Lessons learnt for next year’s A to Z Challenge

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2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge Reflections

Reflecting on how I survived the Challenge is hard, but I do know that I’m wearing the T-shirt as I write – and I’m okay.

This post will be shorter than others as I suspect that you have had to read too many of my words during.

I realised as the month unfolded that my posts were too long, although I hope they were informative about ‘The War of 1812’. The research will be useful when I eventually get back to my novel “Seeking A Knife”, although I need to concentrate on the novel preceding it in the Snowdon Shadows series.

Writing the posts and updating/amending them as I went along took too long, and left me with too little time to visit many other bloggers, even some of my regular haunts – apologies.

Those I did visit regularly and enjoyed were:

Tasha’s Thinkings – an example of how to do A to Z and have fun

Alex Cavanaugh – the Ninja Captain is always worth visiting but how does he do it?

Magic Moments – an Indian perspective from Pratikshya Mishra, often looking further East

if I only had a time machine – Second World War insights

The Old Shelter – information that I never knew about Roaring Twenties America

Insecure Writers Support Group – succinct and insightful; and one of the guiding lights

There were other blogs that I dropped by, but not on a regular basis like these. Over time I intend to visit some more, but at the pace I do things it will take a few months. (My wheelchair goes faster than my fingers or my mind.)

So inspired by the way that others approached this challenge, and encouraged by the way that it has been organised, I am now looking forward. Next year I will plan better, and choose a short post theme – letters of the alphabet.


Just kidding. Not sure what I will do but will be something easier for everyone, especially passers-by. Suspect that the window-shoppers take one look and run.

For more reflections by other blogging survivors, visit here.


Details on my 2015 A to Z theme and a linked list of posts can be found on my A to Z Challenge page, which also has a linked list of my 2014 posts.

10 thoughts on “Lessons learnt for next year’s A to Z Challenge

  1. Well, I see many had a ‘time issue’ like me 😉
    I’m sorry I didn’t visit as many blogs as I would have liked, I’m keeping finding new ones that are so intersting. But lucily, there is not limit of time do explore new ones.

    Next year, I want to write all my posts in advance and try to save soem time that way. Let’s see… I planned to do the same this year, but instead….


    • I echo those thoughts, especially as I planned to write the posts in advance… and failed with just a week written. Thanks for dropping by, Sarah, very much appreciated.


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  3. You captured the essence of the best way to accomplish victory in A to Z. Short smart posts are the way to go. Each person knows what’s best for them and long posts might work for someone who say is going to turn their posts into book form. There’s no right way to do the Challenge other than the way the works best for the individual.

    Thanks for being with us in April and hope to see you back in 2016.

    By the way we are planning on a T-shirt day post at the A to Z Blog during the summer. If you’d like to submit a photo of you in your shirt we’d love to include it and link to your blog.

    See contact page at A to Z Blog for email addresses.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin’ with A to Z
    Tossing It Out


    • Thanks Arlee for your comment, for all your blogs, and for being the A to Z originator. Will be back next year and have already got a few ideas for a shorter theme, although the War of 1812 was valuable research towards a WIP. Thinking about ‘Notable Horses’ as that ties into my previous life, but then again murder ‘weapns’ might be a challenge.


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