Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Reflections on a Month of Great Growth
There were so many things I loved about completing the A to Z challenge during April. I met new blog friends, really exercised my writing skills, found a renewed interest in writing a book about my journey, and learned a lot about myself in the process. I wrote about things I never knew I was keeping inside and was able to get in contact with others who are going through the same things. My posts connected with other people in my on-line grief support groups, and helped family and friends to know how I was feeling. I wouldn't post regularly to my blog before, now I have an urge to write even more than before.
As feedback, there are definitely things that I myself, as a novice blogger would do (and will do from this point forward) differently. I learned that interaction on my blog comes most when I pose a question at the end (thanks for the advice, Susan!), and visiting more blogs will get me more followers and interactions. Now that school is winding down, there is definitely going to be more time for me to be able to do that. I came at this challenge rather late in the game after hearing about it from friend and fellow blogger Katie at The Cyborg Mom. Next year, I think I will be a little more prepared, prescheduling and at least having a title for each letter before the month gets started. The twitter chats were great, although more than one day a week would have been great...most days I had a tough time attending because of my own struggles. Most of all, I would encourage more interaction. I know it is hard when you have one or more blogs that you keep up with, but as a new blogger with very few followers I appreciate the interaction and follows, as well as advice from others who have been in the game much longer than I.
Blogging has been a source of great catharsis for me, and this month has led to some very interesting reflections on my life that I hadn't really explored before. I got in touch with emotions that I had put aside for the sake of being able to function in the real world and processed through them with great ease once the were out of my head and sent into the blogosphere. I appreciate the opportunity to have gotten my experiences out there and the refreshed outlook I have as a result of this challenge month.
Much thanks to all who have followed me on this journey, encouraged me to continue writing, and provided advice to keep things fresh...I couldn't have done it without you!