Today, I'm celebrating that I was able to finish the April A to Z Challenge on Thursday. I enjoyed writing posts daily, as well as visiting other blogs that I didn't know existed before the challenge. I am an aspiring writer (won't consider myself to be an actual writer until I get something published) and in recent years, have been struggling to write, even getting the motivation to write. It started out a bit as writer's block I guess, but it ended up being more than that. So I did this challenge to get back into the daily habit of writing. I started this blog back in December and didn't always write posts consistently and I also wanted to improve on that area. Writing almost every day in April tells me that I can actually stick to a schedule and write on a consistent basis. This was my first year doing the A to Z Challenge and I learned a lot along the way. I am already excited to do it again next year, but better prepared though.
Reflecting back on April, I really did learn a lot, about myself, as well as others when visiting their blogs. So my top three takeaways are the following:
1. Learned how to link back to another site on a blog post. This may sound a little weird, but I never figured out how to do that before the challenge. Sometimes it's the little things that you learn along the way.
2. Having a theme is easier. I decided to be random instead of picking a theme to blog about. The only problem with that is that I had trouble coming up with what to write about some days and I wouldn't get the post done until the last minute and late once. I do have a couple ideas for a possible theme next year.
3. Pre-scheduling. I didn't really know that you could pre-schedule a blog post until the beginning of April. I ended up pre-scheduling some posts and I found that to be easier. I had more time to visit other blogs. Lesson learned: Pre-schedule all posts next year and I'll be able to visit more blogs than getting behind like I did this year.
Thanks to everyone who visited and commented on blog during April.
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Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!