I kept feeling so proud that I finished the challenge this year, because I remember trying in 2011 and giving up on Q (for Quitting – I was STILL DOING IT even as I quit! Why didn’t I stick with it?!). I tried again in 2015 and thought I remembered giving up at some point, though looking back (my archives are saved online) shows me I finished that year! I also finished last year on two blogs. I need to remember that I only quit one year – and here’s to keeping it up in the following years!
In 2011, I didn’t have a theme. My personal blog was just an outlet for whatever was on my mind. It was my first year participating, and I had more fun reading others’ blogs and commenting than writing my own posts. I think I remember having ideas for most of the letters, but what does it matter if I quit?
In 2015, I was writing on the same blog. I didn’t have a theme that year, either, but I had a new baby and apparently more than enough to write about.
In 2018, I wrote about books and writing on my book blog, How I Feel About Books. It was fun, but I didn’t feel up to the challenge this year. My old Allison and Her Camera blog just had a photo a day, using the letter as a prompt.
This year, I had a good time going through old photos and trying to think of words for each letter, either related to zero waste or my photographs. I think it helped me to have a general theme, so that I could always look for certain words, but also it was loose enough where I didn’t feel pigeon-holed and lose interest. I liked being able to write more if I wanted to, or just sharing photos and captions if I wanted to.
I originally wanted to use this blog as a vehicle for my photography business, but I don’t feel as inspired by just sharing photos for the purpose of selling. I like sharing my thoughts along with those photos, so I’m thinking this space will grow to be more of that. I’m glad the challenge helped me realize that.
I also found some great new blogs to follow! I loved meeting new friends, and still have the spreadsheet saved to visit even more blogs in the coming months, because I got a little behind in visiting others this month. I love the networking and sharing the challenge brings to those of us who still blog for the sake of blogging, as opposed to influencing!