#AtoZChallenge2019 Reflection



When I reflect on my experiences during the 2016 and the 2019 A to Z Challenge I’m struck by the difference the second time around.  In 2016 I was a newbie to blogging and very unnerved by the intensity of the build-up to A to Z Challenge 2016.  There was so much to learn and others seemed to know so much more about the whole experience.  I scheduled ahead some of my posts but, for the most part, prescheduling was random.  I was very ambitious in what I wanted to do.  I wanted my theme Lessons Learned’ to reflect my life journey and what I’d learned looking back. When the Challenge ended I put it in book form through Blogger to share with my family.

In the 2019 A to Z Challenge, my approach was much less intense and stressful.  I planned ahead and I prescheduled my posts.  This time I chose a theme less ambitious yet very interesting for myself and others.  There wasn’t as much anxiety and worry about making a mistake. My theme was April World Holidays and I learned a lot:

day 27 lettering

Sketch by Mary Lou

I realized that this is LIFE also.  Having a vision. Preparing ahead.  Not worrying about mistakes.  Do what you can. Be open to learning and, most of all, have fun!

Here are a few of my A to Z Blogger Friends that I met along the Challenge 2019 road:

1)Arhtistic License 

2) Best Bookish Blog

    3) Charles Health ~ Author

4) Hopes and Dreams

5) Hot Dogs and Marmalade

6) Katy Trail Creations

7) Martha Reynold Writes

8) Sue’s Trifles

9) The Sound of One Hand Typing

10) Trisha Faye

11) Word Wacker


Here are my STATS for April 2019. Much less than the 2016 Stats. And that’s okay! I tried to focus on those blogs that fit best into my own website theme which is supporting a positive healthy aging in midlife and beyond. 🙂

Stats for april 2019

13 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge2019 Reflection

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  2. Well done Mary Lou – I had the same approach to 2017/18’s AtoZ challenges – prepared ahead, scheduled and stayed on top of things. My problem was trying to visit, read, comment and engage with so many different blogs – to the point that last year I didn’t reply to the comments on my own posts because I just couldn’t keep up with it all. I must say it was a relief to not do it this year – but who knows what 2020 holds?
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    • I don’t think I’m going to do it again though I never say never. The list didn’t work to well for me. Too many were inactive when I checked thee link and some weren’t topics I wanted to read. I stuck with those who specified Midlife and also with those that I’ve already followed. I can imagine that you had tons of comments Leanne! It does get draining. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  3. Thank you for the glowing report! This was good to hear and in many ways you tapped into my own feelings about the Challenge. I like that life philosophy comparison.

    Congratulations on finishing!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I enjoyed your posts when I visited. It’s so true that the challenges of AtoZ are just like real life challenges. I hadn’t thought of that. #MLSTL Will share on SM
    Thanks for mentioning my other blog -https://bestbookishblog.com/

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