Blogging from A to Z April 2017 Challenge: My Reflections Part 2
Okay, so apparently doing an official Reflections post at the end of the Challenge is a thing? Works for me! I’ve already given some of my thoughts on the subject (rambled like a lunatic, as usual) but here goes with Part 2:st
Having never done this challenge before, I was learning as I went how it all worked. I read a lot of posts ahead of time from people complaining about having to post their links every day instead of having a list, and while I could see their point, it wasn’t a problem for me. My problem was learning how to do the clickable link, it seemed awfully complicated and I was convinced I’d never get the hang of it (now I love it). I’ve even used it in my posts elsewhere, when pointing out an interesting article that I thought people might want to check out.
My only problem was, and this is probably just me not knowing what in the world I was doing, even though I saved the badges every day and added them to my posts, once I went to the entry (so I could get the link to post) I couldn’t see the letter badge myself. I don’t know what was going on with that, but the only badge I ever saw was the original Participant badge that I put in the sidebar. Hopefully others could see the badges every day, but I sure couldn’t. I’ve even done the same thing with the Survivor badge in my other Reflections post, but naturally I can’t see it myself, so I’m going to just have to put it in the sidebar as well I guess.
The blogs I visited (or tried to visit) every day were Iain Kelly’s serial story using a children’s alphabet block quilt (loved it! Missed a couple days along the way, but even without going back to catch up I could follow along with the story just fine, and his entry for X was so sad); Megan Morgan’s daily attempts to talk people out of becoming writers (sorry, Megan, I caught the bug when I was twelve and haven’t looked back since); My Cozy Book Nook (the one about Journaling), Reading Authors (reviews of different books/series, some I’d heard of and some I hadn’t), Writing Off the Edge (a drabble a day), Giggling Fattie (Harry Potter theme—loved it!), Sue Bursztynski’s Spies an Spying posts, and probably a few more that I’m forgetting.
I liked someone’s suggestion about putting up all the badges for the month at once, so we could get them all in one shot, and have them already added to our daily entries so all we’d have to do is go to the Challenge site once a day to post our links, instead of having to go there, get the badge, add it to our post for the day, go back to the site, add our link…I have absolutely no idea what kind of work goes into making those badges so I don’t know how feasible it would actually be to have them all done ahead of time, but even like a week’s worth or so at a time would be very helpful. Other than that (and trying several times to get the hang of clickable links before I finally figured it out!) I had no problems with the way things were done this year, and look forward to coming back next year to participate again!
I took the survey already. I actually had no idea how many comments I had on my blog until asked in the survey, so I had to go count. Over 50 comments and 11 new followers, so yay me!