The April 2015 A to Z Challenge is finished. I had fun, but am glad to be done with the stress of everyday posting. A few of my thoughts on the challenge follow.
What I liked:
Finding authors and artists to write about. I had figured out only a handful of the author and artists that I was going to write about beforehand. Each day/night before I would search the net and choose between a couple or few people.
Researching the subject author or artist. Of course I looked around the net and tried not make ALL hyperlinks Wikipedia related ones. I enjoyed learning some obscure facts about some of the subjects and would spend much more time clicking on links than writing.
Having a theme. My theme of Authors and Artists was a little more focused than having absolutely no theme at all like 2014. The theme was still very general and gave me ample room to pick and choose and change my mind several times.
Finding a few blogs and following them all the way through. I found some random blogs by clicking on the list. People are so creative and funny. I loved learning about some families as well as food-related ones. Also, someone else highlighted artists every day and I enjoyed that one. The artists were mostly the masters, but it is good to be refreshed and updated on them from a different perspective.
Keeping the amount of artists versus authors fairly even. It seemed like I was writing more about artists, but when I actually counted the numbers were almost even.
What I didn’t like:
Waiting until the day of to do most of my posts. I am the queen of procrastination these days and need to start changing my habits. This bad habit spilled over into the A to Z Challenge. I was always rushed and doing the posts on the fly. I can do better.
What I might do differently next year:
Put links to each post after each new post. I did this last year and I received many more hits. I actually just forgot about it this year.
Pre-write at least half of my posts before the challenge begins next time. I will not feel as rushed and stressed as I have during the challenge. This still leaves room for spontaneity. Of course, this means deciding on a theme earlier.
Well, I have 11 months to get my act together for 2016! Cheers!