Sunday, May 13, 2012
I started the challenge because my friend Sylvia over at Writing in Wonderland suggested it and I thought, hey, fun. Why not do it?
Who thought it would make me crazy?
This was my first year so I was concerned I wouldn't do it right. I wasn't sure what a blog hop was at first. It sounded like a dance more than a computer thing.
I would stay up late the night before, trying to get the post just right, worrying over each word so that I wouldn't say the wrong thing. I'd be exhausted at work and still fretting over the posts. I'd scramble trying to visit sites. I was making myself insane trying to get to all 1700+ sites. Then came the challenge to get over 100 followers. I tried to figure out how to get more people to my site. My mind was filled with all sorts of crazy notions.
Then it hit me: I can't possibly do all this. So, I took a different approach. I went for quality over quantity. I didn't try to collect followers, but found sites I was interested in. I wrote my posts, kept up with the sites I could, and added a few more as time permitted.
It started being what it was supposed to be: fun. I posted each letter on the right day. I visited other sites. I finished with my sanity intact. I'm still checking out other sites on the list and keeping up with those I linked to. I didn't get 100 followers, but I have more than when I started. I have new friends to check out and I learned about all sorts of things from law, to Scandinavian culture, to writing techniques and murders. I went all over the US and the world. It was a wild, fun ride.
Did I have some favorite places? Sure, but to point out a few would be unfair to the others I don't have space to write about.
This is the most important lesson I learned: I write because I'm a writer. I write what I'm passionate about. If people buy it, fine, but whether or not they do, I'm still going to write.
Will I do it again? I'm already thinking of how I can do next year different, so I guess that means I will.