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Hard to believe it but yes, it’s true, April is over! Which doesn’t only mean that technically it’s only a month till summer but also that the daily blogging marathon in the spirit of the alphabet is OVER! We did it folks! With blood, sweat and tears but we persisted! So proud of every one of you.
As kindly asked by the organisers let me go through some of the learning points of the challenge. I participated with 3 of my blogs: apart from this one The Script Bible and The Road to Happiness and I also volunteered as an assistant to one of the organisers, Nicole. With the challenge my goal was:
So how did I do?
I started to plan the posts WAAAY in advance. Had the topics nailed and almost all the post titles as well. But then as a major procrastinator, the actual writing of the posts didn’t happen in advance despite of all the plans. I wrote most of them on the day or the day before or sometimes a couple days in advance. But in April.
In retrospect if I’ll do multiple blogs again, advanced scheduling would make my life a lot less hectic.
I haven’t found many blogs in the topic of music but I did find a number of bloggers (or they found me) rather interested in music. Hopefully we’ll be able to stay in touch.
As my blog is only 8 months old, my total views according to wordpress statistics is 4227. Out of which 2641, ie 62% happened in April. So that’s a brilliant step.
I received 96 comments in April which constitutes of 40% of all comments on this site. In April 26 people decided to follow the blog, which is 19% of all followers but in fairness at least as many or even more followed before the month began.
All in all, no disappointment here at all. I try not to compare myself to other blogs which seemed to be more noisy during the challenge but who knows where they started.
Before April set off I created a list for bloggers on twitter and it now has 81 members. This includes everyone, active or inactive. I also took part in one of the AZchats which was a great way of touching base with the other tweeters. I think that was one of the new things in the challenge that has a lot of potential for later years, maybe extending it to other social media platforms.
Although I didn’t read other blogs every day, when I did, I went way over the average 5 – it’s hard to stop once you start. I found blogs in 4 ways:
I really liked the emphasis on the connections and the support to lesser visited blogs this year, I think it’s absolutely great. I haven’t read all the posts on the main blog but visited it at least twice a week. Some posts I enjoyed, some posts were useful, (some both!) and I think everyone found something for their own style. I was surprised the organising blogs didn’t receive more of the limelight but I think it’s the style of the challenge: it’s not about the few but about the many. I think some kind of discussion forum would be great so that bloggers in similar areas and/or with similar topics could connect. The overall noise of social media doesn’t really allow discussions like that. I’ve also found that writing blogs dominate the challenge, I hope that this can be perhaps expanded. I think the greatest asset of the challenge is its’ flexibility though and I’m glad it could be maintained all these years.
All my favourite wordpress blogs are saved in my readers and twitter and G+ will be essential in keeping in touch with those on blogger. I’m a little worried that that will be more difficult, haven’t found a proper solution for collecting blogs from that platform. (All ideas welcome.)
The blogs themselves will continue their lives as usual, My Road To Happiness with focusing on Relationships, The Script Bible on youtube and spotify, and here I’m trying to connect music and writing with weekly tracks as prompts for short pieces. Anyone is welcome to join as a participant and of course as a most precious reader!
Thank you again for accompanying me on this journey this year, hope you all had fun here and on other blogs and looking forward to read you soon!
Special thanks of course to Arlee and the co-hosts!