The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge is over, and it went by so quickly, it truly seems like only yesterday that I wrote my first challenge blog.
The coordinators of the A to Z April Challenge have asked us to contribute our reflections on the challenge and one of the questions they asked was what attracted us to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge in the first place.
Well isn't it obvious? STRESS, with a Capital S. I wanted to see if, by adding just one more thing to my daily schedule, I could work my way into a nice padded cell on the psych ward of my local hospital. The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge was – shall I say – challenging at best, and stressful at worst.
Every day, all day, Monday through Friday, and sometimes during the weekend, I take care of some very noisy children (whom I love dearly, because they're my grandchildren). From early morning until sometimes as late as midnight, I set aside my writing to attend to my grandchildren. (Don't feel too badly for me though – they provide me with most of my blog material.)
To be honest, the A to Z Challenge was so stressful, I was afraid I might miss a day due to the incessant interruptions. Soooo on the weekend before the challenge, before I committed to joining something that would require even more of my time, I wrote ALL of the blogs but one. As the days approached, I tweaked them a little, but I had written 25 of them in one day in an attempt to relieve myself from some of the stress.
Can anybody say obsessive compulsive?
Anyway, I hadn't posted any of them yet and I was afraid I would forget to post them on the correct day, because I suffer from CRS (I can never remember what that stands for, but I know it has something to do with my short attention span). As a result of my lifelong problem with CRS, I had to wait until the day before each blog was due so that I could schedule it. Knowing I had to remember every day (except one day a week) to schedule the post added even more stress to my already growing anxiety.
I never felt like quitting, though, because once I had committed to the challenge, I was dedicated to finishing the challenge. Because I wrote all but one in one day, I felt somewhat prepared but still stressed. I gave it my best, all things considered, and I can say I'm proud of the work I contributed to the challenge.
The biggest contribution I made to the challenge? Comments I left on other A to Z Challenge blogs. I spent hours commenting, but, like everybody else who tried to comment on all of the blogs, I didn't have enough time in the day to comment on most of them.
Now that this challenge is over, I am going to take an 11-month break, where I will continue to care for my grandchildren, work on my screenplays, my articles, and my blogs (links to which I'm posting at the bottom of this blog just in case you'd like to read any of them), and I will look for moments of peace amidst the turmoil (oh, wait, a new grandchild is due in September, and his or her parents live with me).
Bottom line: My page views TRIPLED during the month of April and I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the challenge. It gave me an opportunity to prove to myself that I could do it and I met some really great bloggers who write some very interesting blogs.
OK, I'm going to let you go now – I have to start on my April 2012 A to Z Challenge blogs NOW ;)
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