#AtoZChallenge : A reflection
First things first. Yay! I completed the A to Z Challenge! I have taken up the challenge twice before and completed it. So this was the third time – a hart-rick! I’d decided last year around this time that I’d take up this challenge this year too. I’d also told myself that I’d plan ahead so that I’d have nothing to worry about during the challenge. But things don’t always work out the way we want them to right?
Though I signed up for the challenge within a few days of the registrations opening, planning for the challenge somehow took a backseat. I wasn’t able to give it enough time. The theme reveal came and went by and I hadn’t decided my theme forget doing the theme reveal. All these days after not being able to plan for the challenge, the thought of not participating the challenge struck me. But when the theme reveal day had arrived, I’d made up my mind. I’d decided that I’d not be taking up the challenge. I told myself that it was okay to give it a miss.
How then did I end up participating?
March 31st. While I was at home for Easter, doing nothing in particular, a thought struck me. Why not try and participate in the challenge? I knew it would be difficult but I thought it was better to try and then fail rather than giving it up without trying at all. My plan was to write short posts. I had managed to write poetry for 100 days continuously. That’s how I told myself I could do this too. I had no theme in mind. While randomly scrolling through some things on Pinterest I found the word “Apricity”. That word became the title of my first post for the challenge. So before going to the midnight mass for Easter and after coming back from the mass, was all the writing for the first post done. I wrote each post just the night before the post was supposed to be posted and ensured that the posts went live in the morning. No planning in advance, just write on the go was my mantra.
There were days when easily found a word to write about and then there were days when it took me a long time to select the word and then think of a story around that word. But a personal achievement for me was that I never gave up. There were days when I worked in office till 11 pm and came back only around 11.30 and yet the next morning my post was up! There were other struggles as well but this was my personal favourite 😛
What pushed me throughout the challenge was the set of wonderful people who read my posts day after day. Some helped me with word suggestions. There were others who asked about my post even if it was delayed by a bit. That constant support and encouragement is what helped me post for the challenge. Blogchatter with all their plans, schedules and constant encouragement gave some much needed encouragement. My fellow bloggers who though were busy with their own challenges, took time to read my posts! Thanks to each and every person who in some way or the other helped and encouraged me throughout the challenge.
The best part of the A to Z challenge is the variety of posts that are written for the challenge. I tried to read as many as I could but I know I should have read more. I am still reading posts from the challenge because they are all so awesome!
Every challenge has something to teach us and this time the lesson for me was clear – Don’t give up! Did you take up the challenge too? What did you learn from it? Do let me know.
Also here is something that you can relate to about the challenge. Read this.