Monday, May 16, 2011
The Positives of Blogging from A to Z
The Evaluation Continues
Each Monday in May I am examining a different aspect of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge for 2011. If you missed last week, I reviewed some of the actual and the perceived negatives of the Challenge. There were some outstanding comments and I would recommend that you read through them if you missed them.
A reminder to those who don't feel that these evaluation studies have relevance to non-participants of the A to Z Challenge: The concepts expressed can probably be related to some of your own blogging activities and certainly applicable to other blog events in which you may participate. We want to hear the subjective opinions of those who participated as well as the objective thoughts from those who did not.
What follows is some attributed quotes taken from comments or posts, as well as some general positives that were frequently cited by many sources.
Good things about the Challenge (with my comments or questions in red):
1) Catherine at Composing Cat said this: I'm not sure how I'm going to approach posting after this challenge. I liked being connected everyday to the blogosphere but it does take a lot of mental ability to post daily. I don't know that I can go back to my weekly memes either. It was great to participate in them when I didn't have any real content but I've learned some things about myself and my writing ability in the past month. I don't want to follow along. No, I don't have any delusions of being some great writer that can pump out mind thrilling content. I just feel like I'm finding my groove and before I was afraid to even look for my groove. I hid behind the creativity of others. Don't get me wrong I love those memes but i want to spread my blog wings and see if I can do what I set out to do with this blog...find out what composes me and develop my writing ability. (I like how the Challenge gave her a greater awareness of her talents and made her think more deeply about the way she wants to blog in the future--Catherine's contemplations just grabbed me.)
3) I would never have seen it through if I wasn't in love with writing. (A confirmation that loving writing will facilitate writing.)
4) The Challenge provided a sense of community. (We were together in a common purpose. Participants from last year have often indicated how many of the relationships established in that Challenge have continued ever since.)
5) Before the challenge, I wasn’t sure what the focus of my blog was. After the challenge, I knew which direction I wanted to go and what I wanted to write about. (The concentrated blogging effort allowed some to discover their passion or what was easiest for them to write about).
6) Before the challenge, I saw myself as creatively-challenged. After the challenge, I realize that I have untapped depths of creativity! Brianna at Pocketful of Playdough
(I really like how Brianna expressed this feeling.)
7) The variety was great! I've come across blogs I'd never have known existed, It's widened my horizons - that can only be good. says Sue (It seemed like there was something for everyone and a whole lot more--what was a negative for some was an absolute positive for others).
8) The list was huge! I couldn't get through all of it, but it was nice to have the wide selection. (The most common complaint was also something that many of us liked a great deal.)
9) All of the participants were so supportive and friendly. (The networking was superb in this event.)
10) I really learned a lot about many different things. (With so many topics represented and presented in so many fine ways how could one not walk away having learned a few things)
11) I saw an increase in followers. (Some participants were happy with adding a few while others saw large increases of 100 or more. It's a controversial topic with many sides, but increasing following is a natural offshoot of the challenge.)
12) The A to Z Challenge was fun! (This was one of our main objectives!)
Let's hear from you
Do you agree with all of these positives? Are there any positives that you would like to add? What is the biggest benefit you derived from Blogging from A to Z?