#AtoZChallenge2019 Reflection

 

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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

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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

Me in the Middle of FlashBack A to Z Reflections 2016

      
It’s FlashBack Friday ~ A time of the month where you can republish an old post of yours that maybe didn’t get enough attention, or that you’re really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  This Blog-Go-Round is hosted by Jemima Pett and originally introduced by Michael D’Agostino from A LIFE EXAMINED.  That’s where you’ll find the rest of the participants or to join up yourself.

The post I’ve chosen for this month first appeared on ME IN THE MIDDLE on May 4th, 2016.  Even though I was unable to participate in this years A to Z Challenge I was still able to visit some blogs and enjoy their posts.   I updated the Dozen Brave Bloggers with the links to feature those who participated this year (2017).  They did such a great job meeting the challenge!  I hope  you’ll visit their blogs and let them know where you heard about their great A to Z posts.    

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Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

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Reflectons

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!!

https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/category/a-to-z-challenge/

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

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~ 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!

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~ A Dozen Brave Bloggers ~

(Updated for AtoZ 2017)

(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!  ♥ )

If I Only Had A Time Machine

Happiness and Food

Simply Marquessa

Madness of a Modern Writer

Sharon E. Cathcart

Coach Daddy

All in a Dad’s Work

Cresting the Hill

A Momma’s View

Poetry Penned in Moon Dust

Planet Pailley

Dandelion Fuzz

 

Me in the Middle of #atozchallenge 2016 ~ Letter L ~ Reblog

Last year, in the middle of April, I was well on my way to completing the A to Z Challenge 2016!

At this point the A to Z 2017 bloggers are gaining confidence that they’re going to make it to the end. I can’t help but be with them in spirit as I follow along and visit some of their websites.  (Cresting the Hill~of MidlifeThe Chaotic Soul,  Plucking of My HeartstringsSharon Cathcart, The Artistic ChristianThe Doglady’s DenOutside PerceptionHopes and Dreams , Iain Kelly, Shirley Corder, Tossing It Out)

Today is Letter L ~ Here’s a reblog of my 2016 A to Z Letter L:

Me In The Middle

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My theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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Letting Go (c) MLQ

It was this poem aboutLetting Go, written by a friend of mine, that inspired my sketch. It spoke to me of the process that we need to go through when traumatic events come into our lives and knock us off our course.

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 Me in the Middle of Letting Go

(Complete Poem ~ Letting Go ~ Click on link above)

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Time To Let Go And Fly!

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let-go

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The 2016 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge@aprila2z  is 26 Days in April (No Sundays) of blogging using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt for each blog.  My theme for this Challenge is My Life is a Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned  

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