I'd like to say I'm going to work on posts over the year so I'll be ready when next April comes along, but I know I won't get around to it. I also think that kind of takes some of the fun out it. But then again, just keeping up with comments, visiting others, following new blogs and keeping up with new followers is a full time job in itself without having to drag home from work and do a post everyday too.
If I do have an opportunity to work ahead I will do it backwards. The final week with U, V, W, X, Y and Z are the hardest, and the last week is also the time when we are all growing weary and wondering why we got ourselves into this to begin with. Let's throw Q in there too just to cover the most difficult letters!
I had 298 followers when I started the A-Z challenge. I celebrated 300 the day I signed up for the challenge when our very own A-Z co-host Alex J Cavanaugh hit that follow me button. I promised Alex we would find a way to celebrate and this is it *virtual confetti falling, horns blowing, champagne popping* Fun isn't it Alex? Would you like a refill on that champagne?
Not only did I hit 300 followers, but right at the tail end of the challenge I hit my 400th follower too - L. Diane Wolfe of Spunk on a Stick - bring on more confetti and champagne - cheers! :)
I know followers are just numbers, not all people who will be reading on a regular basis if at all, but it is fun to see those numbers go up that much within one month. How did I get that many new followers when others might not have? It really wasn't difficult, I just followed our co-hosts idea to try to visit and comment on at least five new blogs from the sign up list each day. Often I didn't have time, but I did try to catch up as much as I could on the weekends.
I remembered quite a few followers from last year once I hit on their blogs or they did mine. Even though we only truly followed each other for the challenge itself and not after it was still a neat little reunion to see those friends again this year. Let's face it, most of us don't have the time to keep up with every single blogger we follow. Having friends we only reconnect with for a month each year is fine too. It's a real life kind of thing.
I'd like to say a big thank you to our co-hosts this year. What a great, hard working, involved group they were. Please stop over to visit them all if you haven't already!
Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller)
Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)
The only thing I could possibly recommend for future challenges is to consider adding categories to the sign up list such as poetry, photos, fiction, etc. As large of a group that plays on this challenge it might make it easier to navigate and find blogs of specific interest. Not that we shouldn't broaden our horizons and visit other categories, but when time management is an issue going directly to the groups we have high interest in would be beneficial.
Overall I really had a really great time with the challenge this year, as well as last year. It's always good fun! I know I will do it again next year even if I don't get a head start, it gives my brain some much needed exercise. It's not always easy, but that's why it's called a challenge!