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May 6, 2018

A-Z Challenge Reflections

Some thoughts during and after the 2018 A-Z Challenge:

01/ With spread sheets for the daily links, there's just no way to mark if you have visited a blog unless you visit that blog again which is pretty much what I did most of the times. I guess even with a linky list, it's a problem but at least, the visited links are a different color.

02/ The master list have 697 blogs but the daily lists are only half of that so I wonder if people just signed up and not posted or people signed up, posted but never leave their links on the daily list. I didn't visit everyone on the master list and actually, I hardly check the list but I used the daily link lists instead because I know for certain people posted on that list. So what is the point of the master link list again?

03/ I think Post Category is more like format category because it doesn't tell you what the post is about, it tells you what the post fits under. Also, it seems all my posts falls under more than one category and mostly it's under 'other and miscellaneous' or 'prefer not to say/don't know' because there's no 'blogging' category and sometimes I just don't think there is any category to fit in.

04/ What we really need is 'post titles' - most people like me, title their post to mean exactly what the post is about so 'post titles' are useful, well, okay, not all the time maybe but some of the time certainly.

05/ I don't know if users know this but there are ads on all their posts. I think if you're login into Wordpress, you don't see them on your blogs. But I don't mind the ads but why do they keep featuring that awful foot image ad? What the hell is that? I don't even read what's about, I just tried to avoid looking at it.

06/ I don't like the A-Z logo/badge. For an image that people has to be looking at like a million times, the colors are just too bright. And that's why I make my own. Sorry, but I really can't look at those bright colors too long. I just think the contrast is too much and makes the eyes work harder to see it or it could be just me.

07/ I didn't like it when one of the blogger suddenly switched to a different comment system which means I would have make more effort to leave comments which means I wouldn't really leave a comment unless I really, really want to and mostly it's a no. I just wonder why and also, the change is to a format that I really hate. I won't say who or what but it was certainly not to my liking.

08/ I hate to admit - I didn't leave as much comments as I did last year. Even though I did visited almost everyone except the ones with adult contents, I still found I didn't have much to say. I found most of them kind of boring or rather, just things I don't want to read about. I want to be honest so I don't leave comments when I know I don't like what I read and also because I'm sort of lazy.

09/  I think having two category or rather two formats (short fiction and miscellaneous lists) works really well for me. I don't think readers or me want to read all fiction so having fun lists in between is more enjoyable. I didn't have my posts prepared but I did have a word/an idea but I have changed a few posts to something completely different to what I have thought up right on the same day I was to post so it's why the contents varied so much especially the lists. So I think themes don't work for me but having a format really do help a lot.

10/ Even it was a bit stressful and frustrating when I couldn't think of any ideas, I would still do the challenge again.  I seems to be a little more creative doing the challenge than when I'm not doing it.

List of my A-Z posts links:
• Angel - fiction
• Blogging -list
• Crimson - fiction
• Dinner - fiction
• Excuses - list
• Firmament - fiction
• Game - list
• He - fiction
• Introduce - list
• Jolly - fiction
• Keep - list
• Lazy -list
• Meeting - fiction
• Newbie - list
• Onlooker -fiction
• Pollyannas -list
• Query - fiction
• Random - list
• Snow - fiction
• Thin - list
• Unbelievable -list
• Vanished - fiction
• Waking - fiction
• XO - list
• You - list
• Zealous - fiction

Here's my favorite posts from the A-Z Challenge > link
Check out other April A-Z Reflections here >

And if you have done the A-Z Challenge this year, what did you think of it? Did you like it? Or did you wish you haven't done it?
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