The last entry for April 2022 A to Z Challenge, and it looks like I succeeded for the most part. I completed the challenge while having no prewritten posts or articles as the event started. I didn’t even decide to do the challenge until a couple days before it began.
I wanted to work something into this post about Zebras and the time when I was very little and I looked out the front window of our house and saw two zebras grazing on a grassy slope between Mom’s peony bushes and our kitchen garden. I yelled at my mom to come and see the zebras. She came but she saw the neighbors two horses. Some part of magic went away that day. But I will leave the whole analysis of the experience for another day. I saw zebras. I really did.
Back to the present.
Zenith of This Year and Others
I literally went from zero to the zenith this month. Zippy, skippy, yippy. Success! I wondered if I would be able to complete the challenge especially when I lost momentum this last week and wrote most of the posts on the day they were to be posted. I am ever so grateful I have learned that having a rough outline of posts for the month, or project for that matter, is a major factor in completing the challenge or project.
I have completed the challenge before, years ago, but most years I was never completely happy with the outcome or something kept me from finishing the challenge. The A TO Z of Feminine Icons which was done in April 2018 was truly fun to write and shared some good information. The A to Z of Legacy Tools in 2016 was useful but I didn’t structure it well. I need to revisit those posts and all the other “Alphabetic Letter” posts and and spruce them up a bit with better featured images and rewrite the posts that were fails.
Always More to Do
Then to make all the writing worth the time it took to do the research and posts, I need to develop better promotion so that people can find them. Instagram and Pinterest are platforms that I did not effectively use. Plus internal linking within my own posts and writing is much more important than I understood until the past couple of years.
I also have to go back through my online writing and make sure I have made clear in my terms and conditions that my work is mine, under my copyright, but that these posts are unpublished work. This is how I have viewed them, as reading of my blog is like reading a letter, but I do intend to start publishing some of these works grouped in different ways as books.
So this is a success, a zenith for me. I’ve learned a great deal, gotten back into writing through themed bits of thought, become comfortable with my voice again, and managed, with more or less success, to be coherent. Success in A to Z also means finding people you want to read, and attracting a few people to actually read what you write. And the great thing about this is that you can continue to read and comment on this month’s writings after the official event ends. I do this, as writing the way I do, isn’t conducive to reading and commenting.
Last Post But More to Come
There are some challenge-related retrospective posts coming up that offer opportunity to synthesize and reflect on the process. I will be posting in these parts of the challenge as well, but I do not have the exact dates as yet. One is in the next week, maybe May 2, and another is later in May maybe starts on May 16 or so.
Congratulations on completing this years A-Z Challenge! Many years I have done it like you did this year. It can become so stressful! I had everything predone this year and it was much less stressful.
Oh thank you Kristen. I am so happy to have done what I set out to do. Always a good feeling. I’m headed over to 1950 land on your blog right now so I can congratulate you too!
Kristin, no wonder you are so cool, calm, and collected. All written ahead of time! And then you can comment at your leisure, presuming that you don’t have anything else to do. Ha. We always have another gig going.
I think the finishing is as important as the start. One year I do no know how I finished – I was promoting a children’s story ( writing the story bits each day with a drawing.) The problem was I broke my wrist right before the challenge started. I drew some pictures with my mouth – that was probably my letter “M”
One awesome part of this challenge is pushing ourselves. Well done
Now don’t stop.
Thank you very much! But that “Now don’t stop,” is both one of the scariest, and one of the most supportive, phrases I have ever heard.
“become comfortable with my voice”… makes it all worth it. This resonates so hard.
Your have a wonderful voice. I think I am comfortable now.