My reflection post…
Well, I did “survive” the challenge. Sadly, that is about all I can say this year, and I think I’m doing well to say that. Life didn’t work out how I would have wished for it to this year, and my grand plans to have all my posts finished before April started and to visit a lot of blogs every day just didn’t come to pass. We often have “grand plans” but ultimately God has The Grand Plan and we don’t get to know how that’s going to work until it happens. Family is more important than blogging, period. My world has a Dad-shaped hole in it now, and I have to get used to how that is going to be.
All that being said, my Dad taught me to be a determined person, and since I said I would do 26 posts in April, I did that. But I really can’t say that I was able to “participate” fully in the A to Z challenge. I visited a few blogs, but overall I visited a small percentage of the list in April. I think now I can start to get “caught up” and fully intend to do the A to Z roadtrip, continuing to visit my fellow A to Z-ers as the year goes on.
As for what I gained from A to Z this year, I would say that doing the posts was a great exercise for me in French, because I wrote a lot in French, and it was a great exercise for me in blogging, because I added some things to my blog, experimented with a new page on FaceBook, and did two videos. So even if I didn’t get the full benefit of visiting/being visited, I did stretch my blogging wings.
Even though I didn’t visit as many as I wanted, I did do some blog-hopping on the A to Z lisr, and I found that there is some sort of problem between Apple machines/devices and Google when it comes to commenting on Blogger blogs. I was not able to comment using my WP account or OpenID on any blogger blog from my Apple machines. Thanks to Arlee, I did find a workaround, which was to create a blogger account and use that to comment. Not the ideal solution for me as I dislike having idle accounts floating around the internet, and it could lead blogger folks looking for me to a “dead end” if they click my blogger profile instead of the link in my comment, which sort of defeats the A to Z blog-hoppy goal in a way. I’ll have to work on making a nice perma-page on that site to lead folks to WP if they want to see my blog.
Other than that, I say “chapeau” once again to the A to Z team, who do an amazing job managing a monumental task! Merci beaucoup, Arlee Bird and everyone at A to Z ! I’ll be back, and I have already planned every single post for next year, and I intend to be completely finished by the end of November except for adding the A to Z banners and graphics! So…on verra !
Mes chers lecteurs, je vous remercie de m’avoir suivi pendant le mois d’avril. J’espère que mes articles vous aideront si vous pouvez apprendre la langue française. J’espère que vous avez découvert au moins une nouvelle chose grâce à mon site.