We’ve had so many bloggers from our tribe participating in the A to Z Challenge 2017 and they were happy to share their experience with us. While there were many veterans who participated in the challenge, there were also bloggers who attempted for the first time and still loved it. The stress, madness, and chaos were cherished as they all nailed writing 26 posts in April with some amazing themes. Here’s Part 2 of what our bloggers had to say post the challenge.
What bloggers have to say post A to Z Challenge 2017
Shilpa Garg, A rose is a rose is a rose! on Crime stories in 55 words
I enjoyed writing about Alphabet O and V the most. I liked that they had that shock/surprise value in the end which is the trademark of a 55 Fiction. I really struggled with the letter Q… Quackery. Usually, I read up a lot on the given crime of the day. Reading up the crime cases or incidents gave me insights and the information to base my story on. But even after hunting for hours, I didn’t get the desired masala for Quackery and managed to write something based on a poster I remembered reading somewhere, “We have cure for everything”. I was very skeptical of participating in this year’s AtoZ challenge as I just didn’t feel like blogging. Some friends had more confidence in me than I had in myself and they really pushed/inspired me to participate. And am I glad that I listened to them. It’s happiness beyond words on successfully completing the challenge and doing some good creative work too. Next time around, I will schedule. Schedule. Schedule. Writing in advance gives more time to read others and network too which is main goal of a challenge like this. I did schedule quite a few posts but there were a lot many which I wrote on the fly. I had amazing fun writing for my theme and reading such varied topics. I came across some exquisite writings and connected with old and new fellow AtoZers. I loved researching for various crimes too. Thinking about some of the crime cases gives me chills still, though.
I had amazing fun writing for my theme and reading such varied topics. I came across some exquisite writings and connected with old and new fellow AtoZers. I loved researching for various crimes too. Thinking about some of the crime cases gives me chills still, though. Roshan’s posts on compassion and kindness by everyday people were truly inspiring and moving. 😉 My post A to Z plans include replying to all comments that I have received all through April. Continue to blog regularly and catch up on my reading too, which I missed due to this hectic blogging month.
Ishieta, Isheeria’s Healing Circles on The A to Z of Healing
I had written about various Healing forms, and my own experiences with them. I really enjoyed writing the posts on Numerology & Reiki – They have been a part of most of my life, and are really close to my heart! I struggled with Q – I had very limited options. At the end of this challenge, I am amazed at myself 🙂 This was a big challenge for me on many fronts, and being able to complete it successfully, with a sense of Joy is an accomplishment which warms my heart. Next time around, I’d write in advance – I was writing the posts daily. READ so much more – so many, many great blogs!
Overall, it’s been an interesting, exhilarating and humbling experience. I have juggled like never before. I have read some amazing people, and founds writers par excellence! I recall the below two posts through the challenge – Shalini‘s post on Kathakali in Kochi & other adventures and Tina‘s post on Chocolate cake in a cup in a microwave & other recipes. These 2 blogs have made an impact on me at 2 levels – Solo Travel is safe & fun, & there is a complete world in India which is so fascinating! I must explore. I don’t need to be an accomplished cook or toil for hours to make yummy & tasty edibles. The Challenge has been a great learning experience – It has helped me realise my strengths and gaps – I am going to focus on skilling up and bridging them.
Roma Gupta Sinha, Truly Yours Roma on A Novella, It’s a Tale of Priyam Meer’s Eternal Love
This was my most popular post from the challenge. I didn’t struggle with any letter I guess, it kept coming in a flow, oh yeah it was X 🙂 I feel extremely elated and on top of the world. It was mu first attempt at serialized fiction and the response I got was extremely motivating. Next time around, I will write and schedule in advance.
I feel enriched and stuffed with a billion new ideas after the crazy amount of writing, reading, commenting and sharing throughout the month. I recall reading this post, in fact the whole series by Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan, it was so difficult to choose just one of the posts. Post A to Z, I plan to again publish my month long labour as an e-book like I did last year and hopefully it would be available on Amazon and Blogchatter soon.
Shalini Baisiwala, Shalzmojo on Peregrination Chronicles (Travel) where in I talked about the weird/unexpected and quirky events/sights that I have expereinced on my many travels
The Popular post as per stats with 1100 + views is this But the when that I enjoyed writing the most is on letter N. I enjoyed writing all of them and actually cant say if anyone was tough to write on. I enjoyed this challenge thouroughly and feel accomplished to have gone through it and came out at the other end feeling ecstatic! Next time around, I will probably sort out all the photographs much before the challenge as this is one thing that did hamper me on time while composing the posts.
Deepa Gandhi, Kreativemommy on Parenting
My favourite post is Letter S Summer vacation Tips for activities to keep kids busy and the difficult letter was X. I feel good and proud of myself after completing. Although it was not easy and it became monotonous after some time. I feel good as it was my first time and I finished it. I will try to be better prepared next time and try writing posts before hand by good research. This time I struggled after first week.
Overall experience was good and uplifting. I learnt that daily reading writing and commenting is good for your blog. Roshans posts made an impact on me. Actually his theme was great and full of inspirational posts. Post AtoZ will try to continue reading writing and sharing.
Mayuri Nidigallu, Sirimiri – the Lifestyle Blogazine on My Favourite Foods and A Little bit of Me
I enjoyed writing P for Pootharekulu. The last few letters were a torture to write for, and among them ‘W’ was the one I struggled with the most. I completed the challenge and I feel great. Post the challenge I feel lost!:( The reading and writing everyday has become a habit! Next time around, I would be better prepared, by scheduling all posts, so I have more time to read.
My overall experience was exhausting and exhilarating! I loved Geetika Guptas theme, The Other Side made me think differently and made the biggest impact on me. All her posts, so I can’t pinpoint one. Post A to Z, I hope to continue writing, and posting, regularly on my blog.
Anami (Pen name ‘nami ), BL0g@NaMi on Her learnings.
I enjoyed writing all the posts coz I didn’t Drafted them beforehand. Each and every post was written instantly. I didn’t struggle much, but i had to think a bit more for letter O and X. It is when my 40 day confinement period at my mother’s home is over, i thought of dropping out. It was letter N the next day. But i didn’t. So i am Proud of me at end for completion. (It may look like bragging but trust me it was not at all easy for me.) Next time around, I will be ready beforehand, with Better theme and drafts preparation.
I learned a lot. Circumstances taught me and i came to know about my strengths. Got new followers. Met fellow bloggers across countries. Overall it was superb experience. Life changing for me. There are many posts that inspired me. Naming one or few won’t do justice to others. April passed by writing and writing. Will try not to procrastinate and write 2 posts in a week. And yes will surely try to learn from “her”.
Shinjini, Modern Gypsy on The Artist’s Toolbox
My most popular was Abstract Art: The What and How with a Timelapse Video and my personal favorite was Release your fear: Create art with wild abandon. I struggled with hands-down: X! I wanted to put together a video, but it just wouldn’t get uploaded. The only other idea I had in mind was Watercolors, which is one of my least used art supplies. Needless to say, I tried desperately to get the video loaded (no luck). When that failed, I cobbled together a post on watercolors. At the end of this challenge, I feel exhausted, exhilarated, and very satisfied. I love art, I want to encourage more people to start painting, and if this series can inspire even a few to pick up paints and brushes and dabble, it would make me over-the-moon happy! Next time around, I plan video posts well in advance, for sure! Also better pre-scheduling.
This was my second consecutive year and third year doing the A to Z. Each time I have learnt and grown. Finding new blogs, interesting themes, and connecting with new people is what makes A to Z really exciting. Only one post I recall reading?! Hmm…it would have to be The Bat Kid Story, (actually, Dr. Roshan’s entire series was brilliant). Post A to Z, I plan to chill out! For a while at least. Then put together my second art-related ebook. And the rest, we shall see!
Menaka Bharathi, Simple Indian Mom on Organic Vegetables Terrace Gardening
My most popular post from the challengewas Indigenous Vegetables – Why Should You Always Choose To Grow Them. I struggled with Xperimenting With Winter Vegetables That Can Be Grown. At the end of the challenge, I feel elated, in fact when I started this challenge I had no idea of what I wanted out of this, I just had to write about organic vegetables and I made it possible this month. However after the challenge I have made major changes to the course of my blogging journey. I have successfully funnelled my strengths and have leaped out more than I had expected. Next time around, I would be scheduling, I have never been good at scheduling, however next time I would try and be better.
It was a bit difficult to catch up with the commenting part, yet there was lots of new people to meet and I learnt newer perspectives in blogging. I recall reading Vidya’s blogposts and Rajlakshmi. I love the positivity Vidya’s posts carry. I am a great fan of Rajlakshmi and her Yoga poses. I try some of them too. I am making an ebook of the posts, infact printing it out too so that I would be able to distribute during my workshop in Raipur in June this year.
Reema D’souza, The Write World on Life and times of a twenty something
I enjoyed writing Dear Future Husband the most and I struggled with X. Whole April was really hectic for me because of the challenge but at the end of it I feel that it was all worth the effort. Next time around, I would plan better. This time I did make a plan but I kept changing it on the go. So the next time I would plan better and stick to it.
This is my second A to Z Challenge and with every challenge I learn something. This time around I wrote a lot more than last time, I had more background work to do for each post. Since my theme was age based, I was initially worried about the response from other age groups but made people nostalgic and yes twenty something’s did relate with the posts. I read a lot of posts this time and the sheer variety of each of the posts made the reading experience enjoyable. I will definitely take up this challenge again. I can’t pick one post that I recall reading! All of Dr. Roshan’s posts. All of them! Post A to Z, I plan to make an eBook out of my A to Z posts.
Pratikshya Mishra, Magic Moments on Kolors of Korea- Through stories, drama series, mythology, culture, and other awe inspiring wonders.
Goblin to Gumiho’ for the letter G. I liked writing this the most. I dropped halfway through the challenge. Couldn’t complete the challenge. I was the letter that I struggled with and it got me stuck. And I couldn’t move further ahead, since I hardly had any post pre-scheduled. I am glad that I tried, in 2015 I had successfully completed the challenge. I would prepare for this challenge much beforehand next time, since this time I am not satisfied. I could do so much with the theme. I missed the chance. Next time around, I’d plan and write for the challenge at least one month ahead, so that I would get time for research, posting and post promotion. I also struggled with reading posts due to shortage of time. I regret that, I would want to read as many posts as I can through the challenge.
It’s a great opportunity to build audience for your blog, connect with co challenge takers worldwide, come across so many varieties of posts every day. So much inspiration, learning, community feeling. The one post you recall reading would be in Godyears by Dr.Roshan R. Every post made me cry overwhelmed. It was very impactful writing, purposeful use of the power of words to create a change. I loved that truely. Next would be Shinjini’s posts on art. It was really informative, seemed to me so interesting and I was curious to know more about this passion of hers. Post A to Z, I plan on Disciplined writing… Planning and sticking to plans. Making an ebook from all the writing that I could do on the theme, with some past articles for BlogChatter ebook carnival.
Shirley Corder, Write to Inspire on Build a Better Blog
The most popular one was a surprising on because I felt ill-equipped to write it: K is for Kindle and KDP. The letter / post I struggled with would be W is for Watch Your Wordcount. Reason I struggled? My biggest challenge throughout the month was word-count. My posts were long . . . and I couldn’t seem to cut them as there were so many important points for each one. I’m pleased I’ve completed it, and now I’m glad for the long posts as I achieved my goal. I have the basics for an eBook on the topic. I think next time I will chose a topic which won’t run to such long posts – but then that was my idea last time too . . . I will also use my other blog as it needs some TLC.
My overall experience was great. I enjoyed the various blogs I followed and the camaraderie between the bloggers. This is hard, recalling one post I read during the cahllenge, because I read so many good posts, and I honestly can’t identify one (that I can put a name to). I think the one blog I made a point of reading was LeAnne’s Cresting the Hill She had a positive approach to midlife that was refreshing. I’m probably past the midlife phase in years but still identified with most of her posts. My post A to Z plans? First off, converting my posts into an e-Book. I want to add a bit more material (for the sake of those who have followed the posts) and with then format it, hopefully this month, and get it up on Amazon. I’m also making a determined effort to get back on track with regular postings to both of my blogs. I’m planning on one post on blogging or writing to this site every Monday, and one shorter inspirational one on Thursdays. The other site will hopefully get attention on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Shubhangi Srikanth, The Little Princess on List of 5s
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