Some thoughts on the month-long challenge of writing a post on about each letter of the alphabet:
Did I follow the rules?
- Yes. I posted every day except for Sunday.
- I also visited on average five blogs a day. I did cheat with this since some days I visited up to 20 blogs and may have not visited any on another day. At the start, I had planned on visiting each blog on the list, but with over 1800, it became kind of daunting and I just went through as many as I could. I still want to go back through and touch each blog on the list at some point, though.
What were the benefits?
- I added new followers to my blog.
- I had more readers and more comments than I normally do to posts and from some new readers almost every day.
- Some of the most popular posts were: A is for Annoyances, I is for India, J is for Juvenile, R is for Really Annoying Things, and Z is for Zeitgeber.
- I tried to make each post interesting. Not that I don't do that regularly, but trying to write a post associated with a letter really stretched my thought process on some days.
- I learned some new words and have incorporated some of them into my regular lingo, or at least my thoughts.
- I thought more about what I want to do with my blog. Would I have the energy to make it bigger? Do I have the style that would bring more readers and followers?
- Using the links list, I found some new blogs and am following several that I came across.
Did the Challenge affect the way I blogged?
- I still wrote the way I write. I just used some different topics than I might have other wise since I had to focus on letters for the day.
- I think that since I was writing based on a word/theme for each day that the quality of my writing was higher on some post, but, possibly lower for other days when I wasn't feeling the topic I chose.
- I still responded to each comment readers posted. This also led me to finding some new blogs since I like to go to the blogs linked to the commenters' names.
Am I glad I did it?
- Yes. It was a fun challenge and one that I am glad I found. As days went on, I started to try and think ahead to different words or ideas I could use for future letters. It really made me focus ahead of time on what I wanted to write.
Would I do it again?
- It would be another challenge. Even more so since I wouldn't want to use any of the same concepts for the letters.
- I am continuing my daily blogging with NaBloPoMo.