I really enjoyed the A to Z Challenge. It was the first writing challenge of any kind that I participated in and it taught me a lot about myself and how I write.
Top 5 things I learned from doing the challenge:
- I learned that I must have some sort of emotional reaction to what I am writing about in order to write it well. I can love it or hate it. Something. Anything. When I take the emotion out of it, it just isn’t as good. Probably why I hated writing term papers in school. My theme was on Australia. I adhered to this theme for the most part. I had a couple of deviations because I wasn’t feeling the topic I previously picked and a couple that were a bit of a stretch from the theme, but for the most part, I adhered to the theme throughout.
- I learned how to use the features of WordPress better. The schedule a post feature was a big help. I was able to schedule a couple of posts ahead of time when I knew I would be busy or when I was traveling.
- I learned that there was I lot I could learn from other bloggers. I visited about 500 different sites during the challenge and was able to see what I liked on others people’s blogs and what I didn’t like. From how a blog looked, to what the post looked like and how the photos were used, I paid attention on what blogs made me want to stay or come back and which ones made me click the next button. I go a lot of great examples of what I liked and few examples of what I didn’t like.
- I learned that I enjoy being a part of the A to Z challenge group. Writing can be a pretty isolating endeavor. It is nice to be a part of like-minded individuals with a single goal in mind. Not like a cult, more like a play group.
- I learned that finishing the challenge was a motivation for me. Finishing anything motivates me. I have much more confidence about my writing now and I actually am pretty funny;)
I am excited about the next challenge and will definitely participate in the A to Z challenge again next time.
See my other A to Z Challenge posts, here.