I'm late with my Reflections Post although you've probably heard it all before. I didn't care for the way this year's challenge was set up. In my last challenge (2015), there was a list of bloggers who planned to participate and after each blog name was a two-character category chosen by the blogger to identify their blog style.
LIFESTYLE: (LI )
SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)
I found this very helpful - there were a lot of participants (1500+) and I wanted to zero in on the lifestyle bloggers as that is my blog style and what I enjoy reading most. I was able to make up a blog list and add to it as I discovered other styles that interested me - crafts, travel, and fashion mostly. I knew right away that I would have no interest in gaming, adult content, or politics among other styles. I have a limited amount of time to visit other blogs so I wanted to make the most of it.
This year, we were asked to post a link to our letter of the day post and then visit other bloggers by going through the comments to click on the links. In a word, tedious. In addition, many bloggers didn't indicate in any way the topic of their post. I spent a lot of time clicking a link, and reading a paragraph only to find that I had no interest in reading any further. What a waste of time and after a few days, I gave up. I made a blog list of several blogs that I knew would be participating (through another meme where we discussed the upcoming A to Z Challenge) and I stuck with those.
I enjoyed coming up with twenty-six posts on a theme. It's a great way to get your creativity flowing. I'd love to participate again but it would only be if the list and the categories are used again.
I appreciate all the hard work that went into the development and the administration of the challenge. It was fun in 2015 - I met some bloggers that I still follow today - but this year, I was disappointed.