New to the world of blogging , I had no idea about the existence of such a rich blogging community/platform with its annual creative conference / blog-a-thon, until I chanced upon the “A-Z April Blogging Challenge 2017”post shared on Facebook by Pooja sharma Rao of second thoughts first (.http://poojasharmarao.blogspot.in ) around mid-March 2017. It didn’t take me long to vote for participation . Being an inexperienced first timer has its own perks . I had no history to draw a parallel with , no idea about how it was going to shape up . I just dived in with my friend, faith. 🙂
On my second visit to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com around March 21st , I saw the theme reveal post , and a dozen more perplexing questions reared their head.With little time to research on the theme , I chose an emotion that , to me , is the very essence of life ,i.e. love and named my theme “shades of love”. And so the A-Z began, for the very first time outside the boundaries of pre-school classroom, in a whole new avatar.
Having had the opportunity to pre- write only a handful of the stories / essays, I had the pleasure of experiencing the challenge as a true adventure , with unpredictable twists and turns . There were days that I was elated with the end result. And then,there were days that I felt like an anxious examinee , unhappy with the answer sheet , reluctant to click the publish button but I knew being a drop-out would make me feel twice as worse and submitted them , nonetheless.
I saw the challenge as a learning opportunity and a test of my strength of mind and commitment to writing . I am happy to have survived the test . 🙂 I have deeply appreciated the stories of community spirit and selfless giving around “circle of hope ” in Cottonwood Creek . I have been awe-inspired by the frighteningly mysterious world around Harmonia . I have enjoyed unlocking the mantras in the treasure chest of pronoia. I have loved my interesting journeys to exotic Ecuador . I have been fascinated on my swirls around the rich history of Arabiana . I have had immense fun reading the rib-tickling A-Z letters ,full of wit and humour , this one being just one specimen https://mythsy.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/a2zchallenge-m-is-for-marie-kondo/. I have enjoyed the delightful walks around Amble Bay. However,I wasn’t able to visit as many blogs as i would have liked to, due to paucity of time.I am hoping to go back and read from the book-marked blogs, now that the challenge is over. .
It has been an incredible experience connecting with bloggers and writers via this challenge . I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Josie of http://www.josie2shoes.com and Nick of http://nickwilford.blogspot.in for having supported me with their kind and encouraging words throughout the challenge. Sincere thanks to Deborah of http://deborah-weber.com , Nilanjana of http://nilabose.blogspot.in , Lalita of https://mythsy.wordpress.com, Emily of http://emilbloo.blogspot.in , Keith of https://keithsramblings.blogspot.in, Andy of http://andyescaping.blogspot.in ,and to https://aurawithwriting.wordpress.com and https://mocktailmommies.blogspot.in for adding smiles and good cheer to my April with their presence. Thanks also to DeeDee of http://mrsdashsayss.blogspot.in/search/label/home , Ronel of https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com, Radhika of https://radhikasreflection.wordpress.com, Karen of https://weekendsinmaine.com , Kim of https://ramblingsofk.wordpress.com Sreesha of https://petrichorandclouds.wordpress.com , and to http://pempispalace.blogspot.in for being a part of my A-Z. adventure . Thanks to all who took the the time to read and like my posts .
I thank the A-Z Team for their terrific work with hosting such a fabulously flawless challenge. I would definitely recommend bloggers and aspiring writers to participate in the highly rewarding AtoZ challenge . Congratulations to all the bloggers/writers who participated in the AtoZ April Blogging Challenge 2017 .
P.S. Here’s a list of my A- Z posts that i personally liked and that people who stumble upon my blog might like reading too 🙂