A to Z Challenge 2016
This year, I participated for the 2nd time in the A to Z Challenge. Some letters were tough, for others the word I wrote about appeared in my head days, or even weeks before I wrote the post in question.
Last year I had thought that for this year’s challenge I would be well prepared in advance to have plenty of time to visit blogs and write comments. But very quickly after last year’s challenge ended many things in my life changed and planning a long time ahead was not really an option anymore. So when it was time to reveal my theme I opted for authenticity. I also imposed myself the rule to write in alphabetical order and not in zigzag, that I would write about the word for the letter that would come into my head and not try to find one that would please my readers.
Being 100% authentic and spontaneous for one whole month on this blog has helped me find back to my writing voice, grow as a person and gain more confidence.
In the first few days of then challenge I clicked many of the links on the signup list (when on my computer), I also followed many tweets (mostly on my phone) and eventually I used mostly my phone for reading and when that happened I mostly used be “A to Z Challenge” tag in the reader, meaning that in the end I read mostly WordPress blogs. I did read/follow some non-Wordpress blogs, but they must have been in the minority. I discovered many bloggers and on one blog, in particular, I was impatiently waiting for the next instalment of the challenge, it was the blog Introvert Playground.
And the numbers for April, I do recall that last year many bloggers did include the stats, full stats will be posted at the end of the quarter. This April I passed the 400 WordPress followers (I tend to not focus much on follower numbers), last year at the end of the challenge I did not even have 100 followers. In terms of views, it was the 2nd best so far, just 16 views behind December. It was also the 2nd time that I had more than 2000 views in a month. Up to now my blog had never had as many unique visitors for a single month. I passed the 250 post mark in April and published a total of 33 posts.
Finally here is the list of all my A to Z posts of this year.
A to Z challenge Theme Reveal
I’ll be back next April! Maybe prepared, maybe not. But, until then happy reading, writing, connecting and commenting!
How did the challenge go for you? Did you participate?
© Solveig Werner 2016. All rights reserved.
8 thoughts on “Reflections #AtoZChallenge 2016”
Congratulations! I enjoyed your posts 🙂
Congratulations on completing the challenge this year! I generally don’t prep posts too far ahead but this year, I tried for about 25% of my posts and it’s been less stressful trying to write a post and also visit blogs to comment so I’m definitely going to work on prepping posts for next year’s challenge 🙂 Now that the challenge is over, I’ll have time to go round all the blogs that I didn’t get to, including yours!
Congratulations on completing again this year. You are good at spontaneity.
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Congratulations, Solveig! Well done for completing the challenge. It was tough this year. I enjoyed the challenge, but also glad it’s over.
So many blogs to catch up with. Authenticity is a great theme. Looking forward to reading.
Congrats on completing the challenge, good to hear your stats were so good!
Bravo for writing every day. Always a challenge. See you soon.
Those are some great stats! Sorry I missed your A to Z posts. I might catch up on a few 🙂 I’m particularly intrigued by “Mmm”!