Things that worked for me
- Posting. I usually post five times a week, so adding Saturdays (which I decided would be an easy post-a-photo day) wasn't much of a stretch.
- Visiting five new blogs a day. In my mind, this meant comment on five new blogs a day, so that's what I did.
- Comment back. Yep, I managed to make it back to most of those that commented on my blog.
- The letters kind of fell into place (which I discussed on the 24th: Unexpected Connections).
- Link back signature. I know. We were told to do this early on. But I checked to make sure the Google thingie linked back to my blog, and it does. Still, I should have done this and didn't.
- Blog hop hosts. I followed the blogs. I perused the headlines in Feedly. But most days I didn't get to their blogs. I should have, I know, but keeping up with everything else... Something had to give, and it was them.
- My comments were pretty weak all around.
- April 25th. I managed to visit and comment on five new blogs every blogging day except. (Birth in the family.) To make up for this, I hit ten new blogs on the 26th.
- Captcha. I only encountered a couple blogs that had this still on. But I only learned this after writing out my comment, and by then I was kind of committed to getting it posted. (I didn't go back to those blogs, though.)
- Unable to comment back. A couple bloggers' Google log ins go to their Google + page, which made it hard to find their blogs. And they (like me) didn't include a link in their comment.
- "Read More". Some blogs only had a short intro, and then you'd have to click through to get to the whole post. Why?
In previous years, I skipped the challenge but felt so left out. I'm glad I did it this year. I stumbled across some great blogs that I would not have discovered otherwise. (I ended up at #445 and managed to make it to #623 on the list.)
But I'm so glad this only lasts a month.
So, how'd you do? If you didn't participate, are you thinking about jumping in next year? If you did, are you going to do it again?