Phew, the challenge is over!
I'd been considering writing a final follow-up post and then discovered that the A to Z reflections postings will begin on Monday May 7th. You can add yourself to the linky list here. I think it'll be interesting to learn how other people found the challenge.
I think the biggest thing I learned is that, despite being a bit of a procrastinator, I managed to keep to the schedule of when posts were meant to be published. I've been working on changing and improving my habits, and consistently and successfully keeping to a deadline is something I used to struggle with, so it's been a great experience from that point of view.
I wrote many of my posts in advance and scheduled them in Blogger, which I've only recently found out about. Overall, it was harder than I expected, but I've never been the most prolific blogger and I adjusted the content if I was struggling with the letter, or couldn't think of anything interesting to write. It helped me realise that my posts don't need to be either particularly long or on a complex subject to be of interest. In the past, I've probably passed over many ideas as I didn't deem them worthy enough, which seems silly now.
One big change for me is that I realised I enjoy writing. In the past, I've gone through stages of finding blogging a chore or being unsure of my reasons for doing so. Before the challenge, I don't think I was quite convinced of my writing ability and posting more regularly has helped increase my confidence. As a result, I contacted Steve at Philofaxy and I'm delighted to announce that I will be a contributing author to the site! I doubt that I would have done this without the A-Z challenge, so a big thanks to Denise at Cupcakes and Cadenzas for introducing me to it :)
To be honest, it's a bit strange now that it's over and I'll be thinking about what subjects I'd like to cover here and how often I'd like to post. Thank you to those of you that visited for the challenge, and for your kind comments. Now that I have more time, I'll be going back through the sign up list to go and say 'hello' to more people.
All my A-Z posts can be found here.