O, A-Z Challenge, may I compare thee to a summer’s day?Shakespeare aside, the A-Z Challenge was pretty insightful. I didn’t think I was capable of maintaining my blog for a month straight. And despite coming up with topics the day before the challenge started, I veered off course of my chart several times when something more interesting (to me) sprang into my head. For example: I was planning on talking about verbs for ‘V’ but ended up with a blog post verisimilitude. I had nothing planned for U or X, but still managed to talk about Up and X-Men. So the Challenge definitely got me to use my thinking cap and managed to help me find my little blogging voice. (Part sarcasm, part… goodie-two-shoes? with a dash of nerd?)
And my little blog garnered some crazy hits during the challenge. My average number of views was about 7.5-10 views a day. Last month alone, I averaged about 40 views a day. Small numbers to some, big numbers to me.
More importantly than stats, I got to meet some amazing bloggers out there. Some of my favorite blogs I “discovered” were Jocelyn Risch (Film Friday will forever be my favorite feature) and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Blogger Basics series from Like a Bump on a Blog. And of course the lovely, Becky from Braveheart provided me with the recipe to butterbeer. It’s become my new obsessive drink and I seriously need to make more. How have I gone this long without it and dared to call myself a Potter fan?! (We’ll blame this reasoning on me being a Hufflepuff, OK?)
Do I enjoy blogging every single day? Well, there were times when it was easy to imagine I could do this every single day (I’m pretty sure this was during letters A-C), but for me, blogging 2-3 times a week seems to be my sweet spot. It’s easier for me to handle and now that I know I’m capable of writing something every day, I’m going to stop telling myself that I don’t have time to work on those short stories. Because obviously, I’m capable of working on them if I’m capable of writing 500 word blog posts, right? And no matter how busy I am doing press stuff, I still found time to write these, so I can just use my time to blog for my time to write! Look at that, time management skills, for the win!
And I’d also like to thank the A-Z Challenge for me figuring out how to use Google Reader. I never subscribed to blogs before because I had no idea how to use a RSS Feeder properly, but in order to keep up with all the new, amazing blogs out there, I had to subscribe to them to keep up! So it forced me to learn Google Reader. Now I can’t live without it.
Will I be doing this again next year? You, betcha! Despite wanting to pull all my hair out at times, this was an amazing experience. Coming up with topics, meeting people, actually seeing comments on the blog (who doesn’t love comments?), just everything about it was fun. Well, except for coming up with topics for Q, U, and X… But I think everyone had a problem with X and pretty much agrees that X needs to be taken out of the alphabet.
And quick note! I have some fun stuff going on right now. Help me name my short story anthology and you could win a special edition copy! More details over here. And lastly, the blog tour for my novel, The Number, is under way! Follow along for 6 chances to win a copy of your own!