My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 was an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.
Each letter post was titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.
Oh hi! It’s me, your co-host… SPAM.
I’m not actually a canned meat product made mostly from a pig. But the number of times I got a comment moderation message or my comment just didn’t show up… I now live in fear that the Hormel company is going to take me away!
Anyway. My quick review of the challenge this month:
- I had a post for every letter!
- I scheduled most of my posts in advance. (Thanks Blog Ahead Mini #1!)
- This was my SIXTH year in the challenge, first as a co-host.
- I found the non-linky way to be mostly good. I’m waiting until the results of the survey come in to render my final judgment, as I want to know that people still felt they received comments. In other years, the teams had assigned list numbers, which helped ensure that everyone was visited by a host or their volunteers. I’m curious if not having that system had an impact.
- I have no compassion for those who complain about having to put five minutes a day of effort into promoting their own blog (via link pasting). Self-promotion is part of blog hops. Expecting someone else to promote you, for free, everyday… that’s conceited. A blog is part of your brand, of who you are, and marketing yourself is your responsibility. Be active and engaged.
Clarification: I do care and want to know about those who had technical difficulty beyond their control. Details, please! Especially note if you told a co-host/ the team, yet no one could help.
It’s laziness I take issue with, particularly in those who expect others to do work for them.
- I ended my posts with questions or comment prompts.
- I mastered hyperlinking years ago. I learned it by looking at what others did and playing around. (If the Native American from Amish/Mennonite country can learn to hyperlink, so can you.)
- I’m very proud of being part of the A to Z Challenge. And I’m pleased with Anah’s story.
- I shared posts of MANY others.
- I followed a few more blogs. (I followed a lot already in the last 6 years.)
- I added to my Twitter friends!
- I made a few other social media connections.
- Hopefully I have some new friends. (Especially in Janet Miles, Ronel Janse Van Vuuren (mind reader — lol), and Natalie Westgate.)
- There was a lot I learned by visiting blogs.
- My TBR list went up. I acquired a few more ebooks.
- The Twitter chats were debated, but not held this year due to time. (Figuring out when to hold them so the whole world can attend. Ha ha ha… yeah.)
- I’m eager to see if others played the Bingo I made.
- The timezone of the A to Z posts was fine for me.
- The A to Z challenge is a priority in my life, and has been for a while now.
- “A” was the most commented on post (42). I got 341 comments on the A to Z posts. (I had 238 comments last year.)
- My blog stats for April are in the image below. My views went down -30.89% this year, but comments were up +43.27%
I am very grateful to my fellow co-hosts.
This challenge is very much a team effort. There are posts to write, decissions to be made, questions to be answered, graphics, management, more posting, checking this and that, making sure Networked Blogs picked up the blog post so Facebook was ready ontime every day, dealing with html issues, helping people… But when the team comes together and everyone takes a task, it’s doable. I feel that we all contributed. And we’ll keep going, all year, so the blog stays alive for you, the participants.
And now I’m off to a nice, relaxing read-a-thon over at Bout of Books. I need the break!
J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer