Friday, May 09, 2014

Reflections on the A - Z Challenge

Just a short post as still unpacking from the weekend - oh it was amazing, everything we had spent months planning - perfect (well, not quite perfect, no Joe and no dress). Haven't even had a chance to edit the photos yet!

So, the A-Z? I was much more organised than last year so had the posts all typed and scheduled (and that was a fab trick I learned last year through the A-Z website) ahead of time. The reason was twofold, one so that I could spend more time visiting other sites and two because I knew the closer it got to the 2nd May the less time I would have. Turned out a wise move :)

The visits? I think I visited around 450, left comments on about 80%. The other 20%, tbh they didn't 'tick my box' and I don't mean that in a negative way, just a fact. Not everybody likes everything - I'm sure there was plenty of people that landed on my page and swiftly moved on! Found some new blogs that really clicked and now following via blogger - google+ or twitter. Loving the many options.

Visitors. Now I know we don't visit just to get visit back, but that is supposed to be part of it right? Hmmmmmm, enough said.

I did notice a huge decrease in the number of comments the last week - not sure if that was because I was mega stressed and not putting the time in, or whether there's a general apathy towards the end of the month?

On being a minion. TBH it didn't feel a whole lot different as I was visiting and mostly making comments anyway. The only difference was forwarding the info to my master LOL! I checked my allotted numbers every 3-4 days and every single time found some that had stopped or not even started.

Overall I loved taking part. In my last post I apologised for lack of input at the end - will make sure next year I don't plan any major events! If this is your first visit, this post should explain why we were so busy!

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  1. That you were a Minion on top of it all impresses me. That was a lot to take on.
    There were those who didn't visit or follow back. I think by the last week, people just start getting tired.
    Overall, glad you had a good time and that the weekend went of without any major problems!

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    1. Thanks Alex! Apart from no Joe and no dress it was perfect :) xx

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  2. I'm sorry you didn't get your dress in time and I look forward to seeing the pictures!

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    1. Hi JoJo - this Friday finally putting some up :) xx

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  3. Considering how busy you've been with the ceremony. Congratulations on getting married again :)

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    1. Thanks, it was lovely, can thoroughly recommend it :) xx

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  4. Well done on completing the challenge and hope you had a wonderful special day, despite the lack of dress. :-)

    I really enjoyed all your posts, though I have to admit, I don't think I actually left a comment (as I follow your blog already so tend to view it through Bloglovin' which doesn't like me commenting from my phone). It was a wonderful theme to pick to share the build up to your day.

    Well done for writing the posts ahead of time too. I think that definitely helps to make the day go smoother. :-)

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    1. Thanks :) Would always schedule now, definitely helped! I must admit the different ways to follow is great, thanks for following :) xx

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  5. It was a very busy Challenge, and your help as an AZTech was more than a little appreciated. It's been a busy time for you, but reading all those posts during the journey has been so much fun for the rest of us. Wishing you a wonderful May and fantabulous summer!

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    1. Thanks M.J. - hopefully if I'm a minion next year I'll have nothing booked for May that took so much planning LOL! xx

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  6. Congrats! Susanne on finishing the challenge and for being a minion. This event has grown so large that it takes a very large team to pull it off.

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    1. Thanks Stephen, it's a great, if challenging challenge! xx

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  7. You managed to do what I had planned but didn't have the chance to do: schedule ahead of time. Thanks for dropping by Life & Faith in Caneyhead during the challenge.

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    1. I didn't schedule last years, and it was definitely much easier this year :) xx

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  8. Hi Susaznne. I have nominated you for the Liebster award .If you are interested to accept it then click on the link to find out what you to do to accept it :http://littlebiggirl06.blogspot.in/

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    1. Hi Anoosha - thank you! Sounds lovely, will go check it out xx

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