Thursday, May 1, 2014

Alphabet Recollections 2014 - A to Z, In Brief

The 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge is Over. . . and I can claim another badge. My theme was ART - Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends.





Thanks to all those new and ongoing visitors, commenters and new followers who happened by this blog during the Challenge! Kudos to the Co-host Teams, Lee at 'Tossing it Out', and the participants at the A to Z site, who kept the challenge alive and healthy! For a blogfest as big as this, the support from commenters is a major part of what makes it fun.

My takeaways from the 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge: 

-schedule posts
-research prior to April
-pace the visiting and working on own posts
-follow a series I like (or several)
-post early in the day

That's what works for me. I hope you had a good time. I did, but now I'm back to my usual blogging schedule, writing and tackling those books in the e-TBR, the tangible TBR, and my two wips.

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UPDATE: Links list, top of page under the ART AtoZ tab
May 10/14

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How about you? Had enough of daily posting? Are you taking a break? Or jumping back in?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for dropping by. I'll respond.

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34 comments:

  1. It's huge undertaking. After participating the past three years, I knew I couldn't keep up this year. Well done to those of you who did it.

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    1. Thanks, L. Diane. I opted out last year, too. Too many other commitments. But this year I had a theme I wanted to try.

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  2. Writing posts in advance is the only way to go. Glad you had a good time! I'll be back to my normal Mondays only this month.

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    1. I agree. Scheduling makes the whole effort less stressful for the times when life does intervene.

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  3. I had a very hard time keeping up w/ reading every blog I follow that participated.

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    1. You do the best you can. I put my art posts on a linked page under the tab 'Art AtoZ' just in case someone wanted to look up other ones.

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  4. I learned from this challenge that many people have blogs that are almost impossible to find! They'd comment on yours and click on the link. It would take you to their Google Plus page where every blog they've commented on for the last 6 months was detailed. I figured out you can find it from the About page in some instances--but sometimes they had 700 blogs listed there, too!

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    1. Google Plus makes it difficult, as does the 2 step verification. Approved comments works. It usually means less comments. Making it easy for the commenter is an important issue for a blogfest.

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  5. I am so glad it's over! Daily posts nearly killed me. LOL. To think when I first started blogging I wrote daily posts. EEEK. And for the first year. Then I tapered down to a more manageable level...

    Really enjoyed your THEME. DG.... LOVE ART! I need to drop back to your last few posts that I missed...

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    1. There's a tab at the top of my post that links to all the posts, Michael. Under ART AtoZ.

      Thanks for the nice words.

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  6. Posting early in the day helped me. I had to do it before I took the kids to school. Congratulations, once again, on finishing the challenge!

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    1. Thanks, and I think I read most of yours, too.
      Congrats to you as well.

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  7. I really enjoyed your theme. And I had a good time as well but I really need to recharge this month now. I'm feeling my age LOL.

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    1. When participants post every day, it gives us interesting reading, but visiting and commenting as well makes it a little hectic. Thanks Julie, and you deserve a break if you need it.

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  8. I truly respect anyone who can not only complete this challenge, but can schedule posts in advance. Most times our posts are barely finished come Sunday night, just in time for Monday. And research? What's that?

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    1. I didn't exactly do that, but that is what should be done - research is having fun looking at stuff.. I completed about half the posts in advance, then a family crisis happened, and my momentum fizzled. I was doing the last half the night before as well. . but who needs sleep?

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  9. Hi DG - wish I'd written my posts earlier, but with builders in (to a rented flat) it sort of left me pan-handled! Then I thought I'd do short .. but in the end did what I wanted similar to previous years - the concept is set now!

    I loved the art information .. and I'm sure I missed a few posts - writing up some towards the end threw me a wobbly and then the machine going into Intensive Care .. didn't help ...

    However great you posted and I know you had health-family challenges too .. hope things are easier ...

    Good luck now with the TBRs and the WIPs .. catch you soon .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Sometimes we just can't help sticking with our original idea, and I think your concept is perfect. I'm always learning at your blog, Hilary!

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  10. Hi D.G. You're more than a SURVIVOR, you are definitely a WINNER!! Your effort for the A-Z was pretty stupendous with all the research you had to complete for your posts. I am working my way through the backlog. Thanks for taking the time so readers could be enriched.

    If you get a chance to read The Paris Time Capsule, take it. It is beautifully written and the Paris descriptions are lush. Maybe I'll offer it as a WEP prize...now that's an idea.

    Denise

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    1. You've made the research worthwhile, Denise! I appreciate that.

      I've left a comment about The Paris Time Capsule. I thought of the apartment w. Yes, do offer it as a WEP prize. (so what would the quest be?)

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    2. I meant to say I thought of the apartment we rented in Paris.

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  11. Your takeaways are good ones. The advance preparation is essential for good networking during April. Next year I need to have things more finished before April starts.

    Thanks for your Reflections and congratulations on finishing another Challenge.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You and me both, Lee, need to have more posts finished ahead of time. I always start out well, and if I wasn't such a perfectionist, I might be further ahead. I love the research part and putting it all together. I acquired two mini-collections by participating (Paris Etc, and ART AtoZ. tabs at top) I enjoyed the second year more.

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  12. I'm sure you're relieved it's over! Well done , D.G :)

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    1. I sure am. The last week or so, I was posting at night for the next day. Luckily, I had done the research which my theme required.

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  13. Well done, DG. A2Z 2011 was enough for me; I'm more of a once-a-week blogger. I like that you have a eTBR and a tangible TBR.

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    1. The virtual and the real. I keep both in front of me. And I just bought another tangible from the sale rack at the library - an E.L. Doctorow about another New York story.

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  14. Okay, I don't know what just happened with what I started typing but I was *going* to say, I like it when you're able to find a series you like and you look forward to their posts every day. I did the A-Z two years ago and it was really fun.

    Congrats on finishing!

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    1. This blog eats my comments too, at times. I think having a year in-between my last A to Z venture helped. Thanks for the visit, Suze.

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  15. First, thank you for all your terrific post both during the challenge and now and before! And I envy your expertise with the tech aspects--your blog has everything. The photos of your mother are especially lovely. The tips for future challenges are helpful especially to a scattered thinker like I am.

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    1. Thank you, loverofwords! I want my blog to be a pleasant place for visitors. I used to post online material at a corp job, so I learned a bit while there.

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  16. Having missed the a-z challenge this year, I'm happy to see you made a tab for your art theme. I'm looking forward to checking it out. And, your a-z advice is spot on. Having most of my posts prescheduled last year helped a lot. The only thing I didn't do right last year was pace myself properly, it added to my stress and took a lot of the fun out. I hope to do a-z next year and hopefully I won't make the same mistakes I made last year. :)

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    1. Thanks, Elise, I wanted to make it easier to have a bite size art tour so I collected all the links onto a page. Pacing is important, and finding a few blog series you like.

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  17. I suffered blog burnout last year, so skipped the challenge this time around. Your tips are really good, though. I found that I felt too stressed by all the commenting, more than the posting.

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