⌗AtoZ April 2019 Challenge, REFLECTIONS, May 6th

The A to Z Challenge is now over. I will still be visiting blogs, mostly from M onwards. So please keep your comments OPEN.

If you would like to know more about the A to Z Challenge and maybe join next year,  go here

The 10 years of the A to Z Challenge,   go here

  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?

The number of interesting blogs I discovered. Maybe you yourself, missed the following:
A special mention to Sonia Dogra’ s A Hundred Quills ( go here ) with very different articles, stories and poems;  Roland Clarke ‘s Writing Wings ( go here ) with its short stories and amazing links,  and the Gigglingfattie’s blog  ( go here ) with its colourful children’s alphabet carpet. We struck up quite long ongoing conversations with these ! Some blogs I discovered later on. Special mention to Fandango ‘s This, That, and the Other ( go here ) and iScriblr for her passionate posts ( go here ).

  1. 2 ) What would you change about it?

Well, I would say, posting every other day ! But then it would not be the April Challenge anymore ! So how about it ? March-April or April-May and call it the A to Z Spring Challenge ? After 10 years, now is maybe the time to change some things ? Only a suggestion ! We bloggers have families, work, other things we need to do !

  1. 3 ) What was the best moment for you during this year’s challenge?

I could say the end ! ! ! But half-way through would be closer to the truth : once you are launched and determined to finish thanks to the encouraging Host Posts every day and all the wonderful people who stop by , read and take time to comment.

  1. 4 ) What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?

Very difficult one. How do I answer it without hurting someone else ‘s feelings ? So I’ll put two!
‘Wow Susan. Simply loved it. I’m putting it on Twitter.’ from Sonia Dogra ‘à propos’ my post on V is for Victory.
and  Powerful words – and great links.’ from Roland Clarke about my post on R is for Robot. 

  1. 5 ) Will you do the challenge again?

Certainly, all ready for next year, my second time ! Maybe after 10 years I won’t be as enthusiastic !

  1. 6 ) Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?)

It was very well organised and I always read the Host Posts and tried to follow the guidelines which were all very helpful. A special thanks to Tarkabarka Högly for her posts. I filled out the survey.

  1. 7 ) How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy?

So the new blogs, see question 1. Found about 25 new blogs that I am now following. My blog grew because I had individual people in mind, an audience to adjust my posts to. What would be interesting ? My blog changed : before I posted mostly poems and photos. Now I still post poems, but also short stories and articles. Plus I put links to films, articles, music as well as photos. So I hope it is more interesting and has improved to the boot.

  1. 8 ) Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?)

Yes, I was on the Master List. So I chose a few blogs before the Challenge to comment on regularly…but I found myself spending more time visiting people who had visited me and left comments…Kindred Spirits ?

  1. 9 ) Any suggestions for our future?

Keep it up and let Arlee Bird have a real rest, even though he wasn’t Captain, he seemed to be ever working !

  1. 10 ) Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one?

I would like to thank the whole team again. I usually thanked them every day for their Host Post, but maybe they did not visit me ! So thank you J Lenni, Jeremy, I loved the badges !, Jayden, Zalka and John whose blogs I managed to visit several times, and Arlee for making all this possible.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful Reflections Day. See you all very soon.
Susan Baury Rouchard.

19 thoughts on “⌗AtoZ April 2019 Challenge, REFLECTIONS, May 6th

  1. Susan I love the way you pen. So matter of fact, it’s almost like we are having a conversation. Thank you so so much for the mention. I loved visiting you!

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    1. Thank you Sonia. I too feel like we are having a conversation. For me that is what blogging is all about: writing, keeping motivated to write and finding new friends. Maybe we’ll have the opportunity to meet some day. My sister spent 6 months in Pune during an internship and I am still in contact we a friend she made there. My husband has travelled to India extensively for his work. So my visit to your beautiful country is long overdue and definitely on my ‘landmarks of the World ‘ list. Have you ever come to Europe ?


  2. Your reflection is incisive and thoughtful. Your suggestion to spread the Challenge over March-April could take some pressure off us – or spread the stress. (I’m still wading through a quagmire of AtoZ emails.) Many blushing thanks for the two mentions and shout out.

    My reflection is gathering swamp mud I fear.

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    1. Thanks Roland. I don’t know if either Arlee Bird or J Lenni Dorner have read my reflection post, so it will probably ‘rester lettre morte’ as we say in French…no satisfactory translation that comes to mind…so you’ll have to research the saying if you do not know French !

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    1. That’s really sweet of you. I don’t know what that is so I’ll go straight to the link.
      I’m still very behind on reading and commenting…so I don’t really think I am eligible for any award ! But thanks again.


        1. Now, I am really blushing…and not from the sun ! Although, I have the start of quite a tan from our spring weather and some long put off work in the garden.
          Have a lovely weekend.

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        2. Hi Roland. So still not up to scratch on Azure Spark, but getting there !
          Stopping by to let you know I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award so please visit !
          Glorious Sunshine, here in Toulouse, 26ºC in the afternoons.
          have a pleasant day.
          Susan Rouchard.
          (WordPress did not allow me to leave this comment on your blog so I am posting it here as this way you should get it !)

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          1. Thanks Susan. Overcast here in Boise, USA. I saw and commented on your Sunshine Blogger post so will start musing about your questions. No idea why WordPress is stopping you posting as you commented the other day. Weird.

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            1. It is when I sometimes go through my email or sometimes directly on WordPress, or if I’m visiting through Safari…it can’t identify me so asks me to follow a blog I am already following..before I can comment. I probably don’t have the hang of it all yet !

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  3. Your writing style is effortless. Good work, Susan. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves with these online challenges sometimes. So look after yourself foremost.

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  4. Thanks Yvette. No pressure.
    I have fun every day writing and striking up conversations with fellow writers. The April A to Z was a bit of a long haul but I discovered so many amazing writers and learnt a lot about blogging, ideas, publishing, life, the world 🌍….All worth the effort.
    I still have time with my family, friends and for my volunteer activities…so for the moment I’m on top of things…if the stool gets wobbly…At my time of life I think I will recognize the telltale signs !


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