Congratulations to all who participated in this annual April blogging challenge!
This was my third year of participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge for this blog, The View from the Top of the Ladder, and the second year for Take 25 to Hollister. I'm writing this reflection post for both blogs.
Because I have a masochistic goal of blogging 365 days in 2015 for both my blogs, I entered the two of them in the challenge. I made it easy for myself by focusing on a theme—food for the Ladder and just Hollister for Take 25. Every now and then, I managed to write posts beforehand and be ahead by two or three days, which meant I could visit more blogs. Wednesday and Thursday were tough days because I also wrote on my themes for ABC Wednesday and Alphabe Thursday. I said I was masochistic.
At first, I visited blogs in the A to Z April Challenge under either the Ladder or Take 25, following the suggestion of visiting the blog after me and five more blogs. Probably after the third or fourth time my numbers changed on the list, I stopped finding where my blogs were and randomly plowed through the list, leaving signatures for both my blogs when I commented. There were a few days where I didn't have the time and/or energy to visit blogs. But, I felt I made up for those days, as I usually visited 10 to 20 or more blogs on the days I did visit.
There were some bloggers I visited every day. A few were bloggers I visit regularly anyway or reconnected from last year's challenge. When I liked a blog, I signed up for its RSS feed, so I could check out the blog later or after the challenge. If I could not come up with something positive to say about what I read, I didn't comment. For once in my life, I'm following that saying—if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
I had fewer new visitors this year to both blogs. At least, if I base it on comments. It's possible I may have had more who just didn't leave comments. The Ladder had several visitors every day, while Take 25 had a visitor now and then. Maybe people skipped Take 25 because they thought it would be about that silly store that I shall not name.
One of the things I like about this challenge is the ability to go to a source where I can find a variety of blogs to check out. I've made a few blogging friends through past challenges and have even met a couple in person. That, I think is awesomely cool.
Would I do the challenge next year? If I'm still blogging, I might.