I managed to complete the A-Z challenge this go-around. I felt a bit overwhelmed in the beginning and decided the only way to stay afloat, unlike the Titanic, was to combine this blog hop with my regular scheduled hops. This really saved the
day month for me!
When I started the challenge, I decided on a theme ~ Things I am learning A-Z, but that just didn’t go as planned. My intentions were good, but nonetheless I did not follow through, completely. No sweat! On the days that the alphabet prompt worked with my theme I kept to it, but most of the time I incorporated my daily blog hops with the corresponding letter of the day. My object after all was to stay on track and to not stress. For me this challenge was meant to connect with new bloggers and hopefully increase my following at the same time. I achieved both.
The thing I struggled most with was making sure to visit someone new each day. I like to think, if I had prepared for the challenge before hand then this would be different. That being said, I learned about the A-Z Challenge only mere days before it actually began. I did my best, but some days fell short and others I hopped across the list like a frog. Next year, I hope to be consistent with my daily visits.
I learned two key elements I need to change for the sake of my sanity and for a better blog.
One is I need to consolidate my blog hops, freeing time so I can better spend it elsewhere, like writing better. For quite some time, I realized most of my posts are built around a blog hop. There is nothing wrong with that, but I feel like my writing is shallow in substance. I need to challenge myself in this area, seeking new encouragement through hops which spur my imagination to fill
the canvas my blog with beautiful words, like an artist.
Second is how important photography is to me. Each week, I participate in a couple of blog hops aimed for shutter bug enthusiasts. With the A-Z Challenge, I found myself using more and more of my photos. I feel inspired to improve upon my photography skills. I want to be the best I can. The bottom line is I want folks to enjoy my experience through the eye of the lens.
Looking back, I once read that you should write about the things you know. I believe the same can be said of photography. The things or places I shot feel comfortable to me. That’s what I know the best ~ my area. I think narrating the event(s) leading to each photo shared is the best selling point I can offer my readers and the occasional blog hopper to keep them hooked. Changing past blogging behavior in directing my energies into a creation I can be proud of need to slowly morph over the coming weeks. By April’s end, my brain was turning with ideas of how to move forward. Now, it’s time to take what’s in my head and make it happen!
What blogging revelations have opened your eyes?