A Little Alphabetical Reflection

You stuck with me from A to Z

And now we’ll see what we can see!

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Ok, I’m not sure why I am getting poetic so often lately but for good or for ill here we go.  I thought it was a good idea to participate in the Blogging A to Z Challenge throughout the month of April.  As happened with the National Novel Writing Month in November, I heard about it at the last-minute and dived right in.

I’ve often said I work best under pressure.  Although as I get older, when there’s too much pressure I turn on a light a read a book!  Regardless of that inclination, I signed up for the A to Z, not sure what I was getting myself into.  Sure, I know the Alphabet, it won’t be hard to find a word or a concept to go with every letter of the Alphabet!

Well, some days it was pretty darned hard!  In truth, it wasn’t hard but it was a challenge as it was intended.  When I write my posts for BCDC, they’re pretty often seat of the pants kind of posts.  They come from whatever’s been happening in my life and most of the time, what I’ve had for dinner.  Fun and interesting…well it must be interesting or so many of my lovely readers would not be here.  After all, I’m pretty sure you’re not ALL relatives (although I’d be proud to have you join my family!)

I started blogging because I want to write.  The A to Z made me think before I typed.  It made me go deeper into the things around me and the things that matter to me.  A few years ago, I took two sessions of a Memoir Writing class at the local community college’s continuing education program and I loved it.  That’s what the A to Z felt like to me.  A self conducted Memoir writing class.  I like that Idea.

I’m thinking I need to challenge myself more and that’s what I hope to do.

Do I have any negative comments regarding the A to Z? I didn’t read as many of the other blogs as I should have.  We were tasked with reading at least 5 others each day and commenting.  I think my biggest negative is that there were some blogs on which I could not comment due to how the commenting process was set up on them.  The organizers of the A to Z should probably have a way to be make sure that the participating blogs have this set up in a more comment friendly format.

The other negative would be that some of the blogs seemed to take forever to load due to the fact that they have so many ads and such running on their sites.  It got frustrating.

The real positive is that I have found some wonderful new blog friends.  I must confess, in most cases, they found me.  I am so happy that they did.  I will be reading them and they are reading BCDC.  It works for me.

I have learned that I need to challenge myself more and I will be working to do that.  For now I’m just glad to be…

2012 Challenge Survivor Badge

Happy Monday!!  I survived!!

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35 responses to “A Little Alphabetical Reflection

  1. Congratulations on surviving that challenge! On to a new one right?!!

  2. I loved your alphabet posts! Some were funny, some were sad, all were wonderful. But please, more baby pictures of you and not me!!! You are the one with the perfectly round head and big beautiful eyes! (which you still have!)

  3. you did a great job with the a-z challenge, fran. i was always excited to see how you would interpret our daily letter. your family posts were esp touching as your love for your family just exuded in words and photos.
    “I have learned that I need to challenge myself more and I will be working to do that.” -> yes! i love this sentence, fran. when we challenge ourselves through blogging or in life, doors open! it’s exciting!
    i did not read any new blogs of other participants…honestly, i missed that part of the challenge guidelines completely!

    • Thanks, Cathy! I did read some. I think they’re still on the site, if you want to try some. It’s ok that you didn’t. I didn’t read many. One of the new bloggers I found through the A-Z said she read all 1700 and some~Lordy! Yes…I like the idea of some new challeges!

  4. Well, I for one loved your “alphabet soup” — it’s so much fun to take one single letter and transform it into readable, entertaining, and sometimes touching, prose — keep up the good work — oxo

  5. Congrats again! You have a great voice, and I was eager each day to see what you would come up with next. Looking forward to reading many more of your posts!

    • Dana, thank you so much! You are one of the new blogger friends that I’m so happy to have found. You make me think everyday. I will keep reading too!

    • Dana, I tried commenting on your posts today and I couldn’t because it doesn’t show the “name/url” tab in the options. I thought you had it before because I didn’t have any trouble commenting before. Just wanted you to know. Thanks!

  6. I love what a previous commenter said about “alphabet soup”. Too cute! I think you did a fabulous job! I agree with you about some blogs being hard to read, though. I also found that there were some blogs who linked up, but they didn’t actually post. (By the way, if you want to link up your reflection post, there’s a place to link up on the A-Z challenge blog.)

  7. You were and are great!

  8. Yay for blog friends! 🙂 I’m so glad I found you or you found me, or however that worked! haha

    And I love your positivity and “ready to take on challenges” attitude!

  9. Challenge was fun! I, too, was not able to read as many of the blogs in the challenge as I would have liked, but many of the ones I read were clever.

  10. Well, a second congrats to you! Again, I had fun reading all your posts, so I’m glad you had fun writing them! Sometimes you just need a challenge to shake things up/look at things from a different angle!

  11. Happy to have made your acquaintance Fran, and here’s wishing many more happy life enhancing challenges to you 🙂

  12. my only negative is that I did not join in this time around! and discovered it’s only one particular month instead of any of them. haha.

    I am so glad to be a little part of your extended, adopted family. it’s a good place to be. 🙂

    • Many Hugs to you, Sweet Girl. We are so happy to find you and we plan to keep you! Next time I find a good challenge, I’ll let you know right away, although I seem to keep finding them at the VERY LAST MINUTE!!

  13. Ha! I found following The alphabet people challenging just because I wanted to check in and comment more!
    I have issues with commenting on blogspot blogs sometimes. Nothing like drafting a nice comment only to see it won’t post.

    • Zo, doesn’t it make you crazy! One of the blogs I follow would just not have a “post comment” at the bottom some days but not always! I told the blogger about it,but she had no idea how to correct it. She’s moved to a new site and it works now. Glad you liked the challenge!

  14. I loved reading your posts and I’ll be back! Your attitude and goodwill are wonderfully refreshing and certainly are a lift after a rough day. I had some of the same issues with commenting. I tried to email the people the comment I was going to leave but that isn’t quite as satisfying. I know the challenge made me fix my commenting and a few other things.
    Read you soon!

  15. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn’t visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I’m visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that…

    • Evalina! I’m so glad you found me also. I had a tough time getting to a lot of blogs during the challenge. That’s what I need to do…go to all of the reflection posts. Please come back! Thanks!

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