The April 2016 A to Z Challenge is finished–my third A to Z Challenge to be completed–and I am happy about this because I often sign up for blogging challenges and then do nothing. I mean nothing–except for this challenge. I chose the topic of Ernest Hemingway (EMH) this year, after no set topic the first year and the topic of Authors and Artists last year.
What I liked:
Having a more specific theme to write about. I think the challenge was made easier for me since I am interested in EMH’s life and because there are a plethora of topics to write about concerning this author.
Trying to find the obscure about EMH that the general reader does not really know about. I could have dug deeper as there are many topics I actually chose NOT to write about–specifically EMH’s fetishes and gender issues. I didn’t think 300 words or less could really do these topics justice.
Finding some short stories of EMH’s to revisit. I think I illustrated that the simplest and shortest of EMH’s short stories fully encapsulate his Iceberg Theory of writing.
Finding some new blogs and following them all the way through. This is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the challenge for me. I love clicking randomly and then finding awesome blogs. Also, going to blogs in the challenge that I am familiar with and then clicking on the commenters blogs was very successful for me in finding some great blogs and bloggers this year. Some I will continue to follow as long as they continue to write.
What I didn’t like:
Waiting until the day of to do most of my posts. This is the same problem as last year for me. I must say I improved greatly this year and spent much more time on my posts. I will admit I posted late in the day on a few posts. I did post twice on days off just for the fun of it. I guess I just work a little better under pressure. I have no excuses, however.
What I might do differently next year (these are exactly the same as last year). 🙁
Put links to each post after each new post. I did this the year before last and I received many more hits. I actually just forgot about it this year, again.
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.
OK, I plan on being in the 2017 A to Z Challenge and I am sure I will be choosing a theme that has to do with a certain military officer who was in India, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Portugal, and France around the late 18th and early 19th centuries. No, it isn’t Richard Sharpe–Sharpe is a fictional character. 😉