It is tradition for participants to post reflections after the Challenge. Here are mine.
How it startedIn the last week of March, author Donna B. McNicol asked if any of her friends were participating. I said yes! I had been wanting to get into blogging and figured this was a great opportunity. Why not sign up and learn as I go?
ThemeI wrote about Ecuador since I live in a country that is not well known globally.
TopicsOn April 1, I had a list with a topic for each letter of the alphabet. I knew what I would write about each day. Until I began each post. It turned out that I had little to say about some topics. Others needed more research and time than I could do in a day. For some I had no photo to accompany the post.
The list I had on April 1 and the 26 posts I published had only 5 words in common. I have a bunch of almost done, half done, and hardly begun drafts. Some of those will morph into future posts.
By the numbers - April
- 26 posts in 30 days
- 4821 visitors
- On average, 14.65 people commented daily
- I read and commented on about 490 A to Z posts
- My photos are a hot mess. I spent hours seeking ones that would fit each post. Late in the month, I searched for photos prior to beginning a post.
- April is a great time to begin blogging, if you can keep up with the pace.
- April is not a great time for in depth posts. Some of my topics deserve more detail than I could cover in a short time. I wrote some anyway and will expand on topics in later posts.
- Learn from others. I made adjustments based on blogs I read during the month.
- There is little time for anything else in April. If you participate in the A to Z Challenge, clear your schedule for the month. Alternately, write posts ahead of time. Then April can be spent reading and commenting on others' posts and responding to comments on your posts.
- Use a blog link in your signature when commenting on other's blogs. It is the easiest way to find blogs for reciprocal visits.
Where I go from hereI plan to publish a new post each Monday. They will be similar to my April posts. I also signed up for a blogfest... I still need to figure out blogfests. Ignorance did not stop me from the A to Z so I'll learn as I go!
- We Are The World Blogfest - The last Friday of each month, we will promote stories showing love, humanity, and brotherhood from around the world :)
- Donna B. McNicol @ Romance and mystery ... writing my life for introducing me to the challenge and for hosting a blog buddies support group. Would not have done it without you!
- The co-hosts of the A to Z Challenge. Well done!
- Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
- Alex J. Cavanaugh @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
- Jeremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
- Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
- Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
- John Holton @ The Sound of One Hand Typing
- J Lenni Dorner @ Blog of J. Lenni Dorner
- Every blogger who participated, whether you completed or not - I have tons of admiration for you!
- Everyone who visited during the month of April - you all rock!
26 Posts in 30 Days
- Adventure - My life is one!
- Boobies - beautiful and bountiful on Ecuador´s coast! Blue-footed boobies, that is
- Currency - Coins over bills
- Digging up Manteño history
- Earthquake - The night a 7.8 shook Ecuador
- Fireworks - Any time is the right time
- Guayaquil - Iguana Park and other free attractions
- Humpback Whales
- Iguanas at our bedroom window
- Jama Bridge Jumping
- Kinder Eggs - Contraband
- Latitude Zero
- Monkey on my head
- Nurturing Owl Parents
- Olón Orphanage
- Post-Earthquake makeshift camps
- Quick stories - Rare Frog, Heated Toilet, Happy Snake
- Reinventing a 2.4 km beach front boardwalk
- Sunsets near the equator
- Tide Pools in Puerto López
- Underwater Endangered Testudines (a.k.a. Sea Turtles)
- Vegetable Ivory - Tagua
- Water. Clean Drinking Water
- Xanthophobia, Xenoepist, Xyzlacatosis
- Yuletide at the Olón Orphanage
- Zoo - I live in one!