I survived the A to Z Challenge!!
I started off strong and motivated with a travel theme, and I did a pretty decent job of sticking to it. I planned out most of my posts in advance, and wrote them in advance for most of the first two weeks. Then I got to the letter P and had a change of heart (and a change of pace), and decided to write about Purchasing My First Home. Shockingly, that post earned me the highest daily pageview count my little blog has ever seen!
I returned to the travel theme (mostly), but kind of fizzled out toward the end. I cheated a little and wrote about non-travel destinations, but overall I was happy with my posts, because they were true to me and true to the things I want to blog about.
I wrote 32 posts during the month of April, which is nearly a third of the total posts I’ve ever written! I started this blog in June 2011, and sort of abandoned it after that, only to really return in January of this year. I’m glad I stumbled upon the A to Z Challenge, because it’s helped me to realize that there’s always something to write about, even when it doesn’t immediately come to mind. I want my blog to continue to grow, and the only way to do that is to keep writing and keep supporting other bloggers!
Speaking of growing, participating in the Challenge was seriously exciting for me in terms of having actual readers! To give you an idea of the traffic I’m used to, here’s what my monthly stats looked like for the entire history of my blog (captured on April 11):
Yep, that’s right: I was blogging nearly entirely to myself until January of this year. Here’s what my daily stats looked like for the first half of the challenge:
And here’s what they looked like as of April 30:
I was thrilled the day I earned 39 views, and positively shocked the day 56 people read what I was writing. That’s the incredible thing about this challenge: other bloggers really made an effort to read each others’ posts and to leave comments.
I’m really going to miss the visitors!
On that note, I came across some really great blogs as a result of participating. By A-to-Z topic, some of my favorites were…
Wine: New House Girl
Running: The Drunk Runner
Relationships: STFU For A Better Relationship
I got a few new followers during April, and I started following several new people! It’s really been a win-win for everyone!
With all that said, one thing I’d love to see happen with this challenge (or perhaps a different one) is that it happen more than once a year. I would LOVE to pair with another blogger (or two, or twenty…) to dream up our own challenge and try to get it off the ground! Any ideas, anyone? Seriously…Let’s do it.