#AtoZchallenge2014 ~ Reflections

dSavannah note: I have been working on this post for what seems like weeks. Okay, when I consult the calendar, I guess it has been weeks… Since before the end of the challenge on April 30 and when I posted The Questions with my erstwhile partner, Chad Clark.

As I mentioned in one of my posts, I’m a teacher. End of school year arrived, with the resultant craziness. And it also meant I needed to grade my students’ Final Projects. Plus, as usually happens, lots of other stuff descended at the same time. Which meant this post got pushed off til… well… now.

And I even missed the deadline to post this on the #AtoZchallenge2014 site. *shrugs* What can you do?  So, without further, ahem, ado, here is:


If I had known that in addition to the 26 posts to write for the #AtoZchallenge2014, they wanted a post where I write about my feelings on the challenge, I might not have bothered. Ahem.


Just kidding.

I think.

Anywho, as you are more than well aware, unless you’ve stumbled on my blog for the first time (and welcome!), for the month of April, I participated in the challenge, writing 26 posts corresponding with the 26 letters of the alphabet.

When I learned about the Challenge and decided to participate, I had really hoped to recruit several friends, people who might help me come up with topics and then we’d all write and it would be fun to see what different things we each came up with for the same idea.

But it didn’t work out that way. I managed to recruit one person who stuck with it and me: Chad Clark. As I said in his The Questions post, he wrote 26 stories about monsters. Now, I think I’m fairly well-read, and I’m familiar with various mythological entities and whatnot, but… other than the “R” monster, which I requested and he kindly complied, I had not heard of any of them. So, from that standpoint, the Challenge was a great success, in that I learned new things!

My scribbled ideas for topics.

My scribbled ideas for topics.

Now, the reason I wanted “help” with the topic stage was… I’m quite terrible at coming up with short ideas. Even way back in college, when I served as editor of the entertainment section of the newspaper, I always made my assistant write the headlines.

Now, give me the topic, and I can write and write and write about it. I’m verbose.

So, for me, the hardest part about the challenge was coming up with an idea to write about. A few of the letters? I just had no clue.

But that was also part of the fun – asking friends/followers what I should write about, or consulting my dictionary and encyclopedia, or simply racking my brain, and then writing about whatever floated to the top.

Finding the time to write was a bit of a challenge, especially with school and life and everything else, but I was bound and determined to finish this challenge. And I did! Woot woot!!! And the best part is it re-awakened in me the love of writing blog posts. And writing in general. Of expressing myself. Of sharing how I feel or things I know or things I find interesting.

Will I do the challenge again? Probably. Will I keep blogging? Heck yeah! (Maybe not every single day, tho…)

And, bonus: in April, my blog got the most hits for a month since I started dSavannahRambles.  So thank you to everyone who supported me and my ramblings and posted comments and shared. Y’all are the best.

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8 Responses to #AtoZchallenge2014 ~ Reflections

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    My first comment disappeared so I’ll keep this one short.

    Excellent Reflections! Thank you for being a part of A to Z.

    Look forward to seeing you back with us in 2015.

    Read my challenge to WordPress users at:
    Tossing It Out

  2. Elaine A. LeDoux says:

    It was a very enjoyable experience for me. I love your writing and so I made it a point not to miss a single letter. OK! A little OCD!!! Personally, I feel that a little OCD is under-rated. I had something fun to look forward to each morning….which doesn’t maybe speak well for my life as a bowl of oatmeal….but that’s the way it is. So, I guess you were the sprinkle of brown sugar and strawberries on my oatmeal. Congratulations on that! I love you!

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Oooohh… brown sugar and strawberries. Well, I personally don’t like strawberries, but only because I spent an entire summer during college sorting them at a local grocery store. :/

      And you’re right: OCD has its uses. The place gets cleaned and the photos all get straightened on the walls! :)

      Love you too, lady! xoxo

  3. Thumbs up! Great work

  4. Betsy says:

    I loved seeing all the ideas you came up with! I was also thrilled to see you blogging again. Pat yourself for making it through the whole challenge. Love ya!

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