Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.
I Survived the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. Applause please! I shall take a bow. I finished with great style, no missed posts, and some sombre fabulousness! Oh my God does that make me so awe-inspiring! *winks*
Now that the month of April has passed, the challenge is completed, and May is already racing away with my life it is time for a Recap! This was my first year, and I managed to pull off the whole thing on time, with NO cheats.
“Embracing MY randomness”, research say we have about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts in a day. Honestly I feel it’s a less number. My mind is always flooded with a million thoughts. It took me a while to kind of hone it in. Not so much control it, but more like tame it. They’re pretty much random and go from one thing to the next without any sort of relation. I can’t count how many times I’ve told myself “you’re so random”. I don’t see it as a bad thing, but I do see it as not the norm so I’ll keep it down a bit. My free writing mind is where I keep it loose, keeping this in my mind, I adorned ‘RANDOMNESS’ as my debut THEME for the A to Z Challenge.
A stood for Antagonists,
B was obviously Blogging,
C for colours for I am a colourful person
(didn’t you see my collection of bangles, they stand at 425 of various colours),
D as in Doors,
E for Expectations,
F on why I hate Facebook,
G to Go Green people,
H as in the big H of Happiness,
I oh boy, I love ice creams and you?,
J for Jagjit Singh, my first love,
K, the ultimate Kindle Vs Paperback,
L, to know Life after death,
M is for Mountains, what a charm they have,
N on being a Night owl,
O, I support Organ donation,
P, be Positive now,
Q for the badness of Quinoa,
R, Trust Rome was not built in a day,
S, on being self reliant
T, We are techno slaves, aren’t we?,
U, Oh man Ulysses, by the mighty Tennyson,
V, what hype is this Valentine ’s Day?,
W, Willingness takes you everywhere,
X, Importance of X in Sex, the chromosomes,
Y, You and me, so powerless to fly apart,
Z Isn’t Zero so mysterious?
I cannot think of any negatives regarding the Challenge, but I have a lot of positives to write about.
- I strengthened ties with some blogs I follow and who already follow mine.
- I made some wonderful new blogging friends along the way, and have found great new blogs to read and to share.
- Even though many of my regular followers didn’t join the Challenge, they were quite engaged with my A to Z posts, and commented on them regularly.
- The number of my blog followers increased, and so did the number of visitors each post receive and picked up some Twitter followers.
RECAP Time! What did I do?
This pretty curled girl Mithila is RESPONSIBLE for drawing all my attention towards A to Z Challenge. As I have been following her blog and we had guest posts exchange, last April I read her during the challenge, that’s when I decided to be a part of it. I starting following A to Z Challenge and on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, there was a post announcing the sign up link and as soon as the post came live, I immediately signed up and in 2 days all my 26 posts were ready and scheduled in my blog *Oh Yes I am fast thinker and a super fast writer*.
During first week of March, the tweets on A to Z Challenge started flooding on my Twitter TL and the excitement turned double when BLOGCHATTER got associated and took up as a campaign pledging to take the BLOG to the NEXT level with A to Z Challenge. To my surprise came, when the super LADY Richa Singh made me know that I am one of the organizers of A to Z Challenge through BLOGCHATTER and I would have 2 more wonderful persons – Chandni and Reema alongside to do the entire campaign. It took me some time to sink the news but as I LOVE responsibilities and being a LEADER, it came as a HUGE challenge to make sure that this turns super successfully and I am so GLAD it did turn to be a great success. As I had finished all my posts before March, it was easy for me to plan the campaign and work along quickly.
Not just writing the content for my own blog, I even wrote the content for BLOGCHATTER website ( from A-J) so that the bloggers are motivated and pushed more towards the challenge rather than being discouraged and I am really HAPPY all my efforts have been appreciated.
I published a LOT of content, discovered so many new blogs, made new friends but a FEW of them – the BLOGGERS, made a great impression to me with their posts, likewise all the bloggers who visited me and left their amazing comments were awesome too. I don’t dare list them all here because I just know I would leave someone out, and I’m not about hurting anyone’s feelings, but the BEST for me are worth a note here.
Mithila for she DEFINITELY is my inspiration to sign and take the A to Z Challenge. Age wise is youngest but her blog posts tell me how mature she is with writing. Her knowledge of ‘words’ is just INCREDIBLE. I learnt new words through her theme of this year.
Kala, a superb blogger, an interior designer and my twitter buddy. Home decor being her theme, I thoroughly enjoyed reading & commenting (some of the posts are pending for me to read, I will be back on her blog very soon), her selection of images complimented so well with her content. I am very fond of re-doing my home twice-thrice a year and home decor being one of my favourites; I could relate and note new decor ideas from her posts.
Modern Gypsy, her posts towards the A to Z Challenge were relatable to me being an artist/painter myself. I love playing with colours. Through her blog, she introduced us to the wonderful world of art journaling. It was fantastic to have her as a part of this challenge, for she gave everyone the basics of art journaling, introducing the supplies, sharing arty techniques, the how-to’s, muses and support. No doubt if she has made readers, pick up paints and paper and jump into colourful world of art journaling.
Dixita, a debutant like me, she was someone who I everyday looked forward to read. I am very much amazed with her writing skills. There were poetries, short stories to personal tales in her box of A to Z Challenge posts. The narratives from India and sparrows (perhaps her best friends) kept chirping throughout the month. A perfect mix of fiction and non-fiction made me hooked to her blog.
The GREATNESS of it all
But, you can tell from the comments that people posted on my A-to-Z articles there was a lot of synergies between blogs. It was a great way to attract, and hopefully retain, new readers. They had such great things to say about my blog’s design, my writing, my theme, and my entries for the challenge. OH MY GOD I was on cloud nine whenever I was COMPLIMENTED. I’m looking forward staying in touch with them. I didn’t miss a single day or a single alphabet and I was able to write in detail! Claps for me, yes, THANK YOU.
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I love how the organizers, my own BLOGCHATTER and other bloggers, of the Challenge cross-promoted all the participants, and encouraged people to share links on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge on the Twitter page.
I’m proud of what I accomplished this month. But if anyone ever suggests that I sign up for another blogging challenge, my response is going to be ‘YES, why NOT’.
Congratulations to all of you who made it through A to Z. And thank you to everyone who helped make this a positive experience for me – Blogchatter, the host of A to Z, my fellow A to Z bloggers, and all my readers and subscribers. A special thanks to those on the A to Z Challenge Team who dropped in on my blog and commented. It was lovely to see you and know that I was seen as one of the Challengers.
Until the next challenge -2017, which is a FIRM commitment from me (my THEME is ready and I have drafted the outline of the posts too) , all of my 2016 A-to-Z posts can be found, of course, under the appropriately named sub-category “A-to-Z Challenge”, you can read and please comment to let me know your opinion(s).
Bring on the Bubbly, Cheers to all of us who completed the challenge successfully.
Much Love to all,
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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