Monday, May 7, 2018

A to Z Reflection

Hello, and thank you for checking in with me on A to Z Challenge Reflections day!

First, the good stuff:
1. I finished! And I think I got all my posts up on time, with the correct letter on the corresponding day. Whew!

2. I kept up with comments pretty well, both on my blog and others.

3. I enjoyed my theme exploring lesser-known characters/concepts of world legend and mythology. If anyone is curious, this was my go-to reference:

When necessary, I'd check the internet for additional information, but this two-volume set gave me a reliable starting place, even for the tricky letters Q, X, and Z. And seeing as how I'm a book person, I'd much rather browse through an encyclopedia than surf the web any day.

Now, the not-so-good stuff:
1. Some days, it was a scramble and took much more time than I planned.

2. I didn't have a lot of traffic. I've done A to Z a couple of times before, for a blog about my hometown entitled Choice City Native. Those challenges brought many more readers my way. Maybe it's because this blog is much newer. Or maybe I'm less interesting these days :-)

3. On some blogs I visited, it was difficult to find exactly where to leave a comment. If it took more than twenty seconds, I left, regardless of how much I enjoyed the post. Am I the only one who had this problem?

4. I left many comments that were not returned, which is disappointing. I did have trouble leaving my web address at certain sites, so technical glitches may be partly at fault. On the flip side, I didn't make it back to some great blogs as often as I wanted.

Saving the best for last:

1. As always, the content in A to Z is varied and fascinating. Funny, poignant, creative, thought-provoking, and sometimes a little dark, the blogs reflect the fascinating variety of the human experience.

2. I became acquainted with a handful of amazing bloggers who returned to my posts again and again, left great comments, and generally made me feel validated. Thank you so much!

Here they are, in no particular order:

AJ Blythe
Natasha of Tasha's Thinkings
Sue of The Great Raven
Keith of Keith's Ramblings
B Pradeep Nair of Time and Tide
And a special shout-out to Karen of Profound Journey, whose blog was, and I'm sure will continue to be, a welcome refuge of wisdom.

I do plan to join the A to Z Road Trip in a couple of weeks and visit some of the many blogs I missed. Check the A to Z page for details. Hope to see you there!

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Jenny! I thought your posts were a delight and am looking forward to seeing what you write about the rest of the year now we are following each other’s blogs, I found that I didn’t get as many visits as last year either. Maybe Aussie children’s writers aren’t as interesting as spies and spying. I think it’s partly the new system of posting to the spreadsheet, which, for me at least, made it harder to find anything of interest.
    Anyway, glad wr’ve met!

    1. Thank you, Sue. I'm also glad we've met! And I agree about the spreadsheet.

  2. Thank you so much for the shout out, Jenny. And thank you even more for participating in the challenge and writing such witty and thoughtful posts. I appreciate knowing your source and will be taking a look at it, but I actually consider your posts my go-to reference for myths and legends. They were simply wonderful. I'm very glad we met, and am so looking forward to our ongoing connection.

    1. Karen, I'm so glad you enjoyed the posts! I don't know about the witty and thoughtful part ;-) but I appreciate your kind words!

  3. Jenny, thanks for the shout out =) I really enjoyed reading your posts, they were fun and informative.

    I have to agree with you that some sites made commenting really tricky. There were a few I gave up on as well because I couldn't work out how to leave a comment.

    1. Thanks, AJ! And I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who had trouble with comments.

  4. Jenny, many of the points you made struck ac chord with me, especially difficulty with commenting. Thanks so much for giving me a mention, and of course for your visits to my site.

    Reflecting on My Friend Rosey!

    1. Thanks, Keith. Hope you have fun with wherever your next ramblings take you!