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:
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:
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. 🙂