May 05 2019

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Reflection of a Co-Host

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We celebrated our Tenth Anniversary at the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZchallenge. The blog hop that made an online community by asking bloggers to spend the month of April using the English alphabet as inspiration for their posts.

The Reflection post is an A to Z Challenge tradition. It gives us a chance to look back at what worked, what didn’t, what we’ve done, what was learned, and where we hope to go from here.

This year, in honor of our anniversary, there’s a list of ten questions:

  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?
    • I love that it is the TENTH year. Do you know how many hops don’t make even two years? And we’re at TEN!

      (Sure, we didn’t have the 1,718 blogs of 2012. Or the 2,009 blogs of 2014. But 685 is still impressive!)

  2. What would you change about it?
    • I try my best to please as many people as possible. I know some people were upset with some comments (an escort service and taxi company spammed people, for example). And others are upset that we’re not BlogChatter (I mean… I can’t make us be an entirely separate blogging group that happens to have a similar event at the same time). But the biggest complaint I heard was from people who were angry we stopped using Google+ and Feedburner email service (both of which were shut down, and we don’t own Google, so… I mean, I can apologize, but it is what it is). Honestly, I’m thrilled with how things are running. Jayden is a sheet goddess. John knows all the tech. Zalka is so upbeat. Arlee has given us a real gift, for which I’ll always be grateful. Our team is wonderful.
  3. What was the best moment for you during this year’s challenge?
    • Thanks Team post – Arlee wrote a deeply moving post. That was my best moment, reading that post.
  4. What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?
    • You know what was fun in the comments for me this year? Janet and Ronel. I feel the love, ladies! You’re both awesome.
  5. Will you do the challenge again?
    • Without a doubt.
  6. Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?)
    • I love my team. And fill it out… yeah, I freaking wrote it.

    J Lenni Dorner blog numbers April

  7. How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy?
    • I love the number spike that April brings. The challenge makes blogging so much more interactive. I love our community. And yes, I did find some new blogs to enjoy! And I really loved blogging another reference book. I think sharing knowledge is really useful to the community.
  8. Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?)
    • I am locked at the top of the list. And the daily lists had SO MANY complaints that I’m pleased as pudding to see them gone.
  9. Any suggestions for our future?
    • I want to see what others write for this. All my thoughts and suggestions are already shared with the team.
  10. Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one?
    • Our team is great. Jeremy does AMAZING work and we should all go attack him with praise and shirt orders. (He and I did try to find a way to get other merch, like mugs or pens, but it didn’t work out.)


The team needs your feedback!

That’s the link to the after survey.

Grab your A to Z gear, and other cool goodies from our graphics guy, here:

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Questions: Did you make a reflection post and sign it up on the form? Have a chance to enter my giveaway?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge

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  1. Thanks, I’ll be doing the reflection this week.
    I didn’t finish the A to Z challenge, but I’ll try it again later. And there was a lot to learn about this year.
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  2. LOL I was trying to beat Ronel with most comments but she got me at the end and ran away with it! I really like reading your posts even though I am not a “writer” and found a lot of interesting things, although I must say I liked your last two year’s stories a little better. Thanks for the mention. I’ll be reading you 🙂
    Janet Miles has this post to share Must Be May – 2019 – Song Lyric Sunday – Because of YouMy Profile

  3. Aw, you’re welcome, J 🙂 Nice to see your thoughts on the challenge.
    Ronel Janse van Vuuren has this post to share Reflecting on the #AtoZChallenge 2019My Profile
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  4. I am so happy to be a part of this team 🙂 And I really liked your theme this year! Looking forward to what next year brings 🙂

    The Multicolored Diary
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  5. I can’t imagine the amount of work the team put in (any year). Real life can and does take over and it can be a struggle. I’m happy I survived (again), just not sure I will do it again. But who knows? The last two years it’s been a last minute decision…LOL!

    Thank you to you and the rest of the team for all you’ve done and do!

    DB McNicol, author
    A to Z Reflections
    My Personal Blog
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  6. thanks j lenni! i can’t imagine all the hard work you and the team put in.

    and thanks for visiting my blog a couple times this year!! i’m thrilled i survived and met a couple fun bloggers.

    Joy at The Joyous Living
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  7. It really made me laugh to learn that people are blaming the A-Z Challenge hosts for G+ closing down!
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  8. A great work was done by this team.

    Well done.

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  9. So happy that you appreciated my post of gratitude for our fantastic Team. There was so much more that I could have said, but a “thank you” is something I can’t say enough. So, my thanks to your leadership this year, J, and to the entire Team.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out
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  10. Amazing organisation again this year. I struggled with elements as it is a few years since I last participated and things have changed. Next year it will be easier. Visiting from the Reflection List.
    QP and Eye

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