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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Reflections on A to Z Blog Challenge 2014

By using the wonderful National Parks System as the subject of this year's A to Z Blog Challenge, I learned a lot writing each of 26 posts. For future reference, I discovered more parks to add to my bucket list. The five parks in Utah are especially intriguing for the photographer in me. Bryce Canyon National Park was my most popular post, and Zion was the second most popular. Both of these National Parks are in Utah.

I did not do as well as in the past with visiting blogs and making comments. Although I wanted to make new blog friends, I discovered that many of the ones below me on the participants lists were not actually involved in A to Z. Also, a number of the blogs I visited and liked did not have a link that I could find for comments. That was discouraging. However, I visited some incredible blogs I wouldn't have known about otherwise and have added some of them to my sidebar so I can see when they create a new post.

Thanks to the founders of the A to Z Blog Challenge which has gained in popularity each year. Thanks also to this year's hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/
Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/
Damyanti@Amlokiblogs http://amloki.blogspot.com/
Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com
M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com
Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/
AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com - See more at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html#sthash.jqJLl97o.dpuf

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/
Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/
Damyanti@Amlokiblogs http://amloki.blogspot.com/
Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com
M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com
Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/
AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/
Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/
Damyanti@Amlokiblogs http://amloki.blogspot.com/
Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com
M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com
Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/
AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com - See more at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html#sthash.jqJLl97o.dpuf

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/
Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/
Damyanti@Amlokiblogs http://amloki.blogspot.com/
Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com
M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com
Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/
AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com - See more at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html#sthash.jqJLl97o.dpuf

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now you have a lot of parks to visit this year!
Sorry about non-participants. We tried hard to delete them.
Thanks for participating again this year.

Stephanie Faris said...

I did notice it's getting more difficult with each year (challenge or not) to find people's blogs. Half of us are on Blogger, the other half WordPress, and everyone has a different comment system in place. On top of that, people have a list a mile long of blogs that are either theirs or that they participate in, so most of the time I just didn't know where to find their actual blog! I don't know what the solution to that is!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex. I admire all of you for the massive task you undertake!

Yes, Stephanie, it is hard to find the actual A to Z blog location. I love it when they are on Blogger where it is normally easy to find the comment location.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monty,

Your posts were wonderful... and it's such a wonderful reminder of how stunning our country is...

Nice work.

I didn't get around as much either, but managed to make a few new friends.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, thank you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty .. I loved seeing all the Parks you wrote about .. a tour prepared for a visit to the States - if that ever materialises ...

Stephanie highlights a couple of issues many had too ..

But great you joined and met a few new people .. enjoy a summer of painting .. cheers Hilary