Zillion Challenges- #AtoZChallenge

zZillion Challenges in our daily lives! We all face them. But how many of them do we give our complete best?

When I decided to take up the A to Z Challenge, little did I know that it wasn’t just about blogging every single day of the month. My initial thoughts were..OK… here is a challenge that wants me to blog everyday for a letter of the alphabet. Now that isn’t all that difficult! As I got on with the challenge, I slowly began to realize how wrong I was. Writing everyday for an alphabet was just a small portion of it. There was much more to the challenge.

I have always believed blogging is a community activity. The A to Z Challenge is no exception to this. Apart from just writing everyday, it is important to read, exchange notes and interact with other bloggers. Soak in a bit of them, ’cause it is the best way to grow and learn as a blogger.

The first week of the challenge went by pretty smooth. Of course I had my blogs scheduled. But then began the issues. With a toddler, a school going kid, two elderly parents and a husband constantly travelling, juggling my home chores, my other editing work and the posts for the challenge became quite a herculean task. I was tired by the end of the day without even having an idea of what I was going to post the next day. There were many a times I thought I should quit the challenge ’cause I felt I wasn’t really doing much justice to it. But I trudged on.

By the third week I once again became a little comfortable with my posts and schedules. But here was a new problem. I was way behind in reading some of the wonderful posts floating around. Nor was I able to respond to the comments on my posts.The only way I could handle this was read a few blogs in the time I got, bookmarking the others for a later read.

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”- Paulo Coelho

I am glad I pushed myself to do the challenge. There were a zillion things to tackle. The challenge ends today. But for me it is just a little pause, a sort of breather space. For the next month, I have the second bit of the challenge-to read as many of the lovely posts as possible, ones that were part of this brilliant challenge.

 

  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I enjoyed your posts and I will be around. Personally, I too could not respond to comments and visit as much as I would have wanted. But I’m am happy I was able to complete 🙂

  2. I agree that it’s much more than writing 26 posts in the alphabet. This was a bit easier for me this year and I’m not quite sure why. I had redesigned my website so that was an impetus. And, I used photos to spur me on to write about a letter, rather than trying to find the word and then go from there. I really enjoyed it this year and also finding others’ blogs that I enjoy (like yours). Let’s keep the momentum going in May! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

  3. I agree it’s been quite a challenge- especially responding to comments etc . Most times I’ve only had a phone and poor network which made it all the more challenging . Nice recap of your experience.

  4. Congrats..I had failed the challenge last year so I knew what to expect. And like you, I quit many times only to get back again.

  5. I am so glad to read about your experiences knowing that I too went through the same roller-coaster ride of thoughts and emotions during the course of the challenge but ultimately survived it 🙂 Your post reminded me of so many things that I was thinking about last evening while typing my last post! Do visit my travel series…about pins on the map of my memories…specifically places that are personally connected to me. Will be lovely to stay in touch! https://blogsbyesha.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/zermatt-atozchallenge2016/

  6. What a wonderful journey it has been Ramya! I like you had no clue about the madness it involved! A real challenge especially if you are not pre-scheduled. I am planning the month of May to catch up on my reading too. It was lovely connecting with you. Congrats on successfully completing the challenge.
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

  7. There are a lot of great blog posts to read and unlikely few if any will ever get around to all of them.

    But you made it to the end and that’s the first part of the Challenge. Congratulations.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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