This is my third year participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but the first time I think that I really understand why I do it each year. Not only for the exposure to new blogs and potential blogging buddies, but also for what I gain internally. This year I did a theme, “26 Things I Love About France.” I had no idea what a joyride this was going to be for me, to reminisce, to have other folks “traveling” along with me. I didn’t “gain” many followers that I know of, but I had more contact with myself, my memories. I had the chance to really look at how lucky I’ve been in my life and to have such an amazing stockpile of photos to sift through. I enjoyed having the folks along who chose to go with me and to each of you, I thank you.
I learned so much on so many different blogs that my head spun, with laughter, with commiseration and sympathy, with thoughtful moments and joy. I found a cool Space/Science blog, another with the A to Z on dogbreeds, another writer posted “Twilight Zone” type short stories and another where everything he posted had to do with dreams and movies. Another one documented her ancestry/family in the past. And these are only a few of the new ones I found, not the ones I already follow from last year!
I also learned how to get my posts out (I hope) on more than one site, thanks to IWSGs Facebook page and the A to Z blogging challenge’s FBpage. I also tweeted my posts. I reposted them on my Wordpress page and Google+. I felt more connected this time with others participating in the challenge and admire the dedication it took for all of us to do this 26 times in one month. I hope the A to Z will still be on in April next year, because I can’t wait to see what I come up with to write about, and what I might discover on the adventure that is A to Z. A huge thank you and hug to those who found me and commented on my blog, and to those I didn’t get to, I have a year to catch up! Happy Blogging!I also saved the blogs I’d like to revisit on Pinterest so I can go to one place and find them. That’s my new use for Pinterest (besides sharing what I like or don’t like).