A to Z Reflections

All in all, I think it was another successful A to Z Challenge - I certainly enjoyed myself! I loved my theme, and I'm glad I chose it since a lot of bloggers seemed to enjoy it. I got all of my posts written and scheduled before the challenge began, which always makes it easier.

However, I still didn't visit as many bloggers as I would have liked. I barely met any new bloggers during the challenge, which is a pity. I did find a few new blogs to follow, though, and I'm glad I did.

I was an A-Z Tech for M. J. Joachim this year, which made the challenge a little tougher, but it's more satisfying knowing I managed to successfully finish the challenge while helping out.

My only disappointment about the challenge this year was that there were a few bloggers who didn't return comments, even if I commented on their blogs every day. I admit, I wasn't brilliant at commenting back but I tried as hard as I could, and I think I managed to visit most of the bloggers who visited me.

That was my only issue, and it wasn't really a problem with the challenge - the challenge was great, as usual. Once again I loved taking part in the challenge, and I'm already thinking about a theme for next year. I need to plan my time a little better next year, not only by scheduling my posts but by planning visits to other blogs on the list.


  1. I consider the comments the very best part of the challenge, I'd never dream about not visiting someone who comments so regularly! But I'm glad this has not made it a bad experience for you, we're all in it for the fun, aren't we? :)

  2. Your theme was fascinating - well done!
    I encountered many who didn't return comments or follows as well. Just one of those things I guess.

  3. Maybe some people couldn't figure out how to comment back? Maybe they, umm, were abducted by space aliens and...

    Yeah well. Maybe it'll be better next year. This challenge really is fun.

    Stopping by after the #atozchallenge to check out your reflection post!

  4. Hi, Laura,

    I know how you feel. I intro'd one book and the author didn't even visit that day, even after I sent her a reminder email... It's just how it is sometimes. But overall we are a wonderful group!

    I really enjoyed learning more about Egypt since I have a minuscule amount of Egyptian blood in my heritage.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  5. I really loved your theme and enjoyed every post!

    I made it a personal mission to return all of the comments I received, because to me that's just what you do if someone comments on your post. I agree with J. Lenni . . . they must have been abducted by aliens! ;)

  6. Regardless of the challenge, some people are just like that. You stop by their blog, you try to interact with them, and they just don't ever seem to reciprocate. Oh well, their loss. Congrats on a challenge well done!

  7. You did a good job of the A to Z Miss Laura. Commenting can be tricky, sometimes its just a time issue thing. Always assume the best of everyone. I just started at A again once it finished, so I'm doing it again until I get distracted by a rain drop or a flower or something. . . . . . .

    Oooo look a seagull.

  8. I'm probably guilty of not visiting your blog as often as I should have done. I am sorry about that.

  9. I enjoyed your topic for the Challenge very much, and should have commented a bit more than I did.
    I'm afraid to say I'm one of the guilty ones who didn't reply to as many comments as I should have either. I noticed your name coming up quite frequently on my A-Z posts, for which I am very appreciative and always value those that take the time to stop by and say something.
    If there's one thing I've learned from the Challenge this year, it's that this is the area I need to work on.
    Thank you for being honest in your reflections xxx

  10. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I scheduled most of my posts, and tried to visit as many blogs as I could, but still don't think I put a dent in that 2000 list! I plan on trying to visit as many as I can over the next few months. And I plan on commenting more...I'm a new blogger, and this was my first challenge...so I think it took me a few weeks to catch on to the whole blogging etiquette thing. But I'm trying!
    Visual Proof

  11. Yeah there are always quite a few participants who don't respond. Hopefully they'll catch up now that the challenge is over. :-)

  12. As a first-year A-to-Z'er, I tried to visit and comment on everyone who commented on my posts. I found some difficulty with some blogs that either didn't have an easily accessible comment box or those that seem to require that your comment be left on their Google+ page. I wasn't so keen on that idea for some reason, so I slipped away without commenting. As a newbie to this challenge, I wasn't as bold as I could've been. Next year......
    Mary from The View from my World

  13. I enjoyed your tour of Ancient Egypt, Laura. You did a great job of being brief but interesting and informative. One thing that I think would help make visiting other blogs easier would be if those who decide not to participate, or quit after a few weeks, could remove themselves from the list. That way, you're only spending time visiting and encouraging active participants.

  14. Hi Laura .. I loved meeting another Brit and one who was writing about Ancient Egypt .. I know I got overwhelmed with numbers and I was writing some of my posts as I went along .. so if I missed you - and very possible - many thanks .. I struggled to just do it all .. still I'm always around ..

    I'll find your posts in my reader! Cheers Hilary

  15. People not responding makes me sad, but what can you do? I visited 99.9% of commenters on my blog . . . that 0.1% was one commenter whose link was broken and there was nothing I could do about it.

    Thank you for all the research you put into your theme! I enjoyed and learned a lot from your posts. :)

  16. Hi Laura!

    So sorry you encountered people who didn't comment back. I did too. I try not to let it get me down. It happens from time to time. I just figure I can only do my best and that's what's truly important. And, hey, we made it through to the end W00t W00t!!!


  17. Well done for finishing the challenge.

    I know what you mean about the commenting. I often felt guilty during the challenge for not commenting enough because I only got online once or twice a week on some weeks and so it was tricky to squeeze everyone in.

    I've tried to become more regular about reading and commenting on the blogs that I follow though, and I'm also determined to work my way through the Reflections and Road Trip lists and leave as many comments as I can there. :-)

  18. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I didn't write a reflections post, but if I did, I think it would be much like yours, except I did have some guilty days of not getting back to people on the same day that they commented on my blog. I tried to get back within a day or two.
    I enjoyed your posts on Egypt!

  19. Yeah... Some people just don't realize blogging courtesy. I'd comment twice on someone's blog, and if they didn't return a comment, I moved on. I was in it for making or building friendships this year--which was a hugely successful effort. I loved your Egypt series.

  20. Thanks for being an AZTech. We couldn't have done this Challenge without your help. Don't beat yourself up with the visiting thing - join the Road Trip instead! Just follow the link in my signature. Again, thanks for all your hard work.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

  21. People don't always connect and there's no one reason. I always give several tries, and if it seems the blogger doesn't find my style or my information to their liking, I let it go. There are so many out there who I do relate to.

  22. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! We appreciate too your "Tech help". Thanks for sharing. I'm just stopping by briefly as I try to navigate the twists and turns of the AtoZ Road Trip…don't forget to wave when you see me drive by. (lol)
    Entrepreneurial Goddess


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