April is over, and with it goes the A to Z blogging challenge in which I have been an enthusiastic participant since early March. It was then that I learned about it, and then that I began compiling ideas for posts on writing that I could use for the month. It was fun. I spent a few days with a dictionary, searching on dictionary.com, and racking my brain trying to find anything that I could use to keep with my theme of writing and post once a day for a new letter. By the 1st of April, I had all my posts ready to go. I even had a few extra that I might save for another day, although they will definitely need some tweaking.
I was excited April 1st to have all of my month’s work finished because it would give me the whole month to put together what I was going to do afterward, but admittedly, I got a little lazy those first few weeks. I reviewed some of the pieces I didn’t like enough to use, and reviewed some of the other ideas I had that didn’t get written, but for the most part I just sat back and watched the reactions to the posts I did use, and replied to readers when they commented. And as I watched, I saw numbers of views, comments, and followers grow substantially. I’d like to thank all of my readers for that.
I also spent the month deciding what I really wanted to do with my writing. I thought about where I was with certain WsIP, and where I wanted them to go. I read other bloggers’ content and got some ideas here and there, for which I’d like to thank this great community. And as I read, and wrote, and thought, I realized I was coming up with more and more ideas. I wrote lists of other things I wanted to write about, and started doing some research for certain pieces that would require it. I picked up my pen and notebook again, and started new works, and I realized that I can write nonfiction, and that writing nonfiction can be fun. This challenge has been a blast, but more than that, it has given me a much needed boost of confidence.
So I’d like to give all of you a thank you, from my followers to the brilliant people that came up with this challenge, and let you know that everything to come (and there will be more) is all because of you. The April A to Z challenge was great fun, but even better, it’s shown me that I’m not done as a writer yet. As a matter of fact, I’m only just beginning!