Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]



When I saw Damyanti Biswas‘ post introducing me to the A to Z Challenge 2016, I thought ~ ‘Oh, another one of those challenges.  Maybe I’ll try this one!’  One month’s commitment seemed like a doable time period to make this effort a challenging one.  As time went on I began to realize the amount of organization and the scope behind this endeavor!  My enthusiasm grew!  This could be a very rewarding event for me!  I was #100 on the Sign-Up List and I watched the number of sign-ups grow to an impressive number of 1,946 bloggers!

When the call came for us to Reveal A Theme, I had already been pre-scheduling my alphabet letters around the thought of sharing with my children and grandchildren some of the Lessons Learned through my life.  This was becoming for me a moment in time where I would no longer just think about it.  I was being inspired and motivated to get my thoughts on life down in writing.  The Challenge provided a creative and inspiring vehicle.

Much thanks to Arlee Bird and his Ambassadors for providing this moment in time to what turned out to be the most rewarding (and intense) experience in my blogging so far.  I look forward to 2017!!

My A to Z Challenge ~ Lessons Learned (Click Here)


~ My A to Z Blogging Community ~

During the month of April, every morning was like Christmas morning!  I would wake up with a sense of anticipation and log onto my laptop to see who stopped by and commented on that day’s post.  I created my website/blog in September of 2015 and had met a lot of great bloggers.  I was pleased with the initial reception of my blog ~ Me in the Middle ~ and was gaining confidence and experience as I went along.  A to Z was something new!!  The traffic to my blog shot up and I had 1,611 views, 548 visitors, 678 likes and 652 comments throughout the April A2Z Challenge.  I used Facebook and Twitter to launch each day’s posts.  Visitors came to my blog from Facebook, Twitter and WordPress Reader.  Honestly, I’m now in A to Z Withdrawal and miss the stimulation of non-stop connecting and blogging with other bloggers.  It’s nice though that my life has returned to a calmer, steady pace and, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the effort for more than one month out of the year.  So Bring It On 2017!



~ A Dozen Brave Bloggers ~

(There are so many more bloggers who came to visit Me in the Middle and I hope to return to everyone’s blogs and read all of their AtoZ posts.  I decided to share a dozen of these bloggers because I got to know them through visiting their blogs and chatting in comments.  Click on their links and see the amazing blogs they’ve created!  ♥ )

The Artist’s Path

The Spectacled Bean

Stories and More

Daisy in the Willows

Cafenined Words

Project Blacklight

Dr. Gulara Vincent

My Life Lived Full

Cresting the Hill

If Only I Had A Time Machine

Life as a Potpourri!!



47 thoughts on “Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

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  5. What a wonderful wrap-up post! I LOVE your theme! I’m so sorry I missed you during the challenge. I will be back to read more! And I feel like you do. Even though it pert near wore me out, I sure do miss it! Already thinking about a theme for next year… May you and “Me in the Middle” be blessed in the interim! 😀

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  6. Congratulations on surviving the A to Z! I too am experiencing A to Z withdrawal which explains why I decided to jump in to another challenge i.e. Blog Every Day in May LOL Only 11 months to next year’s A to Z Challenge! 😀

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      • Hi Mary Lou – There isn’t any one blog that focuses on the Blog Every Day in May challenge, it seems very individual. I referenced several blogs in order to come up with what to write everyday 🙂

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  7. Yes, A to Z withdrawal – know the feeling! It was quite a challenge, and quite an achievement to finish. I don’t know about you but I felt pretty exhausted when I struggled over the finishing line. I see you’re already planning next year – impressive!

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  8. Congrats on completing your first challenge and on improving your stats so much 🙂 The challenge is so much fun and it’s definitely a come down when it’s over!

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  9. Hi Mary Lou! I’m one of the 100s suffering withdrawal symptoms from AtoZ but obviously I’m in good company! It was great to link up with you and hope we can keep the connection going. You are well organised already planning for next year!

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    • I think I’m just about fully recovered. From what I experience this time, having a theme and having an interesting one is very important. This first experience has encouraged me to try again!! 🙂


  10. Thanks for including me in your special mentions Mary Lou – it has been such a pleasure meeting you and I’m looking forward to seeing what you write about now that you’re not challenging any more. I’m loving being back to my normal posting routine of three a week instead of six! It’s been a great journey 🙂

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    • Three a week!! My goal is one a week for now. AtoZ has definitely helped to give me a kick start. I’m still in AtoZ withdrawal so I’m coasting along and not thinking about another post. 🙂


  11. Congratulations on making it all the way through! It really was rewarding, wasn’t it, more than I thought it would be. 🙂 I’m looking forward to next year too, and it will be nice to see you there again. 🙂

    Thank you for the linky-love! 🙂

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    • Yes, it was rewarding and being this was my first AtoZ I’m really impressed with everything! Glad to have my life back and to be enjoying Spring. I’ll be ready next year to have a go at it again! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Parul! Congrats to you too! I want to make my rounds and get to all of the great AtoZ posts that I didn’t have time to cover. I’ll be visiting! 🙂

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  12. Thanks for including me in your list. I enjoyed your alphabet, and agree with you that the effort it took to do this challenge is a once-a-year thing. Also, jealous of your badge up there with “reflection” on it. Very snazzy.

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  13. This was my 3rd year participating in the A to Z Challenge and you summarized the experience so well. It is a month long adrenaline rush and I always have mixed feelings at the end – a combination of relief to go back to a calmer blogging pace, and missing the stimulation of that interaction every day.

    Congratulations on completely the A to Z. It is a lot harder than it sounds and you came through it with flying colours 🙂
    Thank you so much for the mention! It was really nice to connect with you through this Challenge and I’m looking forward to more!

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