Monday, May 3, 2010

An Overview...

So it is May 3rd. The A-Z challenge is over. Arlee asked us to all join in sharing what this last month, this challenge meant to us.

Wow. I honestly didn't think I could make it through the challenge. I made it even more difficult for myself by adding in my favorite bands and movies to correspond with each letter.

So Arlee asked a few questions, things to help us reflect on this last month.

First, what attracted us to this challenge? For me, it was the opportunity to take on another monthly challenge. I have participated in National Novel Writing Month. Twice now. I have two manuscripts going at once. One is almost finished in its rough draft state. The other is being revised, query at the ready to send out. But to blog every single day, except Sundays and have each day correspond to a different letter of the alphabet? Haven't done it.

I have now!

Did I feel intimidated by the challenge? At first. But with my imagination and my unlimited database for useless trivia... I fell right into it. I even added the favorite band and movie just to spice it up a bit.

Did I ever feel like quitting? No. There were days I thought, what am I going to write about? But something always came up and I had my world to draw off of as well.

In finishing this challenge, would I be apt to do more? Absolutely. This one took up the entire month of April for me, so I was unable to do blogfests and the like. I didn't want to stretch myself too thin while also working on my MS revisions. But yes, I would like to do more challenges.

Did I feel I did my best in this challenge? Yes. I feel like I did. I had tons of support from you guys, I appreciated all of your comments so much! I hope from now on that I can still entertain you as much while not doing a challenge. :D

What did I learn from the challenge? So much! More about the diversity of people. Everyone I followed seemed to have a different topic for the same letter. It was fun reading! I also learned what I want from my blog. I initially wanted to create a following for my world, but now I am thinking I am enjoying this little Writing Support Group. :D

Will you be blogging any more now than you used to? Possibly. Maybe not every day, but I do want to work on at least 4-5 times a week.

So thanks to all of you who joined in this challenge. Who supported and commented and followed. If I am not following your blog yet, by all means, leave me a comment and I will find your blog. I've been sick for the last couple of weeks. The cough as usual hangs on. So I haven't felt much like sitting on the computer for too long. I stopped commenting so much during the last week for the same reason. Doesn't mean I don't love you! Just worn out.

So what about you? I'll be over to your blogs to see what this challenge did for you!


Jessica Bell said...

good on you for making it! I hope you feel better soon :)


I hope you are feeling a wee bit better, Good of you to write your Challenge review, I personally enjoyed reading your post and found them very good.
I would like to thank you for commenting on mine as you did, it meant so much to me.

Now Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope you keep blogging about movies and music - I know I will!

Lisa said...

Way to finish! It was a lot of fun, wasn't it?!

Beth said...

Aww Mel ... so sorry you are not feeling well! That just stinks! :(

On a more positive note I must tell you that having found you, your friendship, and your never failing good cheer and positive attitude has been one of the best things to come out of this Challenge for me! If I had been brave enough to post a list of those who had touched my heart on my wrap post ... you would have been on that list!

Feel better quickly!

Love ya!

Mel Chesley said...

Thanks everyone! I absolutely appreciate your comments and am so glad I had the opportunity to 'meet' all of you! I can't stress that part enough. You all rock!

Gregg Metcalf said...

Congrats on a job well done!

Hart Johnson said...

You did a GREAT job and it was great getting to know you through the posts! I am glad you've become more comfortable with the blogging and learned where you thought you wanted yours to focus!

I have a place for you in the board of the Naked World Domination's elite leadership! I will definitely be back!

Unknown said...

I had such a good time blogging. Like you, there were times I wondered what I would blog about, and sometimes, I'd type the letter having no idea at all what was going to come out. lol.

As far as blogging every day, shoot, I've been overflowing with blog topics today. I'm up to Saturday's written already, and I still have a few more I have to squeeze in there in the form of blogfests.

Anonymous said...

You did fantastic!! and I will be back for more. :o)