If I’ve missed you, my sincere apology.
Please drop me an email or leave a comment with a link and I’ll swing by your place.
See you all next year – same time, same place, for the 2016 challenge!
(P.S. If you notice a lurker around your place, don’t be alarmed… that will probably be me playing catch up with certain bloggers/blogs that I missed)