Just a quick little recap to how I was feeling over this challenge.
This challenge was an actual challenge for me. But I did it on purpose. Last year I had all my posts scheduled before the challenge even started, and while some people said that was cheating, I didn’t think so and I still don’t. I was struggling with my desire to blog last April so that’s how I decided to do it.
But this year, I wanted to be more engaged in the challenge. Take a more active roll. There are a few ways people can do that, and I decided to write my posts the day I would be posting them. And since I was writing little stories each day, that was a lot of work for me. I tried to keep each story to under 500 words, but sometimes I just couldn’t. I think the longest was just over 600.
This challenge allowed me to really exercise my creative writing skills. I have wanted to publish a book for so long now but I never really thought that I could write fiction in the same way and with the same enjoyment that I write my blog. But this challenge showed me that I could! Aside from a few days (F comes to mind immediately) I really did enjoy writing my little stories.
This year I also wanted to engage with other blogs as well. I made a promise to myself that I would read at least 10 new blogs every day. And I did!!! At first I started off wanting to comment on at least 3 of those 10 but that slowly disappeared as the challenge came to a close. Each day I would go to the master list and pick the next ten on the list (I started at the top) and if there was a blog I was already following I wouldn’t count it towards my daily 10. I made it to number 275 on the list! YAY!!!! I bookmarked a small handful and followed them religiously throughout the challenge. Next year I might start at the bottom.
As the challenge progressed, I got less and less interested in other’s blogs though. There were so many similar ones (music for example) or some that some people just can’t relate to (the names of people within your family tree). I just can’t drop in the middle of the challenge and pick up with those ones. Or stories that all inter-connect. I had one that I did this year that but that’s because my first stop to the blog was on day 1 and I didn’t have to backtrack at all. Here is the small list of blogs that I made sure to check every day after I found them:
Uniquely Maladjusted but Fun – connected story
Janet’s Smiles – hand made cards
The Dreamgirl Writes – things that make her happy
Keith’s Ramblings – stories for children
Dena’s Ramblings – a game for readers to guess what an image/word is and the answers were given the day after
Katy Trail Creations – quilt squares
The Articulate Image – photos and poems
Curious as a Cathy – sketches from The Little Mermaid
Patricia Lynn – learn a word in 100 words
Anne M Bray – signs on the back of trucks while in traffic
One thing that I came across this year that I hadn’t really in other years was that a lot of people were making huge declarations of quitting the challenge. Like sure if you are sick or didn’t anticipate how much work the challenge would be, write a little post and say that. Maybe not on day 2 though. But quite a few of the blogs I visited had these long posts about dropping out and never doing the challenge again because of the other bloggers in the challenge. In the four years I’ve done this challenge, not once have I come across someone who would have caused me to pull out of the challenge. It was strange.
As always, I hate how other platforms don’t really support comments as well as WordPress. If I comment on a Blogger blog, I never know if they have responded unless I go back and search it out. I’m not doing that haha
Overall, I had a great time doing this challenge! Although, I am glad it’s over. I did miss being able to just write for the sake of writing and not having such restrictions set on me. I can’t imagine being a blogger who has a super specific topic for their blog lol that must get so boring and frustrating.
I can’t wait for next year to roll around! And, as always, I am open to suggestions for themes! I have a running note on my phone where I keep them all.