Friday, May 1, 2015

The Reflections Tradition

The A to Z Reflections Post has become a tradition as most Challenge vets will remember.  We've done this since the first Challenge in 2010.  What we request is that in a post on your own blog you tell us all something about the Challenge that impacted you the most. Actually this post can be about any April A to Z related topic and presented in any form that you like. Your post doesn't have to be long and complicated unless that's what you want to do.  Like the regular A to Z posts the Reflections Post can be whatever you want it to be just as long it's about the April Challenge. This is the time for you to register your complaints about anything Challenge related.  Let us know the weaknesses along with your suggestions as to how they can be improved.   We don't mind hearing the negative aspects of A to Z, but we hope you will have some positives to report as well.  Relate your anecdotes about interactions with the A to Z staff or other bloggers.   Offer praise to the outstanding bloggers in this year's Challenge or tell us about particular posts or themes that you think deserve recognition.
I really enjoyed my A to Z Challenge - my theme was Washington and I shared some of the sites we have visited and posted interesting tidbits about places we have yet to explore.  I learned a lot!  I loved the comments from readers who had visited Washington and from those who would love to visit based on what they read in my posts.

I enjoyed theme A to Z challenges as well as those bloggers who didn't pick a theme and had random A to Z posts.  I followed several bloggers through the whole challenge and plan to continue to read their blogs and I'm pleased to say that several of them are doing the same for me.  It is a wonderful way to increase blog readership.

I was absolutely overwhelmed to see that 1500+ bloggers were participating so I ran down the list to look for (LI) after the blog names to visit the lifestyle bloggers first. My complaint would be that not everyone added their two-letter category code after their blog name as they were instructed. I think these bloggers should have been deleted from the list after they were contacted by the co-hosts and instructed to link up again with their category code as there didn't seem to be any way edit the link (to add the category code) once it was entered.

A huge thank you to the organizers and hosts of the challenge and I look forward to participating again next year.


  1. I'm glad to have found you through the A to Z reflections list. My impression is that the categorical code is not required, especially if posts were all over the place (like mine ~grin~). Is that a wrong impression? Anyway, I covered topics from celebrities to gardening. And you can find me at Best wishes and happy blogging!

  2. Just now getting around to visiting the blogs in the challenge. April was a busy month for me. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!


  3. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I agree about the lack of category codes. I had made the decision right from the beginning not to visit AC blogs (my own personal preference), but a lot of them were not noted and I was pretty annoyed when I came across such a blog during my blog visiting. I've just completed the Road Trip, now I'm making my way around the Reflections linky. My goal is to finish all 1500+ blogs in the original list by the time the next challenge starts up again next year. I'm afraid I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess