As far as I was concerned, the A to Z Listless Challenge lived up to expectations. That is, after all, what the A to Z Hosts want to hear. The online survey gave options that I answered truthfully. They give a completely inaccurate picture of my satisfaction with the Challenge this year, because they failed to ask two further questions – 1, did you enjoy it (scale of 1 – 5 would be good) and 2, would you do it again next year?
If you want to know what my expectations were, read this post. If you have visited me regularly through April, you almost certainly don’t need to do that!
The A to Z’s own Reflections post could redress all the problems within this year’s Challenge.
There is absolutely no reason not to provide a linky list for our reflections post links. We have all done them, we have all blogged from A to Z (or enough to make us worth visiting by anyone who wants to. It usually gives us a chance to do our Road trip, should we wish to do so. But without the linky, we will be reduced to scrolling through the 200-or so comments. It doesn’t sound much, but it’s off-putting, because it goes on so long – c10 lines of scrolling per link instead of one for a list line, or one-half if it’s two columns. More importantly, some people have had a lot of trouble leaving/posting comments on the A to Z’s posts.
But I’ve lost hope that they will do this simple step that so many of us have asked for.
I think veterans of the A to Z will be irritated by the survey because of the assumption that we are all marketing our blogs for the first time. The survey gives me the impression they only want to hear how wonderful the A to Z has been for new bloggers.
The good reflections
There are of course, some great things that came from this year’s Challenge. I hope those new people who’ve been visiting regularly (and most of them were named in my ‘How is it going?’ post for H) will continue to visit, and I hope I’ll continue to visit you.
I got two more blog followers! Welcome! I love you!
I did get more views in April than in March
But you know what? None of those indicators of the success of A to Z are anywhere near what they’ve been in past years. Yes, it’s partly because I found it difficult to fit in my ten – twenty blogs visited each day, because I wasn’t working down the list. Working from the comments was off-putting. I’m sure the same happened to other people, hence 50% fewer visitors than previous years.
This is in part because I tended to refollow people I’d visited in the past, so I renewed acquaintances rather than made new ones, and by following back commenters, I followed their commenters too. So it strengthened existing relationships rather than create new ones. Maybe I should just be happy with that.
Actually, I am happy with that. I’m proud to know Rebecca, Anabel, Hilary, Kim, Kristin, Nick, Patricia, Susanne, Noelle, Liz, Melanie, Chris, David and others who came earlier in the month and didn’t comment later. I’m desolate that I didn’t get to read Jazzfeather’s and Shalini’s posts from A to Z; I really meant to (I’ll be back!).
But was it worth that “five minutes” putting my link on the A to Z post each day?
I think I’ll finish with the same finish that I made to that post in February which I linked above.
I’m still not sure I’m going to bother with the Challenge at all this year, though. It’s a Blogging Challenge, not a social media one.
For ‘this year’ read ‘next year’. No list, no challenge. Bye-bye, A to Z.
Afterthought: I was a minion once, and I’d be a minion again if it meant getting the list back. I seem to remember much of the co-ordination of co-hosts and minions seemed to revolve around Tina. Maybe we’re all just missing her too much.