I’ve had plenty of ‘moments of Zen’ with
the April A to Z Challenge !
The April A to Z Challenge concludes today.
In 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.