Reflecting on the end of a challenge. One door closes another one opens. What was good? What was bad? What was ugly? What can be done different? How can things be better?
Through my Letters from the Heart series I’ve learned a lot about myself. Other years I’ve participated, but not really participated. It was nice to reconnect with some past bloggy buddies as well as making some new friends. This year I put a little more effort into getting to know my fellow bloggers and what they stand for. Networking, because isn’t that what blogging is? Bonding with the homogeneous.
As the years pass, as we write and interact with others, we change. Our writing changes, our moods change, our habits change. Hopefully for the better.
Statistically speaking, I had visitors from 25 different countries, which I think is really cool. I received more comments than I could keep up with and trust me that count is not high. I found that if you reciprocate, you tend to get more comments.
I really had it in my head to visit every single blog from the Master List. I didn’t do very well at this. I found myself drawn to certain blogs which I loved. It happens. Blogging is a clicky little world and you can’t avoid clicks. We all have the same number of hours in a day. What do you want to use those hours on? I choose to spend mine on things that I enjoy. Unfortunately it didn’t leave a lot of time for exploring and finding new blogs. A few times I did visit blogs that I wouldn’t normally visit, but really didn’t find them enjoyable. I left comments but for the most part if I didn’t get a response or at least and acknowledgement that I visited, I did not return to the site.
Which brings me to the things I disliked. Some of the website links were not user friendly. A few of the websites I visited I found it to be a chore to actually find the A-Z challenge. Once I maneuvered my way to the actual post it was fine. But still it was an inconvenience that took valuable minutes out of my day. Others neglected to even post at all. If I visit a blog and can’t easily find my way around, if there is no indication that it’s part of the challenge, or if I can’t find where to leave a comment, chances are I’m not going to visit again. Also if I visit more than once and have to enter my name, email, etc. every time to leave a comment, I probably won’t comment a second time.
DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW
What to do different? I had intentions of participating in the Road Trip. Unfortunately what I need to do is focus on areas where I need to improve before taking on another commitment. I think I jibber-jabbered about how we all have the same number of hours in a day, and we get to choose what we do with those hours. One of the things I noticed through the challenge this year is it’s much more enjoyable when you form a relationship or bond, per say, with some of your fellow bloggers. It’s important to reciprocate when they take the time to make a comment. I plan to take my own road trip. I want to go back through all of my comments, not only this year, but all of the previous challenges, and respond to every comment that I neglected. Wish me luck.
How to make things better? Free advertising. I’ve included a few of my favorite bloggy buddies’ buttons to the right of the site. If you would to share yours send me your info. I’m at yahoo (everyone really is). We are the world of information. Knowledge at our fingertips. What do you want to share? (Crackerberries discretion of course). I think that’s what this world needs: more sharing and just being kind. And if you think of it throughout the year, pop in on some of the bloggers you hooked up with and just say “HI”. A random comment or nod might just be what someone needs to make their day.
That’s my take. What’s yours? Have you thought about what your theme for next year will be? Be sure to leave your reflection link or blog link in the comments. I promise to do my best to come visit you and leave a comment back.
Have a great day!