A to Z Reflections, 2017 #atozchallenge

This is the 7th year I’ve participated in A to Z.

survivor-atoz [2017] v1Over the years, I’ve gotten better about planning ahead. Not great, but better.

One person said that she wrote all her posts in February. February! I admire people with those kinds of organizational skills.

When I was in college, if I wrote a paper ahead of time, I’d spend time editing and changing and editing until the deadline. Then I’d get a lower grade than if I just did it at the last minute.


I wrote most of my posts a week at a time, though not all of them. Some I did on the day of.

But I’m proud of myself, because every post went live on the correct date. I’m not sure that I’ve ever gotten a perfect score before.


As always, it’s fun to read other people’s blogs. Here are a few of my favorites:

Janet’s Smiles

A Texan’s View of Upstate New York

Pen in Her Hand

Life and Faith in Caneyhead

Megan Moran (romance author)

The Cyborg Mom

Zombie Flamingos

This year, I had many fewer visitors than in previous years with the old format. Though that may have been partly my fault because it wasn’t until after the challenge was over that I learned there was a Facebook page. I’m not sure how I missed that info, but I did. I was just posting on the actual Blogging A to Z webpage daily.

When I took the A to Z Challenge survey, I realized that I missed a lot of things I could be doing. Like, I didn’t use #atozchallenge in my titles. Because I didn’t know I was supposed to. There’s a lot of things I could be doing to get the word out about my blog.

Sometimes I feel like I’m doing great at this whole internet thing, and other times I realize how much I have to learn. (Did I just show my age there?… *sigh*)

I could say I should be better at this because it’s year 7. But I’d rather just say that I’m learning and improving every year. And as long as I’m headed in the right direction, that’s what matters, right?


14 comments on “A to Z Reflections, 2017 #atozchallenge

  1. Lea says:

    Loved reading your entries!

  2. scr4pl80 says:

    Thanks so much for including me as one of your favorites! I enjoyed reading yours too and you beat me as I had to skip a couple of letters as I was unprepared. Not saying I’m going to be finished by February next year but I’m definitely going to be a little farther ahead. Great reflection post!

    • doreeweller says:

      I at least had all my posts pre-planned, just not pre-written. (Except for X and Y. Those I figured out at the 11th hour.) You chose a tough task for yours.

  3. Exactly! I did not post on the atoz facebook page, simply because I did not want to go two places to put my link. I did share each of my posts on my own twitter, facebook and google feeds. All the new blogs I visited came from either the atoz blog or from comments on my own. Oh, and I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Caneyhead!
    My Reflections post is up @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead.

  4. messymimi says:

    A positive, upward spiral is often the best progress.

  5. In high school, I used to start writing my term papers the night before they were due, so I never had time to edit them. I usually got B’s on them anyway.

  6. I know what you mean about having too much time with a post. I have to force myself to stop editing at some point or I would never publish. Finding that balance is always a challenge. Congrats on completing another challenge. WeekendsInMaine

  7. Thank you for the shoutout! In the past, I’ve written my posts on the weekend before…this year I flew by the seat of my pants (for me at least). and wrote them a day or two in advance…some the night before. I really don’t want to do that again! I burned myself out that way, as I felt too overwhelmed.

  8. Anne M Bray says:

    Great reflection! You commented on my A-Z BINGO post (which went out by accident, forgot that I prescheduled it, oops). And I linked to you in that post. Aha!

    I did two A-Zs this year. One, the Truck A-Z, you know about. I totally prescheduled all the posts for that one, thank goodness.
    The other, Fluevog Shoes A-Z, required posting on the day of, because the “rules” of another challenge that I combined with the A-Z. My format required an hour of work every morning in April!
    It was a lot of work, and I’m glad I did it.

    I would post both links on the A-Z Challenge Letter comments and I gave up on the coded signature on day A. I am no coder.
    I used both WordPress and Blogger, not an intentional platform comparison, but with interesting results, nonetheless. I got much more interaction with the WP A-Z. Food for thought — maybe I’ll be moving all my blogs over to WP at some point.

    As you say, it’s all about learning and improving!
    Congrats on your accomplishment!

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