Start with a bummer. I've been having some issues with my laptop and I finally had to take it to the doctor. I'll be trying to keep up with everyone on my desktop and smartphone but it's not nearly as quick or convenient. It's been less than a year since my last laptop meltdown. Wish I could afford a new one.
But to the point. This was my second year for A to Z so I knew it would get tough at times. This year I had most of my posts ready so I had no issues in that sense. My biggest stressor during A to Z is the guilt of not visiting enough other blogs.
I have excuses. My laptop was one of them. April is also a busy time for some family things though that will ease up next year. One of my biggest tests this year was a durn, terrible, worst ever, cold. It caught me about two weeks ago and moved from respiratory system part to part until I actually had to take time off of work. I didn't spend muc time on the computer for a number of days, adding to my guilt about not visiting enough other blogs. I promise myself I'll do better next year.
I visited a number of blogs that had dropped out or were behind. I understood. It was a BIG challenge. I hope those people who weren't successful will try again next year.
I made lists this year of things I learned. One list is a to do list of all the ways I need to improve promotion for my books. One list is of books recommended by or written by bloggers I met on A to Z. Another list is of music I might want for my ipod. I have other notes jotted here and there about places to visit, changes to make to my blog, ways to improve and perhaps streamline my use of social media. I even have a couple of recipes.
I expect to return on a regular basis to some of the blogs I've become fond of in the next few months and by this time next year, I"m sure I'll have even more favorites.
Did I enjoy A to Z? Most of the time but sometimes it seemed like a job? Will I do it again? Without a doubt? Am I tired of blogging right this minute? You bet but I'll get over it.
What is the next challenge for you? Coming back next year?