Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Monday, May 7, 2012

Reflections on the A to Z Challenge


I really loved being a part of the Hosting Team for the A to Z Challenge. It was an honor to be included, and it taught me a lot about the power of teamwork in action.

I had planned to visit all the blogs signed up but only made it about halfway so far. I found some really amazing blogs this month who will go on my regular blog visiting routine. And of course I need to sort through the commenters on my own posts this month and visit them.

I love blogging but no one can deny it's time-consuming if you do it right-- which to me means to return visits, interact with others and build relationships.

Now after the hectic pace of April, I have the rest of the year to do so. See you in Blogland!



44 comments:

  1. It was hard enough just taking part. I don't know how you managed to be on the 'big team' too. Well done. We all deserve a bit of a blogging rest this month!

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  2. Well done, Karen! I know how much work goes into hosting the challenge, and I think you all did a fantastic job.

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  3. I wasn't part of the challenge but I really enjoyed reading other people's posts! Such a great way to inspire some amazing blog posts, well done :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  4. May the rest of the year in blogland be leisurely and less hectic! :-) Well done you! Take care
    x

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  5. I visited maybe a fourth of the list. So I have a lot of comments to sort through as well.

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  6. I was one who watched from afar but enjoyed the blogarama very much. I remember when blogging was done by just a tiny few and now it is becoming mainstream. Still, blogs like yours, really standout. Thanks Karen for all the effort (AND TIME) you put forth.

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  7. I would like to convey my thanks for your part in co hosting. A grand job done by all.

    Yvonne.

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  8. Well done all of us and especially the hosts!

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  9. Thank you Karen for co-hosting this fabulous event. I don't think I managed to visit a tenth of those signed up - so maybe next year it should be TWO months (just kidding!)

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  10. My hat's off to you! It must have been a very busy month. Congrats on a successful A-Z Challenge!!

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  11. That is one tough challenge--congrats for finishing, and for even making it to half! That's awesome. :o) <3

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  12. It was so epic. I'm still slowly making my way through the list myself.

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  13. I completely agree that's it's the returning and building relationships that really matter - the initial follow is the easy part!

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  14. I applaud you for getting to half the link list. Whoa. I probably made it to a 1/4 of the list maybe a little more.

    t

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  15. Yes, it's hard to get around to everyone when everyone is posting every day! Thank you for hosting.

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  16. You did a great job. It is hard to keep up, but look at you--you got through it and sent off a new draft. That's pretty darn impressive!

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  17. You all did a wonderful job. I joined at the last minute, and made it to z. It was hard work as I was organising my book launch. I gained new followers, and found new blogs.

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  18. I thought about doing the A-Z thing, but like you said, it's time-consuming. It was fun to read other people's posts about it though, including your posts. And I totally agree with your point about how blogging is about building relationships and interacting with people. I read in Roni Loren's blog about how she said that some people only followed her because they wanted to see if she would follow them; they immediately stopped following her if she didn't. That makes me wonder if blogging is even any fun for them.

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  19. Still, half the list is a lot of blogs. :)

    Thank you for co-hosting the Challenge!

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  20. I'm sure I've said this before, but I really enjoyed visiting with you this month. Thank you so much for being a part of this event and for visiting me.

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  21. I loved finding your blog. I think you hit the most important point when you say blogging is about connecting, build relationships. So many forget forget this is not a way to shout to world your point of view but to forge friendship. I truly think in that aspect The Challenge really delivers.

    Thanks for your nice comments.
    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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  22. Karen, I meant to spend more time with your blog, which I will do going forward. It was a crazy event, for sure. But well worth it.

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  23. Other than posting everyday, I think trying to read all those blogs had to be very difficult. I

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  24. Thanks for hosting this Challenge! This was my first time doing such a thing and it was really great for my writing!

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  25. I don't know how you co-hosts did it all...wore me out just thinking about what you were doing!! HUGE congrats and thank you!!

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  26. I will have to go back and see some posts that I missed! It was a great challenge! Thanks for helping keep us on track :D I'm exhausted...

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  27. Hi Karen - you and your co-hosts and Lee all did an excellent job - how you coped with visiting 50% of the blogs I'll never know ... = very well done!

    As you said as you have the year ahead to visit the rest .. but thanks so much for visiting me during this time frame too - cheers and see you soon .. Hilary

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  28. Congrats on hosting the challenge again, dear lady! I admire your commitment, it's not easy task at all with our normal lives to carry on with in the background. Hopefully you get some rest in between writing and blogging. Take it easy lovely! x

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  29. Yep, it was both fun and insane. Thanks to you and the others for organizing it all. I really got a lot out of it.

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  30. Thanks for hosting the challenge and visiting my site. I had a blast.

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  31. It was so fun to see what everyone came up with. I wish I could have gone to each person's blog to see all the ideas. ;)

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  32. A-Z was definitely a challenge. Thanks for hosting it.

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  33. Great job, Karen! Thanks for everything you did during this tour. (I'm amazed you were able to co-host plus write your posts!)

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  34. Oh, and one other thing I really really liked about the Challenge-- Practically everyone got the word about how to remove word verification from their comment form, so leaving comments was a breeze!

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  35. At the rate I am going, catching up is going to be just as much of a challenge. Congrats on making it across the finish line :)

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  36. Hey, it's a good point that just because April is over, it doesn't mean we can't still finish up those visits we wish we'd had time for during the challenge. This post-post is actually giving me a good opportunity to do so. :)

    Thank you for co-hosting this most excellent challenge.

    P.S. I went down to Charleston a couple weeks ago to speak at Booth Library on EIU's campus. It was SO much fun!!

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  37. All of you hosts did such a great job with the challenge. And the bloggers did, too. It was fun to see all the different themes. Well done, Karen :)

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  38. Good job - well done, Karen. Look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  39. The hosts did a great job culling the spam blogs and keeping the whole thing going. Thanks! and don't worry about not getting through all the participants. With 1500+ blogs, you aren't alone!

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  40. You survived! Blogging can be a real time-suck, but it's so worth it.

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  41. Blogging can be hugely time-consuming. Attending to other things in life means some blogging time has to be sacrificed. Either that or sacrificing life which is probably not a wise choice in the long run. I didn't get through the list, couldn't reciprocate on all of my comments, and didn't visit all of hardly anyone's posts. Yet there were some who made it to all or nearly all of my posts.

    It's all about choices and making sacrifices. Blogging is fun, but it's also tough work to do a comprehensive job of it. I don't know how some people do it. I haven't found a way yet.

    In any case, thank you for a great job of co-hosting. It's been an honor and a pleasure to have you along for this incredible ride. And now as you say, time for the rest of the year--it still ain't over.


    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  42. The time taken to respond and read other people's blogs is well worth the effort as far as I'm concerned. One blogger's reply to me by mail still rings in my ears. She addressed me as, 'Dear one'. Wonderful connection.

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  43. Blogging can be a burden. When realisation dawns that people visit the blog and respond to the posts I feel a subconscious obligation to deliver.

    Learning when to take a break is quintessential.

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  44. Thanks for your part on the A to Z team...you all have worked so hard to make it a success.
    I'll be following you, Karen!

    MakingTheWriteConnections

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