This was my fourth year of participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. The last time was in 2015. It's always good to take a break from something intense for whatever reason.
Back in October, 2017, I challenged myself to do a daily post for at least a year, so taking on the April challenge wasn't going to be a big deal. From my experience with the other three challenges, I knew the following:
- I wanted to spend time visiting blogs rather than writing posts.
- My blog was not going to suddenly explode with traffic because of the challenge.
- It's best to have a theme for focus, ease, and efficiency for me.
- My posts need to be short and sweet.
- I recycled the Jane Austen, Action Doll theme that I did for a weekly ABC meme a few years ago.
- I visited every participant on the Master List, starting backwards from #697. I didn't visit the list daily, but when I did, I checked anywhere from 20 to 50 blogs on a given day. I managed to visit everyone on the Master List by the last day of the Challenge.
- If a blog showed no entry for the Challenge or the last entry was several days old, I moved on without checking what the blogger was about. Six hundred ninety-seven participants, remember.
- I commented on many of the blogs that I visited. About halfway through the Challenge, I thought to add my blog's link with my comment.
- I kept a list of blogs to which I wanted to return and visit further.
- Because I pre-scheduled my posts before the Challenge started, April was almost like a vacation from blogging for me.
- Curiously, traffic to my blog was less than in previous years which had me wondering now and then if I was using the wrong list. Oh, well. If I were in a different frame of mind, I could have been discouraged about completing the Challenge.
- It really doesn't matter if I left my blog's link on my comment. People who are inclined to visit others will do so with or without the link.
- In past Challenges, I visited categories that interested me. I'm glad I tossed that strategy aside to visit all blogs, otherwise, I wouldn't have come across a great number of wonderful storytellers who weaved their tales through words and/or images.
From Jane Austen the Action Doll and me, Thank you, Blogging A to Z April 2018 Challenge hosts!