It's been 11 days since I wrote and posted my last Challenge blog. I did do a quick round-up, containing links for all my Challenge posts, but the reflection process has been on-going.
It's fallen into two categories:
The practical stuff is predominantly planning and doing it properly. Not just scribbling down some ideas that meet the criteria, but looking to see how balanced the posts are, whether there is any overlap and enough variation. Once April gets under way, we're all running on adrenaline to keep up, so all reading and research has to be completed ahead of time. Ideally, all posts should be written too ... I started out well with the responding to comments and visiting (and commenting on) other blogs, but then I hit that wall when I not only had posts to write, but I also needed to finish the reading before I could write them. Not A Good Idea.
One decidedly Good Idea came from David Jesson, whom I persuaded to take part in the Challenge, who drew me into using Twitter which I'd previously shied away from. He also set the bar high in producing a themed series of posts which were not just well-written and amusing, but also useful ... and so led me towards my second category. What do I want my blog to be now that it's growing up?
Up till now, I've enjoyed wittering on about all and sundry. My blog has given me writing practice and a place to bore for Britain on the subjects of books. There's no scheduling, no regular posts or visitors, all-in-all it's been a serious indulgence on my part. Visiting wide-ranging blogs encouraged me to spend time a-pondering where I'd like my blog to go. I suspect that the book boring for Britain will continue, but I'd like to see it alongside a place for more structured writing - probably, or do I mean hopefully? Like all women, I absolutely reserve the right to change my mind ... I set myself some writing goals last October and again this January - but I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! The good news is that I am moving down that road with greater purpose than previously and I realise my self-imposed deadline was entirely unrealistic. I'm beginning to see why I'm perpetually late - eternal over-optimism at what I can achieve.
The bloke has also made an excellent suggestions which I will think through, but it seems certain to end up in the mix. More later as the saying goes ...
Anyway, thanks once again to the fabulous organisers at A-Z HQ and to the wonderful array of fascinating and talented bloggers who took part this year. I hope to "see" many of you throughout the year and to join you all again next April!