Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 A-Z Challenge Reflection

Hmm, well the good news is I completed it :)
But, in all honesty, this was my least enjoyable A-Z. I'm hoping that was just me, as I think the premise is amazing - a blogging community supporting each other :)

Anyhow, my thoughts, for what they're worth ........
  • I had a bit of a hiatus, our internet was down for 10 days so my plan of prepping all the posts while Jeff was in the USA went out the window and I was playing catch up - I haven't done that since Year 1 (I'm just done Year 4 now) and it isn't conducive to smooth running, especially when you have to factor everything else that happens in our daily lives.
  •  I did my usual short post with photos on a theme. Nothing too controversial, long winded etc. However I noticed comments this year didn't once reach double figures. Most people I visited didn't visit back. Now I know the expression that you don't give for what you get back, but, well, in this case I think it's the exception that proves the rule.
  • I am glad I chose the foot injury theme - hopefully it was informative and will help people if they find themselves in the same unfortunate situation.
  •  I gained - wait for it - ONE whole new follow! I never gain hundreds, but it does hit the tens. I did a little research on old statistics and I just didn't have the traffic I normally get. I mean the drop was huge.
  • I wasn't able to visit every day, but I started on the number after mine and every couple of nights I visited 20, so over the month more than met the 5 a day target.
  • Was it me or was there a lot more dead links this year? That was really frustrating!
  • Not being able to comment for one reason or another was also pretty, well, frustrating! (Same word, I know, but it's late and the 2 fosterlings seem to think 5am is an okay time to wake up every day!)
  •  I sort of feel that the reason for the A-Z - the visiting and sharing - has become second to people just posting for their benefit and not joining in with the larger idea.
Anyhow, that's just me. Off to add the post to the reflection linky link, which is here if you fancy reading some more :) Hopefully they're not all doom and gloom, but more positive :)


  1. That last bit is true for a lot of people.
    Sorry, I was cleaning out the dead links as fast as I could.
    And I lost a follower last month!

  2. I find that it's a time issue. Even though I don't work, I had a terrible time keeping up w/ A-Z when I did it. Visit 5 blogs sounds easy till you keep clicking on dead link or non participants. Finding 5 viable blogs takes a really long time. Then you have to visit and comment on everyone's that's visited your blog so in reality, it's more like 10-15 per day. On top of your regular stuff. Waaay too time consuming.

  3. About one week in I was running into a lot of dead links. I do feel like visiting was down overall, but I was blessed to have a handful who found me and stuck with me throughout. I myself didn't get around as much as I did last year.
    Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead


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