April was full of alphabet posts for the A to Z Challenge. Now I must post my reflections. This was my first year doing the A to Z Challenge, and it just about killed me. I’m prone to exaggeration, but seriously…it’s hard to post every day.
The pros to this challenge were meeting new bloggers and forcing myself to write.
Meeting new bloggers is always fun. I loved what others came up with for their letters (and sometimes was jealous and wish I’d stolen their idea). A lot of bloggers had themes (which makes the challenge that much more challenging). Vikki did an author theme. John did a crazy apocalyptic world theme. My hat is off to anyone who did a theme. You are talented.
My theme was “Anything Goes–and Alliteration in the Title.” (I just made that up right now)
My posts were all over the place, from Animals to Chocolate (yes!) to vacation destinations to book reviews…to random posts about Kites to exploring the Universe. Not much different than how I normally post (except the daily part). That’s how my mind works…it’s all over the place. If I only blogged about writing, I would have gotten bored and quit last summer.
At the beginning of this challenge, I put up a $20 Amazon gift card prize to lure my followers to read and comment each day, instead of de-friending me and never speaking to me again. You all were the best, and made me laugh or think a little deeper with each of your comments. I LOVE reading your thoughts. Seven people showed true Gumption and commented on every single post for the month. Kudos to you!
Your names were entered into the drawing for the gift card…and I had my 12 year old son draw a winner out of a cauldron (because I didn’t have a good hat). Last time I had a contest, I had Ginger (my dog) draw the winner, and that was a pain. I’ll tell you from scientific research that 12 year old boys are much better at drawing out winners than Golden Retrievers.
So to conclude this A to Z Challenge, I will announce the 7 people who’s names were placed in my handy dandy cauldron. These bloggers deserve a shout out for being so loyal and faithful in supporting me in this crazy hard challenge. Visit them and be edified! I love their blogs.
Several others missed only 1 day commenting, and it broke my heart to take them out of the running…but rules are rules (even though I break them all the time with blog awards).
………And the WINNER is……..
Congratulations Kate! Thanks for cheering me on during this hard alphabetic challenge. You deserve to spoil yourself now (my treat!). And to those of you who didn’t win, but have commented nearly every day (or even once)…when I win the lottery, I will buy you all your own Amazon cards to thank you as well (but since I haven’t entered the lottery yet, don’t hold your breath. You might turn blue). I think you’re all amazingly awesome. Have an Absolutely Zabulous weekend to rejoice that the A to Z Challenge is finished.