Surviving the A-Z Challenge 2015

A-to-Z+Reflection+[2015]+-+LgThis is my second year of taking the challenge and the first as a survivor.

I needed to undertake a second year because I needed to succeed.

Reasons for undertaking the A-Z Blogging Challenge

  • This is a new blog and the record of what I am learning and need to learn as a new author. I needed a reason to build up a series of posts.
  • I wanted to prove I could do it, having given up once before


  • I wrote every day and spent Sundays planning the week ahead.
  • I learned not to agonize over each post–just to write it.
  • I found so many good bloggers and wonderful writers to follow.
  • I found a new writer community and thoroughly enjoyed the feeling.
  • I learned a lot of awesome stuff and not just about writing.


I found myself looking forward to writing again and even reading poetry which I haven’t done for years. I was fascinated by the productivity of the flash fiction writers–day after day after day.

Had I planned and written ahead, I would have had far more time to visit more blogs and engage in more conversations. As it was, I found myself intrigued by the various topics. I had intended simply to follow writing blogs. But all blogs are, of course, writing blogs.

Loved the help and visits from the organisational team, enjoyed the challenge of trying to write sometthing people might want to read, and found the category initials for the blogs very useful in deciding what to read.

I shall stay in touch here and try to visit every blog at least once before next year’s challenge.

Will I be here again in 2016? Everything permitting, you bet!

Heartfelt thanks to the founder, organisers and team. Wonderful way to write and perfect way to make friends and meet kindred spirits.


6 thoughts on “Surviving the A-Z Challenge 2015”

  1. Hello! I didn’t find you during the Challenge so I am here today visiting on the A to Z Road Trip. You have a nice blog and a fascinating challenge. If I were a ‘real’ writer I would find much of what you have to say helpful. Maybe if I decide to write my book someday I’ll put some of this to use! See you on the Road

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it. I remember when I first encountered the challenge. I had just started blogging and the challenge was midway through and I couldn’t figure out what the heck everyone was doing. I felt like a teenager left out of the best social club. The following year, I joined and I had a new appreciation for the commitment bloggers made. Good luck to you with your writing. I don’t think I had the opportunity to visit your blog during the challenge, but as a fellow writer, longing to become a published author I hope we can keep in touch. I will visit again and check out your non challege post.

    I am number 424 on the reflection post sign up list.
    Melissa Sugar

  3. I agree that the team and experience have both been wonderful. Awesome comment about all blogs being about writing. ~grin~ I definitely wrote most of them in March, though I ended up helping with posts for a group blog, as well. Plus I did the Camp National Novel Writing Month challenge for April, which made things interesting. I’m glad to have found you through the A to Z reflections list. You can find me at Best wishes and happy blogging!

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