I survived the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! Throughout April, I wrote about Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, where I live with my husband and cats. This post contains a complete list of April 2018 Emily in Ecuador posts and my reflections on the Challenge.
Links to all April Posts
The 5 most popular are in bold.
- Almuerzo – Good Lunch Choice in Puerto Lopez
- Boats in Puerto Lopez
- Coconut Water on Puerto Lopez Beach
- Dolphins – Puerto Lopez
- Emily in Puerto Lopez
- Fish Market – Puerto Lopez
- Greenery Delivered to Your Door in Puerto Lopez
- Hammock Time on Puerto Lopez Beach
- Internet Cafes in Puerto Lopez
- Javico, A Puerto Lopez Grocery Store
- Kayaks, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Lights Reflecting off the Ocean, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Mototaxis, Second Most Popular Way to Get Around Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Nets, Fishing Nets Made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Oeste de Puerto Lopez (West of Puerto Lopez), Ecuador
- Palo Santo Products Made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Quake: Puerto Lopez two years after a 7.8 rocked Ecuador
- Rainbows and the Rainy Season in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Sunrise in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Tiendas, Puerto Lopez Ecuador’s neighborhood stores
- Ultralight Flight Over Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Visitor Center, Machalilla National Park, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Workout on Puerto Lopez Beach, Ecuador
- eXpat Creates Kids Skating Club in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Yellow Orb Over Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
- Zapatos in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
While contemplating a theme, I realized how few posts I had written about Puerto Lopez since I began this blog. Sometimes we forget to write about things in front of us every day and it looked like I had done exactly that.
For the first week, I limited myself to one photo and 26 words. I threw those restrictions out the window for the last three weeks and wrote posts more like my normal ones. One photo and 26 words were not enough for a non-poet. If you decide to do that in a future year, please comment and I will visit.
By the numbers – April
- 26 posts in 30 days
- 6362 visitors (compared to 4821 in 2017)
- On average, 14.38 people commented daily (14.65 in 2017)
- I read and commented on about 480 A to Z posts (490 in 2017)
2018 was almost identical to 2017 in all areas except the number of visitors, which was up 25%.
- One photo with 26 words was too limiting for me. Unless you are a poet, limiting yourself to 26 words is not a great idea, especially when introducing readers to a new location.
- Changing self-imposed rules mid-challenge is not only acceptable but I encourage it if you are unhappy with your rules. Releasing myself from a 26 word, one photo limit allowed me to write in my voice instead of in short lists and phrases. The changes were well received.
- As April drew near, I had visions of writing posts ahead of time. Reality often found me finishing posts between Midnight and 2AM. Be flexible.
- When you are ready to quit, go for a walk.
The night I considered giving up
On April 12 at 10:30pm, I had not decided what to write for L, due the next morning. I went for a walk to clear my head. As I stared at the lights reflecting off the ocean it hit me like a brick – I was staring at my post! I went home, grabbed my camera and retraced my steps to take photos for Lights Reflecting off the Ocean, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
Where I go from here
Puerto Lopez is not only a town but a canton in Manabi province. For this challenge, I limited myself to only the town. Puerto Lopez canton also includes several other towns and a huge national forest I will write about in the future.
Future posts, like past ones, will be about areas of Ecuador I have visited. I hope you stop by and read more about Puerto Lopez and Ecuador through my eyes. Occasionally, I will even share a recipe, like the one for simple homemade ice cream coming later this month.
On the last Friday of every month, I participate in the We Are The World Blogfest. We share positive stories from around the world. It is a great way to read about awesome things people are doing that may not make the mainstream news. See my WATWB stories here. Find out more and join this blogfest on co-founder Damyanti’s post.
- The A to Z Team. Well done!
- Donna B. McNicol for introducing me to the challenge in 2017 and for hosting a blog buddies support group. Donna was a double participant in 2018, writing both flash fiction and about Goldendoodles.
- Every blogger who participated, whether you completed the challenge or not – I have tons of admiration for you!
- Everyone who visited during the month of April – you all rock!