May 07 2012

Reflections and Evaluations – A to Z challenge 2012

1- The widget needs to reappear next year!

            1b- However
right or wrong, I generally spent less than 10 seconds on a blog where the latest
post was a letter from several days ago. I know that not everyone can keep up.
That life can get in the way. But there were so many people that it felt unjust
to devote time to those who were failing the challenge instead of giving
attention to those who were keeping up and earning it. So it would be great if
the widget also booted those out who had dropped out, or at least moved them to
the end of the click list.

I’m not sure that such a thing is possible. Probably not. I’m not the matrix.
Where’s Neo?


2- I loved playing along and getting to know other people. I
have a new folder in my browser bookmarks filled with the interesting blogs
that I found and plan to visit again.


3- LIKE BUTTON. I wish more blogs had them. I might not sign
in to every page to comment, but if there was a button/ icon that could be
clicked, I think that would be nice. I know I personally enjoy if someone stops
by my page and clicks the “Liked” option. 


Is there a universal way to get that on blogs? Or something
similar to it? I feel that it’s polite to click something so the writer knows
that I was there, that I acknowledge the work, and that I found it pleasing-
but in a way that only requires one quick click. Perhaps I spend too much time
on Facebook and Twitter with the Like and Favorite options. 

4- I don’t want it to end! I love having inspiration that is
shared with others. Small easy goals and deadlines give me motivation.


5- I was impressed by the number of participants that used
the word xenophobe for the letter x in the challenge. I figured that there
would be a lot of people talking about their x-rays or xylophones from
childhood, or turning into chemists to educate about xenon, or perhaps even
posting Xerox’s of butt cheeks. 



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  1. Xerox’s of butt cheeks – I might steal that for next year 🙂

  2. 1) We will try to keep the navigation buttons. It is a programming feat that we have Marcus Clearspring to thank for.
    We tried to screen blogs as much as possible, but we likewise tried to give laggers a chance. In our first year, I had one blogger who persisted through the Challenge and didn’t finish until December of that year. Some people have other issues in their lives and I understand that, but if they’re trying to scam us, we dump them.

    3) There is a like option available on the Blogger blogs. No one ever seems to use mine and I usually forget to check those on other blogs. Mine are probably not very obvious, but they are there.

    4/5– Glad you had a great time with the challenge. I’ll agree that there were some wonderful blogs and some very fine entries submitted.

    Thanks for being a part of this.
    I hope this comment goes through.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    • Evalina on May 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn’t visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I’m visiting every single one with reflections post!

    Evalina, This and that…

  3. Well said! My Z post was “Zenophilia”…I love foreigners and travel!

  4. I meant Xenophile….NOT Zenophile! Sorry about that. I’m extra tired this evening…

  5. If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

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