The A-Z Blogging Challenge has been a learning experience. Dipping my toes in the blogosphere only days before the challenge kicked off, I had no idea what I was getting into. I started this blog and one on WordPress at the same time - as an experiment, to learn about both platforms. I fully expected to spend more time learning how to work within the templates than on the actual blogging. I planned to quietly blog under the radar until I found my footing. Then, and only then, did I plan to get serious about what I would write. I didn't think up cool names for my blogs, whether I should niche or go general, or any of the other smart stuff I would normally do. Nope, these blogs were only for me.
Then a friend learned about the A-Z Challenge and started (virtually) talking it up. With naive enthusiasm, I signed up BOTH BLOGS. Whatever was I thinking?! I didn't even know how to blog and I signed up to post on 2 blogs every day of the week (except Sunday) for a month? Oh, the folly of inexperience.
It's been good. Through this challenge I've learned:
- how to schedule a post on Blogger and WordPress
- how friendly and supporting this blogging community is
- how to remove a captcha code requirement
- how creative and smart you people are
- how to add buttons, gadgets and other cool stuff to blogs
- that you can't monitize basic WordPress
- how to use google analytics
- that you can't use google analytics on WordPress
- that it's hard to write 2 posts per day and keep up with other writing requirements and a family and other regular stuff...
- that I've got a lot more to learn but I've gotten a good start
- that I've met super people and discovered excellent blogs to follow
- oh yeah, and that I love blogging
It's been a real pleasure blogging with you and I hope we stay in touch.
On a less sappy note, I'm happily accepting Z ideas in the comments section! :)