by Lillian Csernica on May 3, 2015
Time now to look back on the 26 days of reading, writing, thinking and replying. I’d like to begin by saying thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog. A special thank you to the folks who hung out with me, added their observations, and made the whole adventure that much more enjoyable:
Jazzfeathers at The Old Shelter
Sue Archer at Doorway Between Worlds
Lori MacLaughlin at Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
Pat MacEwen at Bone Speak
Sanch at Living My Imperfect Life
1) A crazy topic. I suppose I could call this “a unique theme.” I had no idea so many people out there enjoy bad sword & sorcery movies as much as I do. Now we know about each other, so we can form a support group. LOL
2) Good graphics. Some of the movies I chose were rather obscure, which made finding graphics for them more difficult. That in turn made such content more valuable. Some of those costumes really have to be seen to be believed!
3) Replying to all comments, even if I just hit “Like” now and then. Give and take is what it’s all about during the A to Z. It’s just plain polite, of course, but running around seeing what my new friends were creating made this experience organic and exciting.
4) Links. Good links, informative links, links that lead somewhere worth the click time!
What Didn’t Work:
1) Not getting enough posts written and scheduled ahead of time. I started off with a week’s worth of posts ready to go. That kept my head above water until around mid-month when my other writing commitments began pushing the blog posts down the priority list.
2) I couldn’t do justice to these movies in really short posts, so it would have been wiser to plan ahead and budget my time accordingly. The real pleasure for me in talking about these movies comes from the behind the scenes trivia, the little details about special effects snafus, and the consistency errors.
3) Finding the graphics. This is a two-edged sword, har har. It sucked up a lot of time, hunting down the graphics, finding the right sizes, and tinkering with the posts until the layout looked just the way I wanted it to be.
4) Toward the end of the month time got tighter and tighter, so I did not make it as far down the list of participants as I’d hoped to go. The flip side of that was the problem with several of the links I did visit in the lower 1/4 of the list. Often the links didn’t lead anywhere, or the blogs hadn’t been updated in ages. That put a dent in my enthusiasm.
I know people are posting their stats and measuring the traffic on their sites. I respect that, and I pay attention to those numbers when I’m thinking in terms of business and self-promotion. The A to Z Blog Challenge is something I do for fun. Last year my theme was chocolate. This year, bad sword & sorcery movies. I’ve made some new friends, found some great resources, and I reached my goal of completing the challenge.
Thank you to Arlee and Alex and all the folks who helped out in the A to Z. I’ll be back again next year!