A to Z – Tellin’ it how it was

April was a busy month for me. I took a break from my regularly scheduled programming to take part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge for the first time. If you’ve followed along, you might have noticed that I posted for every day of the month, save Sundays. I stumbled upon a theme just before the start, and basically did each post a night before. At times, if I was inspired, I let the posts mingle with my usual topics (gratitude, senses, and the like), but I found that for me, this challenge turned out to be a form of topic exploration.  I’m grateful for that, as there are times when I get in a writing rut, and I now can look back to those posts for inspiration.

More Good Things

  • The #atozchallenge hashtag on Twitter allowed me to rather efficiently check out interesting bloggers that were doing the challenge along with me.  I found several blogs that were new to me that I enjoy reading and will continue to read, including:

@miss_teerious or at www.mysteriouskaddu.com

@thatanxiousmom or at thatanxiousmom.com

@Mpls_Transplant or at MPLS Transplant

@SnarkyMommaWith or at SnarkyMommaWithLove

  • I now appreciate WordPress much more after experiencing some of the other blogging platforms.
  • I gained some new followers which means more people are enjoying my writing – yay!

For the number nerds among you:

April 1:  458 Total WordPress Followers, 1129 Twitter Followers, 2045 Total (including Facebook – which for me is pretty static, so I didn’t bother to keep track)

April 30: 523 Total Word Press Followers (14% ↑), 1265 Twitter Followers (12%↑), 2258 Total (10.4% gain overall)

Some Not-So-Good Things

I found the blogging list extremely challenging to even put a dent in. Between full-time work, parenting, and writing, there was hardly any time to do more than I did which wasn’t much.  I tried my best to retweet, like and comment on the 5 blogs that were right near me, but if I choose to do this next year, I hope to do a better job of that. The other frustrating thing about the list was that some were not actually participating.

I found commenting on non-WordPress blogs to be extremely tedious. Many people still had the verification on their comments and it takes that much longer to let someone know what you think of their stuff.

I didn’t plan ahead, and if I do this next year, I will be doing that for sure. Since I did not, I was always scrambling to finish a post, and could never write much more than 300 words (though I think that might have been a plus).


I’m glad I did it, and proud I finished, but I’m glad to slowly be getting back to doing my normal thing 🙂

A-to-Z Reflection [2015] - Lg



By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. Thanks for the shout out! Loved that the challenge introduced me to bloggers like you that I want to continue to read going forward. Thanks for the reminder – I need to do my wrap up post.

  2. “but if I choose to do this next year, I hope to do a better job of that.” I think A to Z 2015 challenge participants can remain in touch throughout the year of 2015. That gives all of us time to interact better with ease. We can read more blogs of participants.

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