The Blogging A to Z Challenge has a nifty little tradition called the Reflections Post. It’s intended to sum up your experience with the Challenge. It’s an outlet for us to tell what we gained during the Challenge and maybe to let off steam just a bit. Ok, how on Earth did we survive it?!
I’m going to be so excited to attach this colorful badge to my side bar…that is if I can remember how! I have to look it up every time which is why my side bar doesn’t change very often!
What did I think about the Challenge?
Last year, I dove in with little preparation and chugged along day by day coming up with interesting topics and handling them in an amusing way most times.
This year, several days, even early in the month I found myself thinking, “What on Earth was I thinking, why did I want to do this again?!” This self-doubt dogged me through much of the month. I HATE to not complete something. That issue has dogged me throughout my life, not completing something I start. (You should see all of the journals I’ve started and never gotten even half way through.) I wasn’t going to let that happen to me with the Challenge.
I thought my posts were riddled with the written equivalent of a public speaker saying, “um…er…ah…” when the thought isn’t coming. But I seem to have come up with topics which, though a bit less than cheery sometimes, gave me some pause. Perhaps the pause was what I was looking for. With that pause I was able to think things through, on many occasions during this Challenge. Because of the pause, I was able to clearly see what I wanted to do, what my motivation is and how I can accomplish things.
The wonderful thing, and I’ll say this over and over, even though I’ve said it before, All of You, my readers are so supportive. It seemed that every day when I posted something where I was feeling less than confident, less than able to handle things, your comments bolstered me. Many of you had instances to share where you had the same doubts or anxieties. It’s amazing how we can all be so different , yet so similar in many ways.
It’s almost as if I spent a month in therapy. Boy, was this cheaper than actually going to a therapist! It helped me to work out a lot of things that needed working out. I’m feeling much clearer and more focused (Am I not ALWAYS searching for focus?!) I feel I’m on my way.
I have to share with you a wonderful and supportive thing that happened throughout the Challenge. Each day, my best friend, Gail would send me an e-mail after reading my post for the day. In the e-mail, there would be a photo of a cat that somehow referred to the Letter and topic of my post that day. How could I NOT complete the Challenge? I wanted to keep getting my e-mail kitties every day! Thanks, Gail!
Summing up, I would give the Blogging A to Z Challenge, an A-Z +. I had to use my brain and think hard, but in the end I think I made the grade. I know it worked on the inside which is where I needed it to work. Thanks to all who came along for the ride and Thanks to the organizers of the Challenge. Yes, I’ll be back next year!