I survived the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and earned a badge!
It is tradition for participants to post reflections after the Challenge. These are my 2017 A to Z reflections.
How it started
In 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?
I wrote about Ecuador since I live in a country that is not well known globally.
On 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
Lessons Learned – 2017 A to Z Reflections
- 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 here
I 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!
- 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
- Olon 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 Lopez
- Underwater Endangered Testudines (a.k.a. Sea Turtles)
- Vegetable Ivory – Tagua
- Water. Clean Drinking Water
- Xanthophobia, Xenoepist, Xyzlacatosis
- Yuletide at the Olon Orphanage
- Zoo – I live in one!