I spent April writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, sharing my thoughts and reflections on a Ludic Lexicon of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way,” and that was my MO for the challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word took me. And today, everyone who participated in the challenge is invited to write a reflection post about the challenge.
I had a fabulous time this year, my seventh year playing. I’m crazy about abecedariums and any excuse to create them delights me. I really enjoyed writing; and no, I wasn’t one of the participants who prepared their posts in advance. For me the daily writing adds to the hectic excitement of it all, and I like being in the creative flow of the moment. It’s my favorite place. But I might need to reconsider this approach for next year as this time around I was/am far more exhausted than ever before. While I’m guessing this has more to do with pandemic fatigue in general than anything else, I’m also totally convinced that there was some cosmic joke played on us, with April having exponentially fewer hours than expected.
However, it was really good to get back to my blog which had been languishing.
I equally enjoyed visiting other blogs, and although it was actually my goal to make it to all participating blogs during the challenge, that proved totally beyond my capacity. I did make it to 150+ though. Disappointingly that’s far below what I’ve managed in the past.
I love that the master list of participants is downloadable as a google doc, and therefore editable. I color-code highlight each blog on the list as I visit. My codes offer at-a-glance information for a bunch of categories, and that system works well for me. Bonus points because as the challenge progresses my chart becomes a veritable rainbow.
My approach to visiting blogs is rather random. I don’t sort by categories, but just choose a random place starting in the middle of the master list. I figure most people start at the top, so those blogs get lots of visits, and I imagine, without any proof its true, that another chunk of people start from the bottom and work up. First days, I really try to blitz it, knowing that further into the month as I discover more and more blogs that I want to visit daily, time becomes stretched even more thinly.
Something I always feel bad about is when I come across a blog where the challenge has been dropped, and there don’t seem to be any comments on any of the posts that are there. I always wonder if they might have continued on if someone had commented. While I opted not to leave comments if the challenge appeared abandoned, that feels like the wrong choice and I regret it. I’ll do it differently next time.
For unknown reasons I had considerably less difficulty this year with the mechanics of commenting. My bane though is Disqus – it refuses to be my friend.
I was delighted with the assortment of intriguing things folks chose to write about. I loved scoping out posts of current friends, and I’ve found a number of new blogs and folks to follow – how fun! Here might be a natural point to list some of my favorites, but I’m actually deliberately refraining from that. One of the things I love best about the challenge is how inspired I become. Someone’s topic, or something they say, or resources they share often sparks something in me. I jotted a bunch of notes, and am thinking I’m going to share those treasures and point you in the direction of some of my faves in upcoming posts. I feel pretty strongly that we shouldn’t stop sharing, engaging, and celebrating each other just because the challenge container is closed.
I’m offering a shout-out of genuine gratitude to the members of the A-to-Z team – kudos for all your work! I loved the idea of the games and other ways to engage in the challenge this year. But alas, I didn’t play in any of them. Yet another reason to add to my list of reasons to consider writing my posts in advance next year.
I’m grateful to everyone who stopped by during the challenge, whether once, or faithfully, or any permutation between. It’s always a joy to connect.
I unabashedly love April and the challenge and appreciate everyone who decides to play. I always feel as though I end the month exhausted and yet filled to the brim. My well of ideas and inspirations has multiplied, my reading and to-watch lists grow, and my brain has been filled with all manner of things I’ve never considered or possibly even knew about before. How does it get any better than that?