Sunday, 6 May 2012

A-Z 2012 Reflections

It doesn't seem five minutes since I was posting on A-Z Eve and here we are now at the end of the challenge. Thoughts.. Well I have a few.

As a 2011 participant I was really excited by the prospect of being involved in a bigger and better connected version of the challenge this year. I thought the inclusion of Twitter and a Facebook page was a great addition and this added to the enjoyment. I tried hard in March to ReTweet and promote the challenge via Twitter in general.

I did however feel that the increased number of participants diminished the experience for me. Perhaps my posts were not as good as last year but I found I had fewer visitors and comments than last time. This is probably to do with me not visiting as many blogs as I did previously. In 2011 I visited them all, this time I only managed about 600. My lower visit rate was due to three things, less time, being overwhelmed by the number and the similarity of so many.

On the last point of participant similarity, this time I was more selective of the blogs I have added to my following list, I wanted to follow those I would make an effort to revisit and interact with. If I am being honest I did find with so many authors blogging I tended to visit very briefly and move on. My preferred blog reading material is lifestyle/humour and general thoughts rather than writing and publishing tips.

Having said the negatives, I did enjoy the challenge and would like to offer a big thanks to the organisers for all the hard work and how often they were around. THANKS !! 

So as a summary, here are my 26 posts


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18 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I love the way you have all your alphabet posts displayed...certainly wish I had your bent for the technological.
I think perhaps the challenge has gotten too big. I was overwhelmed by the amount of time it took this year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like you, I prefer a variety, as I have many interests outside of writing. I didn't gain as many new followers as last year, but at this point, that's all right.
Glad you enjoyed it and hope we can continue to improve next year.

Darlene said...

Great display of your A-Z blogs. You did pretty good to visit 600! I was only able to visit a handful, and only got a couple visits in return. But, April was a crazy busy month. Great thoughts on the challenge.

Kela McClelland said...

600!?!? Wow, I struggled to get to as few as I did. And many times I'd visit and not comment. Not because I didn't enjoy the post necessarily, thought there were a few, but more because I wanted to get around. I'd jump to the next blog without even thinking of commenting. There were a lot of people signed up and so many times I wanted to be able to get to everyone. :/

That said, I had fun and I came by yours often and enjoyed your posts.

Hope you have a great Monday :)

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hey John, you just about summed up my experience too!
Duncan In Kuantan

Duckie. said...

My thoughts exactly, John.

sarah at secret housewife said...

Hi John!
Just popped by to thank you for your comment and for following me. Much appreciated!!
Sarah
x

Dino said...

Your alphabet tiles were the inspiration for my review post.
http://www.dpfinnie.com/2012/05/blogging-from-to-z-challenge-review.html

[Retro-Zombie] said...

Reflection is a good thing, You have done a great job on the A to Z Challenge...

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
A to Z Co-Host
My New Book:
Retro-Zombie: Art and Words

Arlee Bird said...

I also thought that Twitter and Facebook added a new and better dimension. You used them to a positive advantage I thought. Ratio of visiting and commenting to what we receive on our own blogs does make a big difference. We'll keep working to make things better.
Thanks for telling us your thoughts.


Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Susan Kane said...

Like you, I felt overwhelmed at trying to keep up. It was a bit like going on a cruise and hitting/trying to hit every buffet meal.

EvalinaMaria said...

I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but I'm visiting every single one with a reflection post. They're the winners! Congratulations on finishing the challenge, hopefully we will do it again next April!

baygirl32 said...

I like how you listed all your posts at the end, that was clever!

congrats on finishing another one :)

Janyce said...

Hi John, I agree with your thoughts on the posts. I prefer variety as well. I think I visited around 600, too, but I'll admit I didn't stick around long on a lot of them.
I didn't get to many, including yours but am glad I found it now.
I'm going to look at some of your posts since you have them all so nicely displayed. :)

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Glad you made it through the challenge...I agree...it's smart to follow only the blogs you can interact with, and of course, are interested in...
Hope to return next year!

MakingTheWriteConnections

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Glad you made it through the challenge...I agree...it's smart to follow only the blogs you can interact with, and of course, are interested in...
Hope to return next year!

MakingTheWriteConnections

a.eye said...

Congrats on finishing, again.

I think it was overwhelming the number of blogs on the list. But it was nice to check out some new blogs!

Anonymous said...

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