Wow, I can’t believe I managed to reach the end of the A to Z Challenge! It was my first time participating, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve learnt a lot about blogging, gained lovely new followers and found some amazing blogs along the way!
It was a last minute decision for me to take part in the challenge, so I didn’t start writing my posts until the 28th March. In future I definitely need to pick my topic earlier so I can start gathering my resources.
The hardest part for me was trying to source pictures I could use for my posts. I tried to use my own as much as I could, but in some cases it just wasn’t possible. If I take part next year I will hopefully have a collection of my own photographs to work from.
So I could keep track of my posts, I made a colour coded schedule which I could follow. I would write a batch of entries in one go, then go and source pictures for them. Towards the end it was a struggle to keep ahead of schedule due to starting so late, but I’m pleased that I didn’t miss a single day in the end!
Throughout the challenge I made sure to visit, comment on and follow at least 5 blogs a day that I hadn’t already been to. I wasn’t picky about which themes or topics to visit, just whichever titles caught my eye. I found so many fantastic posts doing this! I kept track of them all by adding the URLs to a Word document which I used to search for any duplicate links.
The only part I disliked about the challenge sometimes was commenting… I became frustrated with blogs that had comment captures/wouldn’t let me post, Blogger was particularly bad for some reason. They just wouldn’t let me get past the capture no matter how many times I tired. In the end in the end I would have to give up after a first attempt, which was a great shame as I would have loved to comment on a lot of entries I had read which were really interesting.
I’m glad I have the WordPress app installed on my phone, as it made replying to comments so much easier. I did my best to reply to a comment as soon as it was posted, so I could stay on top of them. If you’re a WP user I definitely recommend downloading it if you haven’t already!
I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to like or comment on one of my entries, and I hope you found them useful and informative! It’s been so encouraging to know that people read my posts and I will definitely be posting more of the same in the future along with tutorials, baking disasters, wedding planning and outings…