Well, I did it – I blogged from Alpha to Zulu as promised. The blogging wasn’t so hard, but keeping up with my blog visiting was, as usual, the big challenge.
If you have internet speeds above 1 Mb (512 kb would be nice, too) you won’t appreciate what it’s like to sit and wait for the pages to load. And then the scripts to stop loading – or to stop them loading because you’ve got an error message on them. Every now and then we get promised an upgrade to a fibre-optic network. It was going to be 2015 – now 2017 looks optimistic*. So I will continue to work my way through the list of A to Z participants and hope to get to and comment on more than twelve an hour some day.
This year it was particularly frustrating since I’d taken on the job of minion – part of Damyanti Biswas’s A to Z support team. The task – to visit thirty blogs and support them through the Challenge, didn’t seem much different from what I achieved last year. The trouble comes when you want to do more than that. It is essential to visit the people who have commented on your own blog – I think I managed that. I had visited blogs during the Theme Reveal that I wanted to keep up with, but didn’t – and then I felt I was letting down the people immediately after me by not visiting them. In the first week I managed to get through half of the blogs I was following after the Theme Reveal. I had another go at them the second week. By the end of the third week I had only visited the fifty blogs on the list after mine, in addition to my ‘set’ blogs and my pinterest list. It probably totals 300 individual blogs (although I’ve visited quite a few many times), yet last year I got to over 500. Basically, there are a whole load of wonderful blogs out there that I haven’t visited and want to!
All is not lost – the AtoZ Roadtrip was designed for people like me who didn’t get to everyone they wanted to. I can join that. Or, having added a lot of blogs to my Pinterest “A to Z” section, I can spend May catching up with them all. I might just do that. Fortunately, blog posts are there well after their publication date.
Did I enjoy this year’s A to Z? Yes, thanks to the support from all the lovely people who came visiting and who returned my visits. But like many people, there was a time mid-month when I felt I couldn’t keep up with the pace. I was disappointed with the take-up for my giveaway. I didn’t feel I was getting as many followers as in previous years. I felt I wasn’t doing enough. So I regrouped, and did what I could. That’s all we can do, really.
But I’m already thinking about my theme for next year. I had an inspiration and started making a list of suitable words! Come back then – you’re going to really love it – but come back soon anyway!
And I haven’t finished yet! There’s exciting news – I’ll be blogging on the main A to Z site every 2nd Wednesday of the month, starting May 14th. Any requests for a topic?
* I was told at the weekend that the roadworks outside my house last week were to install the control centre for the new broadband. That doesn’t mean it’ll be connected any time soon, but it’s a start!