I've been doing the A to Z Challenge since 2013. It's a fun little blogging game for April. How can I make my usual blog post fit the letter of the day?
As for completing the challenge, I normally write five blog posts a week. Blogging all month isn't the challenge. Doing the blog hop and keeping up with comments--that's the challenge.
I've said all this before (in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). If you want to read that again, I'd suggest 2016's reflections post. It's definitely my favorite title. So, rather that rehash the same ol', I'm just going to hit a few highlights:
- Hardest post to get to fit the letter of the day: Room Swap. For the longest time I tried to get that into Q. That week was just hard for some reason.
- Post that made me laugh the hardest: You're Not a Train.
- Post with my favorite title: Otherwhere.
- Post with the most comments (tie): Doubled Name & Zilch.
- Post with the most views: Earvin Strikes Again.
- X cheat: X-tra.
- My favorite post for April: Listening Skills.
For the hop portion of the challenge, I was #510 on the master list. As in previous years, I started visiting at the blog just after mine (#511), and continued until I was able to comment on five other blogs. (I "hopped" about five days a week.)
By the end of the challenge, I had made it to #26 on the master list. Yep, I managed to get to the end of the list and start over. This has been a dream of mine since 2013...
A (very small) sampling of the blogs I visited:
- The View from the Top of the Ladder profiled jobs Jane Austen (via her action doll) could have done (example: Smokejumper).
- Iain Kelly wrote stories that took place in 26 cities in the EU (example: Talinn, Estonia).
- Part-Time Working Hockey Mom told us about different visited cities (example: Irvine).
- Time and Tide had an eclectic collection (example: Malapropism).
- Heather Erickson wrote about writing (example: Up the Stakes) and at Facing Cancer with Grace wrote about caregiving (example: Advance Care Directive).
- Doesn't Speak Klingon also had an eclectic collection (example: Jedi Wisdom).
- The BOMB's blog I stumbled across near the end of the challenge. Also eclectic (example: Xyst).
I like doing the blog hop to find new-to-me bloggers. That's the whole point, isn't it? So, that makes this year more of a success than last year. But I am glad that April only happens once a year.