Monday, May 8, 2017

A to Z Reflections...


When the challenge was announced this year, I had almost made up my mind not to hop in this year. First, I had not been writing much in the past three months, second, my hands had been full with everything under the sun, and third I did not even have a theme in mind.

But again, as they say, old habits die hard! So, after three years of participation, the itch to participate had slowly begun to grow, fuelled by fellow bloggers posting their curtain raiser posts! As I reread some of my own older posts in the hope of landing an idea, I came across a list post I had done long ago. I zeroed in on the theme purely by accident and based on this I did my curtain raiser post albeit a bit late. The real challenge was now to find a 'list of 5' for each of the alphabets. Unlike the last three years, where I was completely ready with some posts and most of the words to begin my posts with, this year was my most unprepared one! But again, writing every day brought me back to my 'form', as they say in cricket.


Yeah! I survived!!
Since I was writing every day, it left me with little time to blog hop, but I think I did pretty well with visiting an average of 12 -15 blogs per day. If I regret something, it is the inability to reply back to the readers' comments. I have always felt the need to reply back to someone who has taken the effort to visit my blog, read my posts, and leave a comment, but I just couldn't manage with the limited time. So forgive me for that. Maybe being more organised next time will help.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing these lists of 5 this year. I struggled with keeping my posts short as I knew there's limited time spent on posts during a blog hop. I even hated myself for restricting the words in many of the posts, but it also taught me to be as brief as possible, which admittedly, I am not very good at! But it gave me food for thought, it let me pick threads from my own life and experiences and left me with ideas for more elaborate posts on some of the topics.

I thank everyone who has been a part of my A to Z journey, nudging me to carry on, on days I have wanted to give up, turning up every day to read and encourage and giving me some brilliant posts to read in return!

Until next year, Ciao!











13 comments:

  1. I haven't replied back to the comments yet and it's nagging me. I should get to it soon. You did a fabulous job with theme, writing all those wonderful thoughtful posts.

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    1. Thank you so much Raj! I need to get on with the replying too!

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  2. Your posts during the challenge were interesting and inspiring. So thank you for taking the time of writing them, even if the circumstances weren't the best. I've had a great time here!
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    Eva - Mail Adventures

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    1. Thanks for your visits Eva! I truly appreciated your presence here every single day! Meant a lot to me!

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  3. Yours was a really unique theme. It was fun to read. Congrats on finishing the challenge :) A lot of us couldn't reply to the comments immediately, but between writing, hopping, it's fine :)

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    1. Thank you Sreesha! Having you here throughout the challenge was wonderful and motivating!

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  4. Oh wow! Well done sweetie!! Seems you did well in participating. Made me feeling ready for next year already. This year I did a lot of travelling - offline - so did not participate- but its so great!! So happy for you:-)

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  5. I rtoo am lagging behind in replying to comments .But trying .Better late than never.congratulations on finishing the AtoZ Challenge

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  6. I have made all amendments now and glad I could complete the challenge - this one being my first meant a lot to me. Congratulations Shubangi!

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  7. I didn't know you or follow your posts this year but well done on jumping in at the last minute and completing the challenge. I did the same with my theme, Build a Better Blog. https://riseandsoar.com/chemotherapy-radiotherapy/

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  8. Gosh ! Visiting 12-15 blogs a day is a LOT. I barely managed to visit 4-5. I too was reluctant to do the challenge and it seems that many of us jumped in after much dilly dallying. But as you said, it was fun and I enjoyed visiting your blog whenever I did....

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  9. Awesome job Shubhangi! The mere fact that you successfully completed the challenge that too a hatrick is amazing. Especially considering you didn't have them ready in advance. I missed out this year on all the anxiety and adrenaline rush, hope to jump in next year.

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  10. Wow, you managed to read 12-15 posts after writing on the fly, that's pretty cool. I couldn't participate or even read much of AtoZ as I was on vacation to India for my sister's wedding. You seemed to have a pretty cool theme. Off to browse the posts now.

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person..deep gratitude for those who have lighted the flame within me!! your comments will be appreciated..

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