My Moment of Zen


I’ve had plenty of ‘moments of Zen’ with
the April A to Z Challenge !



The April A to Z Challenge concludes today.

newyearABIn February, I was reading a post in a forum on the BlogPaws site when I found information on  the A to Z Challenge.  I researched the details and found it would start in April, that the  goal is to blog every day, except Sundays , using a letter from the alphabet. So April 1 you start with  A, April 2, B, and so on.

I thought, “what the heck, this should be fun” – little did I know.  It is not defined as a ‘challenge’ for nothing!

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to choose topics related to dogs, dog owners, dog behavior – you get the idea.

Brilliantly I planned all my posts for April in March. Oh, I thought I was so clever. But I made a rookie mistake; I didn’t write them in March.

I kept up at first, even managed to get ahead.  Then, the dreaded missed deadline.   I would NOT take a chance on being dropped from the coveted  A to Z list! (as the rules state, if you miss 5 letters, you are banished from the A to Z April Challenge list).

When I fell behind, I  wrote my post and published it anyway.   I am proud to say I have posted all 26 letters of the alphabet for the challenge.

Here are the important things I learned from the A to Z Challenge:

Writing on a regular basis is a discipline necessary to grow your blog. I do agree with the adage “quality over quantity”.  But planning to write, actually writing and then fine tuning the content is an invaluable skill builder.

Picking a theme for a designated time frame sparks creativity.  Your brain goes in places it may not have when you give it a focus.

Organize your images – yes I have learned that having your image folder in disarray makes it  difficult to find that picture you want to insert into a post. (I’m not there yet)

Finishing this challenge has been affirmation that I can be a successful blogger. There’s a lot of hard work ahead of me but thanks to the A to Z Challenge, I have no doubt I can reach my goals.

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  1. Jemima Pett says:

    Oh gosh, yes, organising photos. That’s the hardest part. And just when you think you’ve got it sorted, along comes another A to Z where that picture of the dog in the shopping mall in Outer Mongolia would work perfectly for the travel theme…. now where id I put it? lol

    Well done for getting through the alphabet!

    • Theresa says:

      Agreed! I search in a panic trying to find that photo I know I have SOMEWHERE!. Hope the A to Z Challenge went well for you. Thanks for stopping by Ruff Talk

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