Once again I survived the April A to Z blog challenge.
This year's theme of Witches was a bit closer to my heart and I had a great time.
Here are my reflections in no particular order.
- Joining up Tasha and Sophie for the Supernatural A to Z mini-hop was one of the best things about this year. They were both great and I got to read a lot of great supernatural themed posts.
- Once again I got to visit some really great blogs and some really great people stopped by mine. Maybe that is worth it all right there.
- I did get some new followers, which is very nice. Not something I was planning to get to be honest, but I am very happy to have you all.
- I got a lot of great comments from new visitors talking about how my posts helped them in their research or gave them something new to think about. Likewise there were plenty of posts on other blogs that were helpful to me too.
- My hits were roughly flat. I know I was getting more traffic from the A to Z thanks to Google Analytics, so there must be a corresponding drop in regular readers. I find this disappointing to be honest. After all the material in April is just as good as the material in June with the same amount of posting.
Anyone that doesn't like the A to Z care to chime in?
- I didn't get a chance to go to every site on the challenge this year as I have in years past.
- There are still a number of sites that use CAPTCHA and even set their posts to moderated which is annoying. A few never bothered to even approve some posts. I also don't understand blogs that don't allow replies at all. Seems to defeat the entire purpose of a blog really.
I enjoy doing the A to Z Challenge. Next year I would like to do vampires, but also include something that my regular audience can use in a game every day. But I am going to consider it long an hard before I do. The joy just wasn't there for me this year.