Monday, May 4, 2015

A-to-Z Reflections on My First A-to-Z

Reflections on the Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge really requires an "A-to-Z" list. It's the only way to wrap up this event.

A is for Ambitious
    If you only blogged sporadically, this was a stretch!
B is for  Bloggamous Maximus
    For me, this was the biggest blog hop I've participated in.
C is for  Community
   The community of bloggers - fantastic!
D is for  Didactic
   For every amusing post I found, there was another that was educational. MopDog taught me some of the worst ways to die in Medieval Hungary! 
E is for  Energy
   Some of the participants went all out - I love that.
F is for  Fun
   Visiting the new blogs and seeing the clever posts - total fun, Barbara in Caneyhead!
G is  for  Good times   
    Looking back on the month, reviewing other blogs and comments was the highlight of the day.
H is for  Habit forming
   Visiting other blogs produced some new favorites - I'll be stopping by again. (Holli's Hoots and Hollers!).
I is for  Interesting
J is for  Jocularity
    The comments on my blog are worth "the price of admission." 
K is for  Kinship
    Several blogs I follow posted themes that I would never have expected! Like Birgit's great list of movie stars of yesteryear.
L is for Laughter
    As in plenty of... Al Penwassers haikus cracked me up.
M is for Momentum
   Once I got in the hang of it, I really enjoyed trying to read as many blogs as I could
N is for New friends
   The best reason to participate in the A-to-Z.
O is for Outside the box
   There were more "outside the box" postings than I anticipated, which was great.
P is for People
   All different kinds of people from different places - with respect for others.
Q is for Quagmire
   I lost track of who I want to visit at one was a blogging quagmire.   
R is for Reasons
   The blog hop gave me a reason to step outside my regular group of blog-pals (love 'em).
S is for Silliness
   There's more than enough, if  you're looking for it. I usually am.
T is for Transformation
   The change in the tone of many of the blogs I follow was amazing! You really stepped up, peeps! Loved all the themes.
U is for Understanding
   Some of the bloggers had other obligations that had to come first. No problem; everyone was encouraging.
V is for Very pleased!
   As the start date loomed on the horizon, I was holding out. I'm glad I joined.
W is for Wonderful
   Funny, educational, thoughtful or nostalgic...many truly wonderful posts.
X is for Xiphophyllous
   (Okay, it's the shape of the leaves on my background. I was desperate...)
Z is for Zonary
   For one month, we were all in the A-to-Z zone together and survived.

Hey, I didn't know there was an icon! Ha ha. Better late than never.


  1. Cherdo, You are too funny! Loved your A-Z. I'll miss it.

  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    You know me. I'm not much of a joiner and I swore I'd never take part in a blog hop. Now that I have (the BOTB) I can totally relate to your reflections as an A to Z survivor. It takes hard Work and Commitment to keep up the daily pace, go the distance and complete the challenge. Luckily, you were already in training for this type of event because you routinely produce and publish funny, informative posts at least 5 times every week. The A to Z Challenge gives bloggers an Opportunity to Meet new people and gain X number of exciting new Friends practically overnight. Your life as a blogger is Enriched as you Experience genuine Kindness, Encouragement and Support from people across the country and around the world. The A to Z and events like it keep us on our toes, put us to the Test and Enable us to become Better bloggers. "It's a good kind of Tired," isn't it?

    Happy Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

    1. Every time I read a BOTB, I think of you - so I think it's perfect that you've joined that blog hop, above all others!

      There are times when life gets in the way and last month had a lot of that. April is just super busy for me, in a crazy oh-my-gosh-how-will-I-get-this-done kind of way. But most of my blog time is done first thing in the morning or very late at night. I just sort of let it frame the day, ha ha.

      And you're right about one thing: it's a good kind of tired. Okay, you're right about a lot of things, but that didn't fit the idiom I wanted to go with and now I have to keep talking so I won't end the sentence with a preposition. That drives Janie crazy. It's not a LONG drive, but it is a drive nonetheless.

      We're off to a new week! Have a good day, Shadazulu!

  3. Cherdo, you just couldn't get out of the routine? Great job with your reflections on the A-Z challenge. Those of us who were not participating in the writing sure enjoyed the reading.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I'll tell you a secret...there's a back story here, Linda.

      1. I didn't really realize that doing a "reflections" post was a thing everyone did.
      2. When someone mentioned it (I think it was Al Penwasser), I did the picture at the top and started to do this post.
      3. Then I found out that there was a graphic I could use, too

      I ended my A-to-Z feeling confused, ha ha. Well, it's my first one...

  4. haha a great a to z reflection of the a to z at your sea

    1. Thanks for the post
      I dig that the most.

  5. AWWW thanks so much for the shout out!! Funny fact, I also mentioned you in todays post without even knowing you tagged me here. I am super flattered! I need to do a reflections post I guess. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected to.

    1. JINX! That is funny.

      Like you, I got a whole lot more out of it that I expected. ;-)

  6. Glad you enjoyed it and clever way to do your Reflections post. Yes, sometimes the comments can be even better than the post.

    1. I can't believe that I didn't turn on comments for my other blogs. What was I thinking?

  7. Didactic... now that's a word I don't hear used nearly enough. Fantastic recap, and we're glad to hear you made it out of the challenge alive. And it's true, blogging is fun and all, but it's all worth it for the comments. Unless those comments are "nice post, come back and visit me!" Those get sent to the digital trash can in a hurry.

    1. Ha ha ha...that's true. Sometimes, there are a lot of those. On the flipside, sometimes I don't have anything clever to add...I need a catchy exit!

  8. Nice post, come back and visit me!

    Ha! Sorry. Just had to do it after reading the comment from ABFTS.

    I really enjoyed your A to Z theme this year (and the comment section). So much fun!

    1. We may be cut from the same cloth, Robin (I'd write that, too).

  9. Great way to reflect and thanks for the shout out:) We have survived and thrived!

    1. Yessirree! We did it, Birgit!! Now we have a whole month of non-A-to-Z fun to's a blank canvas.

  10. My favorite was "J" for jocularity.

  11. I enjoyed reading your post.
    Congratulations on sticking with it.
    Didn't you get sick about half way through ?

    cheers, parsnip

  12. This was awesome! You ended your A to Z with another A to Z. ;)

  13. And, like I said, I enjoyed the nostalgia your music gave me. Kind of a "win-win" for us both. Except now I know where you [well, your blog] lives.

  14. WOW! This deserves a very special place in the A to Z Challenge guidebook! I can't believe you had the strength to put this all together! This was beautifully written, Cherdo, and I enjoyed dancing through A to Z with you!


  15. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary @

  16. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip/Reflections linky.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess


Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo