Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Reflections

This was my first year aboard the A to Z Challenge and it was electric. With more than 17,000 participates, I never imagined this experience to be intimate. I was wrong. I wasn't able to visit as many blogs as I hoped, but the circle that I was able to create holds warm hearts and essential thoughts.
When I started blogging, it was a journal that no one needed to see. Something I would organize and print one day and share with the family. I added love on my children's birthdays, photos of gardens and crocheted things, and words that sounded like poetry when I wrote them down.
When people started to view, I wanted to share more. I continued to write in the sky. There was a loose connection for quite some time. Then I added my blog to the A to Z sign up list and watched it float away into a mess of names, feeling blind on stage. Soon enough, a lovely string of conversations developed and I quickly found my place.
Thank you to Arlee Bird for creating such a fun challenge, and all of the hosts, who accept the challenge as well, and the participants who keep the inspiration alive. I've met a wonderful group of people here who I hope to keep in touch with throughout the year. Next year, a definite engagement with A to Z again!

Not so lost in the stars anymore, this place is more intrinsic. 
Thanks A to Z!

11 comments:

  1. So glad we both participated this year! I love reading your words. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jen. Me too! I'll definitely stay in touch and maybe Nano! :)

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  2. I have only just found your blog, and it was through the challenge. I agree with what you say, for me it has been a nice way to feel part of a group of people and for a reason to blog other than to my family.

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    1. I'm glad you came by, we've shared a similar experience. I love The Magic Onions and I wonder if you visit Amanda Soule also?

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    2. Would that be SouleMama? I have come across her blog before, not sure from where - maybe Pinterest? I have just spent a little time looking through it again.

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  3. I'm glad the challenge opened up your world of blogging. It's amazing how many people participated, isn't it?

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  4. You're so right about the experience becoming intimate; I didn't expect that either, but have been very happy to discover the amount of warmth and caring involved. I'm glad I found your blog, and I'm looking forward to reading more.

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  5. very cool. I'm glad it got you blogging so much!

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  6. Visiting from A/Z post challenge reflections; congratulations on finishing it! It sounded like a great adventure for you and gave you a bit more confidence in your blogging ability! Cool that you are looking forward to next year's as well!

    betty

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  7. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that...

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  8. Thank you for being part of this. I know it's overwhelming, but it's fun too. Glad you were able to finish and thank you for leaving your Reflections.


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