Sunday, May 1, 2011

Seventy Second Post - Reflections

Hands down the best part of the A - Z challenge were the comments other bloggers left on my posts. Second best was the fabulous blogs I visited and am now following. I entered this challenge because it was a challenge. Typically I write one, maybe two posts a week and it was intriguing to consider the possibility of writing a post a day. Kudos to me for completing. I'm not saying that each post was a 'raise the banner and shout out loud' kind of post, but I did post every day, and with the correct letter!

While I gained many followers - I started with about 8 and now have 59, I am a tad competitive and was disappointed that I didn't reach that magic number 100. Oh well, maybe next year.

A BIG Thank you to:
the organizers of this challenge,
the bloggers who read my posts,
the bloggers who commented on my posts,
the bloggers who entertained me,
the bloggers who taught me new things,
the bloggers who made me think,
the bloggers who challenged me with new perspectives, and
the bloggers who made me laugh!

This month I've learned some new things, some new words, and visited many new places. I'm not going to single out any blogs in particular, because there simply are too many to mention, but it was just plain enjoyable to visit so many different blogs.

To my new friends, it's been delightful meeting you and I sincerely hope we keep in touch!

Blessings to you!


  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I've met lots of lovely bloggers too and it's been an amazing experience.

  2. Congratulations on making it to the end ! I Followed and am still following !


  3. Congratulations from me, too. I'm glad and sad it's over;-)

  4. Yay! We crossed the finishing line! Well done, you!

    I'm still following - looking forward to keeping up with your musings in the future!


  5. Congratulations. It was very nice connecting with you.

  6. Well, now you have 60! Found you actually on the blog jump list, though I did the A to Z challenge too - proud to have done it and glad it's over. Stop by and visit me at I came to your blog because I love the title, and I love the thought behind it.

  7. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and gaining new followers.

    Growing from 8 to 59 followers is not too shabby, so that's better than 16 or zero, you know! LOL

    The Madlab Post

  8. Something very strange happened on the way to posting this comment. When I placed my pointer on your "post a comment " marked at the end of your post it simply vanished. I took a flyer and clicked where I thaught it should be and hey presto the comment box appeared. Anyway, Well done on the challenge, you did better than me, I lost all access to the Internet and My computer completely conked out. But I seem to be back (for now). I too gained followers even though I could not access the net so am now trying to catch up with everyone and see what they had to say. So far there are, as far as I can tell, some very good posts. I think that possibly the best part of the challenge for me is going to be reading lots of posts at night and therefore keeping busy. God bless you my friend, I will be back soon. Love, Geoff.

  9. Congratz on finishing the challenge. Its so great that even after the challenge I am still meeting "new" bloggers! Thanks for stopping by Mercys World.

  10. Love your list of reflections. So glad to have found you during the challenge. I'm now a follower, and I bet you reach 100 LONG before next year's challenge! :)

  11. Congrats on finishing up! I'm with Ann, sure you will reach 100 before the next one

  12. Hi Carol .. just quickly to answer Geoff's comment .. the 'comment' here bit changed to a very pale background yellow .. so I suspect you couldn't see it - I just realised what happened when as your comment was above.

    Carol - love the way you've set out the positives of The Challenge - excellent, succinct and encouraging!!

    I'm sure that sign will be saying over 100 soon .. well done .. and definitely see you around ..

    Cheers Hilary

  13. well done on completing the challenge. The growth of your following is not bad at all, I am only 36 and I think thats good !

  14. Great post to wrap-up the Challenge. Kudos to you!! I'm glad I found your blog, it's been fun and I look forward to reading more. :)

  15. Congrats on finishing the challenge and thank you for a lovely reflections post :)

    I agree, the many new blogging friends and their generous spirit is my favorite piece about this whole darn thing :)

    Cheers :)

  16. Congratulations on surviving the A-Z Challenge! :)

    Great reflections post!

  17. I think I'm number 67 so you're getting closer by the day. I clicked follow thinking we might have things in common, time will tell (I don't mean that meanly, but my blog list is growing hugely and I keep finding such interesting people out there in blogland!) It's been a wild ride, and I'm proud I made it. Congrats to you too. Sue

  18. It is such a good feeling to have finished, isn't it? I enjoyed your reflections and agree with all of them. It is nice to meet you...better late than never!
    I am off to read your posts...

  19. Oooh! You kept this so positive and was a joy to read. Congratulations on having all those big pluses to take away from the Challenge. It was a delight having you with us because Better Is Possible and you certainly seem to live by that motto. Love it!

    Tossing It Out

  20. Looking at a few of your posts has been very fun. I'm on the blog hop and I hope to see you around.

  21. Hi! Nice to meet you! I'm still making my rounds since I didn't have time to write AND visit in April. I agree that it was fun to meet new people and get new followers. I was at 98 when we stared and hit the elusive 100 during the challenge. I hope to be back to visit and get to know you better, so I'm following and urging you on to your goal. You can do it! As you've discovered, it a give and take community, and if you give the time, it will be rewarded with new friends. And besides writing, what could be better than that? Also, Shannon @ The Warrior Muse and I are joining forces in another challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you'll join us!
    Tina @ Life is Good