Monday, May 2, 2011

Reflections on the A-Z Blogging Challenge

i saw tonight (it being May 1 as of this writing) that Arlee Bird over at Tossing It Out has asked that participants of the A-Z Challenge do a reflections post, so i thought i'd play along.

i didn't really have any expectations of the challenge. i first heard about it through my dear friend Barb over at her blog, Black Ink Pad, and thinking that i really ought to write more and keep my blog up to date, i just jumped in without thinking it over much. i told myself i had to stick with it, and i did. i sort of cheated on O and X, but i'm not about to beat myself up over it.

i didn't give much thought to gaining followers, but i'm happy to say i did. i don't strive to have a huge number to display, but it's awesome to know people would want to hear what i have to say. i talk to myself, a lot, so blogging can sometimes feel a bit like that without knowing there's someone on the other side, listening.

Another positive outcome was feeling the old writer in me awaken. That feels very, very good. (i wonder if i'd talk less the more i wrote...hmm. My family might appreciate that.) i originally began this blog as a way to mainly showcase my art projects, but i've enjoyed its evolution. While art is still my main focus here, its also satisfying to delve a little deeper. i hope my readers have enjoyed the journey thus far, and are interested enough to stay to see what's around the corner.

My only disappointment in the challenge is not taking more time to read more of the blogs of other participants, but i plan to try and search out my fellow players more as time allows this week. Many thanks to all who took the time to stop here and read, and to those who chose to follow after doing so.

Will i do it again next year? If i have the time, i just might. But that doesn't mean X will be any easier. Of course, i've got a year to come up with something.


  1. Hi Jessica,
    Didn't make it to your blog during the challenge so thought I'd stop by now to say hi and congrats on completing it. It sure was challenging, to say the least.

  2. Jessica, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

  3. Congrats for making it. I know I'll do it next year but instead of doing it with my writing blog the plan is to do it with my jewelry blog. Nice to find some other crafters through the challenge.

  4. Hello, congrats on completing the challenge...
    I didn't get to read most of the other blogs too..& I'm trying to go thru some of them in May...

  5. Congrats! on finishing. I missed visiting during the Challenge. Good to meet you. Having a theme sure helped get me through. I'm looking forward to next year!

  6. Great blog Jessica and it is soo true there are so many fabulous blogs out there it is hard to find the time to look at them all