Congratulations to everyone who conquered the A to Z Challenge!
Here we go! My thoughts on the 2015 A to Z Challenge...
My Own Personal Preferences
- Some themes/posts are self explanatory by their title, but when they aren't, I really appreciated when people put just a short blurb at the top, or beginning of their post, explaining what their A to Z focused on. Having it done this way made it easier for me to just dive in.
- I find that I definitely prefer shorter posts. Unless it's a topic that I LOVE, or a person that has commented on my blog and I'm trying to return the comment, I usually leave the page if it's more than a few paragraphs.
- Midway through the month, I went back to my routine and replied back to comments on my blog only after visiting and commenting on the original posters blog. Initially I started the challenge by not responding to comments on my blog, thinking this would save me some time, but it just caused me confusion since this was not the way I usually handle things. I'm a creature of habit!
- I really, really, REALLY appreciate
when a visitor just leaves me a direct link to their blog in the comments. When I
click on a visitors name and it brings me to blogger...not too bad.
But when it brings me to Google+, I pretty much want to slam my head
into a wall. I fucking hate trying to navigate Google+...there's
just too much clicking involved. This is a blog hop that involves
over 1500 people. Please make it easy!
Recommendations/Improvements that I think can be made with the Challenge itself (the first two are the same thoughts that I had last year)
- A registering system where you can fill in your blog topic instead of having to pick from pre-made ones.
- All the blog topics would be sorted alphabetically. This recommendation is a direct result of my OCD.
- The A to Z team could include a tutorial on how to include a direct link to your blog when you comment (using HTML fancy language). This would eliminate the Google+ head banging feeling that many of us get.
- I love the new idea for the A-Z Challenge themed t-shirts. You know what I'd like better than a t-shirt? An A to Z bandana! I can put it on Emmie :)
Now that I'm done complaining... here are some A to Z bloggers that I enjoyed:
- Heather @Waiting is the HardestPart--Heather shared with us how much of an impact the show, The X-Files, made on her life. Her theme makes me want to do a rewatch...like Right.Now. I enjoyed her point of view on her topics as well as the funny commentary by Stormy, her sidekick, at the end of the posts. Plus, she has a blow up alien doll...and that's cool.
- Roslyn @Fangirl Stitches--She shared geek themed cross-stitch posts. Geeky mixed with art...I'm all over that!
- Tyrean @Everyday Writer, TyreanMartinson--Tyrean focused her theme on featuring other bloggers. Not only did I think that this was extremely generous of her, but it shed some light on some new bloggers that I found to be really interesting.
Overall, I'm happy that I accepted the challenge for a second year. If I do it again next year, I think I'll do something similar as this year and keep it really simple and short. Who knows...maybe Emmie will help me out again :)
Many thanks to everyone who visited my blog and left comments...it was most appreciated!
What are your thoughts? Are you glad you took the challenge?