I have been wanting to do something like this – post a day. I know WordPress are doing a post a day challenge and there was no way I was going to do that – I mean what would I have to talk about for 366 days of the year.
So then came along the A to Z Challenge – 26 posts in one month, I needed a theme though rather than 26 random posts. I thought that way it would be easier and it generally was – the only letter I struggled with was the letter I.
For a writer I enjoyed it, writing everyday with a deadline and purpose was really satisfying (although there were a few slips of the deadline) but I generally posted on the days I was meant. However factoring this into my life with no time to have posted ahead I was literally doing this day by day along with work and family life and so throughout the month of April I admit I have neglected my own writing so that I could complete this challenge. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this and good things didn’t come out of it but the reason I am here in the first place is for my books. I want to write and have published books out there and this is meant to by my ‘Hub’ – the place that I talk about it other things a couple of times a month as long as the writing on my books is going well. I don’t want to just be a blogger with no purpose and forget about my books – I want to write stories. I probably sounds like I am confused but I do love blogging and social networking but I want a balance.
My love of blogging and social networking and brought some great people into my life and I haven’t met any of them. I have had wonderful comments on here and followers of my blog have definitely increased due to the A to Z Challenge and if somehow I saw a job for blogger (which paid good money) I would definitely consider it, any job that would let me write for a salary would suit me. I have enjoyed talking about subjects that I talk about in real life.
So the big question – would I do it again?
I have been wondering this a lot – would I post pretty much everyday for a month. Yes I would and now I know this challenge exists I would be back but not next year – probably the year afterwards and I will definitely post ahead (maybe start in January)!
I enjoyed the blogging but next time I would get a head and start on it earlier to allow myself more time in April. I loved being able to talk about Joss Whedon/Y-The Last Man/Sci-Fi television on my blog and it be okay. I loved the challenge and I loved the writing. I think I would be quiet happy doing something like this for a living. I didn’t enjoy not being on top of it and writing a post at 11pm just so I can post everyday but that can be overcome with better planning. I loved meeting new people and when time allowed visiting other people’s blogs. Overall I really enjoyed this and I am a “A To Z April 2012 Survivor”!
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