The A-Z Challenge 2015: Reflections

April was an absolute whirlwind. This was my first time taking part in the A-Z Challenge and though I had no doubt that I’d make it to the end of the month (I’m tenacious, if nothing else), I didn’t expect to enjoy it quite so much!  I found a heap of new blogs to follow, I made a load of new friends, and I discovered some incredibly interesting topics that I would never have thought to research myself, like life in 1920’s America or the different manifestations of love in the Mahabharata. I also learned a lot about time management and the art of blogging, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting a chance to polish my writing skills – my blog was barely six months old before the A-Z Challenge and I’d only been posting once a week, so this was a bit of a baptism of fire for me. I had written half of my A-Z posts in March but even that left me writing and editing until the wee small hours on two occasions in April. Next time I’ll tackle my month’s worth of posts earlier in the year in the hope of quelling any more midnight writing sessions.

Now that it’s all over and done with, I feel a little lost. I’m thinking long and hard about the direction I’d like my blog to take and how often I need to post, though once a day is probably pushing it! I’m also looking forward to getting comfy with a cuppa and reading through all the blogs from the list that I missed out on. Here are my favourites from the hundreds of blogs that I did manage to visit in April that I’ll be visiting regularly in the future, each of them incredibly talented writers – well done ladies, and thank you all for your support.

A-Z Challenge: HeartSamantha Mozart –
Dementia Caregiving for my Mother, at home

A-Z Challenge: HeartSara Snider –
Flash fiction, based on tree names

A-Z Challenge: HeartSarah Zama –
Roaring Twenties

A-Z Challenge: HeartShubhangi Srikanth –

A-Z Challenge: HeartRosie –
Poets who inspire me

A-Z Challenge: HeartZalka Csenge Virág –
Epics from A-Z

A-Z Challenge: HeartAnabel Marsh –
Gallus Glasgow

A-Z Challenge: HeartPat Garcia –
The Child and the Prophet

My visitor count soared in April with visits from 24 countries (hello, Tanzania! *waves*). The Vestiarium Scoticum post was the most popular with 784 views, closely followed by the post on the Queen of Elfhame and True Thomas with 609 views. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, especially those of you who took the time to leave comments. I’ve had some fantastic feedback and your words of encouragement kept me going when my motivation threatened to abandon me. I also have to give a shout out to my wonderful man for the constant stream of coffee and his endless reassurance and enthusiasm, not to mention his superlative proof reading!

I can’t wait to do this all over again next year, it’s been a blast! :)