I had a surprising amount of fun with my first A-Z Challenge! It made me remember why I started a book blog in the first place: so I could give my opinion on bookish subjects, to people whether they wanted my opinion or not! My blog had grown a bit stagnant lately, I was growing bored with memes and there was a lot of time lapse between reviews. I felt unsure of myself. The A-Z Challenge made me realize that I don't need to wait for a book to review or meme to schedule; if I have something on my mind, post it and someone will read it.
It also got me a little more exposure as my follower count has doubled, and I'm hoping they will continue to follow (and interact with me) now that the challenge is over. I've also found some great blogs that I otherwise never would have seen, and added to the list of blogs I want to read more from.
With that let me take a moment to share the love and list my newest reading material:
- The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment
- The Squirrel Nutwork
- Quiet Laughter
- T.D. Harvey
- Cover to Cover Book Reads
- Lost in a Field of Dandelions
- Bouquet of Books
- Down the Rabbit Hole
- Authentically Living
- Islaam on my mind
- Animal Bliss
- A Progressive Rake
I also want to give a special shout-out to the following blog: Tiny House Homestead, who I am also newly following. Although not a participant of a A-Z Challenge, the author kindly let me use a photo from her blog as a reference in one of my posts.
I do admit one aspect of this challenge was disappointing: not everybody I visited and commented on, felt obligated to visit and comment back. I was also surprised that people who did take the time to comment didn't necessarily leave clear link backs to their own blogs; turning the blog hop into a scavenger hunt. But given the increase in comments and followers alike, I've chalked it up to people being too busy or uninterested in my subject matter... It happens, it's not the end of the world.
If anything, the non-commenters made me very grateful to those who were consistently interacting; by Z = Zombie, I was very proud to find not a single letter was missed and my following was still expanding.
Which brings me to say:
Thank you for stopping by; thank you for your comments, words of encouragement, and book reccs! And really, really thank you so much for deciding to stick around!I also want to acknowledge the sheer size of the experience because it gave me something incredibly beautiful to observe: Smart, creative minds at their finest and kindest, on an international level. I was seeing blogs from places like Switzerland, Australia, and India from people who were devout Catholics, Mormon, and Muslim about farm living, city living, and just living (among other things,lol)... And all these people were managing to do the same exact thing for 26 days without conflict.
If I was on Twitter I would pair AZ Challenge with #faithinhumanityrestored... But since I'm not on Twitter, maybe one of you fine people can help me out.
Peace, Love, and Books!