Today is the day that all the A-Z participants are designated to reflect on their Blogging from A-Z experience.
Compared to last year, I really enjoyed it. Last year, I learned about it and decided to do it, one day before the challenge began! This year, I planned to do it much further in advance. After I signed up, I realized I'd be traveling for the first few days of the challenge, so I decided to plan out and pre-write the posts for those days. While I was doing that, it occurred to me that I should plan out the whole month!
It helped very much to have a theme. It keeps you focused. So with a theme and a plan, I plotted out the 26 posts (well....most of them....about 4 of the letters were thought up on the day before - or day of!)
Having the plan, didn't make the blogging so difficult. The toughest part was gathering up and editing photos for the posts. That always takes up more time than I realize it will!
Other than the photos, the another difficult part of the challenge for me, were the days I couldn't really come up with much for a good bead topic for the given letter (j,v,y,x).
The most popular post (based on comments) was the R post, when I had the Reveal for the challenge kit I created. That was a big thrill for me, since I had participants and lots of people checking it out! (next kit will be available at the end of May/early June with an end of summer reveal date!)
My biggest regret for this challenge was that I just didn't have enough time to visit as many other challenge participants as I would have liked. But, with that being said, I was able to get acquainted with some new blogs/bloggers this time around which is one of my goals while doing this challenge!
But what I loved most about the challenge, was the connection I felt to so many other beaders. It was so great to write about subjects that clearly stuck a chord with other beaders and that was just amazing.
I will definitely do the challenge again, but I feel like I exhausted beading as a theme....luckily I have 11 months to start thinking about what I'll do in 2013!!!
Thanks to the hosts of the challenge, and to everyone that stopped by!