Because of my book launch for Twenty-four Days, I never did get the reflection piece published on the A to Z Challenge. The short version: I loved it. Here are some of my thoughts:
I loved it.
Here are my thoughts:
- The program requires a blog a day for 26 days in the month of April. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I pre-wrote and scheduled all of the articles on my topic, Genres, so most of my time was spent visiting other posts and responding to comments from people who found me. That did take 2-4 hours a day, but when it’s as interesting as it turned out to be, you don’t notice.
- By visiting other participants, I got a mini-education in quite a few topics I am now conversant in.
- I think my readership for WordDreams changed during that thirty days. A lot of my usual readers took a break. They’re used to me publishing 2-3 times a week and suddenly I threw six posts a week at them. Really, that’s too much for anyone! But I got lots of new readers who were taking part in the activity. As a result, I ended up with about the same number of daily readers and comments as I usually get but I got them six days a week instead of three.
- I’m staying in touch with many of the bloggers I meant during this Challenge–and they’re doing the same. I think we all recognize the commitment it takes to build a successful online platform and we’re willing to help each other.
- When I started, I asked readers to sign up on a Google Forms list if they were participating and I’d visit them each day. That worked well for me and turned out to be an approach lots of participants used. I checked in on these folks each day as well as 5-10 others from the official daily list.
- I didn’t miss the Linky list that the Challenge used last year. Of course, that from someone who never used it. But, it was easy to visit the main A to Z Challenge blog every day and go through the comments. Best, because people have to post there every day if they want to be on the list, they were all current bloggers, none that gave up. That’s who I was looking for–fellow travelers.
- This A to Z Challenge was a great way to kick off my newly-published book, Twenty-four Days. My blog hop started in May so I had a chance to reach out to lots of new people (via the signature line on my posts, nothing more aggressive).
Overall, A to Z Challenge is on my radar for next year. What’s another great theme? Hmm…
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.