Monday, 7 May 2012
A-Z reflections post
Went into this with no plan, few expectations and boundless optimisim in my ability to waffle. Did have a list of sorts and occasionally looked at it - mainly so I could change my mind. I blog daily (or nearly so) anyway, so that wasn't an issue. Toyed with a theme, but decided against it. If I do this again, may pick one.
I lucked out almost immediately, meeting some dazzling bloggers very early on. That bouncing off each other became a regular thing and was fun, informative, and often moving as well. It continues, which is even better.
Looking through the blog lists became a kind of personal challenge. I felt honour bound to visit them all, rather than sit in my comfortable zone. Actually did do that, but it was slightly counter-productive. There were so many on the list. If something didn't immediately grab my fancy I moved on, and will have missed some good things as a result.
Some frustrations there. Following Wordpress blogs I liked was a hassle and a half. Forgive me, Wordpress users, but very few of you made it through. Finding the blog you'd just clicked was marked a "private" was another major put off. Curious to enter such into the A-Z where one of the objects is surely to increase traffic.
Even so, my blog reading list has more than doubled.
The surprise for me was writing the family stories and enjoying it. If nothing else, it confirmed that stories do matter. Which should not be a surprise at all, but feels rather indulgent when it's your own family you're writing about. More egocentric memoirs may well follow.