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Monday, 2 May 2011

A-Z Reflections Blog Hop

Blogging A-Z was a blast
It's quite sad that it could not last
'A' was the start
'Z'  to depart
'B' through 'Y' made it fly by fast!

Well, seeing as I limericked my way through the entire challenge, it seemed fitting that I compose one last ditty for my reflections post. *winks*

I'm not one to join this type of thing, mostly because, as the title of my blog suggests, I'm a bit of a ditherer. *coughsunderstatementofthecenturycoughs* A one-off commitment I can do, even if I usually panic and leave things until the last minute, but blogging every day as part of a group challenge is definitely something that I usually steer well clear of. I've blogged daily for a month before, but only as a personal challenge. It's somehow less pressure when it's only yourself you let down if you fail to post. But letting down a group of well over a thousand bloggers is not something I relished.

Realistically, with so many bloggers taking part, I highly doubt that my posts would have been missed had I given up, but that's not the point. I had a couple of new followers right from the start, and these lovely, lovely people were just so nice and supportive that I would have felt awful if my limericking came to a halt.

I tried to visit as many blogs as I could (the length of my blog list on the right can attest to this, as I followed a good number of the blogs that I visited), and I commented and/or followed on every blog that the handy 'surprise me' tool took me to. Two fabulous bloggers gave me lovely awards (you can find JL Dodge and Christine's blogs by clicking on the awards on the right), and I doubled my followers. Not to mention recieving far more hits and comments than I have ever had in the eighteen months that I have been blogging.

So, as I 'reflect' on the challenge, I can definitely say that it was a joy to take part. A big 'Thank You!' must go to Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out, for coming up with the idea to begin with, and being such a fabulous host. Not to mention all of the co-hosts who did so well in visiting as many of the long list of bloggers that were taking part. I myself probably only managed around 300 blogs (if that), but I am still using the fabulous 'surprise me' button and continuing to discover blogs that are interesting, funny, and pure entertainment.

So will I be doing the April A-Z 2012 if there is one? You betcha! And I recommend everyone to give it a shot too. It's a little bit of hard work mixed with a lot of fun, and that's a great combination as far as I'm concerned.

Congrats to everyone who took part, and thank you to everyone who commented on my nutty limericks! I had a silly grin on my face each time I read about putting a silly grin on your face!


  1. Your A-Z blog posts were really entertaining.
    I'm going to miss them. :'(

  2. I really enjoyed your limmericks and hope to see some more,Congrats on completing the challenge.

  3. I loved reading your limericks every day last month. They were so much fun. Congratulations on completing the challenge!

  4. I echo the previous comments -- I hope you will continue to share your limericks. You know you could compile them and publish them. They were so funny and clever.
    That's why I have subscribed to your blog.

    MM the Queen of English

  5. Yes, it was so difficult to keep up with comments, older followers and still visit new blogs. Congratulations to you and everyone else who did it.

  6. Grinning is good! You provided much needed relief during the month to me. thanks. Sue

  7. It's great that you ended with a limerick. You know I'll be by no matter what you are posting!

  8. Nice way to end the challenge. Will absolutely be popping by to see what's next:)

  9. Well I definitely don't think I'll be limeriking permanently. It was just a spur of the moment idea to help get me through the challenge, and I'm still slightly surprised that it did so well. I'd never say never, of course - I'm pretty sure I can throw out an odd limerick here and there - but they won't be a continuing theme.

    Maybe I should consider a 'what next?' post as my next, er, post. :)

  10. Congrats! on finishing the A to Z Event. I missed stopping by during the event. Its good to meet you now. I'm already looking forward to next year.

  11. Glad you had a good time with the Challenge! We're definitely planning on one next year.

  12. Thanks for not giving up and a big thank you for being a part of the Challenge and leaving your reflections. The list is massive and I still have many more blogs to visit. But it was great wasn't it.

    Tossing It Out

  13. Congratulation for completing the challenge that you have!!!

    Procrastination Free Living