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Monday, May 6, 2019

10th Annual A to Z Reflections ( #AtoZChallenge )




   As another Blogging from A to Z April Challenge has passed, it is time for another Reflections post.  After having done nine of these already I'm not sure that I have much to say that hasn't been said on this blog many times before.  I will say that it was a very good year from my perspective.



#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary badge

          In many ways I've become a lazy blogger.  More precisely I've lost a blogging fervor that drove me in my first years of blogging.  In a sense this is good in that I've created more balance in my life.  For a while, blogging became my obsession. Now I've found some other obsessions that put demands on my time. It's all a good thing so I'm fine with all of this.




           The bottom line though for the sake of this Reflections post is that I survived another Challenge and I think I did a credible job of doing so.  My thanks to everyone who commented and especially those who kept coming back again and again.

           And my utmost thanks to the incredible job done by our Team Captain J Lenni Dorner and all of the A to Z Team:
J Lenni Dorner (captain) @ Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
Jayden R Vincente @ J R Vincente Erotica Writer
John Holton @ The Sound of One Hand Typing
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Jeremy Hawkins (graphics) @ Hollywood Nuts

Show the World You Survived!


Arlee Bird with the 2019 A to Z T-shirt--to get yours click link below

Grab your A to Z gear, and other cool goodies from our graphics guy, here: NeatoShop.com/artist/Jeremy-Hawkins 





Watch the A to Z Blog for upcoming information about the next A to Z Road Trip!














39 comments:

  1. Congratulations Lee to you and all who survived the A to Z. I apologise for my absence but as you know losing a son late last year has taken it's toil.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, you were commenting throughout the month so I don't think of you as being absent. Thanks for your continued support.

      Lee

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  2. Ten years and you got the t-shirt to prove it! Well done.

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    1. Alex, now I've got 4 shirts for the past 4 years.

      Lee

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  3. Well done Mr B we can all chill again now.

    Like yourself I am more involved with other things I have an interest in back in the real world. The A to Z has been good for me to do this year as it has got me back thinking about doing more regular posts again. Which all being well will happen.

    Take care and see you at next years A to Z. . .

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    1. Rob, A to Z is always kind of a bit of a recharge and then there is a withdrawal later on. Then summer during which blogging always takes a hit.

      Lee

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  4. You continue to amaze me - keep up the good work! (Nine years..WOW)

    DB McNicol, author
    A to Z Reflections
    My Author Page
    My Personal Blog

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    1. Donna, this September will be my 10th blogging anniversary and in that time I've done 10 Challenges--I did my first right after I started blogging.

      Lee

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  5. The T-shirt looks good on you. I'm trying to decide which one to get. Thanks again for visiting when you could.

    https://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-to-z-challenge-2019-10th-anniversary.html

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    1. Janet, the shirt would likely look better on someone else, but I was the only model available at that moment. Thanks for being with us at A to Z for another year.

      Lee

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  6. Wow! You've even got T-shirts now! That's when you know you've hit the big time, LEE.

    I can't recall if I commented on any of your posts but I definitely read some of 'em. Hard to believe it's been a decade since you started the 'A2Z' blogfest.

    You got next year's theme figured out yet? Better hurry, as it'll be April again by morning.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. STMcC, we've actually had tees for four years now. I wish our "big time" would pay bills for me, but at least some people have some fun with it in April.

      Like BOTB, I've got several potential themes in my queue. The problem is that I keep thinking of new ones.

      Lee

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  7. like you, I've become quite lazy with blogging even with challenges that should make me less lazy like the a-z challenge.

    this year's a-z was a bit laid-back, it seemed to me, even I slacked off with commenting & I didn't comment as much as I used to, I read a ton of posts but for some reason, I can't even think of a decent comment to write. it's sad but perhaps just posting your stuff and letting people read is enough without the commenting bit?

    congrats on finishing the challenge.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Lissa, I enjoyed the laid back feel of this year's Challenge. I know that sometimes commenting can be difficult, but just a note saying you had stopped by can be nice for the blogger. But I hear what you're saying.

      Blogging is a funny thing sometimes. My views about it have evolved and continue to do so.

      Lee

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  8. I also want to be lazy with blogging. But readers bring you back. They are still reading after 14 years. Why not update the post? The motivation comes. 10 years of challenge. Let us continue it for the next year. Narayana Rao Reflections on A to Z Blogging challenge 2019 - Narayana Rao - Management Theory Blog #atozchallenge

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    1. Narayana Rao, as long as we can I guess we should continue with our efforts if they seem to mean something to somebody. But we always have to consider our own personal goals that might interfere with dedicated blogging.

      Lee

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  9. You did a brilliant job this year and with all your A to Z inspiration.

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    1. Roland, thank you so much. I keep meaning to mention to you (hopefully you might see my response) that it's difficult to find your blog because your Blogger profile does not provide a blog link and you don't leave a clickable link in your posts.

      If you noticed that I didn't visit many of your posts it's because I was hurrying through my responses and would move on if it weren't easy, then forget to come back. Let me know if you need help in remedying that situation.

      Lee

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    2. This is a reply using my blog site's ID. I need to look at my Blogger ID as it was linked to Google+ until the latter folded. I try to add in links - if I'm not rushing to play AtoZ catch-up. (I've now edited and re-posted my A to Z story - starting at: https://rolandclarke.com/2019/04/30/azure-spark-act-one/ _

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  10. Congrats Arlee...thank you for your inspiration every year! Working on my reflections post now.... wish the challenge would be all year long! ☺ Cheers

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    1. Crackerberries, I guess you could keep doing the Challenge all year. I don't think I'd being able to keep up for long.

      Lee

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  11. Congrats Lee, and I loved following you this year. It was a fun time...

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    1. Lisa, thank you for your support. It means a lot to me.

      Lee

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  12. Congrats on another successful A to Z! Great t-shirt, too. I did feel like I'd survived the year I completed it.

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    1. Carol, thanks! You'll have to join us for A to Z again someday.

      Lee

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  13. Congratulations on another successful A to Z Challenge, for the 10th year in a row! I think many of us have cut back on our blogging schedules for other pursuits. That's not a bad thing. ☺

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    1. Debbie D, not a bad thing at all unless it's the way you make a living. Maybe next year you can do A to Z in the lazy way I did this year.

      Lee

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  14. I'm always amazed by people who complete the a - z. And you totally rock the shirt.

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    1. LD, the A to Z completion rate has been pretty impressive. I don't know about rocking the shirt, but it's a nice bit of advertising for A to Z.

      Lee

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  15. Congratulations and thanks for creating this space and for hosting. Ten years is seriously neat.

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    1. Nilanjana, 10 years is neat for sure, but it's still hard to believe that it's been 10 Challenges gone by now.

      Lee

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  16. I enjoyed your posts (again!) this year. I didn't always leave a comment, but I read your posts each day. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself, not only on your own blog, but getting out there to visit others too. You and the A to Z Team are awesome!

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    1. Trudy, all visits are appreciated! Thanks for being a part of the Challenge of 2019.

      Lee

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  17. I totally know what you mean about blogging being an obsession and then kind of getting pushed to one side when new obsessions come along lol. I posted daily on my blog for three years, and I now I only post 4 times per week - I enjoyed the challenge this year because it reminded me of blogging daily (I also wondered how the hell I did it day in and day out for so long lol)
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, 4 times per week is still 4 X more than I've been posting. Simple daily posting is not bad for one month, but I don't know that I'd want to do that schedule all the time. But never say never!

      Lee

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  18. Congratulations Lee ... I miss it - but did my 7 years ... so this year left it. It's a great challenge and I'm delighted you set it up for us. Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, you're always welcome back, but we appreciate the support nevertheless.

      Lee

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  19. Great photo of you ;) Congratulations for 10 challenges!

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    1. Frederique, never thought I'd be celebrating 10 of these things when I first started doing this.

      Lee

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