A to Z Challenge – 2019 – 10th Anniversary Reflection

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Blogging through the month of April with the 10th Anniversary A to Z Challenge has been such fun.  Even though I only had a brief idea of what I was going to blog about and having just moved all my craft supplies from inside our house to a new studio that we had built in the backyard, I managed to finish on time and I am pretty happy with the way the posts came out.  I had some fun creating things along the way and even made my first YouTube Vlog! 

I wrote about my cards and mini-albums and paper crafting in general, a subject that is a passion for me.  In case you missed any of the posts, here are links to them.

A is for A+
B is for Backpack
C is for Castle
D is for Duckie
E is for Easel 
F is for Feathers
G is for Gift Card Holders
H is for Honey Do
I is for Ideas
J is for Jar
K is for Kits
L is for Love
M is for Mini Albums
N is for Name Game
O is for Overlays and Owls
P is for Promotion
Q is for Quotes
R is for Repurpose, Recycle
S is for Special Orders
T is for Tools
U is for Unique
V is for Village
W is for Winging It
X is for Expo
Y is for YouTube
Z is for Zutter Bind It All

J. Lenni Dorner gave us a list of 10 questions since this is the 10th Anniversary…

  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?All of it.  
  2. What would you change about it? Nothing that I can think of. 
  3. What was the best moment for you during this year’s challenge?  — Coming up with the topic of eXpo for “X” and Zutter instead of Zebra for “Z”.    
  4. What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?I was surprised by the great reception my craft work got from everyone.  I can’t pick one specific comment.  
  5. Will you do the challenge again?  Absolutely!  Can’t wait.  Thinking of new ideas now.
  6. Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?) Very well organized as always and yes, I did fill out the survey.  I have the survivor badge to prove it!
  7. How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy? I did find several new blogs (see below) and I stretched myself to make a YouTube video which turned out better and easier than I expected so I’ll bet I make more 🙂
  8. Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?) I was on the Master List.  I don’t think it made much difference to me.  I posted on the main page and on the Facebook page almost every day.  
  9. Any suggestions for our future? — I can’t think of any right now but I’ll let you know if I do. 
  10. Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one?See below for my co-host team thanks.  I’ve seen the T-shirts and I may get one, just trying to decide which one.  I have a mug from my first year and use it all the time.  

One of the great things about the A to Z is finding new people who are out there blogging away too.  Over the past three years I have continued to follow a number of people that I met through the A to Z.  Among the most interesting bloggers I came across this year were (in no particular order):

Gigglingfattie at https://noloveforfatties.com  The name of her site intrigued me from the start because, hello, fat girl here.  She chose to write 500 word stories based on the pictures in a children’s A to Z carpet.  Her stories were so cute.

David Kravetz at http://lessbeatenpaths.com  David wrote about the alphabet using signs he came across while traveling America.  There are some very funny signs there and places I’ve never heard of.

Tamara at https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/ had a most informative series about the Justice System and used some true life stories to illustrate her words.

Mary at https://www.jinglejanglejungle.net gave us songs with a word that represented the letter of the day and asked us to think of more.

Donna at https://dbmcnicol.blogspot.com told her stories using random words and pictures. 

Eschudel at https://zombieflamingoes.com used a picture story-day in the life theme and I thought it worked really well.

Crackerberries at https://crackerberries.wordpress.com used whatever came to mind for the letters.  Did a great job too.

Shelley at https://www.quaintrevival.com is a blogger I’ve started following this year and she tried the A to Z for the first time.  She caught on really quickly and had a great first year!

Dena at https://denapawling.blogspot.com gave us a quiz a day using pictures and questions with the letter of the day.  Very fun.

I’ve seen Cherdo at http://www.cherdoontheflipside.com before with her music posts but have not been a follower.  She showed us different aspects of our lives that may/or may not mean that we are geezers.  I’m pretty sure I passed just about every test for inclusion in that category.

I made a copy for myself of the sign-up spreadsheet and I will be working my way around to find some more blogs that I missed during the next few months.  There’s never enough time to keep up with all 600+

It definitely helped me to do a draft page with each letter of the alphabet and the graphic (designed by the talented Jeremy Hawkins) that corresponds with it.  Then when I was doing research I had a place to put pictures I came across that I wanted to use and could add some links (like the link to the main A to Z page) and that saved time on the posts that were due that day.  Then even if I wasn’t quite sure how the post was going to end up, I at least had a starting off point.  I didn’t make a million dollars selling things in my Etsy shop but I know my views and visits to the site increased (wait, maybe that was because I was going there to link my items? – LOL).  At any rate, once again it was a very fun experience to be part of the A to Z family. 

A huge thank you to our founder Arlee BirdJohn Holton, J.Lennie Dorner and the rest of the A to Z team.  I know there must be a lot of behind the scenes work that we are not even aware of and they certainly deserve a standing ovation.  Now it’s time to start thinking about next year’s topic! 

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19 Responses to A to Z Challenge – 2019 – 10th Anniversary Reflection

  1. I so enjoy the April A to Z! Now to think of what I’ll write on next year!

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  2. Now I have MORE blogs to check out…LOL! Thanks for a great series. I know I will never approach your level of craft but I sure enjoy seeing it.

    DB McNicol, author
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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I know right? No wonder why it is so hard to keep up in April, there are so many cool bloggers out there. Thanks for the compliment!


  3. Janet,

    Thanks for putting all your A2Z posts here. I know I missed some so this will give me a quick reference to try to catch up on those that slipped by. You know Cherdo and I are BoTB buds. I started reading her series but you know how that goes, I fell down badly at being a good friend. So, I’m heading over to see her in a sec so I might bookmark her reflections post assuming she’s done already so that I can catch up with her, too. Thanks for joining me throughout April!

    April 2019 Reflections – a look at the #atozchallenge and what I learned

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      You’re welcome! I kind of do it for myself as well so if I have to find something again I know where to look! LOL. It is interesting to see how interconnected the bloggers are. I have “known” about Cherdo because I’ve seen her comments on the BoTB participants blogs but never actually went to her site before the A to Z this year.


  4. John Holton says:

    I enjoyed your posts and especially the tour through your new studio (I won’t call it a “she-shed”).Thanks for participating again this year!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks John, that means a lot. I was especially thinking that the male population might not be so into the craft scene, even though I know there are some pretty big designers who are males. Ideas are germinating for next year 🙂


  5. Shelley says:

    Excellent recap – I totally missed doing one!! LOL! Shows that I’m a novice at the challenge and all that it involves. I appreciate your call out to my blog and for encouraging me to join in on the challenge! I look forward to seeing what you’ll be doing next!

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  6. ghostmmnc says:

    Great job, Janet! I enjoyed all your A to Z posts of crafting your cards, journals, and supplies. And you did it all while organizing your new studio! Excellent recap of this year’s journey through the alphabet. 🙂


  7. Ally Bean says:

    You did great and thanks for the links to bloggers who you connected with because of the challenge. New people are always fun.

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  8. Fantastic job, Janet!

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  9. You gave me a great list of some blogs to check out. You did a WONDERFUL job on the A-Z challenge, Janet!

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