Thursday, 7 May 2015

Reflections Post 2015

And so the A To Z Challenge 2015 has come to a close. And I did it - I wrote a post everyday except for Sundays - I survived!

And now all that remains to be written is my Reflections post for this year's challenge.

I would have posted this earlier in the week but I've been ill with a cold for most of the week (the first couple of days I was trying to convince myself that it was only hayfever).

But better late than never...

So what did I learn from this year's challenge. Well as in previous years I found it a lot easier to complete this challenge having already compiled a list of what each post was going to consist of.

And I also learned that, as I didn't write all of my posts before April, that using the Sunday off each week to write the following week's posts was very useful. I didn't feel as stressed out about making sure I had my posts ready to roll.

I also remembered just how annoying blogger can be - yes blogger I'm talking about you. Because my challenge was music based I had quite a few videos of said music to include in my posts. And I had forgotten about the strange peculiarity of blogger when sometimes it throws a hissy fit and doesn't actually include said video.

I've found the trick to it is to past in your code for embedding the video and then press save before you do anything else. So with some posts I had to do this more than once. And more than once I forgot, scheduled the post and previewed it only to find a gap where a video should be. In which case I also learned not to get rid of the tab with the video's embedding code on it until I'm sure it has saved it properly.

Because when there's a gap instead of a video you can guarantee the code has mysteriously vanished from your post.

And lastly I learned that I am a bit of a bad blogger - oops.

I think it was suggested on the A To Z Challenge site that you visit at least 5 blogs a day starting with the one straight after you on the sign up list.

Which I did do... to begin with. For about 6 or 7 days straight I visited 5 blogs a day... sometimes a couple more. And then on the 7th or 8th day I didn't get round to it so I thought "I'll visit 10 tomorrow". And on that day it became "I'll visit 15 tomorrow"... you get the idea. I've currently no idea how many I should have visited in one day to catch up to the 5 a day total.

And I didn't do all that well in last year's Post A To Z Road Trip... maybe I should try it again this year and just try an awful lot harder.

Now I've just got to come up with an idea for next year's challenge :)


Barn & Beach said...

its the thought that counts!
well done

Mary Burris said...

Just now getting around to visiting the blogs in the challenge. April was a busy month for me. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!


Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there.
Congratulations on completing the challenge! I actually got to visit your blog during the crazy month of April. I'm popping over again today from the Road Trip.

Entrepreneurial Goddess