Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Reflections Post: A-Z Challenge

So, a few months ago, I was reading Alex’s blog.  He was probably bragging about how awesome he is (you know him) or maybe he was just saying that the A-Z Challenge is a ton of fun. Either way, I read about the A-Z Challenge on Alex’s blog a few months ago and signed up.  I was totally stoked.  I cranked out post after post way ahead of schedule.  I was almost ready!

Then, April rolled around.  It was time to start the Challenge. The first two weeks went smoothly.  I had my posts set to schedule.  (In your face, cat!)  The third week, um, not so much.  That’s what happens when you don’t stay on top of some of your posts and only have them written a couple of days in advance.  The fourth week, fuhgeddaboutit.  I was cramming like a college student!  Some posts were written the night before they were due.

But, it was a ton of fun!  Well worth the late nights and early mornings.  (Now I know what my son is going through right now with finals at college.)

I met so many new people.  And, many of them weren’t even in the Challenge. I met them through reading comments they made in other’s posts. I find lots of people that way.  People who leave heartfelt remarks are people I want to know.

I didn’t do the Challenge just to drive up my numbers.  While they did go up – I think I picked up fifteen  – I did find quality blogs to follow.  I also decided to close down my writing blog and combine it with this one again.  Trying to maintain two blogs is just a pain in my rear.

Will I do it next year?  If I’m not working – yes.  But I sure won’t do it on sex addiction because dear God, that was a lot to deal with mentally.  Thirty days of sex addiction in a row.  Whew!  It’s one thing to live it, it’s another to write it, comment on it, write it, comment on it; wash, rinse, repeat.  (Note to self: Remember you just wrote that!)

Click here for other reflections in the series.

I’ll be back tomorrow for Insecure Writers Support Group where I’ll be a co-host from this blog.  W00t W00t!




41 comments:

  1. Yeah, that Alex dude brags a lot. Wait a minute...
    You may have scrambled the last week, but you did it!
    And it's not about driving up numbers. I didn't pick up a lot of new followers (which is fine!) but I connected with a few new people and reconnected with some old followers.
    Hope you'll be back next year.
    And see you Wednesday for the IWSG, co-host!

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    1. Alex and his ego. That man just never quits…just once I wish he'd think about others instead of himself! hahahaha

      I'm glad I did it. I'm not sure I would have finished unless I was a minion. I think I would have, but I'm not sure I would. I also reconnected with bloggers too. Forgot to mention that! Yep, I pretty stoked about the IWSG too!

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  2. Thank you for sharing so much of your story with us during the challenge this year. You did an awesome job. I may do the A-Z next year - I loved seeing how all my different blogging friends did the A-Z. Someone even did it on herbs and plant life - kinda cool!

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    1. Thank you for reading it, Keith. Speaking of that - I just read the poem Grace did for you over at her place - stunning!!

      I'd love to see you do the Challenge. You'd rock it. I think if I did it next year I'd do it on things that make me smile. That'd be a ton of fun.

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    2. Thanks for liking my poem ~ Their love story is so inspiring ~

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  3. Pfffft only 2 weeks ahead at your sea? Is that supposed to impress me? lol when you get 13-14 weeks ahead in posts, then you come talk to the cat haha

    It was fun to give a run as always. The cat found a few that are new. Next year you can just do migraines. A- Asshole Migraines, B - Bitch Migraines, C - Cluster of Migraines, D - Dirty Migraines.....Z - Zippy Migraines. See, isn't the cat so helpful? You could whine for 26 posts lol

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    1. Shit, cat, if I was that far in advance, I'd pass out from sheer exhaustion. There would seriously be something wrong over here at my place. Either the kids would be moved out, I'd be way healthy, extremely wealthy, or have gone insane…but your idea on migraines, now that could be fun. A great way to irritate to Dan!! hahaha Huh, never thought the cat could be so helpful!!

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    2. Don't you dare Elsie! Don't even consider it for one second! You and that stupid, evil, little, rhyming cat will burn for your conspiring! May you be cursed with the worse of migraines all day, every day for all of eternity!

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    3. Hmmm you have to do migraines now!

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    4. You make a very valid point, Pat. Maybe I'll do my own Challenge after the summer. I'll call it something like, A Month of Migraines and I'll link it up to Dan. I can find others who suffer from migraines and have them post about them too. I'll make sure they find Dan and share their experiences with him too. He'll love it!! All of us just bitching and moaning for thirty days straight!! What fun!!! Oh, I can find people who just suffer from invisible illnesses - like you - don't you want to join in on the fun of tormenting Dan??

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    5. haha that sounds like fun, could sure piss off worqueendan a ton!

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    6. You know what's funnier than pissing me off? A cat with no hair! Now THAT is hilarious!

      You know Elsie, once you do that I could just deactivate my blog for that month.

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  4. When I was doing A-Z in 2012 and 2013, I wrote and scheduled my posts in February and March. Yes I'm 'one of those people'. But even though I did that, I still had a hard time keeping up w/ comments and blogs!

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    1. I think it's good to be one of those people, JoJo. I wish I had planned way more in advance than what I did. It would have made life a bit easier. If I do it next year, I'll be "one of those people" for sure!! =P

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  5. Hey Elsie!
    I didn't have ANY of my posts written ahead of time...seriously. Night before. Every time. STRESS! It was a great time, though, and I got to meet quality people like you! Now that it's over, I'll be able to come by more, which I've been looking forward to!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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    1. It feels like I've known you forever but it's only been since the A-Z (well, shortly before since we meet thanks to the co-hosting). Yes, now that things have settled down, I'll have more time to visit everyone again!

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  6. I have been known to click over to an unknown blog, based upon a great comment, and read/possibly follow.

    I enjoyed your A to Z theme this month. You discussed many of my favorite topics (boundaries, forgiveness, and more) that all exist within and without sex addiction. I also learned something about addiction in general. Mostly, I appreciated your willingness to open your heart and begin a dialogue about something so painful. The greatest truths are often the most difficult to speak aloud.

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    1. I love seeing an open comment on someone's blog. It doesn't have to be all gushy or anything but anytime I see someone writing something more than the standard "nice post" or "yeah, I agree" comment, I like to see what they have to say. It tells me they read the post and paid attention and cared. That means a lot to me. I try to write openly about what happened to me in my life so others will know they aren't alone in their journeys. That was the worst part, thinking I was alone.

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  7. I didn't participate this year, but it was a lot of fun the past three years. It does require effort, but you meet so many new people that it's worth it.

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    1. Wow, three years is a long time. I can understand needing to take a break from it this year. It was well worth it for me. It showed me I could do it and stick with it.

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  8. I had to laugh at what I just noticed here... "your respectful comments are greatly appreciated"

    Seems you appreciate the disrespectful comments as well, being that you tolerate me coming around here. And that damn cat, too!

    And to hell with the A-Z. I think it's for writers who are struggling to come up with topics of their own. Are you a struggling author, Elsie? lol

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    1. I think I wrote that in an attempt to keep away the jerks who wrote "wow, I'd love to be your sex addict some day" a long time ago. As if it would really work. I think now that I have multiple people commenting on my blog, those trolls don't bother me anymore. You're pretty much my only troll, Dan hahaha.

      No, I don't struggle for stuff to write about. I mean, I guess if worse comes to worse, I can always write about migraines, huh?

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    2. You would!

      I'm the king of trolls. I harvest them from my garden, remember? lol

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  9. Gone.my comment gone.
    I forgot how good of a writer you are for a while Elsie. Too many comments and too many metaphors.
    I see what you did there by comparing your blog post with your son's college exam.
    don't blame you. In India for anything and everything you have to clear and pass exams.how to feed billion population in a country around size of Texas? Unless you want to bribe your way through the other option left is to clear those but trust me the exam which scared me the most is NJ driving license online test, I couldn't sleep before night.
    and I won't try to compete with Cat. He is freak of nature. He says he is Canadian but I am sure he is an alien from some other galaxy.

    fuggedaboot it - sorry my knooujaarseee acjent sucks. I was in Pavonia/Newport.

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    1. I try to write with metaphors as much as possible. Not everyone catches them, thank you for getting it. I hated my NY drivers test. I would totally fail it now. Especially the parallel parking test. Wonder if they still do that. Yes, the cat is a freak. Just a freak, not a freak of nature. He aint right in the head!

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    2. Good call on Cat :) Agree 100%. I think he is sticking around in our planet for pringle cans.
      I love your writing Elsie, you have your own style and funny funny and love your catch phrases and metaphors and timely quotes and quotations you cite . Two blogs?Glad you decided to stick with one. Maintaining two is hard.

      My NJ driving test which scared me the most was the online test. And actual driving test, I wasn't prepared for surprises so I was caught offguard. I think it was Newark - that drive test inspector started off with let's say it didn't go well and next time I tried in WAYNE or something it was easy peasy (a 84 year old white grandpa). And some time later I saw family guy episode where Peter Griffin worked in DMV. God it was so darn funny :)

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  10. Good for you Elsie! What an accomplishment! Now onto some sunshine and rainbows for a bit. eh? ;) Keep up the amazing work!

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    1. Yeah, some beach talk for a while. That ought to do it!

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  11. I enjoyed the A-Z, and you did a great job!
    I have a lot on my plate at work and home so I knew that I couldn't participate, but it was fun going to different peoples blogs and following along.

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  12. Glad the challenge went well Elsie but it sounded like work at times.

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  14. Sorry. Sometimes I ignore my typos. Other times I start over, like now:
    Writing in first-person about emotional things is tough. Isn't it? I'm very impressed that you did it, and you did it within a short amount of time, and with grace and sincerity. Congratulations, Elsie.

    I spend A LOT more time sitting with a clump of emotions than I spend writing through my experiences. Sometimes, I wish my mind worked like a fiction writer's. But I think we're all putting ourselves and own stories onto the page, in whatever genre we choose.

    Anyway, kudos to you!
    xoRobyn

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  15. I'm all for comblogulation. Wasn't that an intense challenge? Last year I remember vowing "I'll never do that again." Three months later I knew what I was going to blog about for 2014. I'm not sure if I'll be participating next year, but I'm always sad when I don't. It's just too much fun...and exhaustion...with fun...and cheese. =)

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  16. i am glad you made those connections...and that it helped you make a decision about your other blog as well...and it was an insightful journey from a readers stand point as well...

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  17. Hi human, Elsie,

    I delighted to read that you pawticipated for what I consider all the right reasons. Indeed, it's about the pawsitive interaction and heck, even interacting with those who would never join the never ending alphabet challenge. We've never worried about follower totals and you understand that's not the priority. The quality of genuine folks who link into your site is all that really matters.

    Hearty congrats and time for some reflecting. My human, or whatever he is, is delighted you are co-hosting the dedication site to him. Yes, "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary."

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny, the cordial host of The Alphabark Challenge, 2014! :)

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  18. If you had fun and made new friends, then it was worth it certainly ~ I enjoyed the topics as you weaved it with your personal experiences and not just for the sake of writing the letter posts ~

    I tried this April challenge once but didn't want the stress of writing and commenting everyday now ~ Congrats and here's to more blogging friends ~ Have a good weekend ~

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  19. Thanks for visiting my reflections post Elsie, and for your lovely comment.
    I got a lot out of the challenge, and I'm glad you did too. I must do some pre-planning for the next one. :-)

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  20. I didn't get to read every post you did,
    but I did read most of them.

    Well done, you.

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  21. I write all of my posts on the fly. I did schedule a few of them but they were written just before midnight and I didn't want to stay up to post them as the clock struck 12.

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  22. Hi Elsie .. it was meeting you .. and finding out how you coped - such is life .. we do cope, we improve, we learn more, we meet wonderful new friends and so it goes ..

    Good for you ..and see you soon .. cheers Hilary

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