Monday, May 2, 2011

An A-Z Survivor

Thank you Elizabeth!
Thank you to Arlee Bird @ Tossing It Out  the A-Z Guru
and co-hosts:
Jeffrey BeeslerWorld of the Scribe
Alex J. CavanaughAlex J. Cavanaugh
Jen DaikerUnedited
Candace Ganger @ The Misadventures in Candyland
Karen J Gowen @ Coming Down the Mountain
Talli Roland @ Talli Roland
Stephen Tremp @  Breakthrough Blogs

A big Thank You to Elizabeth Mueller  who graciously bestowed this wonderful award on all who finished the A-Z .  I love it. The Laughing Zebra!!! I am wondering though Why is this Zebra laughing... never mind.  Maybe it's best I don't know. 

The Summing Up:
 I discovered very early in the A-Z process, writing a post everyday was not the only Challenge. Attempting to get around to all the blogs participating was another Challenge. After the first week, I gave up on that. There were just not enough hours in the day and the night for that matter.  I decided to keep to the blogs I followed before the Challenge began, the ones I discovered in that first week and then anyone who stopped by and left a comment here.

Many a night letters of the alphabet hounded my dreams, chasing me as I attempted to hide and escape them.  Now that April is past I am looking forward to alphabet-less dreams.

I met many new, wonderful and interesting bloggers.  I read insightful posts, humourous posts and  posts dealing with serious issues.  I learned many new words and collected some terrific recipes. So many I had to purchase a new recipe book. I was pleasantly surprised when I received emails from bloggers in response to comments I had left.  It took me a few days to figure out how that was done. I felt like a bit of an eejit when I discovered all you did was click reply!!!! Well we can't all be Einsteins!

I would like to thank all my followers, new and old for all your support and encouragement as I muddled along from A to Z.   Ta!


Trisha said...

I gave up on visiting new blogs rather late in the piece - I think maybe week 4 was when that really dropped off. ;)

Great wrap up! :D

sue said...

er you lost me on the second last paragraph. I've never had one of those, I'll have a look, it sounds double dutch so far. I fully understand the alphabet addled dreams, and it's been great to read about others who suffered too. Not that you suffered, but that I'm not abnormal ;) Overwhelming is the word I keep coming back to re the sheer volume of entrants, and trying to keep my head above water. Whew. Sue

Old Kitty said...

Well your posts convinced me to up sticks and move to Nashville pronto asap!! :-) Take care

Karen Walker said...

Yes, it was challenging in so many ways, mostly time management. And figuring out the techie stuff like the emails you mention. I'm an eejut, too, Ann.

Josh Hoyt said...

Congrats on making it through the challenge it has been great fun following your posts each day.

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats on survival! And thanks for the reminder I need to do this sum-up business... It really was quite the whirlwind, eh?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ann .. I'm glad I didn't suffer from the ABCs .. I just toured the British countryside rather a lot!!

Overwhelming I think is the right word - then we needed to adjust .. if I hadn't been ill - I think I'd have collapsed probably .. but fortune favours the sick .. so had to give up the unequal struggle!

Still I enjoyed it .. and actually the posts were the easy part ..

Being prepared is the thing I think .. and I wasn't although prewarned by Alex and Arlee .. still only learn through trial and error .. no error - we succeeded ..

Defininitely see you around .. cheers Hilary

Chris Phillips said...

Good job on living through it! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I ended up almost completely ignoring blogs I previously followed and just getting to new bloggers on the list and those who commented--just not enough time.

Congratulations on finishing the Challenge! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I gave up on trying to get to every blog after I had done about 140 in a row....I then just hopped around. I was in shock by the number of people who joined in.

Shannon Lawrence said...

It was definitely a challenge, but well worth it in the end. I'm still trying to finish getting around to everyone who participated.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Good job to all of us! I'm glad so many of us found each other. I enjoyed TN through your eyes. I don't think I mentioned it but I was there maybe 2 summers ago for a Harley-Davidson Event. We were in Murfreesboro and we rode all over the place. Enjoyed some of the best food I've ever had and witnessed some pretty amazing sunsets on the back of the bike.
Thanks for visiting with me!

Rachael Harrie said...

Congrats on finishing Ann! LOL, one does wonder about that zebra! ;)



Margo Kelly said...

Way to go! :) I found it a real challenge at the end to finish.

Jules said...

It sure was a challenge wasn't it? I did the best I could but life just hit hard during April. Glad to be here with you though :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

walk2write said...

There was a hitch in the middle of things for me, but then it was a fairly smooth ride the rest of the month. I'm kinda glad it's over but kinda miss it too. At least I know I can post everyday if I put my mind to it.

Thanks for being such a faithful visitor!

L'Aussie said...

Hey Ann. Yes the main challenge and time consumer was visiting other blogs, which had to be done. However, we survived, but some of our other projects fell way behind.Now I'm here to tell you about one.

Francine and I have just begun a romance writers group, so if you're interested I just posted on my blog and set up a linky list on the dedicated blog. Check it out. A good way to post snippets and get feedback.


Join the new Romantic Friday Writers Group.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you had a good time and made so many new blogger friends!

Michael Offutt said...

Well congrats on doing the challenge because it sounds like a whirlwind of activity.

Susan Fields said...

I didn't do the challenge, but I really enjoyed reading all the posts. The variety was amazing.

Paula Martin said...

Still haven't caught up on visiting all the blogs but glad I've found yours. Good luck with your efforts to get published. And where in Ireland do you go? I love Ireland - going back there for a week on May 18th :-)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Congratulations on seeing it through. I'm really impressed with those who participated. (I didn't, but I enjoyed reading the posts of many who did.) Glad you can now enjoy "alphabetless dreams". :-)

Talei said...

Ah, you know I'm still recovering. ;-) Brilliant experience and well done on surviving. I love this award, its one of my favourites!

Tracy said...

I do hope you are recovering and doing okay!

Theresa Milstein said...

I thought it was clever to tackle Nashville. Are you recovered yet?

J.L. Campbell said...

Getting around to everybody did pose a major challenge!

Arlee Bird said...

Can't believe I'm still making A to Z rounds--well, there were a lot of participants, so I guess I do believe it. Just wanted to say congratulations for making it to the end and thank you for being a part of the 2011 Challenge.

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