The April 2012 A-Z Challenge is completed.
I enjoyed meeting people that I might not have otherwise, and sharing poetry with people (my indulgence) rather than the posts I had been writing prior to the challenge. I also liked being able to see how other people tackled the chore, and what types of themes they crafted for their woven words. I found that there are many styles and genres to explore in blogging, and I enjoyed the journey.
While it was many wonderful things, and an experience I am glad to have had, it pushed me to read more, respond more, and attempt to keep up with an ever growing list of people I liked to read. I did keep up pretty well throughout the month of April, but here it is a week into May, and I have been reluctant to blog travel since the end of the challenge. Perhaps I pushed too hard.
Another interesting part of the challenge, for me, was that most of the connections I made through the A-Z dwindled within the first few days after the challenge was over. I haven't caught back up since then, not even with those I liked to frequent daily before the challenge began...
I think it helped me to put things back into perspective though, and I have written more in private as a result. I still keep up with a few of the challenges and groups I have come to enjoy, but I am doing much more of my writing offline post A-Z.
A sincere appreciation needs to go out to Arlee Bird and his co-hosts for organizing, and encouraging us all to move forward through the month of April. It must have been a tremendous feat to accomplish, and credit is deserved.